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Ion Block Rocker Bluetooth $119.99 + tax Costco B&M

DoubleAgentM 536 455 July 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM in Mail In Rebate (3)
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My 1st post from the iPhone app, lol.

Costco has the Ion Block Rocker Bluetooth on sale for $149.99 - $30 instant rebate = 119.99 + tax.

Product Link: http://www.ionaudio.com/products/...oth-ipa56b
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Last edited by duvc2002 July 11, 2013 at 01:38 PM
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It distorts at medium volumes, so if you don't really want to rock the block it might be OK -- otherwise, build your own with a Lepai 2020 amp:

http://www.amazon.com/LP-2020A-Le...lepai+2020

Get that one (or same model from different vendor if you like).

Get a 12 volt lead acid battery like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/UPG-UB1272-...+lead+acid

Lots of different models to choose from there... And you also need a battery charger, like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Ten...ery+tender

A pair of EFFICIENT (~92+ dB) 6x9 car speakers in a ported box. (I used an existing speaker box and cut out the front.)

Put the battery inside the box and extend the leads outside so you can connect to the amp -- or the charger.

The iPod I put in a bit case attached to the back (with velcro) to protect it, and also added a sheet of rubber that I can drop down if it is snowing or sprinkling. And then I put the whole thing in a trash bag with the speakers pointing out if it is raining and it still sounds good.

And then the original speaker cover goes over the front to conceal the 6x9's.

Cost is about the same -- takes about 4 hours to build, and you can hear it on the other side of a football field with good quality (100 yards away). Then you can really rock the block...

ps. How do you insert an image?
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It distorts at medium volumes, so if you don't really want to rock the block it might be OK -- otherwise, build your own with a Lepai 2020 amp:

I picked it up from Costco. Been listening to Muse albums all day on it via streaming bluetooth. I didn't notice any distortion yet. I have been using it at less than block rocking volumes though, due to my office being in a corporate environment.

FM reception is much better than I expected. I use a small desk radio to listen to local stations, but the rockers reception is way better.

I'll test at higher volumes this week. The rule I've always used is to keep source volume at around 75 - 80 % for optimal sound.

Build quality of the Block Rocker far exceeds anything that I can build. It's aesthetically pleasing and has Costco's return policy.
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Quote from ph123 View Post :
It distorts at medium volumes, so if you don't really want to rock the block it might be OK -- otherwise, build your own with a Lepai 2020 amp:

http://www.amazon.com/LP-2020A-Le...lepai+2020

Get that one (or same model from different vendor if you like).

Get a 12 volt lead acid battery like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/UPG-UB1272-...+lead+acid

Lots of different models to choose from there... And you also need a battery charger, like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Ten...ery+tender

A pair of EFFICIENT (~92+ dB) 6x9 car speakers in a ported box. (I used an existing speaker box and cut out the front.)

Put the battery inside the box and extend the leads outside so you can connect to the amp -- or the charger.

The iPod I put in a bit case attached to the back (with velcro) to protect it, and also added a sheet of rubber that I can drop down if it is snowing or sprinkling. And then I put the whole thing in a trash bag with the speakers pointing out if it is raining and it still sounds good.

And then the original speaker cover goes over the front to conceal the 6x9's.

Cost is about the same -- takes about 4 hours to build, and you can hear it on the other side of a football field with good quality (100 yards away). Then you can really rock the block...

ps. How do you insert an image?
The ion has bluetooth, radio and an USB port so you can charge phones or any USB device.
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It's back on sale for $119 at my local Costco. Just picked one up and love it.

Here are the Specs:
http://www.ionaudio.com/products/...oth-ipa56b
Model#: IPA56B
Receipt: http://i.imgur.com/LjHHW3A.jpg
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Last edited by willdogs August 1, 2013 at 05:50 PM
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Sam's Club had this for the same exact price a few weeks ago. I bought one and like it alot
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Bought one of the first gen block rockers from sams a couple of years ago. It is a great, portable unit. Within 15 months the battery went bad. (We kept it plugged in most of the time so i don't know if we killed it.) 4 screws and an ebay order for about $18 for a new battery and it is as good as new.

would love to have bluetooth and fm on this one, just can't justify getting a new one till the old really croaks. Highly recommend!
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Got the ION a few weeks back...we love it. Bluetooth connection is good and combined with streaming music like Google Play Music or Pandora or whatever you use, it's a little party in a box with no wires. No distortion that we've noticed and we've rocked our block a bit.
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