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iBall Tarang 2.1 Review, Modding and Use with Mobile
iBall Tarang 2.1 Review, Modding and Use with Mobile
Use your mobile's audio output with any standard amplifier
Date: 30-06-11
Topic: Tutorials and Guides
Author: npsingh123

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iBall Tarang 2.1 Review, Modding and Use with Mobile

I was looking for some good 2.1 speakers because I wanted a subwoofer and I don't see the point of 4.1, 5.1 and 7.1. To travel light, I gave my Harman Kardon 2.1 to my brother in Delhi when I came to Bangalore.

In my hunt for a 2.1 Speaker Set I found that there was a certain speaker from Intex which was highly recommended but I could not find any mention of it on web (web=Google) apart from just one post. I bought these speakers on 2nd Oct 2009. The shops were open but empty. I inquired about the prices of Creative SBS A100 at a few shops and they were in close agreement. It seems that all shops stock Creative.

Big Bazaar (ITPL) prices from that month
SBS a3000 2099
iBall Tarang 2.1 1575
Logitech R20 1249
Logitech x210 1999
Umax 980 UBB (FM inbuilt) 1400

I finally entered a shop and asked for 2.1 speakers. I was shown 1121 Altec Lansing and (AL) 1221 for another AL model It seems the current range of Altec Lansing is overrated. People recommend it without even having seen it. Also that 1121 model was in a strange shape. I was not interested to have a conversation starter piece and just wanted a normal speaker so just asked for the demo of 1221.

The shop keeper was not very open to this but I just asked for power on test. I am glad that I did. The unit inside did not have the Indian power connection. Though, there was an adapter kept inside but you never know. He then volunteered to play some songs on this. The speakers were plastic and thinly built. There was lots of distortion and they did not sound 15W,15W +30 Woofer. Being a slow day, I asked the shopkeeper for the demo of iBall 2.1 (Tarang 2.1). This was quoted @ INR 1375 + tax @ 4%. Shopkeeper agreed to sell me iBall because it is slightly more expensive.

This speaker can be very loud for a single room but very clear and is still to distort on me. I am very happy with the speakers though now there is a model with remote and FM built in it. You can find TDA2030 datasheet on web which will tell you which parts to change for more or less gain. The speakers were a lot heavier than Creative or AL, I knew about the weight when I was browsing in Big Bazaar ITPL. And it did sound way better. I am very happy with these. It is near impossible to get a speaker demo in a market like Nehru Place (New Delhi) , Lamington road (Mumbai) or Marathalli/SJP Road (Bangalore). I would suggest you to hear it first and ask for the exact model because quality differs from model to model in the same company.

This speaker is very well made but has low treble response (for my liking). We will soon change it.

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  #1  
By MOZ 24-07-11
Re: iBall Tarang 2.1 Review, Modding and Use with Mobile

Nice VFM speakers and great jugaad!
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By SidK!! 24-07-11
Re: iBall Tarang 2.1 Review, Modding and Use with Mobile

Nice guide but how is this a review?
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By npsingh123 24-07-11
Re: iBall Tarang 2.1 Review, Modding and Use with Mobile

It is not much of a review but I wanted to tell that these speakers are very good for the price. My focus was on the modding part.

---------- Post added at 04:12 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:10 PM ----------

The external jugaad is not needed for Mobiles which output in a Mini B usb File:Types-usb new.svg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . But for other types like older spice and other models it may still make sense.

And yes, these are VFM speakers indeed.

---------- Post added at 04:15 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:12 PM ----------

Actually it is a Mini A USB.
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By JD666 28-07-11
Re: iBall Tarang 2.1 Review, Modding and Use with Mobile

whats the RMS output of this system like? Im planning to use this to power a 5 inch sub with a 120-150 hz LPF. you think it will work???
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By npsingh123 28-07-11
Re: iBall Tarang 2.1 Review, Modding and Use with Mobile

Sub-Woofer RMS Power: 20 Watts RMS max.
Satellite RMS Power: 10 Watts RMS each
Total RMS Power Output: 40 Watts RMS max.


It will of course work. How well is not clear at this stage.

But in case you want to goto that lengths then there must be several cheaper kits in India. You may also try a gainclone.
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