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iHome iP46 Portable 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock

3.9 out of 5 stars 331 customer reviews
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  • Compatibility: iPod nano 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, 6G; iPod classic 4G, 5G, 5.5G, 6G; iPod touch 1G, 2G, 3G; iPhone 1G, 3G, 3GS, 4
  • Play and charge iPhone and docking iPod models--no inserts needed
  • Two active and two passive speakers in Reson8 chambers, for enhanced audio performance
  • Rechargeable battery, retracting dock, and folding stand for portability
  • Auxiliary input for connecting external audio sources
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Technical Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Brand Name: iHome
  • Model Number: IP46BVC
  • Width: 4.00 inches
  • Display Height: 7.00 inches
  • Item Display Weight: 4.25 pounds
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Product Description

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Product Description



The iP46 is a sleek speaker system that's ready to rock anytime, with SRS TruBass circuitry and four speakers in Reson8 chambers, for an exceptional audio experience. The retracting universal dock charges and plays iPhone and docking iPod models, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery lets you enjoy music anywhere without worrying about batteries.

A sleek and portable iPod docking speaker with a rechargeable battery. Click to enlarge.

Convenient controls on top of the speaker.

Ported speaker chambers and SRS TruBass processing help deliver great sound in a small package.

Retracting Universal Dock
Fits iPhone and docking iPod models, with no inserts needed. While connected via the AC adapter, the iP46 will charge your iPod.

Rechargeable Battery
Take your music anywhere thanks to the iP46's rechargeable battery. Simply plug into an AC outlet to charge up--a charge indicator on top of the speakers will glow when it's ready.

Fold It Up
The iP46 boasts a folding support and stand, along with the retracting iPod dock, to make it ultra-portable.

SRS TruBass
iHome utilizes DSP (digital sound processing) technology to give your music extra bass and clarity. SRS TruBass uses harmonics to make the bass from small speakers deeper and richer, so you get a more dynamic bass sound when you switch it on.

Reson8 Speaker Chambers
The iP46 utilizes Reson8 speaker chambers. Reson8 is iHome's through-body ported speaker chamber technology. Porting speakers gives better bass response characteristics, and helps the iP46 deliver sound beyond its size.

Universal 100-240V AC Adapter
Switching power supply works just about anywhere in the world to power your unit.

Auxiliary Input
Listen to external audio sources like computers, CD players, or MP3 players using the auxiliary input.

What's in the Box
iHome iP46 portable speaker system for iPod, AC adapter, and user's manual.

Product Information

Product Packaging:Standard Packaging
Product Dimensions 3.6 x 1.9 x 13 inches
Item Weight 3 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.1 pounds
Manufacturer Sound Design, Inc.
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number IP46BVC
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 331 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #277 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cell Phone Accessories > Portable Speakers & Audio Docks > Audio Docks
#19,059 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#121,484 in Electronics > Cell Phones & Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com March 22, 2010

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Package Type: Standard Packaging Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Took all of several minutes to unpack, plug in and turn on, sound is really very good for something this small and construction is solid.

Fold out legs stabilize unit in an upright position and feel good and sturdy as you unfold them as they are metal and NOT plastic as you would expect. The speaker grills are also metal giving this a little "heft" to it.

Volume can be raised to a level that is too loud for being next to it, always great not to need full volume to even hear the music properly.

The iP46 design seems geared more toward the newer,thinner iPods & iPhones, I'm using a thicker 4th generation iPod

At the time of this review, Amazon page does not really state other than it is a portable speaker system for iPods/iPhones

The following is printed on the box it came in;

Works with:

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3G

Made for;

iPod nano 1st-5th generation
iPod touch 1st - 2nd generation
iPod classic
iPod 4th-5th generation
iPod mini (NOTE; Be sure to read first comment attached to this review)

Included in the instruction packet is a "Read this first" paper saying to make sure you have the proper "insert" to seat your device on the speakers IF needed and tells you to refer to the manual to see which "insert" you need to use.
However, I can find nothing about "inserts" in the manual, and there are no optional "inserts" in the box.
I don't think you really need insert adapters for the iP46.
This is too confusing for the customer, do you need them for some players or not? If you don't, do not say you do in the printed matter.

You can view a PDF version of the instruction manual for the iP46 on the iHome web site.
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I purchased this speaker system last February and so far it has been a great little portable iPod system. It is super compact, has great sound, and the battery last for at least 12 hours of playtime.

My only issue is that there is no way to lock the power button or remove the battery. This becomes an issue when you want to travel with the speaker system (which is the primary reason I bought this). The power button is super easy to tap accidentally and when you have it packed in suitcase or backpack the slightest little bump will turn the thing on.

Not a big of deal when your destination has power and you can plug it in to an outlet... But there have been multiple occasions when I fully charged the system, packed it up, then took off for a camping trip. Only to find that when I want to use it that the power got turned on during travel and the speakers only have one bar of power left or are completely dead... Which immediately voids all the positive aspects and turns it into a useless block of plastic and metal.

So basically, it's a great little speaker system for the home or a travel destination with access to power, but completely useless if you ever want to take it camping or use it in a similar no power situation.
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Let me start by stating that I'm a bit of an audiophile, however I'm too poor to invest in high-end systems that don't disappoint some aspect of my hopes and ears. That said however, I'm quite pleased with this sound dock. It works well with my iPhone 4, iPod Nano 5th gen, and iPod Nano 6th gen. The controls are beyond simple - both a perk and a drawback at times - and it's rechargeable. The quick portability of this system makes it an no-brainer choice. I didn't buy this to replace my home stereo, but so I could listen all over the house without hunting for batteries. This does that and does it well.

Now for the sound. As a pretty discerning listener, the biggest plus to this sound dock is that it doesn't try to do something it can't (or shouldn't) do. It has very tight sound that accurately reproduces the highs, mids, and makes a thrust at the lows - even though it lacks the punch I'd like to hear. I primarily listen to soundtracks, some country, a lot of Christian, and other random genres. It can get pretty loud - not enough to make your eyes turn to jelly, but even in larger rooms, you'll be able to clearly hear it - but don't expect this to be a surround sound system. That's not what this is - or what you should expect. It has clear, but not tinny or overpowering highs, rich, but not muddled mid-range, and an accurate, but weaker (passive) bass range. All-in-all though, I can't complain. I like it.

- Well made, doesn't feel or operate poorly
- Solid sound quality for the price range
- Rechargeable batteries have good battery life (approx. 6hrs in my half-volume tests)
- Works well for playing white noise while I sleep. My wife and I LOVE this!

- No remote (optional accessory however)
- Lack of buttons.
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Package Type: Standard Packaging Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Very nice little box to put your iPhone in or iPod touch, to listen to music, etc. The sound quality is surprisingly rich for such a small device and it sounds excellent. The weight of the device and its length make it difficult to transport as an everyday or all the time deal, but for a game or a small party (a spontaneous one) it works great. If you need to give some sort of presentation or lecture with audio then this thing will certainly fit the bill.

When I first took it out of the box, the power came on, but nothing was happening. I finally reset the device (small recessed button on back near power plug) and the poof! It started charging and playing. So if you get one and have difficulty getting it going , then try the reset.

I am using it right now with an iPhone 4, it is charging and playing ... :)
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