Summary: Need an unimposing loudspeaker for your tranquil personal space? This is the finest niche product for the job I have found in a market which is flooded with cheap and not so cheap noise makers.
Summary: My full review can be found here:
The executive summary: The speaker is surprisingly good for its size and cost.
Pros: size, sound, build quality, great value as a whole
Cons: bit of a niche combo unit, not good value as individual components
Excerpt: The portable speaker has come along way since the rad boombox days of the ‘80s. They’ve gone from resting on your shoulder to fitting in your palm, and can now play tunes from virtually any audio source. Unfortunately, there’s one area where improvements have faltered — sound quality.
Summary: In other words, the new NuForce Cube is the kind of original device which can be used by people who enjoy spending their free time outside. And the sort of consumers who are in need of something that is compact and also able to deliver the best solution for their listening needs.
Conclusion: While higher quality and similarly-priced portable DAC’s do exist (the uDAC-2 is a good example), we can’t think of any others that come packaged with a respectable sounding speaker and quality headphone amplifier in such a tidy little package.
Summary: For those of you who are still thinking that the
NuForce Magic Cube is just another audiophile
gimmick, my suggestion is “put up or shut up!” Just
try the Magic Cubes in your system and return them
within 30 days for a full refund if you’re not
pelased with them.
Conclusion: I do. It delivers good sound, which you want from any speaker. It is perfect for taking your sound with you and it works very well on a crowded computer work station. An extra bonus for me — I use an external monitor and therefore keep the lid to my MacBook Pro closed which muffles the sound.