I’ve been testing the Vers 2x iPod speaker system. This system is one of the most energy efficient and sustainable products I’ve come across. The casing is crafted out of wood (either cherry, bamboo or walnut). The wood comes only from plantation forests, and each speaker system is hand-finished. This is a refreshing change from the usual dull plastic that is used to house electronics.
The Vers 2x is also RoHS compliant, which indicates that the electronics are free from particually hazardous components (lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants).
The Vers 2x uses energy efficient components, such as a low-draw class D amplifier (see Class D Amplifiers Are Shrinking and Greening Your Electronics). I’ve tested it with a Kill-A-Watt electrical usage monitor, and the speakers draw 2-3 watts while playing music, while idle it draws virtually zero watts.
The Vers says the system uses 50% less than comparable products.
The sounds performance is good — the wood casing helps to produce bass tones, and the system can easily fill a room with music.
It also comes in 100% recycled packaging.
It’ss available from Amazon for $149 – 179.