As anyone who has ever worked on a bicycle knows, one of the most important parts of bicycle repair is a comfortable work area, i.e., space for your tools, adequate lighting, and good music. I clean and repair bikes in my Man Cave (half of a two-car garage), but since I didn’t want to put a full speaker system in my garage I bought a WaveCradle Classic for my iPhone 4 and am one happy camper!
The WaveCradle Classic is an iPhone (or iPod) stand that is made of aircraft grade aluminum—it works by reflecting the sound that comes out of the speakers on the bottom of the iPhone. The WaveCradle does not use batteries or electricity. The stand has a rubber grip on front of the stand that securely holds your phone, and there is a rubber cover on the bottom to protect your bench, desk, furniture or work area—and it also prevents the unit from slipping. While obviously designed for an iPhone or iPod, this unit should work with any MP3 player that has speakers on the bottom.
While the WaveCradle Classic is well made, but it is never going to take the place of a real speaker system—but that is not it’s purpose. However, it does increase the volume level by eight decibels and the sound that is reflected off the unit is very crisp. There is no way this unit is going to overcome a lot of ambient noise, but in my otherwise quiet two-car garage it does a very good job—I set it on a workbench located next to the wall and I can hear the music anywhere in the garage.
In addition to listening to your music there are several other good uses for the WaveCradle, i.e., talking to friends via Apple FaceTime or watching instructional videos on YouTube (that’s how I learned to lace the spokes on a new rim).
The WaveCradle Classic is made in the U.S.A. and is available in three colors (Black, Blue and Pink). This product retails for $28.50 and is available from the WaveCradle Website (the price includes free shipping). The WaveCradle comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.