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Firing on all cylinders with expansions of its prior product lines, iHome this year is broadening its array of speaker and headphone offerings, focusing on value-priced options with atypically nice industrial designs. In addition to offering some Lightning speakers—many very similar to past options—the company has unveiled a large collection of Bluetooth speakers, including some based on older AirPlay models, and new Disney/Marvel-themed speakers and headphones.

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Disney Creativity Pen ($50) is a stylus with a case and free drawing app that teaches children to draw Disney characters. An eraser is on the other side of the stylus. The app is $4 on its own. It’s expected the pen will be released without a case for $30 in the first quarter of 2013.

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Disney rechargeable character speakers ($30) are similar to the new Marvel line. A new Minnie Mouse fashion line includes headphones, earbuds, and a wireless speaker. No pricing or availability has been announced.

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Disney rechargeable character speakers ($30) are similar to the new Marvel line. A new Minnie Mouse fashion line includes headphones, earbuds, and a wireless speaker. No pricing or availability has been announced.

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A new Marvel line includes over-the-ear headphones ($25) and rechargeable character speakers ($25) that should appeal to kids and collectors.

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iHome has a new, large collection of aggressively priced headphones inspired by Beats that have great feel and look for their price points; the iB45 headphones ($30) look particularly impressive for the price.

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Based upon iHome’s earlier iW3 AirPlay speaker, the iBT30 ($150) is a less expensive, sonically near-identical 10 watt tower with Bluetooth, a rechargeable battery, and USB charging options. Leveraging one asset of AirPlay that was previously uncommon for a Bluetooth speaker, two iBT30 speakers can be paired wirelessly for expanded stereo separation. It will be released in April.

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    The iBT97 ($100) is a new FM clock radio with speakerphone functionality, and is part of a new family of similar-looking Bluetooth speakers. There’s also a USB port on the back for charging. It will be available in April.

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    iHome’s iBT26 Bluetooth Stereo Speaker System with Speakerphone USB Charging ($70) is a short cylinder-shaped speaker with speakerphone functionality, thanks to a built-in mic. No availability date has been announced.

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    The iBT52 Portable Rechargeable Bluetooth Music Receiver with Speakerphone and Home Docking Station ($40) adds Bluetooth connectivity to any speaker system with a 3.5 mm line-in jack. A speakerphone, sport clip and home dock are all included. It should be available in May.

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    Phil Dzikiy

    Phil Dzikiy was the Editor-in-Cheif at iLounge. He mostly edited and oversaw all site editorial content, managed staff and freelancers, made the final call on product review grades and awards, and led online coverage of all Apple events and live coverage of the International CES in 2015.