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The Pull Pusher

The Pill Pusher
by Gary Woods

A couple of weeks ago I did a column on the Chill Pill which a very small speaker that is portable and gives great sound. If you've still got a couple of bucks in your jeans after the holidays and want something to push a little more bass than the Chill Pill I came across Zipp.

Zipp has a 4 inch bass driver and two 1-inch, ribbon based tweeters which combine to generate a full audio spectrum with substantial lower-end presence. The cool part about Zipp for iPad/iPhone users is that it is an AirPlay speaker which also includes a featured called PlayDirect which allows you to play music from you iOS devices even when no network is available.

To do this Zipp creates its own WiFi network and you just connect your device to it and start streaming. Setting the device up on your own home network is also easy. You just plug it into an iOS device using USB and it inherits your WiFi settings in an instant requiring no further setup.

Zipp is very portable with a built-in carrying strap and comes in a variety of colors including red, blue, yellow, pink and dark gray. You put that together with 8 hours of battery life and you're ready to party anywhere for as long as you want.

Okay, now that I've got you all excited and reaching for your wallet you'll need to dig a little deeper because there are 2 versions of Zipp . The first, retails for $400 with 1 cover and the other version goes for $450 and includes three different covers. Zipp sounds great so if you need that big deep bass to make your party rock check it out.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc