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Only Under Counter iPod dock available, gets the job done
on September 6, 2010
My iHome iH36W under cabinet iPod dock clock radio that I used daily recently started failing to recognize that my iPod was docked. It was an early design, so it couldn't charge my iPhone or iPod Touch. When I started shopping for a replacement, I was pretty shocked to find that this Philips is the only currently available under cabinet iPod/iPhone dock. It sounds good, better than the iHome, and it gets the job done, but it's not perfect.
Pros: Good bass for what it is. FM reception is better than my two previous under cabinet clock radios. Works with all iPods and charges the iPhone and iPod touch. Holds an iPhone even if it has a case. Time is automatically set from the iPod/iPhone, nice! Dock protects iPod/iPhone from kitchen splatter.
Cons: Not cheap. Limited height range--I wasn't able to get mine as close to my cabinet as with my previous Sony and iHome under cabinet radios. There's a gap, but it's not too bad and it gives me a place to store the manual. Different mounting hole pattern than my previous under cabinet radios. My cabinet is starting to look like Swiss cheese. LCD could be more readable, it looks washed out from head on. It's clearer when viewed from an angle. Clunky iPod/iPhone dock is big and unsightly. Much deeper than my previous under cabinet radios and it uses a wall wart power supply. I had to punch a hole in the wall behind it to make room for the protruding power supply plug. I get horrible AM interference which renders the AM radio useless.
I think most people will be happy with this. It's a convenient place to charge your iPhone when you are home, and your iPhone will fit even if it has a case. I haven't tried it, but I could see looking up recipes on your iPhone while you cook. As with any electronic device, there are some weird design choices. I usually listen to music via apps like aol radio and Pandora, but if you punch the iPod/iPhone button it immediately starts playing stored content on the iPhone. That kind of threw me off because I had the aol radio app running but I'd pressed the stop button, so I couldn't figure out where the music was coming from.