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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2011
Like one of the other reviewers here I purchased my ILIVE elsewhere. Picked mine up this afternoon at Walmart for $98 dollars, on sale for Christmas I assume. I bought it for my Haier 32" flatscreen TV that I bought here on Amazon 2 weeks ago because although the TV has a beautiful picture it has rotten speakers and sounds like a small transister radio (seriously!). The only downside to this soundbar is that it would not hook up to my TV with the supplied RCA lines and I had to go to Radio Shack and spend another $15 bucks on a mini-plug line jack that I had to run from the TV's headphone outlet to the Input jack on the soundbar. Once I had that in place I fired up the two components and adjusted the bass and treble to the maximum settings and the sound is just wonderful ! What really surprised me is how good the bass response is considering the small speakers. It does come with a Subwoofer line out jack and I am going to hook up my Sony powered Subwoofer that I have in storage and then I will have a perfect home theater system as far as I am concerned. The mute button on the remote controlled the TV volume too which is a pleasent surprise. The added bonus of having an FM radio and an Ipod/Iphone slide out bay makes this a well rounded unit for the money to say the least. I played a few DVD's and the SRS surround worked just great with nice seperation of sound effects etc. I played some of my more bass-heavy CD's through my DVD player and the sound once again is very satisfying for me and I don't find myself wishing that I had more bass although I will add my Subwoofer to the unit simply because I can and it's only one wire instead of 6 wires with a standard home theater system with 5 speakers and a Subwoofer. I don't miss those nasty wires AT ALL ! I would reccomend this unit to anyone that is on a budget and wants great sound without breaking the bank and hates messing with a bunch of extra speakers and hiding wires under throw rugs to get that added surround sound.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2013
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Shipping was super fast! Got it the next day. The bar is compatible with my iTouch but the speaker are way below good. It distorts at medium level and the bass sucks (but it does have a Subwoofer output). Also, this model (I should have checked the model # more closely) only has analog and 3.5 jack inputs. No way of connecting to my HDMI or Optical only LCD TV. May keep it to mount on the wall in our bedroom as the alarm clock with the iTouch dock could be useful there. Don't expect much for $60 with shipping!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2013
Bought it from another store. 5 minutes after receiving it, I'm now enjoying the music.

First impression, a typical average quality unit. Plastic feeling but looks very nice and much more expensive than the price I paid (<$30)

Installation: no need to, just hook your audio source to the backpad of this unit and that's it.

Sound quality: it's now sitting aside my HK AVR driven home theater system. Of course, it can't compete with that. But the sound quality meets expectation. It is quite clear and loud enough for a small-mid size room. The bass is OK if you put it on the floor. Table-top setup will reduce the bass power, again as expected. I tested it with an external subwoofer. It works fine. So be realistic, it is just a small set of integrated speakers. It is designed to improve your audio system from the TV but not to replace any serious theater system.

I'm charging my ipod touch now and will update with that portion later.

Given my recent experience of purchasing amps and speakers, I'd say it works on par with a DIY system at price range of $50~$75. So it is definitely worth buying if price is lower than that.

Update about the ipod connectivity: this function is great! The remote directly controls the playback of ipod touch. Although the build quality is just OK, meaning that the pop-out dock feels not that sturdy, it is working just fine. I have a very old 2nd generation 32G ipod touch which I'm not really carrying with me so I don't really need to remove it very often.

Until now, everything seems working very well. And I'm changing my rating from 4 stars to 5 stars. Will recommend it to everybody at $50~$75 price range. Anything below that will be a steal!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2011
I have had this sound bar for 2 months now. It works fine. The sound is not great...but ok for it's size. The ipod/iphone feature is nice...how everwhen you plug in the iphone 3g it say it needs to download an ilive program, but i can not find it online in the itunes store. It does have some weight to it, so if you are like me and want to wall mount this thing, you're gonna have to drill four holes in the wall with anchores to secure it. The remote sucks! The lay out and functionality of it is crap...drives me nuts everytime i pick it up. bottom line is you get what you pay for with this. It's inexpensive, for moderate quality.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2012
Let's remember this: this is not a replacement for your high end soundbar for your home theater system. It does however improve the sound of your TV and makes watching movies/sports much better. What a lot of people don't realize that this is a all-in-one solution where you can listen to your iPod, tune into FM radio, connect two audio sources (TV/Game/Bluray whatever you have) and one aux line. Just buying simple iPod speaker dock usually costs this much and doesn't give substantially better quality.

If you are in the market to buy a first class soundbar for home theater experience, and consider iPod dock just and add-on, this product is not for you. However, if you're like me, who considers iPod dock to be important feature, and is happy with just improving your living room's TV sound bit better - this is the one. For the given price, it does its job and saves a lot of space (that was another thing I was personally looking for).

The remote is not as bad as some other folks have reported, and you if don't like the remote, use universal remotes like Logitech Harmony - works like a charm. The unit also supports add-on subwoofer.

The only thing missing is digital audio input - that would have made this a five star.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2013
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Bought a tv that has a great picture but terrible sound. This sound bar works great with the tv and has good sound. Also nice that it has an iPod dock although for the iPod my other stereo sounds better. Great value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2013
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No optical connection. Doesn't work. A big mistake for me to buy this. It doesn't make any sound it just sits. Dumpsterbound
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2012
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I purchased this, as some here mentioned, to hear my TV better & have a dockable system for my old iPhone 3 which has become my music media player. I am not a sound snob by any stretch, but the quality of this soundbar without a subwoofer (not included) reminds me of my Evil Kenivel transistor radio I used to take around with me in the late 1970s. Lucky I had an old subwoofer from my PC system, and I was able to hook it up. It sounds fine now, but I wished I had gotten a model with subwoofer included. You get what you pay for, I guess.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
I purchased the 180 model from Amazon. The product does exactly what I wanted. Plays music from my Uverse music channels without having the TV on, charges and plays the Ipod and etc. The sound was not very good. The unit went completely dead after a couple of weeks. After working with tech support I sent it back for repair. I then found this model, the 280 on sale at Target and purchased it hoping for better sound. It was better! Not great, but good enough. Today the unit suddenly started making screeching sounds. I've tried unplugging it, reseting it, changing inputs. Same noise from all sources. The unit is ten months old and has been used maybe 100 hours. Must be broken. Ilive did send me a new 180 to replace the one I purchased from Amazon as that one was still under warranty. I'm not even going to hook it up. It's going to Good Will. Looks like a charitable deduction is all these units are good for.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2013
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I decided to buy this as when I moved it was hell putting in my surround sound home theatre system. This was just plug and play. However I did have to adjust the sound settings on the tv itself and turn off the sound there before the sound bar would work. BUT all is well in my world. Love love love this sound bar.
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