Logitech mm50 Portable Speakers for iPod (white)
Manufacturer: Logitech Part number: 970173-0403
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CNET editors' review
price range: $279.99
- Reviewed by: Jasmine France
- Edited by: James Kim
- Reviewed on: 10/02/2005
The good: Travel-friendly folding design; built-in rechargeable battery; includes travel pouch, wall charger, and remote; great sound; acts as an iPod charger when plugged in; line-in port for non-iPod MP3 players.
The bad: Slightly larger than other travel speakers; sound distortion at highest volumes.
The bottom line: The Logitech mm50 Portable Speakers for iPod are useful and affordable--and they sound good, too.
This is one of my favorite gadgets.
by jaredwbrown on September 6, 2007
Pros: Good sound, long battery life, small and portable
Cons: angle for the remote is somtimes awkward
Summary: I've had this device for about 2 years and have used it off and on. We recently took it with us on a roadtrip. I charged the battery the ...
Summary: I've had this device for about 2 years and have used it off and on. We recently took it with us on a roadtrip. I charged the battery the night before and it lasted over 7 hours. That was with constant song changes and powering off and on. This costs a fraction of what the Bose system costs and its a lot smaller and more portable.
The Best IPOD travel Speakers
by bobkeenan on March 22, 2007
Pros: Best sound vs size in Travel speakers
Cons: It would be neat if the charger fit into the speaker case
Summary: I had one of the first travel mp3 speaker systems. It was a sony with two small swivel speakers. It was great for the time. I needed something with better ...
Summary: I had one of the first travel mp3 speaker systems. It was a sony with two small swivel speakers. It was great for the time. I needed something with better sound. The mm50 fit that need. Its about as large as you can get and still call it a travel speaker system. The length fits perfectly in the bottom width of my airline carry-on bag. The sound is excellent for the size. And it looks slick. I got the black one to match my black ipod and it just looks and sounds nice.
Great sound and its portable
by lifendz on January 9, 2007
Pros: Reasonable price (if you shop around), clear sound, charges your Ipod while docked, a remote, doesn't need to be plugged in
Cons: The bass seems to be missing, Lack of any real equalizer options,
Summary: I've had these speakers for about five months now and everyone that sees them is impressed with their size and sound. I use them in my dorm room and ...
Summary: I've had these speakers for about five months now and everyone that sees them is impressed with their size and sound. I use them in my dorm room and they provide the perfect amount of sound for my needs. This would not be something you'd use for a living room or to tailgate. I've taken them with me to the beach and found the sound to be good until someone in the area comes along with a stero. These speakers provide enough sound for anyone with 2 feet of them but are easily beaten by lounder products. The bass is very minimal so if you're into bass heavy music you might want something else. All in all, I'm happy with these speakers. For what I paid I got an Ipod charger (my Ipod came w/o one as do most video ipods) and I have a stero system in my room that takes almost very little room.
weak speakers for the price
by PickeringToon on December 15, 2006
Pros: Still looking
Cons: Expensive with aful sound
Summary: According to the editor these are good buy for the price. Maybe we all have just become ipod stupid. Since these are speakers I you would think they have good ...
Summary: According to the editor these are good buy for the price. Maybe we all have just become ipod stupid. Since these are speakers I you would think they have good sound but they don't. My ten year old "come with the desktop" speakers have better sound (they actually have bass). I guess than it must be the wow factor that they work with an iPod....hold on...where is the wow in that. Going back to Best Buy.
Amazing sound quality and perfect for the "middle ground" iPod speaker market
by EatFoilNow on September 10, 2006
Pros: Fits snugly into a compact travel remote, extremely handy remote, awesome sound quality, extremely long battery life
Cons: Was created before nano, so does not come with nano adapter (applies to only some)
Summary: These speakers were the result of a few months of research, and as far as I could tell, there was nothing bad about them at all. And for that matter, ...
Summary: These speakers were the result of a few months of research, and as far as I could tell, there was nothing bad about them at all. And for that matter, I have not had one problem at all with these speakers. They are extremely handy, I never take my iPod out of them when it's at home. I keep it on my desk and keep my Mini charging all day, while listening to music. It even has a dock connecter on the back to connect to the computer without even removing the iPod, which is also very handy, especially for the extremely lazy. Anyways, I have traveled with this speaker set and it was a wonderful experience, charging up on the iPod battery half way through the trip one night, and listening to music while I had some down time in the hotel. All of the sound playback has been extremely satisfying, yet I cannot comment on the claim that the sound is distorted at higher levels, since I haven't really gone above 3/4 of the way up with the iPod connected to the speakers. The only bad thing about these speakers is that I received it about a month after the Nano was released, and although I own a green Mini that I love to death, I figured this would be a problem for others. My sister has a nano, and she fits it in fine but there is not an add-on to keep it securly in place like there is for my Mini. Overall, these speakers are a stellar little wonder that is the perfect choice for those who don't want a cheap fold-up system, and at the same time want to be portable and not wanting a large, stationary system like a Bose, Klipsch, or higher model Altec Lansing. I highly recommend this over any other speaker system in this marketing category!
by mofophil on August 3, 2006
Pros: small, travel case included, fits all pods
Cons: low bass not loud enough
Summary: not bad nice and compact, nice look, carrying case. only problem, they're not the loudest and they do not have the deepest bass. i can look past that. great ...
Summary: not bad nice and compact, nice look, carrying case. only problem, they're not the loudest and they do not have the deepest bass. i can look past that. great bargain.
Great value, exactly what the frequent traveler needs!
by VivaGigantes! on July 10, 2006
Pros: Good sound, compact, case with remote, rechargeable battery and A/C adapter
Cons: Bass could be a lot better (it is a "travel" system afterall)
Summary: I had looked far and wide for the best iPod travel speaker system and considered other Logitech Altec Lansing models, but in the end, this one had the best sound, ...
Summary: I had looked far and wide for the best iPod travel speaker system and considered other Logitech Altec Lansing models, but in the end, this one had the best sound, value, features and compromise on portability.
At first I was afraid of the size of this item (as there are smaller options) but I am happy to say that my concerns were ill-founded. This unit is quite discreet and packs very well.
The user reviews on the iM3, plus my own personal experiences with it, helped steer me towards the mm50. Other units by Bose and such might have better sound and bass, but forget about throwing them in your backpack for the weekend.
In the end, if good sound (for all genres, minus the bass) nice features, and extreme portability are your main concerns, then get this product.
Bonus: I got mine for $99 at Costco. Tough to beat...
Can't beat these for the price/size
by combrig on May 2, 2006
Pros: Portable, inexpensive, great sound
Cons: Power adapter doesn't fit in the case
Summary: These speakers sound great. The sound may not be quite as good as Bose SoundDock or Altec Lansing InMotion, but these Logitech mm50 speakers are about half the price, and ...
Summary: These speakers sound great. The sound may not be quite as good as Bose SoundDock or Altec Lansing InMotion, but these Logitech mm50 speakers are about half the price, and much more portable. Nothing in the same price range and size comes close. I went to a few stores with my iPod and listened to just about every set of iPod speaker systems on the market -- this was a clear choice based purely on the sound quality and price/size. I just wish the carrying case could accomodate the power adapter, but that's a minor detail.
by codygrech on April 3, 2006
Pros: Price and sound quality
Cons: Not so good for loud heavy bass music, i.e. Rap.
Summary: Just received these speaker today from Amazon and absolutely love them. I researched all the speakers out there on Cnet and other sites, and these are the best for the ...
Summary: Just received these speaker today from Amazon and absolutely love them. I researched all the speakers out there on Cnet and other sites, and these are the best for the money. They sound great, are fully portable with a rechargable battery built in, have a nice travel case and a remote. I plan to use these speakers at the lake and camping and love the crispness of the sound and the battery. The others I considered were the IM7 which sounds really good, but is big and bulky and sucks 8 "D" batteries fast. The Bose is $299 and has no battery option. I got this at Amazon for $99 and is a steal at that price. Also saw it at Costco (after I bought at Amazon) for $98. Overall, great speakers for the money and perfect for outdoor/portable use.
These speakers are amazing,
by LiamMoar on March 16, 2006
Pros: good sound for the great price
Cons: that it moves when music is loud.
Summary: Given the track record Logitech has had with computer speakers over the past few years, I had to give serious consideration to the mm50s. The only other speaker choice I ...
Summary: Given the track record Logitech has had with computer speakers over the past few years, I had to give serious consideration to the mm50s. The only other speaker choice I was considering was the Altec Lansing InMotion IM7 speakers but the size of the IM7s turned me off. The fact that the mm50 speaker also had a built-in Lithium-Ion batteries compared to the IM7 (you install 8 D cell batteries) also tilted my choices to the mm50. The size of the mm50 was much more appealing to me.
In 6 days of use, I've been very happy with the mm50 speakers. Now I'll tell you why.
The MSRP is $149 for these speakers... compared to the competition, this is a steal! Often the speakers will be discounted (Best Buy had them for $129 recently) so there are deals to be had.
You can read my article The Art of Buying... Getting your money's worth! to find some tips for saving a little money on electronic purchasing.
Again considering the competition includes the Altec Lansing InMotion IM7 ($249) and the Bose SoundDock ($299), the mm50 are a steal especially if you can get them at $129. Altec Lansing also had other models for sale like the IM3 ($179), IM5 ($149), and IM11 ($99). The IM5 and IM3 would likely be the closest competitor to the mm50s. I don't know too much about the Logic 3 i-Station or the DLO iBoom which are in the same price range.
In the Box
Inside you get the mm50 speakers inside a black rigid carry case and a thin wafer remote stashed at the inner bottom part of the case, an AC power adapter, and three cradle molds (for the iPod Mini, the iPod Nano, and iPod less than 30GB in size). There is a laminated poster sized instruction sheet (folded up of course) included as well.
The mm50 is pretty much a solid brick of a speaker setup. It doesn't fold up or have any gimmicks to it... just a solid iPod white exterior with the inset cradle. You clearly see the two sets of speaker drivers. One on each side being the Max-X™ high-excursion drivers with neodymium magnets being the larger drivers and the pressure drivers to improve the bass response. The unit has dimensions of 12.75" x 3.75" x 1.4" and is a bit on the heavy side at 1.6 lbs.
The top of the unit has four buttons. Two for the volume controls, one to turn on the surround sound/3D sound effects (the button lights up reddish orange when on), and one to turn on the speakers (there is a LED here to denote various power states as well). The power button will light purple when the unit is on and playing on battery power, solid red light when the battery power is low and the unit is running on battery power, blink blue when charging on AC power, and solid blue when fully charged on the AC adapter.
The bottom of the unit has two evenly spaced 3.5" metal bars with thick rubber feet so the mm50s can stand on their own. They are extremely sturdy!
The back of the unit has a line in port, and iPod Dock connector pass through (you can dock your iPod through the mm50 if you attach the iPod dock connector cable), and the power port. The Lithium Ion battery is removable but only if you disassemble the mm50 (the instruction does show you how to disassemble the mm50 to get to the Lithium Ion battery!).
The rigid case seems okay but I don't expect the speakers to take too many hard bumps in it. Shouldn't be too much of a problem since the speakers are built like a brick!
For a portable speaker, the sound is surprising rich and deep. With volume set at a medium level, the sound is rich and clear. It gets a decent bass response for a portable system which is saying alot. The midrange response is excellent. Although the speakers can't compare with a good home theater system, it may be able to compete with low end and even decent mini-all-in-one systems. That's how good these speakers are.
As for the 3D sound enhancement feature, pressing the button will allow some music/sound to appear as if you were listening to a surround sound setup. While you will not notice it with all music, you do notice it on some music especially if you straight in front of the speakers and a few feet away and the difference is noticable and overall pleasant. It doesn't seem to be a certain type of music from what I can tell for example the Classic Disney CD box set had tunes thats seemed to benefit from it like "A Whole New World" and tunes from "The Little Mermaid" and other songs that had no noticable effect.
Overall, the mm50 can fill a medium room rather well near its maximum volume output. It should do good enough for large rooms that are relatively quiet. There is some mild distortion of sound at the maximum volume output with some sounds... rock and bass heavy songs seems to be most affected while classical music had no notable distortion.
Becareful of the volume settings. The mm50 doesn't have a set indicator telling you what the current speaker volume is set to. On top of this, changing the volume of the speakers also changes the volume of the iPod connected to it via the dock connector. So check the volume of your iPod before you listen to it with headphone... you might blow your ears out if the volume is set to the max. Note that the volume indicator on the iPod does not tell you the volume setting of the mm50!
Logitech rates the battery at 10 hours. I'm gotten about 7-8 hours of use over a 2-3 day span. Not the greatest but acceptable. Longer trips will require you to bring the AC adapter along. Keeping higher volume settings and the 3D sound effects on lower the battery life.
The battery charges in about 4 hours if you've completely drained them.
As I stated before, the battery is user-replacable but not easily so. You have to remove all the back screws of the mm50s to get to the Lithium-Ion batteries. As with other Lithium-Ion rechargable batteries, they will begin to degrade between 300-500 recharge cycles and offer significantly reduced performance around that time. Logitech does sell replacement batteries for the mm50 when that time comes.
The cradle comfortably fits iPods of 30GBs and larger and the Video iPod 60GB (although there is some space between the back of the Video iPod 60GB and the back of the cradle). You must use one of the three cradle adapters to fit the other iPods into the cradle. There is one adapter for the iPod Mini which provides an exact fit for the iPod mini and one adapter for the iPod Nano which also provides a solid and snug fit. The last adapter is for the Video iPod 30GB, Photo iPod 30GB, older iPods with 20GB or less of hard drive space.
Other than playing back the music any time I want, the mm50 with one of my iPods makes a great portable and very loud alarm clock. The iPod will turn on the speakers and blast music at me to get me out of the bed... and everyone else in the house as well.
- Manufacturer: Logitech
- Part number: 970173-0403
- Description: The incredible bass and enveloping experience of a home audio system is now available on the go. The Logitech mm50 Portable Speakers for iPod use 3" pressure drivers to maximize bass and minimize distortion. The rechargeable Li-ion batteries last up to 10 hours, and you can charge both the speaker system and iPod battery simultaneously. Using 3-D sound processing that "widens" the stereo effect, this system's sound seems to come from an area about two feet wider than the speaker itself. And with a custom travel case, you can take the big sound from this small package anywhere.
- Product type Speakers
- Color White
- Amplification type Active
- Magnet type Neodymium
Compatibility | Accessories
- Included accessories Power adapter,
- Remote control type Remote control
- Power device Power adapter - External
- Run time (up to) 10 hour(s)
- Type Speaker battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion
- Service & support 2 years warranty
- Service & support details Limited warranty - 2 years