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New portable audio device delivers more oomph from your MP3 player or phone

By now everyone ought to have a docking station in their home so that friends can come ’round and drop their MP3 player or phone onto it to play the tunes you’ve just got to hear. But docking stations are too clumpy to carry around for when the listening session is moved out of the house (like on a picnic or on the beach during summer, for example). So what to do then?

Well, fabulous audio brand iFrogz has the solution. Its nifty new product, Boost, is a portable amplifying device that runs on batteries (with USB/AC adaptor option also available) that utilises a magnificent technology called ‘near-field audio’. What near-field technology  – also dubbed NearFA™ – does is pick up the sound coming out of the external speaker of your MP3 player or phone and amplify it for a fuller, richer sound – ie: not that ‘tinny’ audio that you get from music coming directly out of your device!

It’s a gorgeous, minimalist looking gadget, too, being a simple black little box with speakers on either side of it that needs no plugging in to an electrical outlet and that can be taken with you anywhere you go. It works with most smartphones and MP3 players that have external speakers and really does an excellent job in amplifying audio. There are no fussy set-up requirements and the system instantly goes into standby mode – saving power – the moment you lift your device off it.

Pop an iFrogz Boost into your bag when next stepping out, to show off your latest tunes to your pals, and really get the party jumping.


The iFrogz Boost RRP $59.95 is available at Zanui.

For more information on the iFrogz range visit www.audion-mm.com.

Courtesy of its distributor, Audion Innovision, Cream has two iFrogz Boosts to give away. Simply email your name, address and the Subject heading ‘Boost’ to cream@pobox.com no later than 5pm, Friday 6 July. Remember, you can enter as many times as you like but only one entry per day, thanks.

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