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Published on May 3rd, 2011 | by Ruth

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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.

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The ampersand tattoo on her shoulder goes a long way towards explaining Ruth's outlook on life: there's always an "and." With TrulyNet, Ruth enjoys working on social media and writing... and editing... and... Ruth went to the University of Oregon, where she studied music, dance and cognitive psychology (and sleeping very little). While there, she designed classes and taught arts enrichment to talented and gifted grade-school students. After graduation, Ruth spent several years as a Market Analyst at a large law firm in New York. Feeling the pull back to the west coast, Ruth moved to San Francisco and worked for Stanford for a year before deciding to focus on her passion for the arts. Ruth spends more time on Facebook that she cares to admit. When not attached to the computer, working for TrulyNet, or dancing, Ruth rock climbs, knits, swims, obsessively plays Boggle, plays games, plays tennis, cooks, sips beer, wine and whiskey, and travels seeking adventure.



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