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Mostly great clock radio and stereo
on September 28, 2013
The iHome FM clock radio and dock is a mostly great device to have. It has the latest Apple dock, Lightning, as well as USB and auxiliary cable ports in the back. So if you've got an iOS device from 2012 or more recent, you can dock it right onto the top of the stereo, and the little built-in backing bars will hold it up as a mount. If you've got an older device you can use the old Apple USB cables and plug it into the back, and if you've got something with a headphone jack (e.g. a non-iOS media player, an Android phone) you can use an auxiliary cable.
Setup is mostly easy: if you dock your device into the top, it'll automatically sync the time and date through your iPhone/iPad/iPod. Note that you're supposed to download their app first for it to work properly. If you don't have any of those handy, you can manually set up the time and date pretty easily with the Clock button on top and the +/- buttons next below it.
Setting alarms is pretty intuitive, and you can have two separate alarms. The alarms can be set to radio, buzzer, dock, or USB port, and you can also choose the volume that the alarm comes on at (very cool). You can also choose if you want the alarm to come on seven days a week, only on weekdays, or only on weekends. Use the snooze button to change the brightness level on the text on the display.
Sound quality is good if not amazing. Volume tends to be on the high side so just be careful. The first time the alarm went off for me (at 5 am) it scared the crap out of me because it was so loud. The equalizer is just your basic stuff: treble, bass, and balance. Nothing special to customize to the music you're listening to or anything, so you'll have to do that on your device.
The dock charges iPods/iPads/iPhones while they're connected, and that includes the USB port. This goes to Android phones too, as they will also charge if you plug them into the USB port with a USB/micro-USB cable. Note, however, that Android phones will only play through the stereo with an auxiliary cable, so you still need to have both if you want them to be charged while being played.
I have a few gripes about this product. 1) It's a bit big. Not a huge deal but if just takes up a big amount of space on the nightstand, especially with a lamp on the nightstand as well. 2) I wish the support bars on top could be retracted when not in use. They're ugly on their own and it looks really stupid when they're just sitting up. 3) This could really use a remote. The picture shows one but it actually doesn't come with one, and as a media stereo it desperately needs one.
All in all, though, a mostly great stereo that was a great upgrade from my previous cheap and basic clock radio.