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iHome iW1 AirPlay Wireless Stereo Speaker System with Rechargeable Battery

by iHome
106 customer reviews
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  • Wirelessly stream music from iTunes, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch via Wi-Fi
  • Play and charge your iPhone or iPod via USB port and included cable
  • Easy network configuration with free iHome Connect app; Firmware upgradeable
  • Bongiovi Acoustics DPS sound processing custom tuned to 4 speaker drivers; also has sleek backlit touch-sensitive Capacitive Touch control panel
  • Internal rechargeable Lithium-ion battery; remote control, charging base and recessed handle for convenient portability
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Technical Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Brand Name: iHome
  • Model Number: iW1
  • Item Display Weight: 10.00 pounds
  • Remote Control Description: remote_control
  • Color: Black

Product Description

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

Product Description

The iW1 is an AirPlay speaker system for streaming music from iTunes, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch using your Wi-Fi network for wireless audio anywhere in the home. The internal rechargeable battery makes it a truly wireless and portable audio solution that you can take anywhere you have Wi-Fi. The iW1 also supports USB docking for iPod and iPhone charging and music playback with any iPod USB sync cable and dock. Coveted Bongiovi Digital Power Station circuitry provides real-time digital signal processing that makes your MP3’s shine. Embrace wireless living with impressive technology and an exceptional audio experience.

Play your music, in any room, wirelessly. With a slick, minimal design, iHome's iW1 is an elegant implementation of Apple's AirPlay technology. Stream your music from AirPlay sources--iTunes, iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad--anywhere you have a home Wi-Fi network. Enjoy remote control of your streaming playback, and digital processing from Bongiovi for uncompromising sound. You can also charge and playback your Apple device via USB, or connect nearly any audio player via an auxiliary input.

iHome iW1
Slick, minimal design and elegant AirPlay implementation. Click here for a larger image

Go Wireless

Works with AirPlay

Stream wireless music directly to the iW1 via iTunes, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. AirPlay is a built-in feature in Apple devices that lets users stream audio wirelessly, wherever there is a Wi-Fi network.

Note: For AirPlay, the iW1 must be connected to Wi-Fi with networked access to a Mac or PC running iTunes 10.1 or later; or an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later.

Remote Control of Streaming Playback

Device in the other room? No problem, the iW1 supports play/pause, next track, previous track, and volume control of iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and iTunes music playback from the speaker control panels, as well as the included IR remote.

Easy Setup

The iW1 is a breeze to get working, with a simple network setup and custom device naming. Just grab iHome Connect, a free app available on the App Store for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Launch the app, connect via USB, and follow simple on-screen menus to configure Wi-Fi. You'll be enjoying AirPlay a few minutes after un-boxing.

iHome iW1 Lifestyle
Stream wireless music directly to the iW1 via iTunes, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Wi-Fi Certified

The iW1 is certified for 802.11b and 802.11g Wi-Fi Technologies. The "Wi-Fi CERTIFIED" logo assures the Wi-Fi Alliance has tested a product in numerous configurations and with a diverse sampling of other devices, to ensure compatibility with Wi-Fi CERTIFIED equipment that operates in the same frequency band.

Local Music Playback

Charge and Play iPod and iPhone

For iPods that aren't Wi-Fi enabled, or when you want to keep a full charge while enjoying your music, a USB port is provided. Connect your iPod/iPhone using the included USB sync cable (or any iPod USB sync cable) for charging and audio playback. The USB connection also enables music playback from iPad.

Auxiliary Input

You can also connect almost any music device using the analog 3.5mm stereo auxiliary input: CD players, MP3 players, etc.

iHome iW1 Portability
Rechargeable battery with simple charging base and handle, for portable use.

Uncompromising Audio

Bongiovi Acoustics Digital Power Station

Real-time digital signal processing extends the iW1's audio bandwidth, adding missing harmonics without adding peak output to the signal. It effectively improves brightness, clarity, and presence, delivering deep, resonant bass and crystal-clear highs.

Adjustable Bass and Treble

You can dial in the EQ a little further with basic Bass and Treble controls.

Battery or AC Power

True Wireless Portability

A rechargeable battery with charging base and carrying handle makes the iW1 ideal for use anywhere at home, indoors and out.

iHome+Radio app
Pair the iW1 with iHome's iOS apps (iHome+Radio pictured above) for an even more versatile experience.
Universal 100-240V AC Adaptor

The switching power supply works just about anywhere in the world to power your unit.

iOS App-Enhanced Device

Pair the iW1 with iHome's iOS apps (available from the iTunes App Store) for an even more versatile experience:

  • iHome Set, an app for updating your iW1 firmware
  • iHome+Sleep, a free music alarm clock app
  • iHome+Radio, an Internet radio music app for sleeping and waking
  • iHome Connect, a network setup app for iHome AirPlay enabled product

What's in the Box

iW1 Speaker, Charging Base, Power Adaptor, USB Sync Cable, Remote Control, Documentation

Product Information

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
Technical Details
Brand NameiHome
Item Weight9 pounds
Product Dimensions17.7 x 11 x 6.9 inches
Item model numberiW1
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Power Source TypeBattery
Connectivity TechnologyWireless, WiFi
Number of Items1
Remote Control Descriptionremote_control
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #30,628 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableOctober 21, 2011
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Customer Reviews

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92 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Big Dutch on November 4, 2011
Package Type: Standard Packaging
I bought this from Best Buy last week. It was hard to find them in stock, but I stopped in and they just happened to have some so I picked one up after waiting for this to come out all year. I was very excited to get this home and play around with it.

First thing, unboxing it gave a good first impression. You can tell they went out of their way to give it that appearance of being an Apple product. Minimalist packaging, and the user manual even had its own hard 'envelope' type packing which gave it a quality feel. Set up was a breeze, you can even download the ihome connect app and set it up right from your iphone, ipod, or ipad.. very slick, very simple.

The speaker unit itself has a nice, heavy weight to which iHome takes full advantage of by adding a rubber (or something like that) surface to the bottom which really causes the unit to sit nicely on whatever surface you put it on - no sliding around, no worrying about my 2 year old being able to push it off its shelf (out of his reach, but he climbs like a monkey), just a great overall quality feel to the product. I'm assuming the weight is because of the battery in the unit - but regardless just a nice feel. They are very attractive and I really like the touch control interface on the top. Very simple so other members of the family can use it as well.

Comes with a charging base that you just sit the unit itself onto. Very easy to pick up and set down the speaker to take with you around the house. Very no fuss, very small, again just another piece of the iW1 that was well thought out and engineered.

As for the sounds - I found it acceptable.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By KC_Amazon_Fan on November 5, 2011
Package Type: Standard Packaging
I have wanted to add speakers to my kitchen but the cost and effort to run additional speaker cable for better speakers made me search for a wireless option. I have been reading about Sonos and Airplay systems and decided to give this one a try.

Appearance/quality: Good looking product with a nice remote. I was impressed with the look and feel as I took it out of the box. It looks and feels like a well made product.

Setup: This was a little trickier than expected. You have to download and run the iHome Connect app first which I didn't understand from the boxed instructions. I thought I could setup the unit up straight from my desktop and wi-fi controls. Maybe there is a way to do that but it proved a little more challenging and my patience wore thin. Once I just downloaded the iHome Connect app to my iPhone it was much easier!

Sound: The sound is alright. My regular home stereo - which is important to me - is a reasonably good component system with a combination of Mission, Mirage, and Bose speakers powered by decent Yamaha and Onkyo components. Does this speaker system sound as good as those speakers? No. Is that OK? Yes! This iHome iW1 AirPlay system accomplishes what I wanted - to bring additional sound to my kitchen without having to do construction. Mission Accomplished!

This is not an audiophile quality system but it sounds alright and provides simple easy to use connectivity and control. It works well with iTunes and the Apple remote app on my iPhone and iPad. It fits my needs and then some. I really like that in the warmer months I can un-dock this from the charging base and take it outside for family dinners and spending time on the back deck with some music. That is a huge bonus for this system.

All in all, I am very happy with it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rafael on May 27, 2013
Package Type: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
At first I was not sure about buying this Airplay speaker because of the "Wifi Issues" or sound while using the AirPlay. I'm been using it a lot lately, here are my 2 cents:

* Make sure you have a strong wifi coverage, if your coverage is weak buy extra wifi router/access point to place it around the house (Buy cheap ones,I have this one, is very common Wifi interference from your neighbors.
* If you're felling geeky, use a wifi network analyzer like "network stumbler" for PC or the built in mac os x wifi network utility to determine what wifi channels are used around you(pay attention to the strongest ones). I recommend using one of this channels: 1, 6 or 11 that are not used.


* Excellent Experience (no dropped connection)
Streaming from my Mac (ethernet wired) to iHome iW1 (wireless) around the house, even outdoors, use your iphone or ipad as a remote control for iTunes. Streaming from my Iphone or Ipad to iW1 inside of the house, no issues.

* Ok Experience (Very few audio Drop for buffering)
When streaming Pandora this takes the double of bandwidth as if you're streaming an album stored in your iphone or iPad to the iW1. This happens when signal is weak (backyard)

* Price: You'll probably not find anything better (rechargeable batteries, Airplay, decent sound quality, nice finish, solid, well built) for this price

* Input and Dock connector (Standard iphone/ipad cable)
* Stream to multiple speakers from iTunes
* Stream form Apple TV to iW1


* It's not BOSE or B&W quality sound.
* It does not offer deep bass.

Hope this helpls.
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