is great for listening to music, or watching UMD movies. The custom-fit cradle lets you just set up the system and step back, but there were a couple of issues that made the experience slightly less than perfect. Mainly the problem came in the position of the on/off switch and volume buttons. They are positioned on top of the crossbar that connects the two speakers directly behind the PSP. That, coupled with the fact that when set up, the PSP and speakers are angled slightly upward to allow for better viewing, made it hard to reach the audio buttons if you suddenly needed to turn the volume down (or up for that matter). The need to do this happened more often than I would have expected, but it was frequent -- normally due to one song being quiet and the next being loud. I got around this when I hooked up the PSP's remote control between the system and the speakers' audio wire, but the one white wire hanging off the edge of my bookshelf next to the sleek black look made the overall appearance lessen.
The only other issues I had with the PlayGear Amp are features that probably go above-and-beyond the functionality of this product, but would have been nice to see anyway. The only connection between the Amp and your PSP is the audio cable, and it would have been nice to be able to plug my portable into the speakers and charge it up while I listened to the music. But as it is, I have to either plug both pieces of hardware into the wall or only one while the other drains its batteries (thankfully the Amp's battery life is apparently really, really long).
The other problem deals with the first issue I talked about in this section (the position of the buttons). But I'm not going to rant about that again. I was just thinking it would be nice to have a small (wireless) remote to adjust the speaker's volume so that when it sits on my shelf or entertainment center, I don't have to reach around the system (or even go near it) in order to pump up the music. Maybe a thought for the developers for future Amps?
But like I said, these last two issues are just extras that aren't really necessary for a good portable speaker system, so even with these couple of problems, I still think the PlayGear Amp is one of the best portable speaker systems to come out in a long time.