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Short Take: PowerTraveller’s K2000 Speaker

By DickieAdams October 20, 2006, 12:00 am

A closer look at the front , reveals a clear over black front with the PowerTraveller logo in a hologrammed emblem. The text across the bottom doesn't do much other than offer up ideas of what you might attach to the unit. The exterior of the K2000D is plastic, but has help up remarkably well to any scratches or scrapes (which is more than I can say for my Vision:M).

The back of the K2000 speaker protrudes slightly just below the power/input jacks and power switch to allow for the battery area and also provide additional stability to the base . This does how one can easily orient the speaker — and since the speakers are located so close to the surface on which you set them, the sound level will be diminished if you don't have them up near head level. The small power switch on the back is just that, a small switch with a somewhat sharp surface (as it is notched). Not something you'll be rubbing your fingers on.

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Four AA batteries are used to power the unit when not connected via the power port on the back . Speaking of ports, the input jack and power port are so similar in size and shape I did find myself trying to plug bits into the wrong spot occasionally. Battery life was great, and I still have yet to replace the generic batteries that were included with the unit (PowerTraveller mentions that you can get 10 continuous hours).

The bottom of the K2000 sports four soft padded feet — giving one the peace of mind that the speaker itself won't scratch up the surface its placed upon.

TIME FOR YOUR CLOSE-UP

Included with the K2000 is one lined carrying pouch (not pictured), a 1/8" male to 1/8" male audio cable (one end angled), and a USB power cable . The unit can take DC 5-<8V, but does not charge the batteries. Both of included cables are approximately five feet in length — giving you plenty of breathing room. I preferred to used one of my shorter (twelve inch) audio cables as I usually left my mp3 player close to the speakers.

There is a small air port on either side of the K2000 , and let me tell you that these aren't just for show. Every bass hit produces a blast of air from these silver holes. I did find that my unit had a slight buzz on the right speaker, and PowerTraveller said that this wasn't normal, and they have a no-quibbles replacement policy for problems such as this.

There is one LED on the unit, and it indicates power . The volume is controlled by an analog dial that feels a bit like an old radio tuner. Volume levels were adequate, but I did feel like the max volume (along with the max volume of my Vision:M), while loud, wasn't hurt-your-head loud. That's not to say that I couldn't hear the audio throughout my house at that level though. The low end of the volume scale took one complete swipe before I began to hear anything at all. Sound quality was outstanding (especially considering the small size).

The bass was surprisingly rich, and overall, I would have to say this is the best portable speaker I've used . It's certainly not going to replace your Bose any time soon, but it certainly gives you a nice and portable option. And it was far better than the built-in speakers of say my laptop or DS Lite.

SMALLISH

The K2000 is meant to be portable, and it lives up to that expectation. Although, if it were much larger, it would start to become difficult to manage . About three times thicker than my Vision:M and approximately one and a half times longer, I found it to be slightly bulky at times. The carrying bag it comes with is nice enough, but it doesn't leave much room for the necessary cables, so one has to add them to the list of items to have on hand.

PURCHASING

You can purchase PowerTraveller's K2000D Speaker here for approximately $83 USD.

Pros

  • Sleek-looking
  • Small form factor
  • Excellent sound

Cons

  • Switches and dials don't match rest of the unit
  • Too easy to plug the wrong item into the wrong port
  • Power switch is sharp and uncomfortable

OVERALL IMPRESSION

Personally, I found that the K2000 performed wonderfully. The sound reproduction was accurate (considering the size of the unit), and the bass capabilities were surprising. It was small enough to carry around fairly easily, and looked good to boot. I didn't like the fact that the power switch and volume dial didn't really match the rest of the sleek design, but that was a minor issue. The power switch could use a little brush down though. In all, an excellent way to share your music with your friends (say, outside on the patio during a BBQ), and as we learned in kindergarten, sharing is good.

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