I can't speak highly enough of this BOSEbuild Speaker Cube.
The elephant in the room is the price point. This is expensive, which could be off putting to some, however, you will not regret your purchase if you decide to go for it.
My 6 year old son and I tackled this project, and he loved it! He was wowed by the technicalities behind how a speaker works, and the real world application behind seeing it in action from the inside out.
The attached photo shows everything that is included in the kit. (The iPad does not come with the kit, nor the cute kid!).
Opening the box, you are asked to plug in the control panel. Then connect to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth. Then download the Bose Speaker App. From there, you are given step by step instructions with videos and animations, running from setting up a magnet and coil, investigating frequency vs power, distance vs surface area, all the way through to building your own, BOSE Bluetooth speaker!
We got connected and downloaded the app in just a minute or so. Then I let my son go through the app himself. He read through all the instructions and followed them through. He got great pleasure out of making the coil jump off the magnet, over and over and over again!
Moving on, you get to test pitch and tone, frequency and power, then you tape the coil to the box that it all came in to investigate surface area and moving air within a box. You then get to build a paper speaker, and play sounds and music through it.
Next, you move onto the 'real' thing... the BOSE speaker. you take the control panel and hook it up to the speaker. You have the concept of the BOSE speaker explained to you via a video, and then look at equalization of sound. You get to play with all different equalization levels and then test the speaker using BOSE's recommended settings.
Wow, this little BOSE speaker packs a punch. It's small size belittles it's fantastic sound.
Next, you put the plastic enclosure together with little plastic clips. The walls of the enclosure have soft grip rubber edges to ensure a nice airtight seal around the enclosure. Once the clips are in place, you finally put the speaker inside the enclosure. BASS! The enclosure is now sealed and all the richness of the BOSE speaker comes to the front! Sounds fantastic!
After that, you are guided through a colorwheel, to light up your cube. The sides of the enclosure are translucent, and 4 multicolor LED lights shine from the back. You have RGB sliders within the app to control the color and a brightness slider as well.
On the back of the cube, you have a slider to control the colors as well, and a button that goes through the 'Color ON', 'Color Fade', 'Color DANCE' and 'Color OFF' modes. This is a very full featured little speaker for sure.
And finally, there are several templates of graphics that you can clip in as speaker decorations and grilles. If I had one negative of the experience, I feel that these should be made of plastic and not paper. Being paper you can color and draw on them if you want to, but the idea is that you can install them and take them off and change them, and I just feel that they won't last long, with a 6 year old, or an 8 year old... plastic would be a better material for these.
My son loves his new speaker, using his iPad and constantly has the sound going through it now. A word of warning from my experience, BOSE provides you with a sound clip to play when testing and learning about the speaker. This instantly became my son's favorite piece of music ever, and we ended up having to listen to it on a loop, over and over and over again, at full volume. So maybe along with the recommended scissors and tape, parents should also include a set of ear plugs for good measure! You have been warned!
Overall, this was a fantastic use of an hour and a half with my son, a great bonding and learning moment as well. Valuable family time doesn't have a price you can put on it. I loved going through it with my son as much as he enjoyed building and learning about how a speaker works!
As I said, I can't recommend this BOSEbuild kit highly enough!