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iH5 alarm clock radio for iPod announced

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By LC Angell

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Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2005
News Categories: iPod Accessories

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imageThe iHome division of SDI Technologies has announced the iH5 clock radio, which lets you wake up to music from your iPod, an AM/FM radio or buzzer. With its built-in iPod cradle, the iH5 charges your iPod while docked, and sports a backlit LCD screen, and line-in to connect non-docking iPods and other audio players.

The iH5 also features “Gentle Wake and Gentle Sleep,” which “gradually increases and decreases Alarm/Sleep volume for a more relaxing beginning and end to each day,” and utilizes Reason8 speaker technology to create “sound quality that has outstanding depth, clarity and power.” The iH5 works with the 3G/4G iPod, iPod mini and iPod photo. iLounge was told the iH5 will be available in August for $99.99, and that a website for the product will go live later this week.

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21

I just wanted to know, can you use this as a normal ipod speaker, as in no alarm?

Please let me know. email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Thank you.

Posted by mr297 on July 11, 2005 at 8:53 PM (PDT)

22

I finally found a link for this thing:

http://www.ihomeaudio.com/flash/default.asp

This gives the details I’ve been looking for and some more information about release dates and where to buy.

My wife said she saw it at Target today, but it was $130

Posted by jeff on July 12, 2005 at 12:19 PM (PDT)

23

I just got this for my birthday, and overall it is a nice unit. I love that charges my iPod. And sound quality is slightly above average for normal listening, with obvious distortion at the highest volumes.

I do have two nagging issues with it. You cannot control your iPod with the clock outside of play/stop: the optional remote (read: more money) is needed for this. And the backlight for the clock is way too bright, even at it’s dimmest setting.

All in all, I still recommend the clock, but only for $100 or less.

Posted by Matt on July 12, 2005 at 1:25 PM (PDT)

24

I just went out and got one at my local Target store here in N. CA (San Jose) and they had about 6 left. I did pay $129 for it…oh well whatever! I WANT IT KNOW!!

Posted by morgan on July 13, 2005 at 12:22 PM (PDT)

25

Here is link to Amazon for the iH5:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00080FO4O/ref=reg_hu-wl_item-added/102-1244350-1564165?_encoding=UTF8&v=glance

BTW, how does one get the remote?

Posted by Ouch! on July 14, 2005 at 1:47 PM (PDT)

26

Best Buy retail stores have them; just picked up one last night for $99 (in Chicago). Haven’t hooked it up yet, but this is a product I’ve been wanting, a clock radio that can handle my iPod. I ordered the remote from their website for $19.99 with free ground shipping.

Just a note though, I would imagine other third pary remotes would still work for the iPod when it’s docked in the iH5 unit (ie: Griffin’s iClick.) If one didn’t want to buy the one from iHome and didn’t mind using a third party remote that would work.

Just a thought…

Posted by GadgetGal on July 17, 2005 at 11:14 AM (PDT)

27

this is really turning me on. I’m practically drooling. But I have to control myself. Until I hear what this thing sounds like I can’t afford to take the chance.

And if anyone can confirm that Griffin’s iClick works with this thing, all the better.

Posted by Pat on July 19, 2005 at 12:50 AM (PDT)

28

Well, I ordered mine from Hammacher Schlemmer last week and I received it today.  Haven’t had a chance to test it out, but I’m kind of disappointed that it didn’t include the remote.  The image on the Hammacher website showed the unit with the remote laying next to it.  The only disclaimer in the write-up was “iPod not included”.

I noticed that today that they have changed the image.

Posted by BulkHedd on July 20, 2005 at 2:13 PM (PDT)

29

Does anyone know whether or not this unit has a “snooze” function?  For the lazy iPod owners of the world, it would be nice to be able to hit snooze a few times and yet still be able to hear the iPod play each time.

thanks!

Posted by clone2 on July 23, 2005 at 11:40 PM (PDT)

30

FYI.  This unit is on sale in the Target circular this week (w/o remote) for $110.  I’m very interested in hearing other reviews of this.

Posted by Paul on July 24, 2005 at 3:41 PM (PDT)

31

got mine today at Target for the price of $110 like Paul stated.. it’s cool.. I must get the remote though.. on their website it’s ONLY 19.99 free shipping…and yes it does have a snooze feature..

Posted by phattbam on July 24, 2005 at 11:41 PM (PDT)

32

To everyone who keeps posting that they got it—disregarding the omission of the remote, how does it sound?

Posted by Ralph on July 25, 2005 at 11:28 AM (PDT)

33

I think it sounds pretty good.  Much better than most “clock radios”.  The only iPod speaker system I have used are the JBL On Tour speakers.  I think the IH5 sounds better than those.

My only gripes with the unit are that the backlight is a bit too bright (even at it’s dimmest setting), and the volume/tuning knobs feel a bit cheap.  Other than that, I really love it, especially for the price.  Something that would have been very nice would be to have the iPod’s song information displayed on the screen.

Posted by BulkHedd on July 25, 2005 at 12:26 PM (PDT)

34

Could some one let me know if the power supply is 100v-220v or 110v only?
I would appreciate this as I live in the UK. Thanks guys.

Posted by Aragorn on July 25, 2005 at 4:47 PM (PDT)

35

I bought this unit earlier this afternoon at Best Buy for just under $100.  So far, I am very pleased with it.

The radio reception is far superior to my previous radio for both AM and FM stations.  It is also very easy to navigate between stations.

The clock radio offers both a sleep timer and a snooze button.  The iPod integrates seamlessly into the unit.  It’s very easy to switch between the radio and the iPod.  I really like listening to talk radio at night, so when there isn’t much on the radio, I will switch over the some Podcasts that I’ve downloaded onto the iPod.

Overall, it appears that this product is exactly what I was looking for in a clock radio.

Posted by gnagel on July 25, 2005 at 6:06 PM (PDT)

36

I agree with BulkHedd that the backlight is too bright.  The volume/tuning knobs are a bit cumbersome—-it can be difficult to get a good enough grip on them.

Posted by gnagel on July 26, 2005 at 6:03 AM (PDT)

37

i had listened to other ipod speaker systems like jbl altek lansing bose and got this player just recently. i really apreciated others comments so i have a few.

for clone 2 and fahrenheipod the player has a snooze but so does the remote. when the alarm goes off i just grab the remote and roll over for 30 to 40 minutes with only twitching my thumb

for pockets it is powered by an ac adapter so ya should be able to get the right one back in sunny blighty.

Posted by C Hanham on July 26, 2005 at 7:30 PM (PDT)

38

My daughter saw this is the weekly Target Ad…...I just called them and they had one left.  This means I finally get my Bose WaveRadio back, YES!  I hope she likes the iHome…...

Posted by Steph on July 26, 2005 at 7:32 PM (PDT)

39

This player sounds great for 100 dollars. Had people over for the weekend and it even sounded great outside. I am a new poder and does anyone know if you get a skin that has a see through cover over the clickwheel does the click wheel still work.

Posted by jo jo on July 26, 2005 at 7:56 PM (PDT)

40

this thing sounds great for the bucks. look is very much sleeky. By the way! folks did any one gets the rhino case. I like to know
how that one fits to ipod. Any way geat buy for the price.

Posted by J2005 on July 27, 2005 at 7:05 AM (PDT)

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