Summary: I got this because I listen to audiobooks all the time. Needed something around the house, etc. It's not easy to find something this small that I can use with my IAUDIO U2 (great product!) - Got it at Circuit City for 39.99 which I felt was overpriced, but I was desperate. As soon as I plugged it in, I noticed that it was VERY quiet - even when cranked up all the way. Hard to hear in the car. But I find that it works at the desk and around the house.
Summary: The Podwave, at first glance, looks like it would provide useful sound when connected to the iPod (or other portable audio devices, for that matter). The size is good, it weighs very little, and is easy to use. Unfortunately, the sound quality and volume is *very* lacking. I even tried ramping up the level of the signal feeding into the Podwave with a portable "Boosteroo" pre-amp, and that didn't much improve matters (using an iPod Nano as the signal source).
Summary: These speakers are small, but sound that way. They remind me of what a little transistor radio use to sound like. One of my mp3 players would not even power it enough to be heard. My iPod Mini produced enough sound to be heard slightly across a room. I would not recommend this speaker system.
Summary: With technology what it is being able to cram incredible sound into tiny spaces (witness the incredibly expensive Bose tiny shelf speakers) it is amazing that the company that made this was not too embarrassed to put this tinny (and I don't mean tiny), barely audible set of speakers it on the market. It would cost more money to return this to Amazon to keep it and thus is the end of this story. . .