- Brand Name: iHome
- Model Number: iHM78BC
- Item Display Weight: 0.75 pounds
- Color: Black
iHome iHM78 Rechargeable Mini Speakers for iPod (Black)
- Built in li-ion rechargeable batteries
- Fits in your palm for ultimate portability
- Perfect replacement for laptop speakers
- Plays all iPod models and other audio devised with 3.5mm audio jack
- Unique vacuum bass design for surprising volume and bass response
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For better portable sound, I would go to the iHome 29, which is a lot heavier. For best portable sound (but not for travel), I would go to the Bose Portable SoundDock, but that is too big to leave home.
They pack into a little bag (maybe the size of 1.5 adult male fists) and travel nicely.
To set them up is a bit of a hassle, but it's not a terrible trade-off for the sound, size, weight and rechargeable batteries. You must extend each of the two units with a little twist for each, then plug a mini-USB cable into each unit (not so easy, but certainly do-able), then plug the mini-earphone plug into the sound source (iPod), then turn each unit on. Then turn on your iPod, find your song, and you are ready. Not a big deal in your hotel room, but not a procedure that you would want to undertake in your rental car, for example.
Very easy to charge. The cable harness includes a regular USB plug for a computer's USB port, or for the USB port on your iPod's wall charger. The charge seems to last a long time, but I have not used them enough to evaluate this.
Because these are stereo, they sound better for music than the one-speaker units.
I got the red ones to minimize the risk of leaving them behind. My wife kindly changed the bag from flat-black (and so easy to leave behind) to brighter colors for the same reason.
I also want to comment on battery life, but I've only had the speakers a couple of days. On one charge I've played them over 12 hours, but others say they last 3X longer. Twelve hours is all I need, since I play my Ipod all night as I sleep and can easily charge the speakers during the day.
If you purchase these, be careful not to set them on your laptop, as the magnet on the bottom of each speaker will terrorize your hard drive! The box they came in included a note to that effect.
Please be aware that this is the DISCONTINUED model, but it is a lot cheaper than its newer brother! Actually, the price varies according to color. The black one sells for just under forty dollars, while the red model was a couple of dollars under thirty. They have another color (purple, I think) for a buck less than the red one, but I'd pulled the trigger before I discovered that.
Will these Ihome IHM 78 speakers last? In our throwaway society, I doubt they'll be around in five years, but if I get a year out of them I'll be a happy camper.
I'm giving these speakers a five star rating because they work just as advertised, and that's all the consumer can expect! You get what you pay for.
NEWS FLASH -- I ran these speakers for several days, totaling about 40 hours on one charge!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend anyone in the market for these kind of speakers buy these
Pros: Very good sound for their size, nice idea for expanding them and increasing base,... Read more
Work really well. The magnets on the bottom are a bit of an aggravation. The cable between the speakers could be longer.Published on December 6, 2013 by fours
I really like these speakers - small, compact, good sound - use them when I am working in the garage connecting them to an iPod or iPadPublished on November 17, 2013 by Jeff Chasick
... after the dog ate one. We love these. They are easy to use, loud enough to hear in a large room or the garage, and keep their charge well. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by madmollyann
easy to carry, great sound for such a small package, I use it for my phone, ipad and ipod. perfect! and love the color!Published on February 18, 2013 by PurpleAloha
The sound quality is great for the size. The sound gets a little scratchy when the volume is very loud though.Published on February 13, 2013 by Erroll Davis