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Back To School With Kid-Friendly Tech

Digital Audio LiveSpeakr

Digital Audio LiveSpeakr

With dozens of new portable speaker products available on the market this year, there’s a good chance that the older student in your life will be considering one as a back-to-school essential for a dorm room or bedroom. The LiveSpeakr, from Digital Audio, is an attractive option for Apple products, including the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPod Touch, iPod Touch 2G and iPod Classic and it comes packaged in an eye-catching protective cardboard box that’s sturdy enough to serve as a permanent home for the speakers when not in use. The LiveSpeakr arrives folded compactly, and is no bigger than a small paperback book, adding only a few inches to its frame when opened fully in either the landscape or vertical display. When a music device is  docked into the station, a simple twist shifts it from one position to the other.

The sound quality of the speakers is surprisingly clear, though each is no more than a few inches wide. While there is no volume control on the device itself (it must be adjusted from the music device), the speaker system carries sound in even a larger room with ease. While operating off of a rechargeable Li-ion battery that can hold up to 16 hours of charge, the LiveSpeakr can perform even while charging with the included USB cable.

At a reasonable $99 from, the speaker also comes boxed with an A/C  adapter and quick start guide and is available in black and white.