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grimholtz
2006-09-27, 17:57
Hi,

I've successfully made a battery pack for my SqueezeBox. Now I can take it outside (still in wifi range) where there is no power. However, I'm looking for small, battery-powered active speakers and am literally overwhelmed with the choices. Most of them are geared towards the iPod community, which is fine, but I don't know what to choose!

Anyone have advice?

Thanks,
grimholtz
p.s. since I don't have an iPod, I don't necessarily need portable speakers that have a space for mounting an iPod. Most of the portable speakers for iPod seem to have an audio-in option.

Patrick Dowling
2006-09-27, 18:17
I picked up a Tivoli Pal http://www.tivoliaudio.com/home.php?cat=266
and have been quite happy with it. It won't overwhelm you with
volume or bass but has a nice balanced sound. it comes with an
excellent tuner and an aux input. The best part is the built in
battery and 15 some hours per charge.


On Sep 27, 2006, at 7:57 PM, grimholtz wrote:

>
> Hi,
>
> I've successfully made a battery pack for my SqueezeBox. Now I can
> take
> it outside (still in wifi range) where there is no power. However, I'm
> looking for small, battery-powered active speakers and am literally
> overwhelmed with the choices. Most of them are geared towards the iPod
> community, which is fine, but I don't know what to choose!
>
> Anyone have advice?
>
> Thanks,
> grimholtz
> p.s. since I don't have an iPod, I don't necessarily need portable
> speakers that have a space for mounting an iPod. Most of the portable
> speakers for iPod seem to have an audio-in option.
>
>
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mrfantasy
2006-09-27, 18:26
I've got a pair of Sonic Impact Gen 3's (http://www.si-technologies.com/frontEnd/cm_productDetail.jsp?productID=39) which are quite nice and a great improvement over my laptop speakers.

I'm more curious as to how you made the battery pack. If you do it right you should be able to power the speakers too with one set of batteries. And then, boombox.

grimholtz
2006-09-27, 18:58
I picked up a Tivoli Pal and have been quite happy with it
Forgot about those! I saw them at a Tweeter store a couple weeks ago. Very nice, but damn expensive!


I've got a pair of Sonic Impact Gen 3's These look interesting. How large are they? I couldn't find the dimensions.


I'm more curious as to how you made the battery pack.
Right now I'm using this wet battery (http://www.batterywholesale.com/battery-store/proddetail.html?prodID=122). I think it's intended for a moped or scooter or something because it's small and lightweight. Don't know how long it will last, but the DC power supply output on the SB3 is rated 5V @ 2A (i.e., 10 watts). The wet battery is 6V, 12ampHours (i.e., will provide 1amp for 12 hours @ 6V), so theoretically I think it should last about 6 hours if there really is a 2 amp draw from the SqueezeBox3. I have an auto battery charger to charge it. The nice thing is the size:



LENGTH: 5.95 in
WIDTH: 1.97 in
HEIGHT: 3.70 in

and only 4 pounds! However, I'm thinking of trying a small UPS instead. That way I don't need a car battery charger. I think this one (http://www.apc.com/resource/include/techspec_index.cfm?base_sku=BE350R&total_watts=50) is the smallest one made by APC, and it's way bigger and heavier (and has more power, of course) than what I have now. What do you think?

Pale Blue Ego
2006-09-27, 20:06
A UPS might do the trick, if you get one that doesn't emit a loud BEEEEEP when it loses AC power.

I've gotta add a vote for the Tivoli Pal. We've had one for a few years, and it's a superb little radio/amp/speaker. It has a clarity and richness that you just don't find in boomboxes or portable radios. Very listenable and works well outdoors. We use it with an iPod or just by itself with FM.

Some of those iPod speakers are toys, with little 1" drivers. Make sure you listen before buying something.

grimholtz
2006-09-27, 20:10
Some of those iPod speakers are toys, with little 1" drivers. Make sure you listen before buying something.

like this one (http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=AISPKR-PT-PB-N-UPC&cpc=SCH)?

bklaas
2006-09-28, 07:29
Right now I'm using this wet battery (http://www.batterywholesale.com/battery-store/proddetail.html?prodID=122).

I would love to see pics of this setup at some point, as I'm sure others would. Would you mind posting some to this thread?

In the absence of a Slim-sponsored SqueezeBoomBox, I don't think it's out of reach for the community here to piece together FrankenBoomBox...battery like this, acceptable speakers, some kind of enclosure to house it all...then we post the plans to the forum. At least that's my dream. Or one of 'em.

cheers,
#!/ben