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5.0 out of 5 stars An unbelievable amount of sound (particularly bass) from such a compact little speaker..., 13 May 2012
This review is from: Rokono® BASS+ Mini Speaker for iPhone / iPad / iPod / MP3 Player / Laptop - Black (Electronics)
Length:: 3:06 Mins

The 'Rokono BASS+ Mini Speaker' (formally the 'Monster Bass Mini Speaker') from Gadget Hunter is a compact (and good lord do I mean compact) portable speaker that can be plugged into almost any audio device such as an iPod, iPhone, Laptop, PC etc. Once plugged in and turned on, the speaker quite literally pumps out the sound, really embracing the depth of bass and giving out a surprising amount of volume considering its wee size.

Don't get me wrong, this little beauty can't reproduce crystal clear sound with all the warmth and depth of a set of well-chosen Polk Audio speakers. But that's not the idea here is it? What we have instead is a quick and simple little plug-in that allows the user to suddenly fill the room with music using a speaker that's not much bigger than the average clementine. A party in your pocket if you like (ahem...).

For bass, as you'd expect from the name (BASS+), this miniature beast really works overtime. The deep deep bass is noticeably magnified...and then some, with plenty of extra oompth put behind the lower notes to really magnify its position in the music. Yeah, not exactly for everyone's day-to-day requirements, but when you've got a party vibe going on, or just want to crank it up a little, then this little devil is very possibly the answer.

It's easier to use than a bar of soap - simply twist to open up the speaker system, turn it on, plug it in, and away you go. There's a volume dial located on the base of the device, as well as a funky little blue light that lights-up when it's on and/or fully charged. Furthermore, whilst charging, the light goes red to let you know that it's drinking its electrical juices - so just leave it to it for a bit!

There's a small little lead actually secured to the underside of the device which can be used for linking multiple Rokono BASS+ Mini Speakers together to quite literally multiply the sound if so needed. On the included video you can see that I've linked up both a black one and a red one. The resulting magnified sound is pretty darn impressive - the video footage obviously not capturing the sound reproduction at all.

So what do I think? Well, quite frankly I love it! It's super small and lightweight, but still manages to blast out one hell of a sound, it looks funkier than Lenny Kravitz on a night out, and once fully charged it can deliver up to ten hours of music. It can also run off its USB lead if you don't want it to run down its (rechargeable) battery life.

Now in its third reincarnation, all the small niggles that came out in the wash with the speaker have now been ironed out. There's an additional 80cm 3.5mm audio extension cable included with the product to allow for extra distance between your device and the speaker, as well as a pull-tie splash-proof travel bag. Nice!

One final point (for all the metallers out there) - by way of an oh-so-scientific 'bass' test, I tried the 'Rokono BASS+ Mini Speaker' out on Heaven Shall Burn's track 'Combat' from their album Invictus (2010) to see how it handled the brain haemorrhaging bass explosions. Oh yes it delivered! In fact it managed a good two seconds down the sliding depths of each bass-mushroom-cloud before even it lost its way to the plummeting explosion of bass. But I have to say that the little speaker has been one of the best (portable) performers that I've tried out on 'The Test' so far.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.
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Initial post: 19 Aug 2012 00:03:09 BDT
Ms A. Wood says:
Hi. Quick question? Can this be charged from the mains at all? Thinking of purchasing for travel purposes?
Thx

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2012 08:29:50 BDT
Chris Hall says:
Hi. Good question. You can indeed charge the speaker from the mains, but you'll need to purchase a plug adaptor/charger first in order to do so. I just tried it out using the FX Factory 1 Amp USB Mains Charger and it worked perfectly.

Hope that helps.

Chris

Posted on 21 Aug 2012 02:45:45 BDT
K. Parks says:
What kind of warranty does this thing carry and who makes it??

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2012 21:14:34 BDT
Chris Hall says:
The speaker is manufactured in China for Gadget Hunter. I believe this is the company's first product. Looking through the packaging, I can't find any reference to a warranty whatsoever, so my guess is that there isn't one supplied by the makers for the product!

I hope this helps.

Posted on 28 Sep 2012 12:29:33 BDT
Noralf Mork says:
[Customers don't think this post adds to the discussion. Show post anyway. Show all unhelpful posts.]

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2012 19:01:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Sep 2012 20:20:40 BDT
Chris Hall says:
Hi Noralf. Thanks for the comment. On a video review, it's hard to show the sound quality of the device because it's obviously limited by the actual video recording and reproduction via the Amazon site. In fact, what would you think if the video delivered a particularly poor sound? Would you think it was the speaker? Or perhaps the camera I used to film it with? Or then again the compressed file that is held on the Amazon server following the upload? Or maybe even the speakers on your own PC/laptop? Spending a lengthy period of time showing the speaker playing music is utterly worthless with regards to guaging its performance with reproducing music. Surely you see how much of a waste of time it would be? Hence I didn't even attempt to show the sound quality via the video.

Secondly, I apologise that I didn't go into a great depth with regards to the whole tone range of the speakers. I admit that I narrowed down on the bass element due to the MonsterBASS Mini Speaker being geared mostly towards a thick and deep bass sound.

I do try my best to provide as helpful a review as I can. However, obviously due to your comment (and the negative vote I notice that you gave me) I have failed here (for you at least).

The reason for the video was to hopefully show what the speaker would be like. However, obviously this has not helped you at all - and due to the 'unhelpful' vote, it seems it has actually hindered you in finding out about the product.

Luckily I was able to see the quality of your reviews on Amazon and have learnt that a couple of quick sentences are all you need to produce a thorough and very informative review. Videos of the products are obviously just a hindrance for potential purchasers!!!

You live and learn eh?!

Posted on 23 Oct 2012 11:15:09 BDT
Adam says:
Excellent

Posted on 7 Dec 2012 15:53:01 GMT
A. Manzi says:
Am I not using my correctly or something because my iphone's sound is louder than the actual speaker, that sounds muffled even at the loudest volume setting! :o(

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2012 20:07:09 GMT
Chris Hall says:
Hi A Manzi - probably a stupid question (sorry), but have you definitely turned the speaker on? I only ask because if it's not actually switched on, then it'll just act as a sort of dampener to the speaker on you iPhone. Also, have you checked that the volume is turned up on the actual speaker itself?

If the answers to both of the above are 'yes', then I'd say that you've probably got a dud one and so you should therefore get in contact with the guys at GadgetHunter to sort out having a replacement one sent out to you. The speaker, when cranked up to full volume, is pretty darn loud, so there's definitely something not quite right going on.

Hope that helps. Let me know how you get on.

Chris

Posted on 3 Feb 2013 20:36:01 GMT
G. Wilson says:
What a fantastic review.....thank you :)
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