Summary: The battery does't last more than 1 month before it is worthless. Ion will not support this product. After the battery went the IPOD dock began to fail. At about 6 months in this product is worthless. Funny - it looks like it is well built but this product is garbage!!!!!!!!!!
Summary: After much debate and research, we decided to buy this speaker to use for our beach side wedding. We were worried about the sound quality and volume of the music over the waves, however the Block Rocker was amazing! Not only was the music loud enough but the officiant used the microphone provided so that our guests were able to hear our vows. It was the perfect size to carry down to the beach, and the battery never even came close to running low throughout the ceremony.
Summary: When I first received this I was excited! I bought a headset microphone in addition. I teach several workout classes and it was great. Then a few weeks later the Mics stopped working, including the one that came with it. Then a week later it stopped holding a charge. Now the only way I can play it, is plugged up. I can't turn it up too loud because the music starts to skip because of the power strength of the battery. Highly disappointed.
Summary: I agree with other reviewers: this product is a great idea poorly executed. As new it has a good sound quality and I love its portability, but it is not surviving a year of gentle use. About 10 months after its purchase it started to produce a humming sound when operated while plugged to the power. The noise covers soft music and is annoying during silences. Batteries degrade over time but I was not expecting the amplifier electronics to break in such a short time.
Summary: We bought the Ion Block Rocker in June 2009 to play music from an iPod as we sat outside on our patio. We used it 3 times last summer, storing it inside in our home between uses. I pulled it out and charged it up overnight to used today (08-2010) and nothing... It works when plugged into 110, but it will not run on battery. I get a few pops and hisses. If I plug it into the wall, it works fine.
Summary: Product worked great for about 9 months until the battery died and would not recharge. When I called to get a replacement battery, it was almost as much as the block rocker itself, so instead of ordering one, I went to my local Batteries Plus and not only did they have a replacment battery but it was a 1/4 of the price. Unsure of how the battery went it, we found it was actually more time consuming that difficult.
Summary: I bought this system for girls camp. We needed a system that 200 people would be able to hear and this was definetly the one. The extra was the ipod jack and wow was it amazing. The price was right and it was delivered quickly. Very pleased.
Summary: It would be nice if it came with some kind of a protective cover and a way to keep cords attached to the unit but we managed. It has a great output for sound even if not using an I-Pod. Would definitely recommend it for activites that require music and/or being a D.J. or when you have to interact with an audience. Also got a great deal with shipping via Amazon:) This was a great item we needed it quickly for the kareoke. It arrived safely packed and quickly.
Block Rocker is awesome with the battery replacement
Marty P. Young, Amazon
30 July 2010
Summary: The Block Rocker rocked the block until the battery stopped working 3 years later. I called Ion (gettting in contact with them is near impossible) to get a replacement battery and they are on back order for over a month at $99/battery. I would never pay $99 for a battery which is half the price I paid for the unit. UPDATE: There is a seller on Ebay selling a new replacement battery for $59.99 w/ detailed instructions and my Block Rocker is back to Rocking the block.
Summary: I've used some good amps and other equipment for miking my voice and amping my iPod, but none of the others come close to the versatility and power of sound of this bad boy. I landed one for my birthday two days ago, and it has replaced the unit I used previously for my iPod. I can also mix in my voice, violin, harps and keyboards. One thing this amp has is great audio range, high treble and deep bass.