updated 03:10 pm EDT, Fri August 25, 2006
MiniBlaster iPod Speakers
iPod nano owners who need a truly portable speaker system now have an option that is almost as viable as integrating the speakers into the player itself. The new jLab MiniBlaster for iPod nano is a cradle that places a small 1-watt pair of stereo speakers directly behind the nano, giving owners the ability to carry both the iPod and the speakers in a single handheld unit. Playback lasts for up to 10 hours at maximum volume using four AAA batteries; a power adapter is also included for plugging into a wall outlet. An auxiliary input jack is present for other audio sources, as is a silicone skin to protect the iPod from scratches or the weather. The MiniBlaster is available from the company website for $50.