[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.]
A bit larger and sleeker-looking than iHome’s popular clock radio iH5, iLuv’s black- or white-colored i177 also packs an important extra feature: a dual alarm, which you’ll only get if you step up to iHome’s more expensive iH7 (or down to Memorex’s iWake), plus the guarantee of a matching eight-button remote control in the box. In terms of audio quality, it’s stronger in treble than in bass, where the iH5 and iH7 are both better-equipped, and roughly par for the clock radio course in overall sound, with very good AM/FM radio tuning. We wouldn’t pick this over the iH5 overall because of the sound, but if you need the dual alarm, are attracted to the included stereo AV cable – which lets you connect your docked iPod to a TV or a different stereo – or have a need for the integrated iPod shuffle (first-generation) dock, it’s a strong overall package for the price, and looks nice on a nightstand.
Company and Price
Company: iLuv (a unit of jWIN)
Model: iLuv i117
Compatible: iPod 3G, 4G, 5G, mini, nano, shuffle (1G)