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FM clock radio with Bluetooth® for iPad™/iPod®/iPhone®

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by Ralph Graves
iHome

The iA100 is a compact tabletop audio system optimized for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod. But it's also much more than that. Thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, you can take calls from your iPhone. Download iHome's apps, and you can gain access to tens of thousands of Internet radio stations, or wake up in the morning with the day's weather forecast displayed on your favorite portable Apple device.

Making it better with Bluetooth
The system's built-in Bluetooth lets you connect it to compatible devices wirelessly. So you can play music from your computer in the next room, or tap into tunes stored on your smartphone. And speaking of phones, the iA100 can be used as a speakerphone with your iPhone or other Bluetooth-enabled phones. When a call comes in, just press the talk button on the iA100 to converse hands-free and hear your caller through the system's built-in speakers. When the call's over press the end call button and get back to the music.

Want more music? There's an app for that.
Sure, as-is, the iA100 can play music from your iPad, iPod, iPhone, any Bluetooth-enabled device, or whatever's on the FM dial. But with the iHome+Radio app, it can do even more. Download it to your favorite Apple device, and the next time you dock it to the iA100, you'll discover it's been turned into an Internet radio tuner. Suddenly you'll have access to tens of thousands of Internet radio stations from around the world, featuring music, news, sports, and talk.

Miss your favorite radio station from your old home town across the country? Chances are they're streaming on the Internet, and you can tune it in with the iHome+Radio app. Really into classic rock? You've got a choice of hundreds of station — some even commercial free — to choose from. And iHome+Radio works with the iHome+Sleep app, so you can not only listen to your favorite Internet radio station, but you can wake up to it in the morning.

Want an alarm clock on steroids? There's an app for that.
Download the iHome+Sleep app to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to really kick things into high gear. This app turns your portable device into a super alarm clock when you dock it on the iA100. You can use the interactive alarm function to set multiple alarms with sound effects or music. Touch the screen and see current weather and a one-day forecast. You can even track your sleeping patterns, with stats on how many hours you sleep, when you go to bed, how many times you snooze and more.

All this and great sound, too.
The system features four speakers in a compact stereo array. Sophisticated processing circuitry continually adjusts the signal in real time, improving brightness and clarity while also delivering deeper bass. You'll enjoy clean, spacious sound with plenty of natural-sounding detail.

From the review The iHome iA100 -- Bluetooth makes the difference for me
"The iHome iA100 is a killer product for someone who's looking for a compact but powerful stereo system that they want to use in conjunction with their iPod. While it certainly offers value simply on the merit of its excellent sound, the addition of Bluetooth and compatibility with apps makes it an attractive convergence product that'll fit right into the lifestyle of the connected user."

—Ken Nail, Crutchfield Video Producer and A/V Writer

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Highlights:

  • compatible with iPad
  • compatible with 160GB iPod classic®, 6th generation iPod nano®, and 4th generation iPod touch®
  • compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4
  • works with iHome+Sleep and iHome+Radio apps (available from iTunes Store)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR for faster pairing with Bluetooth-enabled devices
  • talk button for hands-free calling with Bluetooth-enabled phones
  • FM tuner with five presets
  • 4 compact speakers
  • adjustable EQ settings
  • auxiliary stereo minijack input for portable devices
  • snooze alarm
  • AC power adapter
  • 11-1/16"W x 3-1/4"H x 6-11/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • iPod/iPhone speaker system (with 2 "AA" batteries installed)
  • AC power adapter (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • Rz3 remote control
  • CR2032 3V lithium battery
  • Instructions/Warranty booklet
  • Remote Control Instruction Booklet
  • Quick Bluetooth Connection Guide
  • "Read This First" note
  • Product Registration Card
  • iHome product brochure
  • iHome + Sleep offer card
  • iHome logo sticker
  • "Corrections" note

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Features

Overview: The iHome iA100 is an FM alarm clock radio with an integrated Apple dock, built-in Bluetooth communication, and an auxiliary input. The iHome iA100 also includes a wireless remote control. The iHome iA100 is the perfect bedroom solution for your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or other compatible audio device.

Reson8 Speaker Chambers: The iHome iA100 uses 4 specially designed drivers (2 front-firing/2 side-firing) in a compact stereo configuration to deliver a premium sound solution for the bedroom, powered by Bongiovi Acoustics DPS (Digital Power Station).

Bongiovi Acoustics Digital Power Station Bongiovi Acoustics DPS provides real-time digital signal processing that extends audio bandwidth and adds missing harmonics without adding peak output to the signal. It effectively improves brightness, clarity and presence and delivers deeper, more resonant bass and crystal clear highs to your compressed music.

Adjustable EQ: The iHome iA100 offers a built-in EQ which allows you to adjust Bass, Mid, Treble, 3D and Balance settings to customize your sound.

Apple Dock: The iHome iA100's top-panel, pivoting Apple docking system features a universal dock design that supports charging, audio playback, menu navigation, and app-enhanced communication for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The iHome iA100 employs a removable rubber insert to give additional clearance and a pivoting dock connector to accommodate a wide variety of accessory cases that users typically buy for their iPads, iPhones, and iPods.

  • Audio Playback: The iHome iA100 supports playback of your iPod's, iPhone's, and iPad's audio files through its integrated dock connector.
  • Menu Navigation: The iHome iA100 offers complete menu navigation of your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. It also includes basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Skips (Next/Previous). You can still control your iPod, iPhone, or iPad from its clickwheel or touchscreen.
  • Information Display: All song information will still be viewed from your iPod, iPhone, iPad.
  • Charging: The iHome iA100 will charge your docked iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

Note: If your iPod/iPhone/iPad has no initial battery charge, then this unit will not recognize it.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The iHome iA100 supports the following Apple products (as of 10/30/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Unit Apple Device Song/Artist Text Track Info
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y Y iPod iPod Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y classic classic Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y classic classic Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y classic classic Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y nano nano Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y nano nano Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y nano nano Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y nano nano Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y nano nano Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y nano nano Y
7th* 1.01 PC Y N Y Y nano nano Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y touch touch Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y touch touch Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y touch touch Y
4th 6.0 Y N Y Y touch touch Y
5th* 6.0 Y N Y Y touch touch Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
4 6.0 Y N Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
4S 6.0 Y N Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
5* 6.0 Y N Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y iPad iPad N
2 6.0 Y N Y Y iPad iPad N
3 6.0 Y N Y Y iPad iPad N
4* 6.0 Y N Y Y iPad iPad N
iPad mini 1* 6.0 Y N Y Y iPad iPad N
Note:
  • *If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5, iPad (4th gen), or iPad mini; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the unit.
  • 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 wait until a newer software update is available.

App-Enhanced Features: App-enhanced features are supported by the iHome iA100. The iHome iA100 supports iHome+Sleep, a free sleep-lifestyle app, and  iHome+Radio, an internet radio app. Through these two apps, running on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad, the iA100 can wake you up to your favorite internet music, talk, sports, and news stations from around the world.

Built-in Bluetooth: The iHome iA100 features Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR wireless technology. It supports the Bluetooth wireless audio profile (A2DP) and Bluetooth hands-free profile (HFP) for your iPod touch, iPhone, Pad, or other compatible Bluetooth enabled device.

  • Audio Streaming (A2DP): The Bluetooth wireless audio profile (A2DP) lets you stream music from your compatible Bluetooth enabled device to the iHome iA100 for playback.
  • Hands-Free (HFP): The Bluetooth hands-free profile (HFP) lets you answer, end, and redial calls from your compatible Bluetooth enabled cellular phone on the iHome iA100. There is a built-in microphone to speak into. The caller's voice is heard through the unit's built-in speakers. To dial a number you will still need to use your phone's keypad or touchscreen.

Note: You need to pair your compatible Bluetooth device with iHome iA100 before initial use. The iHome iA100 is not compatible with all Bluetooth enabled devices.

FM Tuner: The iHome iA100 features a built-in FM tuner with an attached 51" FM wire antenna. You can preset up 6 of your favorite FM stations.  This unit does not offer an AM tuner.

Auxiliary Input: The iHome iA100 is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external audio source such as your MP3 player or laptop.

LCD Display: The iHome iA100 features a 3.25" (diagonal) two-line LCD. The display provides time, date, source, and menu information.

Backlit Controls: The iHome iA100 features top-panel backlit buttons with an adjustable dimmer so its easy to use in the dark when you first wake-up or going to bed.

Remote Control: The iHome iA100 includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the system as well as music navigation from your compatible iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

Dual Alarms: Two independent alarms let you wake to any combination of iPod, iPhone, iPad, FM radio, or alarm tones with 7/5/2 alarm settings for full week, work week or weekend with separate wake times and alarm sources to suit your lifestyle.

Programmable Snooze: The iHome iA100's Programmable Snooze feature lets you sleep in a little bit more with a snooze time adjustment between 1-29 minutes.

Sleep Functions: The iHome iA100 lets you go to sleep listening to your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or the built-in FM radio for predetermined amount of time. You can adjust the sleep timer from 15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Nap Mode: Nap mode lets you set an alarm separate from Alarm 1 & 2. The Nap mode can be set to wake you up in 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60, 90, or 120 minutes. You can be woken up to music from your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or the built-in FM tuner.

Gradual Wake & Sleep: The iHome iA100 gently increases the alarm and decreases the sleep volumes for easier waking and going to bed.

Time Sync: The iHome iA100 syncs its built-in clock & calendar to the current time & date setting on your docked or Bluetooth connected iPod, iPhone, or iPad.  The clock and calendar display can also be set manually.

Power Requirements: The iHome iA100 operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied AC power adapter (100-240V).

Battery Backup: The iHome iA100 comes with two 'AA' backup batteries installed to provide backup alarm operation and clock settings in the event of a power failure. When the backup batteries have been installed and a power failure occurs or the AC cord is accidentally disconnected, the display backlight will not remain lit, but current time and alarm time settings will be temporarily maintained. When the battery low indicator appears on the display, it's time to replace the batteries.

 
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5 out of 5

iHome iA100

Written By RichH, NJ on Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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The iA100 works EXACTLY as every spec said it would. Great radio reception (unwind the antenna, extend it), great w/iPhone (Pandora), excellent sound quality for conference calls (primary reason I purchased it), perfect Blue Tooth connection, every time. It even synched to the exact date/time simply by plugging it in. This is an outstanding product.
Cons:
I have experienced no negatives whatsoever.
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4 out of 5

throw away your old alarm.

Written By Alex, Georgia on Sunday, July 10, 2011
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I wanted something to play music from my Iphone without HAVING to dock it. If you dock your ipod/iphone all the time just to play music it can and will KILL your battery. This product lets you bluetooth your music wireless, so it wont kill my battery. Other than that, the Ihome+Sleep app is pretty neat, you can set alarm with the app, or through the iA100. One this that is kinda annoying is if you want your Ipod library to be waking you up, it MUST be docked. eh I can deal with that. sound quality is the best of any ihome. Now to my biggest complaint.... It randomly switched to radio one time, and also randomly dialed a coworker after work. This could be VERY BAD. I did not touch the thing and I hear it starting to ring... maybe it heard me say somthing like "dial blah". Weird anyway.

I dont want it calling people on its own, but the bluetooth, sound, and customization make it worth it. 4 of 5 stars. GO GET ONE!

I couldnt find this anywhere except online too...
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4 out of 5

Little radio, big sound

Written By Joe, Jersey City, NJ on Monday, May 02, 2011
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I bought this for my girlfriend because she has an iPhone4 3gs and an iPad 2
that she could use it with. It was smaller than what I expected but was not
dissapointed with the sound. Has very decent bass and can be played pretty
loud without much sound distortion. Recomend you download iHome+sleep if
you get this product. Very easy to setup alarm clocks through this. The
iHome+sleep is a free ap from iTunes. They also have iHome+radio but there
is a charge and I didn't try it. I actually use it as well with my iTouch 3rd
generation. Good product.
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4 out of 5

Jim in Seattle

Written By Jim, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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the fact that I just ordered my second iHome A100 speaks for itself. The sound is simply amazing...this unit can easily rival a Bose tabletop unit, but is compatible with devices Bose has yet to consider, and a cost comparison is shameful to Bose.

The alarm and Bluetooth phone functions are not without challenges. They work, but always surprise you with odd glitches such as coming on at full volume, despite
every effort to set-up as directed, etc.

Great "sound system" for the money....and the iRadio on-line Internet radio software truly rocks.....I used it in France on my iPad WITHOUT the iHome present, and it's amazing.

I'm sure all bugs will be resolved....just too good to ignore!

Jp
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3 out of 5

This is Kind of Bad

Written By Sal I, Villanova, PA on Monday, December 13, 2010
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I love how it has the Bluetooth and you can Bluetooth music from iPhone to iHome. Also,
love that you can answer calls from the iHome, although there are downfalls.

When its on Bluetooth or on the dock, text message tones or if you get a phone call, you
cannot hear it. Your phone automatically puts itself to vibrate even if you have it on loud.

I've experienced also that when its on the dock, some of my phone calls don't come
through or text messages don't arrive. They arrive when I take it off the dock.

It seems cool, I like the design, but its not functional to what I would like it to do.
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4 out of 5

High Tech Alarm System

Written By GlennM, South Carolina on Monday, December 06, 2010
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This is quite a lot more than a clock radio. It is very high tech, flexible, and full featured.

The sound quality and volume are excellent. I have had no problems with the unit at all.

The IPad app software has locked up a few times when not connected to the iHome
iA100, but the free app is still under development.

It makes no sense if all you want or need is a clock radio, but if what you seek is almost
infinite flexibility in your bedside alarm, go for it.
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