@Fodder650 I mean, your fucking phone’s right there on top. Which for a thousand bucks (or even $100, which is btw more than $70) better fucking tell the time, and you can even get a fancy app for that or whatever.
But I actually get tired of having the time shoved in my face. And a radio that’s not a clock is that much more retro.
@CatsAreGods Do you know for sure it’s monaural? It has the 2 speakers and a lot of the better grade of bluetooth speaker “boxes” do take a stereo input and provide some stereo effect, just like they did when it was new in “retro” times. (actually, really retro would be the quadraphonic of the 1970s, though it’s funny that it was a failure then but came back as the “surround sound” 5.1 and 7.1 systems now. Though that was largely due to the digital encoding that supported it, and the way Movie watching at home became common.
At this point, the default assumption is generally going to be that a speaker is stereo, in my experience. Certainly the Headphone and Aux In jacks are both stereo. Now, whether it combines the channels and just plays the same thing from both speakers is not addressed, but the hardware to do stereo is certainly evident.
It says “THD < 10%”, not that it is 10%. I’m guessing that they probably don’t actually know the THD for this unit. I have been encountering a hell of a bunch of electronic stuff made in China for which the US brand-holder is ill-informed about what the device really does, and the manufacturer coughs up meaningless technobabble at a level similar to ST:Voyager’s script writers when pressed.
@CatsAreGods@pixelated I am fairly certain that a device at this price point, and of this size, with two identical, evenly spaced speaker drivers, is going to be a stereo speaker unless explicitly stated otherwise. It wouldn’t make sense for this to be a mono unit anyway. (My earlier quip was mostly a joke.)
@rjquillin the Qi charging would introduce too much interference unless they put in decent shielding and a high quality power supply, which this cheap radio probably doesn’t have. The FM reception can’t be great, either.
@aarond12@rjquillin Yep, most AM radio sucks big time. When i was a kid, WLS 890AM out of Chicago played great rock’n’roll, then they turned into puke-worthy talk. Same for KFYR out of Bismarck. Can’t stand to listen to either of them now.
I do listen to WNAX out of Yankton, SD, because they have live/local DJs from 6am-6pm, the only time i listen. No talk shows during that time. No music, either, but lots of news, weather, etc. And no political bent, which is super-refreshing.
That being said, i’d much rather have a decent AM radio in this thing than a wireless Qi charger. I like the retro, but there is something wrong with “retro without AM”. Not a buyer.
If it had HD radio it wouldn’t be all that retro, and at the same time, it would be even more short-term retro because HD radios have become damn near impossible to find. The salesdroids at the last three places where I looked for one did not know what HD radio is, despite the fact that it’s been around for two decades.
@goffstock Yeah, I’ve got a similar BT speaker that blasts “POWER OFF” at full volume. You know, like when you are turning everything off to go to sleep, you want this P.O.S. speaker to wake up the whole fucking house.
@goffstock@mike808 My first generation Altec Lansing Mini H2O actually has the audacity to very loudly proclaim “DEVICE IS CHARGING” when you plug it in. Mercifully, this was omitted in the 2nd generation unit, and the voice prompts in general were significantly reduced in volume.
Somehow, on my first glance at this thing, I got the impression that it was $30. I think I would have pulled the trigger on that. But not $70. (Probably the huge font that said 30W that my brain put it on the price point I preferred.)
The instructions accompanying it are worthless except to reccomend the app - the only way we could set the clock. After a couple of days of the wireless charging station not working with our iphone 11’s we noticed a warning popup on their app.
@werehatrack Also noted that the front-panel USB jack is 5V 1A – like was OK for 2008 or whenever this was designed. Not having at least 2.1A is a sure sign of a design fail. And of course for this era should really be USB-C.
All that said, if this were offered at about $39, I’d probably buy one.
I do feel on products like this the Mehrkaters (Meh Marketers) try to play a game between sales/profit and e-Waste disposal and we are put in the middle.
Who am I kidding – it’s Texas, whatever toxic stuff that’s not profitable ends up in the dumpster out back…
Anyone else order this and have it pause what’s playing ever 30 seconds, no matter what app you use?
I reached out to Monster, and their response is “The “Monster” branded item in question is manufactured, marketed and serviced by a different company other than “Monster Products”. Please see below for the correct company to contact. Our apologies for any confusion and inconvenience”
I have run into similar issues with other things that carried a famous name label on an unlikely or unrelated product. It always annoys me, because it shows just how little they actually care about maintaing brand integrity.
For $70 it’s unbelievable you can’t set what it automatically turns on to. At the very least you’d think it would save the last used source. Along with the loud announcement when switching sources I definitely regret this purchase.