Our more seasoned readers will remember TDK from its cassette and videotapes from back in the day. Readers with a bit less life-experience will perhaps know the brand for developing the scratch-resistant layer on optical discs, that's used on some Blu-Ray discs. The manufacturer is also active in the market for consumer electronics, and one of its products is the TDK TAC3521 Travel Speaker. Portable audio from TDK, is it something worth opening your wallet for?
The TAC3521 is not cheap, it will cost you around £79. According to one of their spokespersons, TDK still sees it as an entry-level product. At least that makes it clear what the market segment is that the product is aimed at. In the Home Audio category TDK also has significantly pricier and higher-end products including modern boomboxes, but this time around we're taking a closer look at one of their entry-level products.
The speaker comes in a pretty large container, that also houses the power supply, international plug adapters, a CD-ROM with the manual and a quick-start guide. When closed, it looks like a large case for reading glasses. It has a bit of cheap feel, and with a weight of 600 grams and measurements of 25 x 10.7 x 4.5 cm it's not something you just put in your trouser pocket.