Yanmai's Waistband Amplifier helps you find an audience anywhere


July 15, 2010

The Yanmai Waistband Amplifier

The Yanmai Waistband Amplifier

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It’s not often that you see a new product which caters to a potentially massive market, but that’s what the Waistband Amplifer does – available in six different levels, the tiny belt-mounted speaker offers up to 10 watts of amplification to broadcast your voice, or any audio source (SD/MMC card, MP3, iPod, etc) to the immediate vicinity.

Charging the rechargeable lithium batteries requires three to four hours at a powerpoint, which then offers between eight and twelve hours of continuous usage.

The Waistband amplifier weighs just 425 gm and is perfect for teachers, tour guides, in-store spruikers, scout masters, construction site supervisors, soap box orators, religious sidewalk zealots or maybe even personal outdoor karaoke.

When I spotted the Waistband Amplifier at SinoCES in Qingdao last week, I was amazed that such a logical and incredibly useful product had not been produced previously – or at least I hadn’t seen one like this that’s so small (210mm x 130mm x 60mm) and powerful (8W or 10W).

At such an inconsequential size and weight, the Waistband Amplifier is suitable for even high ambient noise environments, and being patented, should provide Guandong-based Digital Pioneer Electronics with plenty of business over the coming years as it effectively represents a new and much-needed genre of product.

The Waistband Amplifier is so new that there’s no recommended retail price as yet, but the wholesale prices of the various models should yield an MSRP of under USD$50 for even the most fully-featured models.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon

The Techno Bill look of this warns people that you are pregnant with noise.

I\'ll wait for the ultrathin, form-fitting stealth version that looks like a shirt.

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Big whoop. It\'s a plastic version of the good old Pignose portable amplifier.

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\"6. Large-capacity lithium-ion battery with high cycle, using high-explosive materials, not only security, but also environmental protection, the use of more assured, rechargeable up to 500 times or more\" . . . Say WHAT!!!

My first thought was perfect for \"Bigfoot Hunters\" to broadcast Sasquatch calls as a lure during their hunts....

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