Mobile Wonders, distributors of all sorts of portable mini speakers sent us the Woof iPod speaker for review. It’s not a new product and you’ve probably encountered or owned one already but to those who don’t, here’s a review for you.
The Woof is a lightweight portable speaker with a clever design. It has an expandable diaphragm at the back to give your sound more bass and depth. Because of this feature, the Woof sounds really good even in loud volume even if it’s made of plastic.
At first I thought it was made specifically for iPods with its built-in Apple 30-pin connector and no 3.5mm port, until I saw the included miniUSB to USB/3.5mm jack cable which allows you to plug and use it as a speaker for your devices. The miniUSB port is located on one side for charging and audio input.
The back has the On/Off switch and also the volume control. The back also has the expandable vacuum which you release by simply twisting.
Now my concern is that you want the front and back to be exposed to get the most sound from it but the design doesn’t have any stable stand to do so especially if using a bigger iPod like the Touch. The only solution for this is to go with wires and just use the 3.5mm jack so the Woof is free to stand on its own.
Ok so for the sound quality, the Woof is exceptionally loud for its size and build. I used it at the beach and it drowned out the sounds coming from other set-ups of other beach goers without sounding clanky.
Expanding the vacuum is a must as it really gives your music that “oomph” or “woof” and range. I tried my music with the diaphragm collapsed and it sounded flat and lacking. Your only concern is how to prop it well so that the diaphragm won’t hit any surface that would give off vibrations.
Now for battery life, the Woof can go all day provided you use the 3.5mm connection. Slapping an iPod on the 30-pin connector will leech off battery from the Woof into your iPod which is a good or bad thing depending on where you want your juice to go.
If you want a big sound coming from a small portable device, the Woof is alright and costs Php1,500. It’s not made for serious listeners but more for an outside party use as background music for livelier conversations.