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Ion Audio Tailgater Portable PA System for iPod

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  • Single-unit sound system for full, rich sound
  • Dock for iPod fits most docking models
  • Inputs for microphone and other audio sources
  • Heavy-duty construction with carry handle
  • Built-in, eight-hour battery with level indicator

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 14 x 18 inches ; 20.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 25.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0026JKO7M
  • Item model number: ION TAILGATER
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,525 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 30, 2004

Product Description

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TAILGATER lets you easily enjoy your personal soundtrack anywhere. This sound system features single-unit construction with speakers, amplifier, audio inputs and a dock for iPod all in one box. This high-powered, two-way speaker system has a built-in battery with level indicator for up to eight hours of cordless sound. Or you can plug in TAILGATER's power cord and rock out as long as you want. TAILGATER's enhanced bass output creates full, rich sound that's perfect for parties, tailgating, or any other place you need great sound! TAILGATER has an integrated dock for your iPod so you can play your tunes easily, and you can also plug in the included microphone and your guitar, keyboard, CD player, and other audio sources.

Easily enjoy your personal soundtrack anywhere. Click to enlarge.

Level indicators let you know when it's time for a recharge.

Inputs for a wide variety of devices.

Portable Power
The Tailgater pumps out 16 Watts of peak power, giving you full, rich audio no matter the setting.

Four Input Options
With four input options with independent level controls, the Tailgater is perfect for a variety of applications--give a speech with some background music, play instruments over recorded music, or any other combo you might come up with. Inputs include:

  • iPod: Integrated Universal Dock for iPod
  • Microphone: Balanced XLR or 1/4" microphone
  • Instrument: 1/4-inch jack for guitar, keyboard, other instrument, or second microphone
  • CD/MP3 Player: RCA line level input for CD player, MP3 player, or other audio device

Link Output
Connect a 1/4-inch stereo (TRS) cable to this line-level output to connect another amplification device, such as another Tailgater.

Party All Day
Thanks to the Tailgater's built-in rechargeable battery, you'll get about eight hours of amplification on one charge. Level indicators let you know when it's time for a recharge, and if you're near a power outlet you can just plug in and recharge the battery while it's in use.

Take It Anywhere
With heavy-duty construction and a convenient carry handle, the Tailgater is ready to go wherever you need it.

Mic Included
A professional quality microphone is included, along with a cable--plug right in and go.

What's in the Box
Ion Audio Tailgater, Microphone Cable, Microphone, Power Cable

Product Description

All-in-one convenience and great sound. TAILGATER lets you easily enjoy your personal soundtrack anywhere. This sound system features single-unit construction with speakers, amplifier, audio inputs and a dock for iPod all in one box. This high-powered, two-way speaker system has a built-in battery with level indicator for up to eight hours of cordless sound. Or you can plug in TAILGATER's power cord and rock out as long as you want. TAILGATER's enhanced bass output creates full, rich sound that's perfect for parties, tailgating, or any other place you need great sound! TAILGATER has an integrated dock for your iPod so you can play your tunes easily, and you can also plug in the included microphone and your guitar, keyboard, CD player, and other audio sources. TAILGATER features heavy-duty construction for years of enjoyment including a convenient carry handle for portability. You can crank your music anywhere and enjoy great sound with TAILGATER.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Worked well with iphone 3g and ipod nano (2nd gen).
Michael Babler
I really liked this - used it 10 times over 3 months and was looking forward to using this fall at football tailgates.
Patrick J. Kelly
The sound is rich and impressively loud especially at the low-end.
Brian I Greene

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. Dulak on April 26, 2009
The Tailgater is one heck of an iPod dock/speaker. Yes, it is only mono, but most portable docks are too small to truely get stereo imaging anyway. The construction of this unit is very high quality, comparable to true guitar amps. It has a 2-way speaker design, with a ~6" woofer and ~1.5" dome tweeter. The only real con is that it doesn't have any bass/treble adjustment and the default sound is a wee bit muddy, but this can be adjusted using the the iPod/iPhone's EQ. As for volume, it can get LOUD. Even outdoors I rarely go past 1/3 of full volume. Battery life is rated at 8 hrs at 2/3 volume according to the manual. I haven't been able to fully test it yet, but at 1/3 volume it ran for 3+ hrs and the battery meter still showed 3 out of 4 leds lit! So I don't really doubt the 8 hour claim which is awesome and why I bought this little guy in the first place.

Speaking of iPhones, I can report it works great with my iPhone 3G. You do get the "this device is not made for iPhone" warning and asks to be put in airplane mode, but it plays AND CHARGES my iPhone just fine even without being in airplane mode. I also didn't hear any of the typical phone interference you get with most other docks, which is probably due to the size of the unit which gives the audio components some space from the actual iPhone.

Regarding its portable "PA system" claims, a microphone is also included in the box which allows for regular PA type use and you can sing-along with your iPod karaoke style.

I actually got mine at a local Bed Bath & Beyond store, same price but 20% off with the usual store coupon!

Pros:
+portable iPod/iPhone dock that runs for 8 hours on built-in battery!
+actually loud enough to be useful outdoors
+8 hour battery life!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By laxbaby7 on August 30, 2010
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i bought this for my outdoor beach wedding to use to amplify our officiant and us while we said our vows, etc. and also to play music for the ceremony from my ipod. this speaker works amazingly well with clear, LOUD sound. its very easy to use, very adjustable, lightweight and sturdy. and it charges your ipod! the battery lasts really long, we used it all day tailgaiting on the beach and it didnt run out! i havent run it down so i dont know exactly how long it lasts, but it outlasted our party! this product was PERFECT for my beach wedding, cheaper than renting equipment and so easy to use that it helped my day go smoothly!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Leong on June 25, 2010
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Well designed and sturdily constructed unit. Very little noticible distortion when cranked up to full volume. Because of iPod capability, it won't be sitting around waiting for the next public speaking or singing event. It'll be in the garage or back yard playing away for hours and hours. The included microphone is of nice quality. One of the most pleasing purchase I've made.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William Seavey on March 1, 2011
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BEWARE!! SEE UPDATES! DO NOT PURCHASE THIS TYPE OF ITEM FROM THIS COMPANY!!!

I bought this for my husband for his birthday. It is just what I was looking for. The sound is good and loud enough to be used outside. His iPod easily connects by being put into the docking port on the top of the unit. It seems to be fairly heavy duty, so I am not worried about it getting broke when he lugs it around to various locations in the yard. The fact that it has such a great battery is a huge bonus. An unforeseen extra is how much our three year old son loves it. It came with a microphone, which I had not even noticed in the product description. We get a daily concert from him which is hilarious. Definitely worth the money.

Update: June 2011
All of a sudden stopped working, battery is fully changed and displays as fully charged, however unit will not power on. Any ideas out there, disappointed for only 3 months of actual use.

Final Update June 2011
After e-mailing company, did not get response. Finally after 2 weeks, I called company, placed on hold for just over ***30 minutes***. Company will not do anything for defective device since owned >90 days. I would think this would last longer for the price. There are similar reviews for the higher priced similar item. I took impeccable care of this product and it did not work more than 8 times, I also know how to take care of a battery, that is not the issue with the device. I typically don't give poor reviews, but this is the worst product I have bought online. I liked it while it worked...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cori416 on May 20, 2011
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I spent a few weeks before my husband's birthday looking for gifts, he's very hard to buy for. We tailgate a few times a year and spend lots of time outside in our backyard and working out, so I decided to browse tailgating audio equiptment.

This unit was one of the first I saw, I was actually looking for something a little smaller but that had a powerful punch regarding sound quality. I decided to pull the trigger on this one based off the good reviews.

When he unwrapped it he was blown away. Its a reasonable size and has two handles on the sides for carrying purposes. I can easily carry it myself as its not heavy. It comes with a microphone which my husband immediately claimed he would be using to sing kareoke (the machine doesnt do that, but he likes to kid)

It plays music clearly, so much so that several other tailgaters made positive comments about how nice it is. We hooked up Pandora on our iPhones and went to town. This unit is one that you charge up, which we did upon opening it. It says 8 hours of play at a full charge. We played it all day tailgating (around 4-5 hours) and continued to use it for several more hours at home over the next few weeks, to the point that I was surprised that it was still playing without having recharged!

Long story short, we absolutely love it and it was totally worth the money. Great product.
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