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Spalding IP556 iHoop Portable Basketball System - 54" Glass Backboard

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  • Assembly of 1 portable hoop
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  • Moving the basketball hoop to a new location is not included
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  • Full-tempered glass 54- by 1/4-inch backboard is enclosed in a steel backboard frame
  • Spalding's exclusive ScrewJack lift system makes rim height adjustments easy
  • The Arena Slam breakaway rim is designed to flex when pressure is applied, helping to relieve stress from the backboard during game play.
  • Tip & Roll portability mechanism with two oversized wheels make moving the iHoop quick and convenient.
  • Features two 3-inch speakers and a 5-inch subwoofer
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Product Description

Product Description

The Spalding iHoop Portable Basketball Hoop with 54 Inch Glass Backboard embodies the ultimate fusion of basketball and music. This multi-wheel, portable basketball system is the first designed to accommodate your iPod for your music, and your game played YOUR way. Turn up the volume on your game with a fully integrated iPod docking station, 30 watt 2.1 sound system for premium sound quality and impact resistant ABS material. This durable basketball hoop also includes a 54in glass backboard and 4in square pole for superior playability. Put a fresh spin on home entertainment with this innovative way to perfect your play.

Listen to music while you shoot hoops with Spalding's iHoop, designed to work with any iPod (with a 30 pin port) or non-iPod MP3 player. Officially licensed by Apple and Made for iPod certified, Spalding's iHoop features a full-glass backboard for maximum playing performance and true ball rebound. The iHoop offers a 54- by 1/4-inch full tempered glass backboard enclosed in a steel backboard frame while square poles feature a two-piece, 4-inch design to maximize backboard rigidity and stability. Meanwhile, Spalding's exclusive ScrewJack lift system makes rim height adjustments easy with a simple turn of a handle; the rim height is infinitely adjustable from 7 to 10 feet for all skill levels. The adjustment handle can also be removed for storage during play and to prevent tampering.

To listen to tunes, just place your iPod in the Suspension Cradle and connect using Apple's standard 30 pin connecter. The iHoop also features a 1/8-inch mini plug connector for use with the iPod shuffle or any non-iPod MP3 players. Then, just hit play--and you are ready to play.

Backboard Details:

  • Backboard Size: 54 inches
  • Backboard Material: 1/4-inch tempered glass with steel frame
  • Backboard Offset: 2 feet
  • Rim Style: Arena Slam
  • Lift System: ScrewJack
  • Lift Handle: Removable
  • Pole Size: 2-piece, 4-inch square
  • Pole Material: Steel
  • Pole Angle: 20°

Audio Details:

  • The iHoop connects to most iPods (30 pin port) or non-iPod MP3 players. Officially licensed by Apple and Made for iPod certified.
  • Spalding's exclusive mesh Suspension Cradle will suspend your iPod/MP3 player in mid air. Made from a soft mesh fabric and attached via stretchable cords, your iPod/MP3 player will sit securely while the cords absorb shock, and the mesh fabric prevents scratches.
  • Pushing 30 watts of total power through a fully integrated 2.1 stereo sound system, the iHoop is powered to play. Two 3-inch full range speakers are mounted near ear level on the backstop for optimum sound performance. The premium speakers provide superior audio clarity `with a rich, clean tone and stay protected behind high impact ABS grills. The iHoop also pounds the pavement with a 5-inch subwoofer, keeping the low-tones detailed and defined.
  • The iPod/MP3 player storage compartment is located in the center of the backstop for easy access during game play. The access panel door is made using an impact-resistant ABS material for its strength and rigidity. Five easy-access buttons allow easy control of your iPod when connected via Apple’s 30 pin cable. Play, stop, skip, and volume can all be controlled without having to physically handle the iPod/MP3 player during game play.
  • With insight from industry leaders in the Marine and Audio industries, Spalding has included only premium Marine Grade outdoor audio components that will hold up to the elements

iHoop Audio System Details:

  • Compatibility: Most iPod models and MP3 players
  • System Power: 120v with GFI protection
  • Speakers: Two 3-inch full range premium speakers
  • Subwoofer: One 5-inch subwoofer
  • Speaker Grade: Marine-grade, weather resistant
  • Inputs: iPod 30 pin, 1/8-inch mini plug
  • Construction: Impact-resistant ABS material
  • Other: Player suspension cradle design for protection

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What exactly is the Spalding iHoop?
A:The Spalding iHoop is the world's first basketball system with a fully integrated docking station for iPod. The iHoop has a 30 watt 2.1 sound system and marine-grade speakers for premium sound, a 54" inch glass backboard and 4" square pole for top level playability, a multi wheel portable bass with tip and roll mechanism for easy mobility.

Q: Do all iPod models work with the Spalding iHoop system?
A: The Spalding iHoop system is 30 pin compatible, which means that most iPod models will work on the iHoop.

Q: I don't own an iPod, but I do own an MP3 player from another manufacturer. Will other MP3 players work in the Spalding iHoop?
A: Yes. The Spalding iHoop has both a 30 pin connector for iPod models as well as an auxiliary cord connector for all other MP3 players.

Q: Does the Spalding iHoop require an electrical hook up?
A: Yes. The Spalding iHoop requires a plug into an electrical outlet (120V) in order to activate the music. The system is both GFI protected and UL approved.

Q: Is the Spalding iHoop weather and water resistant?
A: Yes. The Spalding iHoop has been engineered to withstand all types of weather, including rain and snow. The speakers are marine-grade quality and are water resistant.

Note: Contact Spalding at 1-800-558-5234 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST Monday to Friday) for questions or assistance.

About Spalding
As a Division of Russell Corporation, the Spalding Group consists of three business units: Spalding in Springfield, MA; American Athletic, Inc. (AAI) in Jefferson, IA; and Huffy Sports, in Sussex, WI. The three companies, collectively combined, are now the largest basketball equipment supplier in the world. Spalding is the official basketball supplier of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA, the official volleyball of the King of the Beach Volleyball Tour and the official football of the Arena Football League (AFL) and Pop Warner.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 59 x 39 x 11.5 inches ; 156 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 283 pounds
  • ASIN: B0029L1EF8
  • Item model number: IP556
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,245 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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By S. Kosinski on July 19, 2009
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When you buy this, the biggest challenge (outside of actually playing basketball with some level of skill) will be the assembly. Thus, I'll start right in on the assembly...For me, this took 3 hours to complete - from walking into my garage, unpacking the boxes (there are two), collecting the right tools, full assembly and clean-up. This is not a "one man job", though my helper was my 12 yr old son and my wife (both at times and neither fully committed). I did have one problem, which added about 45 minutes of bactrack to my 3hr assembly time. I discuss the problem below to help you avoid the same. It required contacting Spalding, but they were very helpful.

Here is what you need to assemble:

1) The right tools - socket set with extender, wrenches in teh same sizes as the sockets, blade to open boxes, saw horse, hammer (very small taps), lots of space to assemble.
2) Patience - read the directions!! AND use the right parts
3) Mechanical ability - You have to like this sort of challenge.

The directions are good, but you must follow them. The number of parts may seem overwhelming at the beginning, but I found the diagrams and labels very helpful.

Here is the one assembly problem to avoid. On pg 20, step #3 of the directions "installing screw jack assembly to lower evelvator tube". Pay attention to this because the directions are unclear. And this must be assembled correctly in order to raise and lower the backboard.

I didn't fit the screw jack properly so when I was finished, the backboard did not raise and simply rested in the lowest position. I called Spalding. I had to Google search to find the right number so here it is: toll-free 800-558-5234 (8am-5pm CST Mon-Fri).
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This was a project ideally done with 2 adults like the instructions say all over it. As is, I had my wife helping me for about 10 minutes total lol, and the rest of the help came in the form of my 10 year old daughter. I'm a physician by trade so it doesn't take a carpenter type person to put this up, just patience. Someone else probably could have done this faster, or having two adults probably would have made it faster as well, but suffice to say this was an all day affair for me. Worth it in the end. I will also add that while I did this as more or less a solo adult with kid help, 2 ADULTS really is the best way to go.

The worst thing about the packaging was the styrofoam that is extensively used as I hate the sound it makes. That said, it was well packaged with everything intact and easily enough identified. While few of the parts had numbers to identify them, the instructions showed you pictures of all the nuts, bolts, etc drawn to size such that you could identify them.

Something to realize is that a socket wrench with deep sockets and an extension piece is really a must, as far as I am concerned. 2 sets of flat wrenches would have worked, but would have taken that much longer. I ended up buying a socket wrench set plus a set of flat wrenches as a result (you need 2 wrenches as per the instructions), which tacks on $50+ to the price if you dont have those things already. I doubt other systems will be any different though to be fair.

The instructions were clear enough to follow for the most part. To start, you have to fit the 2 long pole sections together. They fit tightly. It took me some time to bounce them together to get the full 4 inches of overlap.
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I have two small boys starting to play basketball so I looked at a hoop as a long term investment for them. Wanted the portability to move it. I looked at the Spaulding Beast, but then I discovered that Spaulding just came out with the new IHoop. My kids also have an Ipod and love music, so I said what the heck and paid the extra money for the sound system.

Amazon shipped it in two large boxes.

Installation - I basically put this together myself over the course of a couple of days. I asked a male friend to help for certain steps. You will need to take your time, the directions are good. The screws are packaged seperately which make it nice. You cannot rush this puppy. Take your time. My only complaint was for the first step, where you need to assemble the MAIN post. It takes two men, and should be done in the street, with plywood with a stepladder. You bang this badboy post down, until it fits. I called tech support, because I was having trouble, and they explained this process, much better than the manual.

The Ihoop.

Can be adjusted lower for younger children. And it has the sound system which the kids love. Their music shooting hoops. They are itching to invite their friends over. For the extra $300, I would rather this. I guess you can hook a boombox up and save the money, but this is a lot more convenient. Just plug it in an outlet. It is weathersafe. The backboard is the real deal. It also looks good in the driveway. Very modern look. The wife is happy, so that is a bonus. Now I just need to move the cows off the lawn.

So if you want to impress, go for it. If it lasts my kids 10 years, the the price tag is not that bad.
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