Brought this for a fiver + postage April 2012 to take on holiday to Tenerfie for MP3 player. Exceeded expectations, it's very loud for its size, batteries last hours and hours, could hear clearly on mid volume on outdoor balcony. I also plug in to my laptop for tv progs now as it's better than my laptop speakers. Quite a nice design too. Would definately recommend. I will be keeping this as many years as it lasts.