We weren’t expecting much from such a compact little speaker, but the iDM12 turns out to be cleverly designed and produces a surprisingly strong sound. See also: Group test: what's the best speaker set?

The speaker’s design is quite distinctive, consisting of a simple cylinder that measures just 180mm long and will be really easy to carry around in a backpack or even a jacket pocket. The design is clever too, with a protective cover on the front of the speaker that pops off and unfolds to double up as an iPad stand. Visit: Google Nexus Q review: first look

There’s no dock built into the iDM12, but it uses Bluetooth to stream music from an iPhone, iPad or any other device that has Bluetooth. There’s also an AUX input on the back for wired connections, although this requires the special audio/charging cable provided by iHome rather than a standard audio cable. Battery life is good too, at around eight hours.

We were surprised by the sound that came from the iDM12 – it was louder than any other speaker of comparable size and weight, and the sound was quite full and satisfying too.

As always, though, bass turned out to be a weakness – although, ironically, that’s because the bass here is actually too strong. The iDM12 has a feature called SRS TruBass that boosts the bass output, and on lighter pop songs this does work quite well. However, the bass on tracks like Another One Bites The Dust and Can’t Get You Out Of My Head caused the entire body of the speaker to vibrate, forcing us to turn the volume down in order to keep things under control.

iHome iDM12: Specs

  • Frequency response-125Hz – 20KHz
  • Sensitivity-82dB +/- 3dB 1M/1W
  • Nominal impedance-4ohm
  • Resonance Frequency-130Hz
  • Rated input power- 3W
  • Maximum input power-6W
  • Speaker size-45mm
  • Magnet type-Neodymium (composition: NdFeB)
  • Bluetooth
  • 22 x 13 x 8 mm, 159 g
  • Frequency response-125Hz – 20KHz
  • Sensitivity-82dB +/- 3dB 1M/1W
  • Nominal impedance-4ohm
  • Resonance Frequency-130Hz
  • Rated input power- 3W
  • Maximum input power-6W
  • Speaker size-45mm
  • Magnet type-Neodymium (composition: NdFeB)
  • Bluetooth
  • 22 x 13 x 8 mm, 159 g

OUR VERDICT

Despite the over-enthusiastic bass, the iDM is still one of the better pocket-size speakers we’ve come across. It can’t match the quality and power of the larger models from Altec Lansing and Logitech, but if you want a decent speaker that you can just pick up and drop into your pocket then the iDM12 is hard to beat.

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