We've all had those services where someone wanted to play a piece of music at the gravesite or other spot without available electricty. We have also struggled to lug around the boom box or other sound gear necessary to make the magic happen for that family. Never mind that more and more people carry around MP3 players or iPods which will not hook up easily to the boom box we used to borrow from our children's bedrooms on the way out in the morning!
Logitech (yes the mouse and keyboard people) has created the perfect solution for frazzled funeral directors. Take a look at the picture just below. The mm28 Portable Speaker system (less than $60 dollars at Amazon.com, follow the link at the end of this posting) at 1.24 inches thin and only 2 lbs, will fit easily in a glove box and slip under your arm on the way to the gravesite. It runs on four AA batteries or if you do have electricity handy can run from a wall outlet.
It uses what they call NXT flat-panel technology to produce the sound. Essentially the entire front surface vibrates to create the music in one self contained unit.
If you look closely at the photo, you will notice the two hinges along the bottom edge of the speaker. This allows the clear plastic cover to fold back and serve as a stand as seen in the next photo.
The speakers include an 1/8th inch male stereo jack molded directly into the back of the unit. No special cords to keep track of and to eventually lose. This one has a permanent connection and unlike some of the special iPod only speakers, this one will work with most MP3 players, portable CD players, anything with a standard headphone jack. With an adapter, you might even manage to attach a simple microphone to create a mini PA system, though I did not have a chance to test this for myself.
The volume of the sound will work fine for most small groups (up to 30 or 40 people in a quiet outdoor setting). I played my iPod on it earlier today and the sound carried well throughout my living space. The quality of the sound will match or exceed most of the big portable PA systems typically sold to funeral directors and will reproduce music about as well as a standard size boom box. Unless you have a particularly picky ear for sound quality, this speaker will work well for most purposes.
For more information, you can look at Logitech.com or follow the link below to purchase the product at Amazon.com.