- Brand Name: iHome
- Model Number: iH5
- Color: White
iHome iH5 Clock Radio and Speaker System for iPod (White)
- Compatibility: iPod nano (1G only), iPod mini, iPod 3G, iPod 4G with click wheel, iPod color, iPod video
- Sleep or wake to iPod, AM/FM radio, or buzzer; auto-setting time and date self-adjust for daylight savings
- Gradual Wake and Gradual Sleep gently increase (alarm) and decrease (sleep) the system volume
- Clean, contemporary design complements your iPod
- Stereo speaker drivers in special chambers offer surprisingly good sound
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The compact unit measures roughly 9 x 3 x 6 inches (W x H x D) yet comes complete with stereo speakers, drift-free digital FM/AM radio tuning, a multifunction LCD with adjustable backlighting, and the ability to charge your docking iPod's battery right from its center seat. (The iH5 includes handy inserts to accommodate any type of docking iPod: 3G, 4G, iPod mini, or iPod photo.)
Immediately upon plugging it in, the clock will set itself, drawing on its factory-installed 100-year calendar (year/month/day, 2000 to 2099). The clock will maintain accuracy all on its own, even self-adjusting for daylight savings time and leap years.
Fall asleep to your favorite station or a carefully chosen iPod playlist using the unit's programmable sleep timer (15 to 120 minutes in 15-minute increments). Gradual Wake and Gradual Sleep features will increase (on wake-up) or decrease (on sleep) the system volume so as not to startle you. Adjustable sleep volume lets you select a comfortable "sleep" volume level without affecting the wake-to or listening volume levels.
A supplied analog audio interconnect affords hookups with non-docking iPods, other MP3 players, cassette players, or other audio devices. Other features include automatic frequency control (AFC) for enhanced FM reception, an amber backlight on all primary buttons, and optical knobs for precise volume/tuning.
For extra security, if you've selected iPod as your wake-to source and your iPod isn't docked, a buzzer will sound instead. The clock also comes with Sure Alarm battery backup--just install two AA batteries to activate the feature. In the event of a power failure, or if you disconnect the AC power cord to move it, the Sure Alarm system will maintain your clock and alarm setting for the life of the batteries, ensuring that the alarm will sound at the set time.
The iH5 is "Made for iPod"-certified by Apple.
What's in the Box
Clock radio, a stereo analog audio interconnect, dock inserts for any type of docking iPod (3G, 4G, iPod mini, iPod photo, and iPod nano), an AC power adapter, and a user's manual with warranty information.
Top Customer Reviews
Sound quality is what to be expected of speakers of that size. SDI claims to be using an innovative "tunnel sound" system called Reason8 [resonate, how cool :/]. They're pretty loud at full blast but I was hoping they would offer a deeper, stronger sounding bass. I have a similar sized pair of computer desktop speakers that came with one of my old Hewlett Packard computers that offer better sounding bass. For those that don't listen to a lot of techno, I suppose it's no biggie. Reason8 does sound better than most other competitors out there tough, but doesn't quite touch Bose or Altec Lansing.
The iHome has some very cool features. Even without a docked iPod it can still offer quite good functionality: alarm clock, radio. On the back of the unit there is aline in on the back so you can connect pretty much any audio device and listen through the speakers.Read more ›
this is the best integration I've seen of a speaker/alarm/iPod trio!
The iPod plugs in real easily, and it is charged while in cradle ---- from there, the music, for the most part, sounds great, and all the functions are very easy to use
I was also impressed that it came with batteries, so if the power goes out, the batteries will serve as a backup
and of course, the alarm is loud as heck!
The reason I purchased the iHome though is because of its 'gentle wake' feature, which plays music at a low volume, and slowly increases to wake the person up
Phillips was the first to introduce this feature into their alarm clocks, and I loved it! --- I hate waking up to a jarring sound, first thing in the morning
however, the gentle wake functions on this alarm are not as solid ----- don't get me wrong, the music does start out at its lowest setting and gradually increases
the music, even at its low setting, starts out too loud, and then gradually increases way too quickly
compared to regular alarms though, this is a HUGE difference, and I don't find the iHome's alarm to be 'jarring' in any way, but it can definitely be improved upon
for the most part though, I'm pretty happy --- its great waking up to one's favorite iPod songs and playing them while getting ready in the morning ---- in addition, every alarm, on this clock, automatically uses Gentle Wake, in comparison to the Phillips, which had to be set manually within this feature
if the 'gentle-wake' feature is more important though, then I suggest going with Phillips
otherwise, if you're looking for a great alarm/stereo package, then look no further!
However, there are a few gotchas with this product that probably will mean I will be going back to my old CD alarm clock. First, the LCD display has no "lights off" feature. For some, this will be nice as it means the display is visible even in pitch blackness. But I have a sensitivity to light that sometimes makes it hard to sleep if there is too much of it. Even the lowest light setting (there are three) is sometimes too much for me. Second, there is not a whole lot of iPod integration as far as controls go. You can turn on the iPod, wake to it, and turn it off. That's it. If you want to change the song, you will want to pick it up OUT of the iHome, change the settings on the wheel, and then plug it back in. Not a bigee, but a step down from the integration that most iPod accessories have. Third, this is NOT a "portable" solution. If you travel, this unit will be too big and bulky to bring along.
Overall, a good product which I recommend if the gotchas do not worry you. But neither of these are mentioned anywhere on the packaging or any of the reviews I have read. Buyer beware... and then enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this clock radio as a gift for my husband (then boyfriend) and it lasted a good 6-7 years. I had a great audio quality, and worked well with the ipod - until of course, we... Read morePublished 3 months ago by CassCB
I bought it to use with my iPod, but when I hook it up the left speaker is super fuzzy. The sound is terrible. It's useless for me. Probably should have bought it new.Published 4 months ago by LJM
Dials did not work did not charge ipod and that "sleep" button was brokenPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was a pre-used iHome, the upper side of it was yellow (i guess, it stood under the sun light) instead of white. Read morePublished 6 months ago by irina
Very functional. Has a sleep mode, can wake up to radio, ipod, or buzzard.Published 9 months ago by Bill C
After 6 months this piece of equipment is a total piece of crap. Button failure, piss poor engineering and overall s*** product.Published 12 months ago by patrick miller