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Review: iHome iBN26 NFC Bluetooth Stereo System

01/02, 3:36pm

Round Bluetooth streamer AC only, designed for desktop use

An important thing to look for in the pre-purchase considerations for a Bluetooth speaker is if it will fill the customer's specific needs. Is it easy to use? Does it have any additional features? Would its maximum Bluetooth range be sufficient? How is the audio quality? One that may not be thought of when it comes to Bluetooth speakers is, "does it require constant power?" Now there is a device may make it important to tack that question onto the others -- the iHome iBN26 NFC Bluetooth Stereo System. Billed as a "wireless stereo speaker," it comes with the added bonus of needing to be plugged in an electrical socket for use. Will this be a hinderance? Or will it work to its advantage? Read our review to find out.

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Review: iB75 iHome Bluetooth Wireless Sports Earphones

12/13, 4:14pm

Can the oversized earbuds intended for vigorous exercise take the reps?

Finding a good pair of headphones for a midnight jog is hard. An over-the-ear set is either flopping around on your head, falling off, or collecting pools of sweat. Earbuds pierce ear canals in order to assure a tight grip -- or the troublesome cord that gets caught in your arm or cuts off your windpipe as it has somehow wrapped itself around your neck after the earbuds have fallen out several times. Looking to get at least one piece of trouble out of the way, iHome has put out a new Bluetooth set of earbuds -- the iHome Bluetooth Wireless Sports Earphones. Will they be a necessarily piece of equipment for an athlete? Or are they destined to be left in the locker room to collect dust? Read our review and find out.

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iHome debuts three Lightning-equipped FM alarm docks

06/18, 2:58pm

Top-end iDL100 docks two Lightning devices at once

Peripheral maker iHome has announced three new FM radio alarm docks, all equipped with Lightning docks for later-generation Apple devices. The standard model is the iDL45, which also has a secondary USB port that can be used to play and charge older Apple devices with 30-pin connectors. Some other features include time sync, EQ controls, programmable snooze lengths, and dual alarms with custom day and time settings.

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iHome ships iW3 AirPlay streaming speaker set

11/17, 6:06pm

Wireless rechargeable speakers work with AirPlay

iHome, maker of a range of audio accessories for Macs, iDevices, and other gadgets, announced the shipment of the newest addition to its line of AirPlay compatible wireless speakers. The iW3 can stream wireless music from iTunes on a PC or Mac, from an iPad, an iPhone, or an iPod touch. The unit is certified for 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and features a modest size, making it easily placeable in any number of rooms.

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iHome outs three-foot tall docking speaker tower

07/19, 2:54pm

iHome iP76 speaker tower pulses to music with up to seven color LEDs

iHome has released its first docking speaker tower with color-changing LEDs, the iP76. There are 16 LED clusters that can light up in seven colors and fade, strobe, or pulse in tune with the music, or simply light up in a selected color. At the top is an iPod/iPhone dock that will charge the devices as well as play audio content from them.

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iHome ships iDM5 combined iPad dock and Bluetooth keyboard

04/24, 10:35am

iHome iDM5 combine keyboard and speakers in dock

iHome is now shipping the iDM5 "Executive Work Station." The iPad dock combines the usually separate Bluetooth keyboard, stereo speakers and a speakerphone into one unit, aiming to improve productivity.

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iHome SmartDesign docks cater to Android phones

04/18, 2:50pm

iHome outs Android-centric SmartDesign range

Cellphone accessories maker iHome has just launched a new SmartDesign line with Android smartphone owners in mind. The first products announced on Wednesday include the iC50, iC3, and upcoming iC16. All can accommodate Android phones and other USB-powered devices, though the accompanying apps will only work with Android phones.

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iHome adds AirPlay-capable iW2 speaker to lineup

03/14, 12:10pm

iHome iW2 has AirPlay, charges iOS devices

iHome has unveiled its second AirPlay-capable speaker, the iW2. The minimalist speaker is focused on playback and will take audio over Wi-Fi from iTunes and any AirPlay-capable iOS device. If they're needed for extended periods, they can be charged directly from the iW2's USB port.

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Hands on: iHome iDM5 Bluetooth keyboard, iPad dock

01/09, 12:55am

Device offers most connected features

iHome has introduced one of the more interesting iPad accessories that Electronista has seen in recent time, the iDM5 dock. The device combines many of the features that are offered by separate equipment: a Bluetooth-connected keyboard, stereo speakers and a speakerphone, all in a single piece of hardware.

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iHome to bring three iOS docks to CES, iLuv intros Mo'Beats

01/05, 2:00pm

iHome teases three docks for CES, iLuv speaker due

iHome on Thursday revealed it will bring three new alarm clocks with dock for various iOS devices to CES. They include the iW4, which iHome says is the first bedside alarm clock dock to get AirPlay support, the iP18 iPhone and iPod system, and the iD50 AM/FM radio that can accommodate iPads, iPhones and iPods. The iW4 gets a 20W amp and a Wi-Fi radio to connect to home networks.

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DealNN roundup: iHome Stereo System for iPhone, only $59

10/25, 11:40am

Deals on speaker systems, earphones. and more

Today's deals from DealNN include discounted iPhone speaker systems, power supplies, and more. Buy.com has recently lowered the cost of the iHome Portable/Travel Alarm Clock Stereo Speaker System for iPhone and iPod, complete with built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, protective travel speaker case, universal voltage adaptor, and support for most iPhone/iPod models. Currently featured at DealNN, this item has dropped 40% off its original list price and is now available for only $59.99.

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DealNN roundup: iHome Speaker System for iPhone, now $44

10/18, 12:05pm

Deals on speaker systems, iPad cases, and more

Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on speaker systems, iPad cases, and more. Buy.com this week is offering a discount on the iHome iP71 Speaker System for iPhone and iPod, which features high-fidelity Reason8 speaker chambers, a built-in computer port, and an integrated sync switch. Currently featured at DealNN, this particular speaker system has now dropped to $44.99 in price, and offers savings of up to 63%.

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iHome ships iA91 dual alarm clock with iOS app support

09/07, 2:50pm

iHome iA91 brings web radio support through app

iHome on Tuesday announced it has began shipping its latest dual-alarm iPod/iPhone alarm clock in time for the start of the school year with the iA91. This is the eighth-generation of the device and is compatible with the iHome+Sleep (free, App Store) and iHome+Radio ($1.99, App Store) apps that will let users set custom alarms from the iOS device itself and play Internet radio stations. Users can choose to wake up to playlists on their Apple devices or AM/FM radio.

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iHome ships swiveling iA63 iPhone clock radio

04/13, 5:05pm

iHome iA63 dock has swiveling iPhone cradle

iHome on Wednesday shipped out the iA63 as a unique take on iPhone and iPod radio docks. The hub has a unique circular cradle that can rotate to hold the Apple device upright or in landscape mode without disrupting the design or needing a dock adapter. It can tie in closely with the optional iHome+Radio app (free, App Store) to wake to Internet radio rather than just music.

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iHome intros portable speaker/stand combos for iPad, iPhone

01/03, 7:05pm

Rechargable Bluetooth speakers add flexibility

iHome announced that it will demo several new products in its line of audio accessories for the iPad at CES. The iDM70 Sound Sleeve integrates its own rechargable lithium-ion battery into a into a premium iPad case with NXT flat-panel speakers. As the name implies, the iDM70 includes a faux leather case with a protective inner silicone inner sleeve that has cutouts for headphone jack, dock connector, on/off and volume controls. The Sound Sleeve also functions as a six-position stand for the iPad.

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iHome details its AirPlay-focused iW1 speaker

11/10, 6:30pm

iHome iW1 AirPlay speaker gets hard details

iHome today explained some of the workings of its upcoming AirPlay speaker. Now called the iW1, the audio system will primarily stream from an iTunes computer to the speaker and should mostly use an iOS 4.2 device as a remote, although the feature should theoretically allow direct-from-device streaming. The hardware will allow a Sonos-like multi-room audio system with the option of piping audio to every iW1 on the local network or just individual units.

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iHome iPad iA100 Bluetooth Stereo System now available

10/20, 5:30am

First introduced in July, app-enhanced

iHome has finally released the iA100 docking alarm clock stereo it first introduced in July. The device incorporates Bluetooth for wireless audio and communication, as well as Bongiovi Acoustics DPS for enhanced audio quality. It is also app-enhanced, with added functionality available with the free iHome+Sleep and iHome+Radio apps available for download from the Apple App Store.

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iHome outs iP3 iPod/iPhone speaker dock

09/21, 11:55am

iHome ships latest Studio series iPod/iPhone dock

iHome has announced the release of its latest speaker dock for Apple's iPod and iPhone with the iP3. It succeeds the iP1 in the lineup, uses Bongiovi Acoustics' Digital Power Station automatic sound adjustment technology and sports a component video output for playing back videos from the Apple devices on a connected TV. The dock houses a 50W class D amp that drives twin 3.5-inch speakers.

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BridgeCo partners with Apple to deploy AirPlay feature

09/09, 10:00am

Apple in rare partnership with third party vendor

Apple has reportedly entered into a rare partnership with third-party vendor BridgeCo to help showcase its new AirPlay feature. At the company’s Sept 1st music event, CEO Steve Jobs demonstrated an iPad streaming the movie Up to the new Apple TV. Apple is said to have given BridgeCo -- a software and embedded audio chip specialist -- unique access to iTunes code, in particular to enable AirPlay on devices made by Denon, iHome, Marantz, JBL, and Bowers & Wilkens. All of the companies are listed on Apple’s website as featured partners.

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iHome teases AirPlay-ready portable speaker

09/03, 12:25pm

iHome to have AirPlay wireless speaker soon

iHome finished the week by teasing the first speaker system designed for the AirPlay feature in iOS 4.2. The single-piece design shown is designed solely to take audio over Wi-Fi from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and doesn't have a visible dock or display. It's promised to be truly portable and would have a built-in battery, likely lithium-ion, to go completely cable-free when necessary.

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iHome puts out first iPad clock radio dock

07/19, 12:20pm

iHome intros iPad dock radio with Bluetooth

iHome has introduced what is the first fully functional iPad dock with the iHome iA100ZE. It can also accommodate iPhones and iPods, and gets a Bluetooth connection in addition to an FM radio. The dock includes a free download of the iHome+Sleep app (currently not iPad-optimized, App Store) that offers custom alarms, sleep stats, social media alerts, weather, and overnight news.

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iHome releases portable iPhone/iPod dock

06/22, 10:25pm

iHome outs iPod dock with built-in battery

iHome on Tuesday released its iP46 Portable Rechargeable Stereo Speaker System for the iPhone and iPod. The system has four speakers housed in what the accessory builder calls Reson8 chambers, which reportedly improve their impact, and SRS WOW processing colors the final sound. A built-in lithium ion battery can provide 10 hours of audio playback on a full charge.

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iHome outs iP39 iPod dock for the kitchen

06/01, 5:45pm

iHome outs iPod/iPhone dock for the kitchen

iHome on Tuesday shipped its iP39 dock for iPods and iPhones for the kitchen. It features a stainless steel finish to match other kitchenwares, and has two built-in cooking timers along with a retractable docking station. There is also an easy-wipe control panel and a magnetic remote control that can sit on the fridge door.

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iHome ships app-driven iA5 clock radio for iPhone

03/25, 1:30pm

Supports iHome+Sleep iPhone app

iHome has released the iA5 App-Enhanced Alarm Clock Speaker System for the iPhone and iPod touch. The new alarm clock is designed to communicate with the company’s iHome+Sleep app, which enables users to adjust the clock’s time, alarm, and EQ settings from their iPhone. By equipping the speaker system with the app users receive up to 18 additional software alarms and nap alarms, and can browse local weather information. Other benefits of the app enable users to share wake up and bedtime status updates through either Facebook or Twitter, and to view sleep statistics.

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iHome ships dual-iPhone clock radio

09/30, 10:25am

iHome unveils iP88 two-dock iPhone radio

Catering to couples or multi-device owners, iHome this morning said it has started shipping the iP88. The clock radio is the company's first to have two Dock Connectors and can take audio from two iPhones or iPods (one at a time) in addition to charging both. It also more fully exploits the Apple hardware and can wake to a playlist on one of the devices orsync time with an iPhone's clock.

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iHome iHMP5 headphones convert to speakers

08/18, 1:05pm

iHome iHMP5 headphones

iHome has released a set of full-ear headphones that sport an integrated in-line amplifier and can be converted into portable speakers rather than strictly operating in a private mode. The iHMP5 set includes a battery-powered, louder amplifier when users want to set it up in speaker mode while still providing a reduced amount of power at all times for regular headphone use. The 50mm (nearly 2 inches) drivers deliver the sound, and there is a volume control clip.

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iHome begins shipping iP1 iPhone and iPod dock

08/11, 1:05pm

iHome ships iP1 iPod dock

iHome on Tuesday announced it has began shipping its high-end iPhone/iPod docking speaker system, the iP1. The iP1 is the first in iHome's Studio series of products that uses Bongiovi Acoustics’ Digital Power Station (DPS) technology for improving the depth of the audio without larger and more elaborate speakers. The feature can be switched off, however. The speaker system has 100W of total output split between its twin 4-inch drivers and 1-inch silk-dome tweeters.

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iHome preps iPhone-ready keyboards, stands

06/11, 10:35am

iHome iConnect and iStand

Having developed almost exclusively audio equipment, iHome today revealed that it's stepping into computer peripherals through a deal with LifeWorks. The iConnect keyboard has a built-in dock for iPhones and iPods to charge and sync them without a separate peripheral. Touch-sensitive media keys not only include the standard pause and skip controls for the computer itself but also a shuffle feature for apps like iTunes.

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iHome to debut home audio iPod products at CES

01/06, 10:50am

iHome product debut at CES

Docking speaker station maker for iPods and iPhones iHome announced on Tuesday it will debut three new products to its range in 2009 at the CES show due to kick off tomorrow. The company will show off its new flagship product, the iP1 speaker system that support iPods and iPhones and is rated at 100 watts for its twin 4-inch woofers and two 1-inch silk-dome tweeters. The Digital Power Station processor was engineered by Bongiovi Acoustics and iHome claims the product is its most advanced ever.

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iPods, iPod accessories to go on sale at Toys 'R' Us

10/14, 11:05am

iPods at Toys R Us

People will soon be able to buy iPods and iPod accessories at Toys 'R' Us, the retail chain has announced. While a firm date has not been set, flyers announcing the event are expected to be sent out October 19th, and the company has already revealed which particular products will be carried. Shoppers will have access to the iPod touch, the fourth-generation Nano, and the blue, silver and pink versions of the Shuffle.

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iHome ships ZN9 clock radio dock for Zunes

07/15, 2:20pm

iHome ZN9 Ships

iHome today said it has started shipping the ZN9. The stereo system is the first clock radio dock for Microsoft's player and can play live audio from a Zune 4, 8, or 80 as well as use the portable device as the source of music for the alarm; the device's AM/FM radio or a simple buzzer is also an option. Like iHome's iPod equivalents, the ZN9 also permits setting an alarm that varies for weekdays and weekends, and users can also set gradual wake or sleep timers to fade the volume.

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iHome serves up first clock radio for Zune

06/06, 9:40am

iHome ZN9

iHome today catered to the relatively small but growing number of Zune users with the ZN9, an audio system it says is the first clock radio dock for Microsoft's media players. Similar in style to the iP99 dock for iPhones and iPods, the ZN9 centers around a multi-alarm system that can wake either to AM/FM radio or any dockable Zune with varying degrees of control. Listeners can wake to separate weekday and weekend alarms as well as set the alarm to gradually lower or raise the volume in sleep and wake modes.

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iHome iP99 radio for iPhone launches at Brookstone

04/15, 10:00am

Brookstone iHome iP99

Retailer Brookstone on Tuesday announced it started taking orders for the iHome iP99, a docking radio designed to work specifically with Apple's iPhone. The company claims the iP99 is the first product that will allow the iPhone to play music through its speakers but still retain phone functionality. iHome says it achieved this thanks to shielding that eliminates interference. The iP99 is also compatible with all docking iPod models.

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