Good vibrations

BY J. CARLTON COLLINS, CPA

Q: Most of the decent portable speakers available in stores are too bulky to carry as portable speakers, and the few small ones I’ve tried aren’t loud enough. Can you recommend a small portable speaker that actually works well?

A: As a CPE presenter, I typically play a few video clips during class to help educate the audience; hence, I, too, find small portable speakers to be an essential accessory. The portable speaker I currently use is the PowerPod360 vibration speaker ($120 suggested retail price, but I found several priced as low as $38 on Amazon). This small, cylinder-shaped speaker is approximately 2 inches high by 2 inches wide, and I find it works well in a room of up to 75 people. Interestingly, this device emits heavy vibrations to turn any solid object it is placed upon into a bass speaker. Held in the air, the speaker doesn’t produce much sound, but when you place it on a solid table or cardboard box, that table or cardboard box becomes a subwoofer bass, and the room comes alive with some serious sound.

The speaker unit is powered by a USB cord, so it does not take up a valuable electrical outlet in my seven-outlet surge-protected PowerSquid. Further, a built-in micro SD slot allows the unit to operate as a stand-alone mp3 player. Note: Don’t get this speaker confused with the lower-end PowerPod Jr., which is less powerful.

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