As we continue to
check out some of Cygnett's clever and affordably priced
accessories for the iPhone and iPod market, the Maestro Portable
Speaker System for iPhone & iPod was the next item we were
looking forward to review. Boasting crystal clear sound, decent
bass, charging capbilities and a remote control, this is everything
you need to get your party started.
Best of all, this
small and chic looking speaker system definitely hits the market
hard due to its affordable price at under $200AUD that definitely
becomes a contender in this already over saturated market. Even
better, the Maestro supports a plethora of other iPod devices,
including third party MP3 players but of course, the speakers were
designed for the world's greatest smart phone, Apple's iPhone.
The first thing you
will notice about the Maestro is the size which is quite small but
it does not skimp on quality whatsoever. This is due to the fact
that it has a dedicated subwoofer at the bottom and two mid range
speakers which produces some rather impressive audio that what was
quite clear and crisp.
In relation to
design, the top part of the device allows you to plug in your iPhone
or related iPod device, two buttons for volume and a button to power
for the device. On the back of the unit, there is a battery/power
input switch, auxiliary input for other music devices, power-in and
finally on the reserve side, the ability to add batteries.
Although you would
probably not purchase this device if you did not have an Apple
iPhone or iPod and as mentioned, there is an auxiliary input which
allows you to connect other third party MP3 players like iRiver or
the Creative Zen MP3. Very simple, just plug it in with the cable
supplied and off you go. Unfortunately with other MP3 players, the
functionality of the remote is lost.
We tested the device
on both the iPhone and iTouch and even when the system was turned up
to the maximum volume, there were only a few distortions and this
was mainly due to the music that we were listening to. For this
price range, the Maestro is definitely a contender to its
competitors and we were thoroughly pleased with the quality. The
unit even comes with a tiny remote control that allows you to
perform a variety of features such as navigate, shuffle and even
power off to name a few of the features. It should also be noted
that the remote comes with a battery as well.
Although the iPhone
is a "phone" but most people use the device for a plethora of others
options, another nifty feature of the Maestro is the ability to fade
the music when your phone starts ringing which definitely alerts you
that someone is attempting to call you. Funny enough, it actually
made me think twice as to what was going on as I was not ready to
test this feature yet but needless to say, it worked perfectly.
One last feature is
the battery backup option that allows you to take the device
anywhere and according to Cygnett with AA Alkaline batteries, the
unit will last around 4 - 5 hours which is quite an impressive feat.
At the end of the
day the Maestro Portable Speaker System for iPhone & iPod is
a very well made piece of hardware that is perfect for your iPhone,
iTouch or iPod that will satisfy even the most prudent of music
connoisseurs. A good and neutral design, decent audio and some great
bass, this is one item that you should definitely investigate if
you're in the market.