Date: January 24th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Saitek USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
There is also a bass port that Saitek claims gives this unit some low-end punch. We'll see.
A fold-out wire stand angles the A-100 up for better sound projection and numerous rubber feet helps it stay put.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
About all you need to do is put 4 AAA batteries in the A-100 and plug something into it.
With an iPod attached, the A-100 comes to life automatically. Volume and other controls are handled by the attached device, and the A-100 automatically shuts down when no input is sensed, conserving battery life. The red light in the above photo indicates that I'm about out of power. Saitek claims an average battery life of 12 hours, which is about what I experienced. It's really elegant in its simplicity, with no fussy controls or the bothersome little quirks evident on so many similar devices.
So, how does it sound? Well, actually pretty good. Much better than it should, given its size. As promised, the bass was punchy and most music sounded good. Unsurprisingly, the bass would often muddy up the highs, but the overall sound was quite acceptable for a device only about six inches long.