Published on May 3rd, 2011 | by Ruth0
Grace Digital’s Eco Extreme: Sing Along in the Shower
We’re pretty obsessed with music around here, live shows, new tracks to download, CDs, you name it. We also like to try out new ways of receiving sound waves, from bookshelf systems to headphones that enable us to secretly listen to bad pop without risking ridicule. Sometimes we need a system that can deal with waves of the aquatic variety, so we tried out the Eco Extreme Rugged All Terrain Speaker Case from Grace Digital Audio.
The Eco Extreme case will work with pretty much any MP3 or cell phone music player you have. Operations are pretty simple- open up the speaker, insert three AA batteries, plug your music player into the 1/8″headset jack, slip it into the mesh pocket, and snap the case closed. The brightly colored rubber speaker-case is the size of a couple of books stacked, with a carabiner attached for easy hauling. The various citrus-colored options make it pretty hard to leave behind at a campsite- ours was Lime Green, but others include Lemon Zest and Orange Peel. If you want to be boring with it, there’s also a Jet Black option.
Some of of us love pumping up tunes and singing along while showering, so we tried the Eco Extreme in a more urban setting- our bathroom. The carabiner clipped easily to the shower door (We suspect it would be great on a tent as well.), and we were surprised by the amount of sound it pumped out. The sound quality is only so-so, but pretty much perfect for singing along to “Just Dance” while sudsing up. Because the system is battery operated, it doesn’t charge your phone while it use, unlike some other docks we’ve tried, so make sure to fully charge in advance, or you’ll be out of music pretty quickly. We’re not sure if we’d be thrilled with the value at the listed price of $50, but for $38 on Amazon, it’s a pretty decent music machine. We might’ve liked some track control options on the case, since accessing the device inside is a bit difficult, but it’s easy and solid.