Well, this is my second pair of these speakers. The first pair I purchased the wire connecting to the mini USB that plugged into the speaker became loose and finally snapped off. The pair I purchased from Overstock were "refurbished", and when plugging them in I found that there was a loose connection at the exact same place as the first pair (that's why I get for purchasing refurbished) that was causing the speakers to short out. I went to the iHome website found the wire for $10 and purchased it. In theory, if you add up the amount I spent on the speakers here and the price of the wire I still saved money. But the whole process was just a bit of a nuisance. Besides the wiring problem the speakers are great. Very loud, decent sound quality, and portable. Everyone should have some.