iHome ZN9 Dual Alarm Clock with Speaker Dock for Zune (Black)
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- Compatible with all Zunes, including 4 GB, 8 GB, 30 GB, 80 GB, 120 GB, and Zune HD
- Wake and sleep to your Zune music or AM/FM radio
- Features a 7-5-2 feature for separate weekday and weekend alarm times
- Extra-large backlit LCD with dimmer
- Charges your Zune while its docked
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Meet the new ZN9, the world's first clock radio for Zune. The ZN9 features several innovative solutions, including wake and sleep to your Zune music or AM/FM radio presets, a 7-5-2 feature for separate weekday and weekend alarm times, and an extra-large backlit LCD with dimmer. With the Reson8 speaker chambers, you'll be able to enjoy stereo sound around the clock. The new ZN9... treat yourself and your Zune right.
Meet the new ZN9, the world's first clock radio for Zune. Click to enlarge.
While docked, your Zune is charged, so it's ready to go when you are. Click to enlarge.
Auxiliary input is included for connecting external devices. Click to enlarge.
Dock Your Zune
Enjoy your favorite songs while your Zune is docked in the ZN9. While docked, your Zune is charged, so it's ready to go when you are.
Clock Your Zune
The ZN9 boasts a ton of options to help you drag yourself out of bed. Wake or sleep to Zune, AM/FM radio, or buzzer, depending on your mood. Use the programmable snooze to get that perfect amount of extra sleep in the morning.
The Gradual Wake and Gradual Sleep features increase/decrease Alarm/Sleep volume. As you fall asleep, the music fades out, and as you wake up, it fades in, so you don't get the jarring effect of standard alarms.
The ZN9 also gives you several alarm features: dual alarm for multiple wake times, a 7-5-2 feature for setting separate weekday and weekend alarm times, AM/FM presets, and an auto-set clock that sets itself.
Sound and Vision
Enjoy great sound from the high-fidelity stereo drivers in specially designed Reson8 speaker chambers, which deliver astounding clarity, depth, and power. On top of that, the speakers are enclosed in a clean, contemporary design, perfectly complementing the looks of your Zune.
The ZN9 also features an auxiliary input for connecting external devices like CD or MP3 players.
What's in the Box
iHome Dual Alarm Clock with Speaker Dock for Zune (Black), AC adapter, AM antenna, three Zune inserts, manual
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My frustration is that there is no button to select "Zune" input. The device needs to detect that the Zune is there and it takes some time for the device to do so. When it does, the music starts off quietly. So from the time you hit play on your Zune and put it in the dock to the time you acually hear music is 10-15 seconds. This means you miss part of the song you just chose but also you are never quite sure if it is going to start. The indicator on the diplay indicates "Zune", but only after several seconds. I'm not sure if it worse on quiet songs or a matter of volume, but I'm just never confident it will recognize the Zune (we have several Zune 4's, a Zune 8, Zune 30, and HD and all behave the same).
Also frustrating that the remote is extra. I'd buy the remote in a second if it worked like the dock remote and had the ability to navigate the Zune, but my understanding is that it is pretty rudimentry with just play, stop, next, previous, and volume.
The Zune is great and it is a shame there aren't more docks. I appreciate this as a solid offering with decent sound and features at a very good price.
As an alternative, consider a zune doc with a set of computer speakers. The remote is more powerful, you can get excellent stereo separation, and can customize your system with a subwoofer or whatever you like. No alarms for such a system, though.
As far as reason #1, I'd have to dock it one star because of the extra $20 for a remote that's sold separately. Before I bought this, I had an alarm clock, a standalone Zune dock with a remote, and a pair of speakers, all sitting on my night stand. I loved having the dock with the remote, since I could control the Zune from across the room, but I really didn't like having all this different stuff cluttering the night stand. The iHome system certainly freed up space on my night stand, but in order to keep things rolling as I had before, I had to order the separate remote (which I think should have been included). But, now that I've got the remote, everything is great, and I'm more than happy with the system!
With reason #2, the iHome works like a dream. Before I bought the Zune, I had a Creative player that had a built-in sleep mode (I could set it to turn off at intervals up to 3 hours). Although I definitely prefer the Zune over that old Creative player, the sleep function was the one thing I really missed. Now, with the iHome, I get to have my sleep mode again! It'll allow you to set the sleep timer in intervals up to 2 hours, and it also features a separate volume setting for sleep mode, so you can keep the alarm nice and loud, but have the sleep mode at a low volume.
So, all in all, this has been an excellent purchase for me. I've freed up some space, and I've got the one function I missed from my old Creative player back. So, I'd say 5 stars for the system, but -1 star for suckering me out of $20 more.
The replacement item was delivered VERY fast - Amazon has fantastic customer service. I opened the package to discover that THIS item was ALSO refurbished. It even came with a note stating what the problems were with it. I called and complained again. Apparently, Amazon has these shipped directly from the manufacturer. The manufacturer is shipping refurbs. I received return processing information from Amazon, but since I DO need an alarm clock, I'm testing this unit to see if it will work. Two days and it is functioning perfectly. The note may have been what was wrong with it when it was returned and refurbished/repaired (maybe the note got repackaged with the the item). I've got some time, so I'm just going to keep testing it to make sure it functions.
The price for the order was good for a refurbished unit. I was just upset that it was advertised as "new".
Let me begin by saying that I'm a 19 year old college kid who listens to music for at least 10 hours day. When I received the iHome ZN9 (which by the way, almost did not by because it was iHome, I really loathe apple) it was USED, but in very good condition. I was actually surprised. The only reason I knew it was used because the past owner only gave me the French manual.
Luckily for me, it was pretty self explanatory. All the functions are easy to use. It was different backlight settings, and even large display for you old folks. I also didn't want to buy it at first because I have a Zune HD. But it claimed to work it so, I thought what the heck, why not?
I got pretty lucky because it works just fine! Granted, there's no face place hold thingy for the Zune HD, but ti stand up on it's owe and it's not wobbly or anything. It charges the Zune HD and has neat functions such as 2 alarms to be set to 2-5-7 day alarm. It also what the time zone function just in case you happen to travel (which I would not carry, it's not too big, but not as portable.)
My only concern is that it's really picky about playing your music. If you connect the Zune, and press play from the Zune, it will not play. Even if you press play on the iHome. You have to remove the Zune. Turn off the iHome, connect the Zune and press the play button on the iHome! Took me a while to figure this out.
The sound is great, it gets pretty loud too!
& the wheel gets a little stuck at times, but that's probably because it's not as sensitive as I'd like for it to be.
Overall a great product for it being USED. It's worth the price it is at now ($80?).