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on 31 March 2008
I got the black version of this. It was only necessary as I had foolishly replaced my trust Creative Zen Nomad Jukebox with a (black) 160gb Ipod Classic. As many may or may not know, any of these bought in Europe have a ridiculous (and so far unremoveable) 'Volume Cap' manufactured in. This means that if you happen to be on a plane, train bus - or even sometimes a car, you struggle to get the volume up to an acceptable level. And don't think expensive headphones will change this; I've got Bose Quiet Comfort 2's and I still struggled to hear some tracks properly over the engines on an Airbus!
So, after several months of trawling for software hacks/fixes etc, I came across the Boostaroo. My likes and dislikes are as below:

+ Great sound - they really do enrich the sound from the Ipod (which is just as well!)
+Great Volume - Yes, they do provide a more than considerable boost to the output of my Ipod classic.

- Expensive £30 is a lot of money to pay to pay for a pre-amp
- Build quality is poor.. pretty much on a par with something you'd find in a poundstore!
- The battery cover is almost impossible to get off - and its hasd/thin plastic so could snap easily.
- The Batteries: These are "AAAA" and so far I havent been able to find any rechargeable ones anywhere - the manual says they last about 3 hours - but I haven't fully checked yet..
- Fiddly; according to the instructions you can't just unplug - you have to follow a set procedure of disconnecting.
- You need a separate black lead (something else to misplace) and also I can't understand what the little thing on the case with the hole is for..

So, in summary, if you aren't happy with the volume on any MP3 player - this will fix it - and boost the quality at the same time. But is it worth around £30... The choice is yours.
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