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I bought this to attach to my iPhone when travelling on holiday. I always have problems sleeping away from home, so I find that listening to an Audible book helps me drift off. I usually use my earphones (so I don't disturb my partner) but thought this would be easier. So I attached it to my iPhone, checked the channel setting for the best one, turned the volume up to max, put it under my pillow and ...... I couldn't hear a thing, other than a muffled voice, too indistinct to make out the words.
I have tried this using an iPhone, a Samsung Galaxy phone, and a Lenovo Yoga tablet, and with the spoken word content I want to listen to I find it barely audible even without a pillow between it and my ear. Listening to pop music seemed rather better. However, when I connect it to "legacy" transistor radios (a Sony and a Sanyo pocket model) the sound is almost too loud (but of course I can turn it down). So it evidently depends on the power of the device. Maybe I need to buy an amplifier. I use PowerAmp music player for Android and it has a series of options (Settings / Audio / Replay Gain) and turning those on the sound level is barely acceptable. What I find most baffling is why there is no information on the packaging or the manufacturer's website. The packaging states "Suitable for most equipment incorporating a 3.5mm headphone socket including Radios, Smartphones and Tablets. For more details visit [website]." Unfortunately it isn't suitable for most of the equipment I have tried, and there are no more useful details on their web site.
I always read the reviews, good bad and indifferent. I should have taken notice. Yes being Roberts they are well made, robust and is exactly what it claim me to be. The issue is the volume. I’ve tried it with several different things, iPhone, iPod, iPad. Traditional radio and suchlike. But the playing system on full volume, the pillow speaker can sometimes not even be heard under a pillow. Even a very flat hollow fibre one, certainly not under a quality feather one. I’m very disappointed in the pillow speaker, such a reputable manufacturer to have such a failing as volume is laughable. Yes I shall keep it, as it’s OK if not under a pillow and you don’t have to keep adjusting it as your partner stirs, it’s permanently quiet.
Brilliant idea. We bought one each. Sound quality surprisingly good. Is barely perceptible under pillow. So useful to fall asleep to, or if awake in the night. don’t mind the insomnia now - enjoy World Service, though it can be annoying when you fall asleep in the middle of something interesting! Why only 3 stars - they both stopped working after a couple of years. I think the wires failed due to repeated flexing. The fact that they both failed around the same time suggests our problem is likely to be common. Now have a different make which is much smaller, thinner, much cheaper, and seems just as good sound, though haven’t had it for 2 years yet.
I use this most night. my very major complaint is its weak connection where the wires exit the headphone. I’ve had I think about 4 of these units now and they have all broken at the wire join. You can extend the life by not tugging the cord. Think I’ll try another brand next time
I really like the idea of this, but there is a big BUT!! I bought it to use with a new Roberts ChronoDAB clock radio. The clock radio arrived a couple of days before the Pillow Talk, and is exactly what I wanted.
However, something which I hadn't thought of is that when I plug the Pillow Talk into the headphone socket and let the radio send me off to sleep (using the radio's 'sleep' function to turn the radio off), when the alarm goes off in the morning, you can't hear it because the radio's speaker is disabled due to the Pillow Talk being plugged in.
All in all, I find this aspect a bit disappointing.
I found this a bit annoying to use actually. If it’s inside the pillow you need to turn the radio up quite loud. If it’s not an electric radio then having the volume up just uses more battery power. It is a good idea though, I could keep it out of the pillow but don’t want to annoy neighbours as walls are paper thin. Anyway, will definitely suit a lot of others. I still like it as an idea.
I bought this to replace the ubiquitous little Chinese circular item that you can find everywhere. While that gave good service, it didn't last forever. I found this item to be less comfortable under the pillow. The so-called "volume control" is basically an on/off switch. Also, the cable is too long, but now I sound like I'm quibbling.
On the plus side, this works well and has a good length of lead to reach the radio etc. There is also a useful 3-setting switch on it to control the volume.
The big "minus" is the thickness of it; about 2cm at the thickest point. This is about twice the thickness of a previous pillow speaker I had, and unless you use a very thick pillow (which I don't), it causes a distinct lump under it. In fact it's too uncomfortable to actually lie on top of it, so the only answer is to lie to one side and increase the volume, at which point my wife complains that it's disturbing her, thus defeating the object.
I'll keep using it, as I've just about learnt to accommodate it, but given the choice I'd look for an alternative next time.
I had read a few negative reviews regarding the difficulty some people experienced with hearing it from under the pillow. I have to agree it’s not great . I haven’t used it much so will try again but not hopeful. Still it didn’t break the bank !