iHome for the Holidays 2017, Part 5: Bluetooth Splash Speaker (iBT77)

Well, today is my last review of an iHome product, unless I can somehow get more before year’s end. This time, it is another Bluetooth speaker with the iBT77.

Of course, this Bluetooth speaker is a bit different than the last time with the iBT374. This one may not have that color accent, but it is a water resistant with an iP65 rating. I’m not certain how to describe the look of this particular speaker, but it seems to have a line around it which is apparently made for slip-resistance. Oh, it has a carrying strap.

It certainly has a lot of features for a Bluetooth speaker, such as it can double as a speakerphone. Also, it has that Melody voice powered music assistant, which allows you to play music from iHeartRadio, Spotify, and…yeah, I have talked about this before.

You should be able to purchase the iBT77 in black with black, black with blue, and black with red for about $49.99 on the iHome site.

iHome for the Holidays 2017, Part 4: Bedside Stereo Speaker System for Amazon Echo Dot (iAVS1)

It is very funny that I am writing about iHome’s Beside Stereo Speaker System for Amazon Echo Dot (also known as “Spot for the Dot” or iAVS1). I have recently discovered a show known as Mr. Robot, and in the second season, there is not only a huge twist but a character who converses with Alexa.

I have to admit, that I haven’t had the chance to review Amazon’s Alexa device so I can constantly as it questions. However, I am going to set up this article in the form of an interview.

Me: Alexa, what is iHome’s Bedside Stereo Speaker System for the Amazon Echo Dot?

Alexa: Also known as the iAVS1, this “spot for the dot” is made for the Amazon Echo Dot. It is a compact bedside clock speaker.

Me: How does one connect the Dot to the iAVS1?

Alexa: It can be directly connected via audio with the hardwired aux-in cable.

Me: So what can I do with this?

Alexa: You can ask me anything, and I will try and provide you with the correct answer within the capability of my programming.

Me: Can you play my music?

Alexa: Whatever the Echo Dot is connected to, the iAVS1 amplifies the sound with a Reson8 speaker chamber.

Me: Can I set my alarm with this?

Alexa: Absolutely, yes.

Me: What powers the iAVS1?

Alexa: It is powered by a 100V-240V universal AC adapter.

Me: Can I power the Dot with the iAVS1?

Alexa: Yes, through MicroUSB cable connections.

Me: Is there an option for a battery backup?

Alexa: Yes, with 2 AAA backup batteries for the clock, which are included with the iAVS1.

Okay, just to let you know, I didn’t actually have a conversation with Alexa to get this faux interview. Truth be told, I have no idea if Alexa would answer a question such as “how much does this cost”.

The answer is $69.99, and it is available on the iHome site.

iHome for the Holidays 2017, Part 3: Bluetooth Waterproof + Shockproof 20 Watt Stereo Speaker (iBT374)

Now it is time for me to do another Bluetooth Speaker from iHome. For the record, the last time was the waterproof speaker iBT9 that I did at last year’s “iHome for the Holidays”. The iBT374 is different, and for a lot of good reasons.

I might as well start by talking about what is similar to other speakers. The iBT374 is iP67 rated so it is waterproof and dustproof. Of course that is practically a standard for Bluetooth speakers these days. What makes this particular one a whole lot of fun is that not only does this speaker float, but the iBT374 is framed with colors.

In this case, there are five color changing modes with multiple colors for some seriously wow-whee effects. It has fast color blend, slow color blend, your favorite color, a preset pulsing mode, or you can set a pulse to the music.

What is interesting is that this speaker, which is quite rugged, can be used with another speaker for some true stereo. Oh, by the way, it works with iHome’s free Melody voice powered music assistant to play music from iHeartRadio, Spotify, and more.

So how is the music on this thing? Quite good, thanks to the passive subwoofer. Heck, it even can be used as a speakerphone. The only spec that I haven’t given yet is the battery life, and it is good for eight hours.

Oh, I also forgot to give the price. It is available for $99.99 on the iHome site. By the way, if you are thinking that this is a great gift, then you would be right.

iHome for the Holidays 2017, Part 2: The Bluetooth Docking Clock Radio + Triple Charging with Watch Charger (iPLWBT5)

I believe that the first time that I reviewed an iHome product, it was one of their iPod docks. This is a rather antiquated product, but the iPhone and now the Apple Watch has created the need for a new kind of dock with this Bluetooth Docking Clock Radio + Triple Charging with Watch Charger (iPLWBT5).

Being an iPod/iPhone dock is not the only thing old school about this, as it definitely hearkens back to the days of alarm clock radios. Yeah, if you remember the eighties or even the nineties, then you probably have one of those things. I’ll go ahead and highlight the alarm feature of dual alarms and separate wake times.

As you can see, you have the option of plugging in an iDevice and the Apple Watch. Both are set up to charge, and the iPhone/iPod cradle is set up for a Lightning charger. Oh, did I mention there is a USB charging port? Because there is one.

By the way, you can stream your audio thanks to its Bluetooth compatibility. This also works as a great speakerphone, and there is some voice control as well. I believe that the Melody Music Assistant, which seems to be some kind of new feature for all iHome products, is made for using your voice for accessing music from iHeartRadio, Spotify, or others.

As for other features, let’s talk about how you can sync the clock with an iOS device. Then there is an auto dimming feature that can somehow sync with the environment. Then there is the 6 FM presets, because this is what it does.

In short, this iHome iPhone/iPod dock is really made to compliment your room, not to mention your home. It can be purchased on the iHome site for about $129.99.

iHome for the Holidays 2017, Part 1: iHome FIT (iB71) Bluetooth Earbuds

So, it seems that with the holiday season coming up, this means that I will be reviewing a lot of products, and I have already started. Still, I have been reviewing products from iHome for years, and I am pleased to do so once again. I’m going to do five this week, and I am going to start with the iHome FIT, a water-resistant pair of wireless sport earbuds.

I have reviewed products like this in the past before, and they are very similar to the iB73 that I reviewed last year. As you can see, these are made for those who are into physical fitness, and the earbuds have a shape made to contort to the inner ear.

For those who want to have earbuds that are resistant to sweat, you should definitely look into this pair as it is IPX5-rated. Let’s talk about other specs like Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless capability, good for 30-feet away (typical Bluetooth range), and 4 hours of music or talking. Yes, it has that microphone so you can play/pause/answer calls at the touch of a button.

One feature that you might be interested in is the Melody Music Assistant that is good for using your voice in order to access music while on the road. So you can just say things like “play hits on iHeartRadio” or “play on Spotify”, and it will happen.

It is quite a decent pair of earbuds, made for those who like to be active. The only thing left to talk about is the price. You can get it on the iHome site for $39.99.

iHome for the Holidays, Part 3: iHome Wireless Bluetooth Speaker or iBT9

ihome-3Okay, so it is time to conclude our iHome review products for the holiday with a product that isn’t going out of style anytime soon, the wireless, waterproof, and shockproof Bluetooth speaker. That’s about the best name I can give this product, besides its name of iBT9.

I’ll just get this out of the way and say that I have seen this product before from Fugoo and others, but this does not make it inferior. The iHome Waterproof speaker is understandably waterproof and dustproof, and it is also made to be shockproof.

Just imagine taking this to the beach. That seems to be the thing that I always say when I am reviewing speakers like this. You can stream your tunes to it via Bluetooth, so make certain that your tablet or smartphone has a good playlist. I’m told that you have nine hours with a full charge.

This has the usual stuff like an aux-in jack, and a USB port for charging other devices. So it is part speaker and part mobile battery.

You should be able to pick the iBT9 up at the iHome site for about $99.99.

iHome for the Holidays, Part 2: iHome FIT Wireless or iB73 Earbuds

ihome-2Well, it is now the second day of the iHome holidays with the iHome Fit Wireless. This product, also known as the iB73, is one of those Bluetooth 4.0 earbuds that goes around the neck.

Granted, it is probably not the first Bluetooth product of its type for iHome, and these type of models are being phased out by the wireless earbuds that will be the thing to have in 2017.

However, let’s live in the now and talk about the iPX5-rated water resistant and sweat-proof design. Yes, it is definitely designed for those with active lifestyles, and the custom fit ear cushions should keep the iHome iB73 in your ears.

They also have that built-in microphone for a switch so you can take phone calls. The controls are located very close to the ears, by the way. It’s odd design, but at least your fingers will find it quickly.

As far as the amount of time you will have to listen to your tunes, I am told that you got about 8-10 hours on a full charge. Of course, it includes the micro USB cable and a handy travel pouch.

You should be able to purchase the iHome Fit Wireless on the iHome site for $79.99 in blue, red, or green.

iHome Part 3: iB37 Glowtunes Color Changing Headphones

iHome iB37Well, today is the last iHome product that we will be reviewing today. It is quite similar to the color-changing speaker that I reviewed yesterday. I guess people just want that color-changing action.

In fact, I believe that when I spoke to one of the representatives at iHome, and he stated that “the user won’t see the color change, but it is apparently the style”. There is a lot of truth there, and if you are in a dark room, you can see the colors of the rainbow all around you. It is comforting to know that you are a part of it.

So, as far as the colors are concerned, it isn’t quite the rainbow, but it is blue, cyan, green, yellow, red, and purple. It has a strobe to the beat, color pulse modes, for all kinds of color combinations of fun. It works with any 3.5 mm headphone jack, and it has an in-line remote control with play and pause buttons. Oh, these buttons also give you access to calls, because there is a microphone.

So, what else is there? Well, there is padded earpads and the adjustable headband. If you want to see what they will be like on your ears, it is on the iHome site for about $49.99.

iHome Part 1: The SmartPlug iSP5

iHome Smart PlugWe managed to get a hole of three particular iHome products this week, and we are going to be looking at them one at a time. We’ll start first with the iHome Control SmartPlug, or iSP5.

I will start by saying that yes, this is a product that is already being made from several competitors, as having a connected home is kind of the thing to do these days. In particular is to make a connected home simple, so adding something to an outlet and plugging in an appliance is about as simple as it gets.

Also, using Wi-Fi is pretty simple too, and this is Wi-Fi enabled with no hub required, working on appliances up to 1800 watts and under. It is recommended for devices such as lights, window air conditioners, fans, portable heaters, coffee makers, as well as home audio systems.

This SmartPlug is certified for the Apple HomeKit, which works with Sir for turning devices on or off. It can do more than just that, as there is an application that works with multiple SmartPlugs for creating “scenes” that enable maximum control. By the way, the SmartPlug works with both the Wink app and Nest as well.

If this sounds like something that you want, head on over to the iHome site and lay down $39.99 for it.

IHome Review: The iDL46 and the iBN6

iDL46G-right_iPad_jpg_450x400_q85.jpg.450x400_q85Well, I have reviewed a lot of iHome products before, and yes, I’ll probably review them again. Today, I am going to be reviewing the iDL46 for the holiday season, and I’ll give you my recommendations. Oh forget it, I’ll recommend them because they are iHome products, and they make some quality stuff, man.

Let’s start out with iDL46, as it is a typical iPod dock. Okay, we’ve pretty much moved past the age of the iPod dock, but at one time, they really ruled the market. I suppose that this is an iPad and iPhone dock, but yeah, it can do iPods too as it has a flexible Lightning dock and 30-pin connector. Actually, it doesn’t seem to have a docking port for a 30-pin connector, but it does have a USB port that you can use.

The iDL46 has an auto sync ability, which means the clock will sync with your iDevice in seconds. Other features include an FM radio as well as an alarm clock. Yeah, these products take me back to the 80s where everyone had a clock/radio. Of course, those wimpy clock radios from yesteryear had weak speakers, but this guy has Reson8 speaker chambers, meaning that the sound is very, very good with 3D stereo sound.

If this is something you might like, or give as a gift, you can get it on the iHome site for about $99.99.

iBN6B.jpg.450x400_q85All right, let’s get to the iBN6. It is a waterproof wireless speaker that is very similar to Lifejacket from Altec Lansing that I reviewed a while ago.

As I said in that review, I have seen these type of speakers before. They are loud, resilient, and usually set up for IPX7 waterproof rating. In other words, they are made for bringing sound to the beach. In fact, the clip that is literally attached to this product has a bottle opener shape to it. Seriously, who’s ready to party

Of course, it is totally wireless speaker with NFC Technology and it has a rechargeable lithium ion battery good for up to 14 hours of playback before you need to recharge again.

You should be able to get the iHome iBN6 on the iHome site for about $99.99.