Summary: I really liked the idea of this, because I did not want to build one as myself. Unfortunately it stopped working after three days. As for when it was working, the sound was pretty loud, not as loud as I would expect for 8 speakers. The sound was also very directional (you had to be in front of the speaker to hear it, at least with other noise going on).
... weeks ago to take camping and couldn't say enough good things about it
24 August 2014
Summary: My little brother bought one of these a few weeks ago to take camping and couldn't say enough good things about it. I am in total agreement! Fits a 4th and 5th gen iPod with no problem, charges the iPod and the speakers when it's plugged in or on solar, and the sound is incredible. Sleek design, highly portable, and totally worth the price!
Summary: The Eton Soulra XL Solar Powered Sound System is FANTASTIC!!! The sound and clarity is beyond amazing. The price is reasonable, too. We take it to Tahoe, and also enjoy it while we are gardening!!! You cannot go wrong with this item.
Summary: This is a great portable music solution for those that spend a lot of time outdoors. We use it for tailgating and it provides the perfect amount of sound, although we usually have to run it at max volume to overcome the background noise of other tailgaters. It charges nicely, even under cloudy conditions. We have forgotten to charge it before use, and after a few minutes in the sun it is ready to charge itself as it plays music. Sound quality is very nice.
Summary: This is the second Soulra XL I've purchased. The first one lasted a year, and then completely pooped out on me. But it is such a cool toy, with decent sound, I figured for the price ($99!) I could get another one - which I hoped would last a little longer. This one died exactly 31 days after I received it! And now I can't return it. Hopefully Eton will still honor its limited warranty (1 year, by law).
Summary: The solar charger on this unit does not work. I charges well after being plugged in for a while. I sounds really good too. Since I purchased I for both solar and sound I have to give it a lower star rating.