Portable speakers can serve many useful purposes. They can be used to enhance a laptop or portable DVD players speakers or allow you to share your music with a friend if your MP3 player does not have speakers.
- World’s smallest 2.1 channel speakers
- Perfect for iPods, MP3 players, mobile CD and DVD players, PSPs, and notebooks
- Superior high and low sound with built-in subwoofer
- Bundle with retractable cable and carrying case
- Preventing hearing damage from earphones
Besides sounding good the best thing portable speakers can offer is to be small, easy to carry and easy to use. The Titan Mini 2.1 Portable Speakers are small and with the included carrying case it is really easy to transport them. As you can see from the pictures the case can be used with a shoulder strap or with the belt loop. Luckily you can detach the belt clip or shoulder strap when you are not using them so they don’t get in the way.
The speakers are really simple in design. There are a total of three speakers. One on top is the subwoofer, it is a small 2 inch speaker with a total output of 1.5W. On the back are two smaller 1 inch speakers that have a total output of 0.25W each.
The back of the speakers also has three holes. One for output to headphones, one for the input from a source like an MP3 player, and one for power. Originally I thought it was odd to have a headphone jack on the speakers because the device they are plugged into would already have a headphone jack. After playing around with these for a while I came to the understanding that it is a pain to have to unplug the speakers just to plug in headphones, especially if my MP3 player was in my pocket or backpack. Having a headphone jack on the outside in the speaker made it easier to reach when I needed it.
The speaker comes with a really slick set of cables. One is a USB cable for providing power to the speaker and the other is a 35mm headphone style cable for providing sound. The slick thing about the cables is that they are retractable. This means that when you need them to be long you pull them out. When you need to store them you can pull again and they will go back into the holder. Unfortunately, they are only about 3 feet long so they can never be to far away from the sound source.
The underside of the speakers has a battery compartment which provides an alternate source of power for when you are on the go. The battery compartment holds 4 AAA batteries.
The speakers as a whole are small but thick. They would not fit very well in a laptop or portable DVD player bag. I think a smaller design would have been better so that you could carry it around easier.
To make it easier to carry around it comes with a carrying case that has both a shoulder strap and belt clip. The case is designed well enough so that when the speaker is in the case none of the speakers or connectors are covered up. In fact, the case is designed so that the speakers are facing up when it is in the case so you can still hear the music while you are carrying it around.
If you visit the manufacturers website you can also see that that speakers come in four different colors. The one we have is white with grey speaker grills, the others are grey with black grills, grey with grey grills, and black with grey grills.
The performance of the Titan Mini 2.1 is all about how they sound and how easy they are to use. As far as easy of use I don’t think it could get easier. In fact, it is missing several features that would make it more complicated to use, but more useful. A volume is one of them and a bass and treble adjustment would also be nice. Because it does not have those features there is really nothing you need to do except plug it in.
The sound produced by the Titan Mini 2.1 is what I would expect from speakers this small. The sound is good, but you are not going to be using this for a party or anything. I found that if you are more than about 10 feet away you cannot hear the speakers well enough to understand the words. It is, however, loud enough that you could put it in a backpack and listen to the music while you walk around on a hike or any where else. Unfortunately, if you happen to get in a really noisy area you will not be able to hear the speaker very well. That would be when you would want to plug in headphones. I tried the speakers out on both my computer and an MP3 player. It performed well in both situations. The high range sounds were good and clear, the low range sounds were fairly non-existent because of the lack of a decent sized speaker. One of the things I liked about this speaker is that it does not turn on until there is something for it to play. For example, I plugged it into my MP3 player and until I hit play on a song the speaker stayed off. This is great for saving battery life and essential since there is no power switch.
As always with small speakers you don’t want to turn them up very loud. When I really cranked them up I started getting a lot of distortion. If you leave them turned up for a very long time then you can damage them.
Warranty and Support
I could not find any information about a warranty for the Titan Mini 2.1 portable speakers. The website does not even have a support link or anything. There is a contact link, but I don’t think it is for support. Be sure to ask the store you buy them from what kind of warranty they provide so you can be sure you are protected against getting a lemon.
I am happy with the performance of the speakers. Keeping in mind that these are really small speakers I think they performed ok. I would have preferred a slimmer design so that they could fit better in my pocket or laptop bag. I could not find anywhere that actually sells these, so it is hard to say how much they are going to cost. I personally would not pay more than about $20 or $30 for them. So when you do finally find them to purchase make sure they are within that range. As always compare prices before purchasing.
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