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Kicker iK150

AM/FM clock radio with iPod®/iPhone® dock

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by Ralph Graves
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Let your favorite songs blast you awake. The Kicker iK150 AM/FM clock radio features a built-in dock for your iPod or iPhone. Just choose your music source and crank up the volume. The system's full-range stereo speakers sound surprisingly big and full, and a front-facing bass port extends low-end response. The iK150 includes dual alarms, and you can set each one to rouse you by a buzzer, radio station, or your docked player.

The large knob in front lets you tune in radio stations and adjust the volume. Use the buttons beneath the knob to operate basic functions on your iPod, such as play, pause, and skip track. And you can hook up another music source to the iK150's auxiliary input, like a portable CD player or MP3 player, for even more listening options.

Highlights:

  • AM/FM clock radio with built-in iPod dock
  • for 160GB iPod classic®, fourth generation iPod nano®, third generation iPod touch®
  • compatible with iPhone and iPhone 3G
  • AM/FM tuner with 12 station presets
  • two 2-way full-range speakers
  • blue backlit LCD
  • dual alarms with sleep timer and snooze
  • minijack auxiliary input
  • automatically charges docked player
  • AC power cable
  • 11-7/8"W x 5-3/4"H x 7-3/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • iK150 stereo system for iPod/iPhone
  • AC power supply with attached 6' DC cord (12V/300mA)
  • 59" AC power cord
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Isolation bracket with threaded knob
  • Instruction Booklet (Eng/Fre/Spa)

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Features

Overview: The Kicker iKick iK150 Digital Stereo System features an integrated iPod/iPhone dock, built-in AM/FM tuner, and alarm clock, along with a powerful 20-watt integrated amplifier with digital signal processing.

LCD Display: The Kicker iK150 features a blue backlit LCD display with ten adjustable brightness levels. The LCD display indicates Time, Source, AM/FM station, and Settings.

Front-Panel Controls: The Kicker iK150 offers simple front-panel control with an easy push-n-turn navigation knob.

Stereo Speaker with 20-Watt Amplifier: The Kicker iK150 features two 3.0" (76mm) full-range drivers in side a tuned-port speaker enclosure powered by a 10-watt x 2-channel amplifier, for rich audio performance.

AM/FM Tuner: The Kicker iK150 is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner that features a total of 12 radio presets (8FM, 4AM). The Kicker iK150 comes with external AM loop and FM wire antennas.

Integrated iPod/iPhone Dock: The Kicker iK150 features an integrated iPod/iPhone dock for audio playback and charging of select iPods and iPhones. The iK150 is "Made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (June 2011).

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info  Track Info
dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N N N N N N N
 mini 1st Y N N Y N N Y
2nd Y N N Y N N Y
video 5th Y N N Y N N Y
classic 80GB Y N N Y N N Y
120GB Y N N Y N N Y
160GB Y N N Y N N Y
 nano 1st Y N N Y N N Y
2nd Y N N Y N N Y
3rd Y N N Y N N Y
4th Y N N Y N N Y
5th Y N N Y N N Y
6th Y N N Y N N Y
 touch 1st Y N N Y N N Y
2nd Y N N Y N N Y
3rd Y N N Y N N Y
4th Y N N Y N N Y
iPhone 2G Y N N Y N N Y
3G Y N N Y N N Y
3GS Y N N Y N N Y
4 Y N N Y N N Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

Auxiliary Input: The Kicker iK150 is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external audio source, such a s digital music player.

Headphone Output: The Kicker iK150 is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm headphone output for private listening.

Tone Control: You can independently adjust the unit's bass and treble output from -9 to +9.

Clock: The Kicker iK150 features a 24-hour time clock.

Dual Alarm with Snooze: The Kicker iK150 features dual alarms so you can wake up to your docked iPod, the radio, or a buzzer. You can also set the alarm volume. You can hit the Snooze button to silence the alarm for 9 minutes.

Sleep Timer: The Kicker iK150 features an adjustable sleep timer (5-120 minutes) so you can fall asleep listening to your docked iPod, the radio, or an external audio device connected to the unit's AUX input.

Power Supply: The Kicker iK150 operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied AC power adapter and cord.

Note: The optional Kicker 12V power supply accessory (206KPC1212, sold separately) provides power to the Kicker iK150 in your car, while also charging the battery of the Kicker speaker system.

Memory Backup: If the electricity goes out, the iK150 provides a no-fail, internal power back-up that saves all settings without the use of batteries.

 
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5 out of 5

Kicker iK150

Written By Anonymous, dsm ia on Monday, May 07, 2012
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nice
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By Stan Mc, Fayetteville, NC on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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I'm pleased with the purchase. The sound is what I expected after reading the reviews, and what I was looking for in a bedroom only table radio. My music of choice is mostly smooth jazz, lounge, or easy listening, and the sound is rarely turned above the first setting as I listen primarily at bedtime while reading. To capture the nuance of such music at low volume is a stretch for many radios. The Kicker iK150 provides clear and fluid sound, rivaling that of my former Boston Acoustics Receptor radio. The primary reason for replacing the BA radio was the need for another music source when my favorite station turns to broadcasting baseball games. The docking and playback functions work well with a 6th generation iPod Nano.
Pros:
Solidly built. Sound quality is excellent and adjustable. The radio is not as large as I expected - a plus for night stand placement. The blue display can be dimmed to barely visible and turned off if necessary. iPod functions and docking work well. Alarm sounds with choice of music or alarm, and the display comes on brightly at the same time (for those who are hard to wake).
Cons:
Sometimes even the lowest volume seems too loud when trying to go to sleep to music. The time is hard to see, even in a dark room, when display is turned to minimum. The alarm function is difficult to manipulate when waking and I'm still not used to that after several months with the radio. The settings could be easier to manipulate.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

waaaoooooo

Written By xavier, Bayamon, PR on Friday, January 27, 2012
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very sound for smaal speaker
Pros:
all
Cons:
na
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Kicker iK150

Written By bryan, mt. pleasant, IA on Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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Sounds really good for it's size! Would have gave it 5 stars if it had a carrying handle and built in antanae. But a great sounding lil stereo.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Buy!

Written By Kowi500, Pocatello, ID on Wednesday, February 02, 2011
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Sounds far better (louder, deeper, crisper) than anything I listened at even $75 over its price
range at the store. I bought without listening because I was not satisfied with what I was
hearing at the store and hoped kicker would live up to its car audio name (which is pretty
decent).

It did!
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5 out of 5

I Can't Sing the iK150's Praises Loud Enough!

Written By JimD, Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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I was shopping for an iPhone/iiPod player with an alarm clock feature and this was one of
the few brands that I found offering both. At first I wasn't familiar with the Kicker brand, but
the more I researched it I read nothing but good reviews and comments about it . The sound
is nothing short of amazing for such a small unit. I bought it in part because I read on
Crutchfield's website that each speaker was 10-watts. One feature that I like about the iK150
is that it charges the iPhone/iPod will it is connected to the unit. On a scale of 1 to 10, I
would score the iK150 a 10+. Excellent value, nice design and great sound.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Earl

Written By Earl, T-town on Monday, January 17, 2011
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Great sound and good construction. Just what i expect from Kicker!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great iPod dock radio

Written By Hope, Bowling Green, KY on Wednesday, January 12, 2011
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I got this for my 13 yo son for Christmas. He loves it - iPhone 4 fits perfectly without an
adaptor. The sound rocks - sounds as good or better than my Bose. The display is
dimmable so it's not too bright at night. It is easy for him to set the alarm. The charging
of the iphone while it is in the dock is also a convenient feature...
Super product!
Thanks Crutchfield!
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Loving it

Written By NancyP, Chicagoland suburbs on Tuesday, January 11, 2011
 
Wow! I did some research then asked Santa for this. We have a Bose for my Ipod in
the living room...this sounds just as good! I look forward to my alarm going off in the
morning, never before! What crisp, clean sound. Very enjoyable. Looking for a Kicker
for my Ipad now...
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great unit

Written By BKAtlanta, Atlanta,Ga on Saturday, November 13, 2010
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Amazing little unit. Sound is better than I expected. Excellent bass for such a small unit and
plenty of power. Nice and clean and strong volume. Some of the buttons a little hard to poke
below the knob, but overall this is quite an amazing little unit. Perfect for a bedside table and
can also fill up a room with plenty of sound. Good way to listen to ipod/iphone. Worked fine
with iphone 4.Very satisfied overall.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

A PRODUCT WELL NAMED

Written By NMcC, Phoenix, AZ. on Thursday, October 21, 2010
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The IK150 AM/FM clock radio with IPOD docking and MP3 capability ....Great sound with strong bass..... Using MP3 with 3ft adaptor cable and it works very well--much better than expected....Only weakness is AM reception which is poor...FM reception is excellent.
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