Review: iLive IHMD8816DT Home Docking System

[Editors’ Note: On November 1, 2006, iLounge published The 2007 iPod Buyers’ Guide, with more than 30 brand new, capsule-sized product reviews – only for products we considered to be amongst the very best we’ve seen throughout the year. The short review below is excerpted from the Guide, which you can download here.]


Review: iLive IHMD8816DT Home Docking System

Review: iLive IHMD8816DT Home Docking System

It’s not that iLive’s Home Docking System (aka IHMD8816DT) is an amazing multi-component speaker system, or a complete iPod video dock with remote, or a fully functioned Samsung DVD player and AM/FM radio with a clock – no alarms – it’s that it does all of these things, and pretty well. The two large speaker cabinets include side-firing subwoofers and front-firing drivers, separating from the combination iPod dock and DVD player for placement alongside a TV or anywhere else in the room. Though the audio quality isn’t phenomenal, it’s good enough to satisfy virtually anyone given the price and extras.

 

Review: iLive IHMD8816DT Home Docking System

Review: iLive IHMD8816DT Home Docking System

Review: iLive IHMD8816DT Home Docking System

Twin 4” speakers and woofers are mounted inside two cabled wooden cabinets, with gray fabric front and side grilles and a faux metal reclining base, while the central docking station houses the amplifier, LCD screen, DVD/CD Player, and radio. Video and audio output is provided to a TV via ports in the unit’s back. Separate docks for Dock Connector iPods and the shuffle are found on the unit’s top; the standard iPod dock is resized with included, color-matched inserts. You access the system with front-mounted buttons or the staggering, 44-button remote control, which initially looks ridiculous – and isn’t easy enough for just anyone to figure out – but has a full complement of DVD controls at the ready. A good option for younger users who aren’t looking for incredible audio quality, but want a fully-featured bedside iPod AV system with DVD functionality.

 

Review: iLive IHMD8816DT Home Docking System

Review: iLive IHMD8816DT Home Docking System

Review: iLive IHMD8816DT Home Docking System

Table of Contents

Our Rating

B
Recommended

Company and Price

Company: iLive/DPI (HK) Ltd.

Website: www.iLive.net

Model: IHMD8816DT

Price: $160

Compatible: iPod 3G, 4G, 5G, nano, mini, shuffle

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