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iHome to debut iPhone-compatible audio systems

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Monday, January 7, 2008
News Categories: iPhone Accessories


iHome has announced details of its upcoming line of iPhone-compatible clock radios and audio systems. The iP14 Alarm Clock with Remote Control is a L-shaped alarm clock designed specifically for use with the iPhone and iPod touch, while retaining compatibility with most docking iPod models. The unique design allows users to change the orientation of the unit from vertical to horizontal for video viewing, while the clock display rotates along with the unit. It is scheduled for an April release, and will sell for $100. The iP9 Clock Radio & Audio System is based on the company’s iH9 clock radio, and adds several new features, including a remote that controls both the unit and iPod menu functions, 3D sound, a new 7-5-2 feature that lets users set different alarm tones and times for different days, and programmable snooze settings. It is expected to ship in February or March, and will sell for $120.

imageThe iP47 Bluetooth Clock Radio & Speakerphone is a Bluetooth-enabled unit that allows users to dial and receive calls through its speakerphone, and wirelessly stream music from their A2DP stereo-enabled MP3 cell phones. Other features include a large LCD display with caller ID and a dual alarm. It will be released in June and will sell for $150. Finally, the iP51 2.1 Micro System with Sub is a space-saving system that features a built-in clock radio to wake and sleep to your iPhone or iPod, and video output for streaming videos to a TV. It is also expected to ship in June, and will sell for $170.

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Both of those look pretty sharp, and have some really impressive features. I love seeing a dock that accommodates the iPhone’s landscape/widescreen orientation.

Can anybody vouch for the sound quality of iHome products? I’m sold on Logitech speakers for functionality and performance, but if iHome steps up and delivers stellar audio, I would consider these products.

Posted by Flippy Hambone on January 7, 2008 at 4:10 PM (PDT)


Perhaps they should have called the iP14 the iTippy.  I love it and would replace my Bose wave radio if it sounds good. Finally iPhone speakers!

Posted by Chrystopher on January 7, 2008 at 5:19 PM (PDT)


Why do these companies put alarm clocks in these things when the iPod and iPhone have that already? My iPhone can have multiple alarms set for any days of the week I want. For any iPhone dock that has that, it is not a feature gained. Maybe it’s there for waking to the radio.

Posted by Ryan Gray on January 7, 2008 at 6:12 PM (PDT)


Perhaps they put the clock in the base incase someone else needs to use the alarm feature and they dont have your phone because you have it with you.

Posted by bonsai on January 8, 2008 at 7:25 AM (PDT)


they add alarm clocks so you can wake to music from any iPod/iPhone…its a pretty convinient feature…they had some other pretty cool stuff at CES that i saw

Posted by pat on January 10, 2008 at 1:22 PM (PDT)

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