Loathe to spend any of our discretionary funds on a new stereo system, especially with small children in the house, Mrs. LIAYF and I have been literally using the same 5 disc changer in our house since the last millennium. Saying 5 disc changer is actually generous too since, at any given time, at least 3 of those disc slots don't even work.
As a result, like most of the modern world, we have been moving to listening to our music via a digital format (phones, tablet, and laptops). The biggest problem with that has been the speaker systems with our devices when we are not listening through headphones. If we tried to turn the music up to any sort of reasonable volume (where it can be heard more than 10 feet away), it sounds like it' being filtered through a tin can.
You get the picture.
Up to recently, to listen to music out loud in the house we have had to put in 5 discs we like and end up listening to the one or two of them that actually play, over and over, and over again. Yeah, nice.
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I said until recently because a few weeks ago the fine people at Sol Republic x Motorola offered to send me their Deck Wireless Speaker system to review. I have to admit that I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from the system, but when it arrived it was exactly what we needed!
The speaker system operates off of blue tooth technology (wireless), or direct connection to pair with your device and provide 360 degree high quality sound throughout your rooms, all in a fairly compact little speaker. The wireless has great range too, as I paired it up with our Kindle Fire HD and carried the speaker to every room in the house without losing connection. (it has a 300ft range).
This wireless speaker instantly allowed me to access all our digital albums and playlists, as well as Spotify, Pandora, Tunein Radio, and more with a sound output that the whole family is happy with. It even has a 'Heist' mode, where up to 5 different friends can hook up to the speaker with their own devices at one time.
This feature was obviously not designed for my demographic.
From the moment I turned it on, we were happy. First, we listened to a Recess Monkey album that Lukas had not yet heard, then danced around with Annabelle to some Caspar Babypants songs. It was then that I remembered that she was wearing her Jimi Hendrix onesie, so I pulled up his catalog on @Spotify and tested the volume of the speaker with All Along the Watchtower!
I can't say that my little girl was overly impressed with such a loud sound, but I certainly was.
As a bonus, Sol Republic also offered a 2nd Deck Wireless Speaker (MSRP $199) to me to giveaway here on the blog as I saw fit!
I have to admit, I'm old school. You won't have to go through any of that Rafflecopter nonsense here. Just leave a comment on this post (preferably telling me what your favorite album of 2013 was) by December 13th, and you are entered. I will also give an extra entry for anyone who newly subscribes to Luke, I am Your Father through RSS or Feedly. Just let me know that you have. Sorry, only open to residents of the US and Canada.
Full disclosure: As I mentioned, Sol Republic provided me with free products to review, however the opinions expressed are 100% my own. I really do love this speaker system.
And the winner is: Jeff Bogle! Congrats Jeff.