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Old 10-27-2010, 11:18 PM   #1
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Portable iPod Player...

I've been kicking around a project to make a portable iPod player for camping, or backyard BBQ's, etc...

Then on a visit to Sam's club (in Sacramento) a couple of days ago I found just such a gadget, with some great features...this is the info from the Mfgr's site:

BLOCK ROCKER

Sam's sells it for just under $130, haven't checked to see if it's on line with them...you'll notice the Mfg's price is $199...

It has a sealed, lead-acid 7 amp battery (like a home alarm battery) mounted internally that is claimed to run your 'tunes' for up to 12 hours!

The Block Rocker is monaural - but when playing your iPod from one enclosure, stereo probably wouldn't be all that noticeable...in any event this unit has an 8 inch woofer, and a 1 inch tweeter, claiming to be a 22 watt system...it weighs about 44 lbs, hence the handle and wheels come in handy if you have to lug it very far on a solid surface...

It comes with a mic, and multiple inputs along with the iPod connector on the top...

I think it's a nifty tunes player, I've had the chance to play it for several hours and the sound is quite good, with some noticeable 'bass' to boot!

It charges it's battery automatically when plugged into AC, and you can also flick a switch to charge your iPod as well...

I think I'll put some spooky noises on the iPod and hide the BR unit out in the front yard for this week end's 'invaders'... ;D

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Old 10-27-2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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Makes a whole new spin on the word BOOM BOX.
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:41 AM   #3
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Hope you'll have a thought for your fellow campers when playing it!

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...the places we go off the grid, the only 'fellow campers' we have are Bears - and if it keeps them away, all the better!
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Intersting store-bought, but my favorite remains the Lev-Blaster.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:22 PM   #6
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I agree...I saw that thread, and when I went looking for the Sonic Amp, I found out it was no longer sold - boo hoo!

I haven't looked hard enough yet for another similar unit to build my own player, and when I found this new Ion unit, I jumped on it!

I'll be makin' Jimmy Buffett 'cheeseburgers' on the Block Rocker when the weather turns warmer again...
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