iLuv iSP170

The iLuv iSP170 is a pair of 7cm black shiny cubes housing a tiny 1.8watt amp and a pair of similarly ant-pleasing speakers.

One speaker has a large, easily findable volume dial on the back and the second speaker plugs into this one with a simple mono RCA. While there is USB it's power only, so input comes from a 3.5mm jack.

Irritatingly both 3.5mm jack and USB inputs are via hard-wired attached leads that at 90cm will doubtless always prove not quite long enough. Meanwhile the persistently attached wires mean that any stylish sleekness evoked by their low-profile presence is rendered moot through the omnipresent string of spaghetti hanging out the back.

More worrying is the distortion at low driver levels, though give it a maxed out iPhone input and the tiny USB-powered amp stops choking. With plenty of input welly you get a boistrous sound that is 'too loud' long before it actually distorts.

Need your laptop to go louder? Go for it. Need a decent pair of speakers? For £15? Come on.

MusicRadar Rating

3 / 5 stars

Decently loud without distorting.


Not so good at lower driver levels; annoying wires.


OK if you just want to amp up your laptop.


Laptop-compatible speakers


3.5mm Headphone Jack USB 2.0

No. of speakers


Review Policy
All MusicRadar's reviews are by independent product specialists, who are not aligned to any gear manufacturer or retailer. Our experts also write for renowned magazines such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Computer Music, Future Music and Rhythm. All are part of Future PLC, the biggest publisher of music making magazines in the world.

Comment on Facebook