I am anxious to read a review of this system. I bought it at Best Buy yesterday and got it home only to find out that no sound comes out. One defective unit, no problem--just a fluke. But in the store the display unit was also defective and I had to get someone to open a new box and set it up so I could hear how it sounds. I actually thought it sounded great, so I bought it. But then, as I say, the unit I bought was also defective. So that's 2 out of 3 units that were not operating. I an hesitant to go back and exchange for the one out of 3 that did work, since it seems like there may be major quality issues with the manufacturer. I would love to hear what your reviewer may have to say about this.

Posted by dkyrus on December 1, 2006 at 5:40 PM (PDT) Comment 1

I had a JBL unit which I returned to Best Buy, and I decided to pick up this unit by iSymphony. My unit works great, and the sound quality is more superior to the JBL. I highly recommend the M1 as it works seamlessly with my ipod.

Posted by rc32 on December 5, 2006 at 12:26 PM (PDT) Comment 2

I also purchased the iSymphony unit and it was easy to use and most importantly the sound quality is pretty amazing for the price. Works well with my ipod! Would definitely recommend it!

Posted by pettey on December 5, 2006 at 3:42 PM (PDT) Comment 3

I also bought the iSymphony. Till today I haven’t had any problems nor we'll I return this unit. So far this is the best unit in the market. I highly recommend this unit to my family and friends.

Posted by mmg07 on December 11, 2006 at 2:00 PM (PDT) Comment 4

I bought the M2 version (in the UK) and I am unable to get the wake-to-Ipod function to work. When the alarm wakes the M2 from it's standby state the Nano is 'Paused', rather than 'playing', so no music is heard. I'd be interested to know if other ipods have the same problem. I have sent a request to tech-support a couple of days ago but have had no response.

Another thing is that the clock is only displayed when the M2 is in standby - which is not a big deal but it means I still need a clock in the bedroom. The screen is also hard to read at a distance - they should have used contrasting colours.

Posted by dfr on December 13, 2006 at 4:16 AM (PDT) Comment 5

I also bought this incredible M1. First, I have to admit that I didn't try a lot of sound system with the ability to play CDs, radio, and iPod, an all-in-one that also have line-I/O. Moreover, it can read memory cards and usb devices, and the iPod recharge itself once plugged in, wow!

Since our old radio-cd-cassettes player busted out, we gave a chance to the M1 and we're not disappointed. Man, this is a good product and the sound quality is amazing even if the speakers set is not so big.

Highly recommended!

Posted by niclet on December 13, 2006 at 7:40 PM (PDT) Comment 6

I am disappointed.

The only feature I really wanted was the ability to wake up to MP3 music. But MP3 CD's and the IPODs don't start automatically when the alarm is activated (normal audio CD's do).

Also the blue backlight is on constantly and is very bright in a dark room. I imagine this would be annoying if you were watching a DVD (I have not tested DVDs yet)

The sound is OK but I am no audiophile.

I am considering taking it back unless I get an answer from tech-support, who have not answered any questions yet.

Posted by dfr on December 15, 2006 at 5:19 AM (PDT) Comment 7

I bought the M2 system. Twice. The first time it arrived, the remote didn't work at all and the unit didn't control the ipod. It would not pause, play or change songs. I called technical support. I left a message and no one called me back. Then I called back, and the tech support person had to double check that the unit was supposed to control the ipod in the first place. Despite this being stated clearly in the instructions.

So I returned it and ordered another. This time the remote worked, but didn't control the ipod. Neither did the unit. I tried to call customer service and they sent me to an answering machine. This time I gave up and decided to buy another product.

Posted by AliceLiddel on December 19, 2006 at 8:11 AM (PDT) Comment 8

I am 2 for 2 on defective M1's. Both have CD skipping issues. This has happened with new and old CD's, both factory-made and home-burnt. Incredibly annoying because otherwise I really like this unit. I am now debating whether it's worth trying a 3rd or just getting something else.

Both of my units, by the way, did not come with a "fake" CD that one normally would find in the tray to stabilize the laser during shipping. The instruction manual refers to it, so I think they are supposed to be there. Could be that they forgot to insert those in a batch of units?

I do agree with the other poster that the blue light can be a bit much. It's unfortunate they did not include a way to turn the light down or off.

Posted by JustOnePostPlease on March 15, 2007 at 5:02 PM (PDT) Comment 9

I bought the unit because it was a floor unit and it was working properly and I got a discount with an added year of warranty. I actually bought it for the speakers to run off my TV. Nothing else. I made this decision because buying an amplifier and speakers was going to run me much more money. This way, I have the other features if I ever need them. In the mean time, it really makes the TV sound quality much better.

Posted by cohru01z on April 6, 2007 at 11:41 AM (PDT) Comment 10

Please can anyone help me I just brought my system but I can not work out how to dock my ipod in. I think there must be a part missing because i followed the instructions and put the right adaptor on with my ipod but it is impossible that its just balances therein because there is a gap down to is there a part that connects from the docking part to the ipod

Posted by nick87 on April 6, 2007 at 2:11 PM (PDT) Comment 11

I had the ilive system for a while worst system ever i finally purchased this system after testing out it against the hifi n sound dock.. to me this sound the best nice n clear at loud volumes. When i took it home the sound was so amazing in my room it filled it up with music, at 08/30 it vibrates the floor. The bass is crisp n clear and the highs are amazing. All the features in this system works great not one problem and no background noise like hissing. I am completly satisfied with this system. The sd card n usb n mp3/wma cd play back is just amazing cause it shows the ID3 tags on it's screen. It works great as an alarm clock by using the timer function. Amazing little system i highly reccomend you purchase this system if your looking for a system to purchase.

Posted by MusiqMaster on August 19, 2007 at 10:08 AM (PDT) Comment 12

@ nick87 u have to remove the temp nano dock from the top of the system and place the right one for your ipod

Posted by MusiqMaster on August 19, 2007 at 10:10 AM (PDT) Comment 13
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