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iHome iBN48BC NFC Bluetooth Portable Rechargeable Speaker with Speakerphone
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- Wirelessly stream music from iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Blackberry and other Bluetooth-enabled devices
- NFC (near field communication) technology for instant Bluetooth setup
- Speakerphone with ATI SoundClear voice echo cancellation for clear calls
- Take music anywhere with the built-in rechargeable battery
- Aux-in jack to play audio from audio devices equipped with 3.5mm headphone jack
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NFC Bluetooth Portable Rechargeable Speaker
The iBN48 is a Bluetooth-enabled wireless stereo system with built-in speakerphone capability. NFC (near field communication) technology instantly connects NFC-capable devices to Bluetooth. Integrated stand elevates the speaker to the ideal listening position and folds out of the way for convenient carrying.
Bluetooth Wireless Audio
Send digital audio wirelessly to iBN48 from your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, Android, Blackberry or other Bluetooth-enabled audio device.
Specially designed, sealed speaker chambers provide amazing clarity, depth and power.
Take music anywhere with the long-lasting rechargeable internal lithium ion battery.
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|Connectivity Technology||Wired & Wireless||Wireless||—||usb|
|Item Dimensions||10.2 x 6.11 x 3.03 in||2.76 x 5.24 x 2.52 in||7.99 x 12.01 x 5.98 in||4.53 x 14.37 x 7.48 in|
|Item Weight||2.46 lbs||0.56 lb||1.15 lbs||4.14 lbs|
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The iBN48 is a Bluetooth-enabled wireless stereo system with built-in speakerphone capability. NFC (near field communication) technology instantly connects NFC-capable devices to Bluetooth. Stream wireless digital audio via Bluetooth from your iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry-most Bluetooth devices. Jam out to your music and never miss a beat with the long-lasting built-in rechargeable battery. Reson8 speaker chambers for full, rich sound. Built-in mic, ATI SoundClear voice echo cancellation and answer and end controls make speakerphone use a pleasure.
Top Customer Reviews
The iHome stands out from the pack thanks to two key features; the speakerphone and the built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The speakerphone works flawlessly and is a nifty feature that makes answering calls extremely easy when you so happen to be playing music. Calls are answered by hitting the I/O (power button) that will flash green during a call. Your voice and your parties voice will be piped over the iHome's speakers and the call quality is surprisingly good.
In my home we've setup the iHome BT stereo in our kitchen and it's been working out great. The convenience of having the speakerphone built in really shines whenever I'm preparing meals or feeding my infant son. My wife enjoys it for similar reasons.
There are four main buttons on the front of the iHome that consist of (in order from left to right):
* Power button (blue when the system is turned on and flashing green when receiving a call)
* Battery charge indicator
* Volume down
* Volume up
The built-in battery offers several hours (will update once I figure out exactly how much playback is offered via the battery) of unplugged playback. We often hang out outside on our patio and porting the iHome outside and using the battery as a power source is a terrific feature!
The back of the unit has traditional inputs - A/C power and 3.5mm auxiliary jack.
Setup is extremely easy. After plugging in the AC adapter simply turn on the unit. You can then use your mobile device to search for "iHome" device in your Bluetooth devices list or simply use the NFC (near field communications) to make pairing even easier. The NFC pairing works by enabling the feature on your phone and then holding the phone to the NFC hot-spot on the front of the iHome stereo. You'll receive an onscreen prompt to connect and then you're set!
The iHome came with a charge already on the battery, however, the documentation recommends charging the device fully when at initial setup. Charging took a few hours the first time and in my home remains permanently plugged in and ready to go.
The iHome can support multiple BT devices (i.e. my wife's phone and my own phone) however, you'll have to ensure the desired source device is actively paired before use.
The iHome is an oval shape and does have a kick-stand that holds the device steady and also serves to perfectly hide the A/C adapter ("power brick"). That keeps the iHome looking rather slick on my kitchen counter without a tangle of cord or the power adapter visible.
The sound quality of the iHome is what I'd describe as "good". This is by no means an audiophile stereo system. In fact when I first picked up the iHome I was shocked by how light the entire device really is. That's including a built in battery and the speakers (which require magnets). So that should probably tell you something right off the bat.
My Logitech BT stereo system absolutely sounds much better than the iHome. However, the iHome offers two distinct advantages (besides the battery) - price and diminutive size compared to the Logitech system.
In our kitchen the iHome peforms admirably and is able to handle most music sources thrown at it. The source files we're using are either MP3's or streaming music services which again are not exactly audiophile territory.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE iHOME:
(+) Battery. A built in battery is such a tremendous feature and grants instant portability to the garage, back yard or just about anywhere.
(+) Sound. Good sound quality for such a small and light device. This won't set your ears on fire but it gets the job done.
(+) Design. The iHome looks good and is relatively small. It works perfectly in our kitchen and isn't a focal point.
(+) Easy to use. The iHome is easy to setup and pair and even easier to start listening to music. This is huge for my wife who gravitates away from our Logitech system because of the overabundance of options and menus before getting to the music.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER:
(-) While the audio quality is good this device doesn't compare well to systems from Logitech, JBL and other big name speaker manufacturers. While the Logitech is bigger and more expensive, it isn't that much more expensive.
(-) No remote. Volume and answering calls is all controlled from your phone but sometimes having a remote can be handy too. Particularly since I tend to leave my phone in other rooms.
iHome delivers a good performing, well featured portable music system. This device truly is named aptly and is perfect for home use in just about every setting you can think. Recommended!
I started having issues with the iHome when my wife indicated that she could no longer pair her phone with the device. I noticed that the iHome was totally unresponsive to any inputs even though the battery indicator showed a full charge and the AC adapter was plugged in. I decided to leave the iHome unplugged and after 24-hours tried plugging in the device again. That seemed to do the trick and we're now able to use this music player once again. Hopefully this was a simple blip and not indicative of greater problems ahead.
Great price, great speaker!
It connected very quickly to the four devices i have used to power it up in the last couple of days - especially after the initial connection has been made. Reconnects - and this is, I'm sure, due to the driver devices, not to the speaker - are much quicker beginning with the second time around. Connection methodology is what we have come to expect from bluetooth-capable devices; it's just a matter of holding down a button for about four seconds until the speaker bluetooth ability of the speaker is activated and then finding the new device on your iPad, computer, or phone.
I haven't used the speakerphone in the real world yet, only as a one-time test. While this function worked well, it is not something I am likely to use for personal calls very often. The one big use I can see for it is during those service-related phone calls that happen every so often during which I am put on hold for twenty minutes at a time waiting a a real, live human being (maybe even one who speaks decent English) to help me with some problem. I've had a few troubleshooting phone calls like that in the past that lasted an hour or more, so a large speakerphone would be a definite plus in those situations.
The only drawback (and the cause of my 4-star rating) is that the speaker does not produce as much bass as I like when listening to music or movies. I am getting used to the sound but I do wish the bass were a little heavier.
This thing looks good on a small bookshelf or even on a table with the stand extended. Good product that charges up fairly quickly for extra mobility. It's nice not to be tied to a wall plug with this system.
The shape of this speaker is very awkward and doesn't really lend itself to portability in the least. No handles (however, it does have a kickstand) and the battery when fully charged lasts only a couple of hours. I leave mine plugged in ALL THE TIME. The louder you play your tunes, the more battery power it seems to eat up. I could not find ANY tech specs such a wattage and such in the manual or on iHome's website.
There are plenty of other bluetooth speaker systems that are far less expensive and have far better sound than the iBN48BC.