I remember getting my first radio. It was the one from my Dad's workshop, with blobs of plaster dripped on it and a rather out of place replacement power knob. But it started my enjoyment of music.
My second was a boom box. I split the purchase with my parents. It was pretty cool, with detachable speakers and a tape deck. I could record music off the radio to listen to whenever I wanted. I started buying music, my first cassette was a Joan Jett and the Blackhearts album.
When I graduated from high school, I bought a pretty nice Denon receiver, CD changer. It came to me with college and yes, my room mate and I had two 100+ watt stereos in our small dorm room.
A few years after getting out of the army, I upgraded my receiver and added as sub-woofer to the mix. This receiver was 5.1, so we stepped up to the world of surround sound on our DVD player.
I enjoy my music and listening to it in the best possible way; I've replaced my iPhone ear buds with some some noise-isolating Klipsch headphones.
I've never really gotten into listening to music on my phone, the built-in speakers just don't do justice for the music. But as more music is available with services like Pandora and Spotify, I'm beginning to listen to music on my phone. It's been nice, as I read at night in bed, my phone is there charging and I listen to some music.
AT&T generously provided my wife with a HMDX Jam Classic bluetooth speaker, which means I get to play with it too.
The small, rechargeable speaker connects to my phone via bluetooth and does have a mini-stereo jack so I can use my iPod, too. No wires necessary makes it pretty convenient; I just walk in my room, turn on the speaker and it automatically connects.
I only read for about 30 minutes a night and I charge every other week or so. The user's guide indicates that it has 4 hour battery life, and do I think that the battery would last for a day at the beach or for a picnic.
The sound quality is good, considering the size of the speakers. I can't turn it up to 11, but it does get pretty loud. I enjoy music that has a good deal of bass, and though this speaker won't vibrate my pants, its a huge improvement over my phone's built in speaker.
Its a great speaker for a kid's room, they're bright and colorful and could pair it to a computer, phone or any other bluetooth capable device. Maybe it'll get your kid started on a path towards being an audiophile.
Just so you know, I wasn't compensated for this post, unless I get to keep the speakers, as they were really given to Heather to review. The post embodies my honest opinion.