Reviewers say that if you want a good-sounding portable system that won't break the bank, the Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i iPod speaker should be at the top of your list. The 1.5-pound S715i can run off the included wall adapter, or a battery that lasts eight hours between charges. This speaker system is compatible with most iPods, although you may have to slip your iPod or iPhone out of its case; some bulky cases prevent the devices from docking properly. The S715i bears Works with iPhone certification, which means the speakers are GSM-shielded to prevent interference from incoming phone calls and text messages.
Reviewers say the Logitech S715i sounds superb given its compact size, and it provides better audio and bass response than Logitech's previous iPod speakers. You'll lose some volume when the speakers are running on battery power, but for most reviewers that's not a deal-breaker. We also saw a few complaints that the carrying case for the speakers doesn't provide much protection. If sound quality is your primary concern, reviewers recommend the Arcam rCube (*Est. $475) as the very best portable speaker system. It's heavy, at about 11 pounds, and very expensive, but has a built-in carry handle and provides unmatched audio quality among portable systems.
The best review of the Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i comes from iLounge.com; editor-in-chief Jeremy Horwitz provides an unmatched level of detail in his reviews, accompanied by a number of photographs. CNET, PCMag.com, I4U.com and iPodRepublic.com also provide helpful details, and more than 650 Amazon.com users give the S715i an average 4.4-star rating.
Our Sources: Logitech S715i iPod Speaker Reviews
The Logitech S715i earns a strong recommendation from Jeremy Horwitz at iLounge.com. Horwitz says that sound quality is improved over previous Logitech speakers, especially when it comes to bass response. However, you may have to remove your iPhone case to get the phone to dock properly.
Review: Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i, Jeremy Horwitz, Aug. 6, 2010
CNET gives its coveted Editors' Choice award to the Logitech S715i. Donald Bell says the S715i sounds much better than most iPod speakers in this price range, and he also calls it an "unbeatable value."
Review: Logitech S715i, Donald Bell, Aug. 4, 2010
PCMag.com gives the Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i a good rating. Sound quality is "fantastic" at lower volumes (although Tim Gideon reports some distortion at maximum volume), and the unit is easy to carry or toss into a tote bag. However, the remote is too small and doesn't totally control the iPod's menu.
Review: Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i, Tim Gideon, Aug. 26, 2010
Although he would like more bass response, Shane McGlaun at I4U.com gives the Logitech S715i a high overall rating of 8.5 out of 10. McGlaun praises the speakers' design and says the system is easy to use.
Review: Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i Review, Shane McGlaun, Aug. 19, 2010
5. iPod Republic
Daniel Tangen of IPodRepublic.com says the Logitech S715i provides great value for your money, with sound quality that can match more expensive speakers. The design isn't as sleek as they would like, but Tangen says it should be on the top of your list if you want a portable system.
Review: Logitech S715i Portable Speaker Review, Daniel Tangen, Aug. 22, 2010
6. KTLA (Los Angeles)
KTLA's technology expert writes a brief review of the Logitech S715i, calling it "one of the best portable speakers out there on the market," Deputy Connor praises the easy-to-use dock and excellent audio quality.
Review: Logitech S715i Portable Speaker Review, "Cyberguy" Deputy Connor, Sept. 1, 2010
Editors of the AllTechRelated blog give the Logitech S715i a perfect 5-star rating. "I've never heard music sound so good from such a small portable speaker set," the author writes. However, volume and bass both decrease when the speakers are on battery power.
Review: Review: Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i for iPod and iPhone, "BMT123", Sept. 10, 2010
The S715i earns more than 650 user reviews on Amazon.com, averaging out to a 4.4-star rating. Users report excellent sound quality and are impressed with the speaker's portability and good value, especially its dual-voltage capability. A few user reviewers complained about the thin carrying case and weak remote control.
Review: Logitech S715i Rechargeable Speaker for iPod and iPhone, Contributors to Amazon.com
9. Apple Store
More than 15 reviewers give the Logitech S715i a 4.5-star rating. They like the unit's sound quality, portability and price point, but one reviewer wishes it offered Bluetooth capability.
Review: Logitech Rechargeable Speaker S715i, Contributors to the Apple Store