The design is clean and easy to clean. The handle molded into the backside is a nice design. Mounting it on the wall without exposed wiring would probably cost more in labor than the iVoice costs (if the job were hired out). The buttons on top would serve the unit better it the lower and raise volume icons extended across the entire button for those of us who must reach for our reading glasses to discern which is which; at the very least these button icons should match the unit's remote. I wish the face of the remote did not have the line that divides the casing into two halves as it dirt and dust attractor (too bad they didn't flip the design leaving the line on the back). However, the price-point forgives most all of the above with the exception of the icon buttons.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on September 11, 2006 at 5:17 PM (PDT) Comment 1

I just picked up the Athena iVoice last week, and have put it through the paces, so to speak. The audio quality is phenomenal. I took my iPod with me to Best Buy and tested every speaker-dock they had on display. The only one that sounded better was the Apple Hi-Fi, but at $350, I could hardly consider it a comparison. The iVoice had the best sound in the sub-$200 range. I even thought it sounded better than the SoundDock. I was also pleasantly surprised by the bass levels the iVoice achieves.

I was surprised to read this reviewers comments on the remote control. He says that it still worked properly from 30-ft away, but I have trouble getting it to work from 10-ft away. Maybe the battery in my remote is low, but the remote's sensitivity (or lack thereof) is my only gripe about this system. I have to hit "Next" 5 or 6 times before my iPod skips ahead to the next track. Worse than that, sometimes it gets stuck in "scan ahead" mode, and starts skipping through the current song. This could be a side affect of using the unit outside on my deck, with sunlight hitting the IR sensor.

Overall though, I'm extremely happy with this purchase and would recommend the Athena iVoice to anyone. It's portable enough to take it with you, yet powerful enough to mount it on a wall as a dedicated source of music.

Posted by marcusdiddle on March 30, 2007 at 7:30 AM (PDT) Comment 2

neighbor just gave me a broken ivoice ( was using it with old ipod through aux input connector) young child yanked and broke the jack in back- - figured out how to unshort the aux jack and now is awesome sound- equal to radial iown ( little less spaciouness) but more solid bass- well worth asking price ( after i found out what it cost) hard to image sound that good coming from small box like this-
if anyone know secret to opening unit (removing screwsand prying case doesn't do it. please send me an email- want to fix th aux jack but unit now works fine from dock
bob donchez
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Posted by BOB donchez on May 19, 2007 at 5:40 PM (PDT) Comment 3

I have "ear tested" just about every iPod portable speaker system found in major outlets including the Apple store, and some not so portable. For my use, this system bested them all, including Bose, Klipsch, and especially Logitech. The only thing that came close for me was the JBL full-sized Radial, and the Athena was still louder without distortion. The Klipsch was good, but it was somewhat more bass-heavy than the Athena and a bit muddy in comparison.

If most of your music listening is to bass-heavy music, you will most likely disagree with me about the Athena. I listen to everything *but* bass-heavy music, and this system has a beautiful, clear, sweet mid and high range, *and* it has a nice bass. Not thumping, not jumping off the table, but certainly there, and IMO, balanced with the rest of the sound, not just bass-heavy like the Bose and the Apple. All of the Altec Lansing and Logitech speakers, even those far more expensive than the Athena, sounded either tinny or muffled/low to me when compared with this system.

Regardless of cost, I would buy this system over the Bose or Apple Hi-Fi any day, and right now the Athena is going for $120 at Best Buy and flying off the shelves.

I haven't had any problems with the remote, though you do have to aim it at the bottom of the unit. If you aren't hitting its 'sweet spot', it's not going to work. I can sure live with that...

I really, really, love this system! And right now, Best Buy is selling it at $130 and it's flying off the shelves.

Posted by mooncat on June 2, 2007 at 5:59 PM (PDT) Comment 4
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