- Brand Name: iHome
- Model Number: IH85BY
- Color: Black
iHome iH85 Bike-to-Beach Speaker System for iPod (Black)
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- Compatibility: iPod mini; iPod nano 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G; iPod classic 4G, 5G, 5.5G, 6G
- Listen to your iPod while biking or at home; includes mounting bracket and hardware for bicycle
- Tough water-resistant protective design with speaker cap; Reson8 speaker technology for full, rich sound
- Charges iPod when connected to included AC adapter
- Includes handlebar-mountable remote for safe operation
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From the Manufacturer
Listen to Your iPod at Home or While Biking Anywhere
The iH85B is named "Bike to Beach" for a reason. The speaker case includes a mounting bracket and all necessary hardware for mounting to your bicycle frame. It's a tough, water- and impact-resistant polycarbonate case, ready for the puddles and potholes you encounter on your ride.
Of course, you don't have to own a bike or live near a beach to use the iH85B. If you have a docking iPod, you're set for poolside tunes, picnic soundtracks, or any other situation requiring ultra-portable music. The iH85B is powered by four AA batteries and charges your iPod while it's connected to an optional AC adapter.
Big Sound in a Small Package
Whether you're zooming through traffic, on a bike trail, or just hanging out at the park, the iH85B's Reson8 technology with passive speaker gives you full, rich sound.
The iH85B includes a mountable wireless RF remote control. Powered by two CR2032 batteries (included), the control rests on your handlebars. Enjoy track skipping, play/pause, and volume controls without jeopardizing your safety.
What's in the Box
iH85B Bike to Beach Bicycle Speaker, AC adapter, mounting bracket, hex-head mounting screws, remote control with mounting clamp and two CR2032 batteries (installed), three iPod inserts, audio patch cord, and carry bag.
Top Customer Reviews
The Amazon page for this speaker claims compatibility with "all docking iPods"; however, this claim is out of date. There are issues using the speaker with a 3G Nano. (As of this writing, the "better together" feature is recommending buying the speaker with a 3G Nano, so be aware of this issue!)
To physically carry different sized iPods, the iH85 ships with plastic inserts of various sizes. However, the Nano insert only works with the old (no-longer-available) Nano form factor. The Nano you can buy today (3G) is shorter and wider (presumably to accomodate the screen).
If you call them to discuss this issue, iHome will ship you a foam insert which you can use (in conjunction with the "thin iPod" insert that ships with the speaker) to house a 3G Nano. However, this is an imperfect solution. The iPod can still rock forward in the case, and I've found that in the course of my typical ride, the iPod gets knocked off the dock at least one or two times. Probably not good for the connector, and definitely a hassle to stop and fix each time.
This may be good enough if you just want to use the iH85 as a portable iPod speaker, or if you ride only on well-paved roads that don't cross railroad tracks, etc.
Beyond that, they offer no fix. I had some difficulty understanding what the support guy was saying, but I think he indicated that the iH85 is not really supported anymore (though it's still on their web site) as it hasn't, according to him, sold all that well. Per his advice, I will be attempting a DIY solution to better secure the iPod in the case.
The unfortunate thing is, the 3G Nano is the most logical iPod to use with the iH85 speaker.Read more ›
Here's how this product breaks down:
- Loud, rich, clean mono sound from its single top firing speaker
- Internal mounting of iPod inside the speaker is solid and well thought out
- Overall construction of speaker and bike mount is very solid and rugged
- Battery life is good, device stayed strong for over four hours of riding
- Easy in-speaker recharging of the iPod so it doesn't have to be removed, although that is simple and fast as well
- Nice protective cap for the speaker in case it starts raining or gets muddy, easily stowed on bottom of speaker otherwise
- Easily mounted and rugged remote control for handlebars
- All parts firmly snap together for easy stowage (speaker, cap, remote) in the high quality heavily padded storage bag that comes with it
- The device uses four regular non-rechargeable AA batteries to power the speaker instead of a rechargeable battery like most iPod speakers in this price range.
- Unit's remote control batteries arrived dead, indicating that these will have to be replaced often (uses 2 CR2032s)
- Shock mounting for the iPod is not all it could be, had one lock up on the trip that could be attributed to it.
- There are no support pages for this device on the company's Web site, unlike their other products.
- The device points the speaker up at the rider but the sound is sometimes hard to hear on some tracks when moving at high speed.
Overall a complete win if you ask me, there is no competing iPod speaker products that even come close for bike use.
always wear a helmet and my bike has lights, front and rear, plus a mirror. PPS I paid over $60 for my first one, just ordered a second at the new low price. One more thing: I use my 3rd gen Nano with this unit. I think it was designed before the 3rd gen, but it works fine.
-Great, loud sound from a single speaker. Even for audiophiles.(I am one)
-Secures your iPod...in fact, it basically hides it so the common person wouldn't even realize there is an iPod inside
-Wireless remote is extremely handy...mount on your bike handlebar when biking, take it off and use it elsewhere when not biking. Simple but amazing design.
-Size of unit doesn't fit in standard bottle cage; requires the included cage. This means two things if you are biking with it. 1: Your bike has to have two sets of bottle cage holes, or you wont be able to have both on your bike at once. 2: your frame has to be big enough to fit the unit inside the center triangle of your frame. I am a short guy (17.5" frame) and the middle triangle is not big enough to fit my standard water bottle and the unit. Therefore, I had to tie wrap the included cage on top of my top bike bar. This works good for sound while riding, but if I have to stop on a dime, I would slide forward and come to rest on top of the unit, which may prevent me from having children in the future.
-iPod cannot have a case around it: its a pain to remove the hardshell case from around my iPod Video every time I put it in.
-Cannot change playlist while iPod is inside. Minor inconvenience. Just make a large enough playlist and you will be fine.
Bottom line: I use this unit in my apartment just as much as on my bike.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this for a few years now and still love it. Currently using on my Scooter. Sound is nice and loud all the way up to 60 mph. Turn heads everywhere i go on the scoot.Published on February 15, 2014 by Joe Sanders
The ihome I received looke great however has a low volume to it. It not what I expected from this type of player! Not sure if somethings wrong with it or whatPublished on February 14, 2014 by randy j hoffman
Bought this as a present for my Dad since he is on his bike a lot. I don't think he has carried a second water bottle since!!
Great sound, cool design
I am so in love with my bike 2 beach speaker. I feel naked if ever I need to leave home without it. The sound is great, the remote makes it so easy. Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by AndreaSueEllen
I bought this for use with my bike when I want to listen to music but need to be able to hear what is going on around me (which is all of the time when riding on the streets). Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by KT Santiago
This could have been a great product, but wasn't quite loud enough for audio books to be heard above the din of London traffic. OK for music though. Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by R. Selby
This is outstanding for the person on the bike or if you are able to ride in a very small pack. The sound quality is outstanding. Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by rickley