Grandmax Shows off Portable IPod Speakers

Grandmax, a brand from YC Cable, is showing off some nifty speakers for digital music lovers at Computex

The company's Tweakers Mini-Boom Speakers are two mini-speakers just a few inches tall when they pop up and play music. They're rounded on the top, flat on the bottom and work with iPods, iPhones and any other digital music device. When the speakers are retracted and stuck together by magnets on the bottom, they're about four inches long and fit in the grip of your hand.

These little speakers come with built-in rechargeable batteries that give 5-7 hours of play before running down. Connect them to a laptop and you can play music and recharge the battery.

They go on sale in the U.S. later this month at www.grandmax.com for around $39.95 and come in dark red or black. During a demonstration at their booth, Jason Chu from Grandmax, dropped them from about 4-feet (1.2192 meters) to show their durability. He picked them up, plugged them in and they worked just fine.

For the size of the speakers, the sound is quite good. Even after a four-foot drop.

Grandmax's design is nice, but apparently not unique. One other company at Computex was showing a similar style of speaker in two versions, a pair of speakers taller than the Tweakers and a single speaker. Almax is displaying the SP-327 mini-speaker at its booth. The design is nearly the same as Grandmax's. Both companies said they design products for other companies.

Almax representatives declined to comment about the similarity of the speakers with Grandmax and did not know when its single speaker would be available on markets.

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