iHome iBN97

FM clock radio with Bluetooth® and USB charging

  • iHome iBN97

    (Smartphone not included)

  • iHome iBN97

    (Smartphone not included)

  • iHome iBN97

    (Tablet not included)

  • iHome iBN97

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  • iHome iBN97

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Our take on the iHome iBN97

by Ralph Graves

With the iBT97 clock radio, you've got options, and lots of them.

Entertainment options

First, the iBT97 comes with a built-in FM radio — so you can enjoy it as is, right out of the box. But the system also has Bluetooth, so you can wirelessly stream music to it from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other compatible device.

The system also features NFC (Near Field Communication). Just touch a compatible portable device — such as a smartphone or tablet — to the iBT97 for instant wireless pairing. Then with one touch you can play music, stream audio from videos amd games through the iBT97 — without wires and without logging into a network.

iHome iBT97 Bluetooth USB charger FM clock radio

Because the iBT97GC uses a USB charging port, you can place just about any tablet or smartphone on the system's cradle. (tablet not included)

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Sound and talk options

No matter what the source, the iBT97 delivers your music with clear, spacious sound. Specially designed speaker chambers ensure the stereo speakers work at optimal efficiency.

No more scrambling for the phone in the middle of the night. The iBT97 functions as a speakerphone with your connected smartphone. Just press a button on the system's control panel to activate the built-in microphone and take the call. The microphone is designed to minimize room echo, keeping your voice clear to your caller.

Charging options

A USB port lets you charge just about any portable device straight from the iBT97. Just connect your device's USB charging cable to the system. You can place your smartphone, tablet or portable music player in either an upright or horizontal position as it's charging.

Alarm options

You can choose to wake up by electronic tone, an FM radio station, or anything from your paired device. So select your favorite music app, Internet radio station, or stored music track and get a good night's sleep. In the morning, music from your favorite source will be there to wake you up and start the day right.


  • for smartphones and other portable devices with built-in Bluetooth
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) lets you wirelessly pair with a compatible device by simply touching it to the iBN97
  • digital clock with selectable alarm source (FM or paired device)
  • built-in FM radio with 6 presets
  • USB charging port for smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices
  • built-in echo-canceling microphone for hands-free smartphone conversations
  • can hold connected device in either portrait or landscape orientation
  • AC power adapter
  • 10-13/16"W x 3-9/16"H x 8-7/8"D
  • weight: 2.85 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Wireless alarm clock
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • Device stand
  • 15" Stereo minijack cable
  • Instruction Manual
  • Quick Bluetooth Connection Guide
  • iHome brochure
  • "Special Offers" sheet

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Reson8 Sound Chamber Technology: The iHome iBN97 Bluetooth speaker system employs two full-range drivers in a specially designed sealed enclosure (Reson8) to deliver clear, stereo sound. Adjustable bass, treble, and balance settings let you customize the sound.

Built-in Bluetooth (w/ NFC): The iHome iBN97 supports Bluetooth audio streaming and Bluetooth hands-free communication. This unit pairs with your Bluetooth-enabled device with a single press of a button or via NFC (Near Field Communication). NFC lets you wirelessly pair with a compatible device by simply touching it to the iBN97. Once paired, the the iBN97 will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 33').

  • Wireless Audio Streaming: The iBN97 streams stored music and music apps wirelessly from your Bluetooth-enabled device; such as your Apple iOS device, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, computer/PC, or other Bluetooth device. The unit provides basic music control (Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Revers, Previous/Next Track) via its top-panel controls. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device for advanced music navigation and to view song/artist information.
  • Hands-Free Communication: The iHome iBN97 features a built-in microphone and a call/answer buttons so you can answer phone calls, talk on Skype, or use Facetime from the Bluetooth speaker system. In addition to call/answer commands, the iBN97 supports Call Waiting and Redial. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to view video calls, dial a phone number, and control advanced phone functions.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the iHome iBN97.

USB Charging (2.1A): The iHome iBN97 is fitted with a rear-panel USB (type-A) port for charging your smartphone or tablet device (using the charging cable that came with your smartphone/tablet device). This USB port does support audio playback.

FM Radio: The iBN97 features a built-in FM tuner. You can store up to 6 FM preset stations. You can set the FM radio to US or European tuning.

Aux Input: The iBN97 Bluetooth speaker system is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input to connect almost any portable audio player with a headphone jack output.

Alarm Clock: The iHome iBN97 is equipped with a built-in in Alarm clock that features dual Wakeup timers, a Sleep timer, and a Nap timer. You can wake up or go to sleep listening to your paired Bluetooth device or an FM radio station (Buzzer also available for wake-up alarm). The iBN97 gradually increases or decreases the volume to help you gently wake-up or fall to sleep.

  • Dual Wake Timers w/ Snooze: The two independent wakeup timers can be set for a full week (7), work week (5), or weekend (2). A programmable snooze lets you pause the wakeup timer for 1 to 29 minutes. The alarm will continue for 60 minutes or until turned off.
  • Sleep/Nap Timer: The Sleep timer lets you go to sleep listening to music and turns off automatically after 15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes. The Nap timer lets you wake up to your music after 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60, 0, or 120 minutes.
Note: You can set the unit to a 12 or 24 hour display. A pre-installed CR2450 battery provides battery backup and keeps the clock/alarm set during power interruptions.

External Power Supply: The iHome iBN97 operates off of standard household current using the included AC power supply.

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5 out of 5

just what I wanted

Written By Anonymous, Seattle, WA on Thursday, October 09, 2014
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This is the clock radio that I wanted. Good sound, easy to use.
I like being able to charge my phone.
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4 out of 5


Written By Karl, Woodstock , vt on Saturday, October 04, 2014
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I like it. I tried a cheaper model from another brand but the display was not as nice as this and too bright even at lowest setting. The brightness on this model adjusts nicely. The sound quality is good as well. The font on the display is a little odd and the styling is unique but overall not a negative
Easy to use controls. Good sound quality. Brightness control.
Styling takes a bit of getting used to
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5 out of 5

Clock Radio

Written By Wayne Littleton, Palmer, Alaska on Monday, June 16, 2014
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Great improvement over older clock/radio. Good alarm sounds and clear and readable time even with sleepy eyes.
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5 out of 5

Great sound

Written By G-man's Mom, Reedville, VA on Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Easy to use. Great sound. As always, trust Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

Great way to greet the day

Written By Cliff K., North Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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This clock radio has more capabilities than anyone could ever need and the sound is great. It has total adjustment of nearly every parameter and a way to connect every electronic gizmo now and into the foreseeable future. I shopped against the big box stores before I bought from Crutchfield.
Sound quality, ease of use, flexibility to adapt to future needs, wakes gradually with increasing volume (gain)
menu is a little difficult to learn
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5 out of 5

Nice Unit

Written By Paul, Suffolk, VA on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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Very happy with this unit. Has everything I want in a daily alarm clock. Ihome are normally made for apple products, I'm droid user. The USB connection lets me connect my droid and the clock provides a place to stand the phone on its side while charging. The sound is very good and love the gentle wake. No more jarring wakeups.
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Nice Product

Written By Don, Atlanta on Monday, January 13, 2014
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I decided to finally upgrade an old alarm clock that was becoming a bit unreliable. Decided to give this a try and it works very well. The display is very clear and the sound is better than I expected for the price. I'm definitely happy with my purchase.
Bang for buck, blue tooth, attractive design, diverse alarm functions
Only one charging port, was a bit tricky to set up initially
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iHome iBN97 Clock Radio

Written By M, Glen Allen, VA on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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Very nice clock radio. Well constructed. Blue tooth works through out the house sometimes too good! Deep Rich sound is nice.
Deep Rich Sound that fills the room.
Blue tooth must be cut-off on your device when not using as sometimes it will grab when you are least expecting it.
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6 questions already asked Show all answers

I am employed at a company that works on an on-call basis. I was wondering if this is a reliable product in order to get a call in the middle of the night? I have had Bluetooth speakers in the past that have turned off after 20 minutes. Does this product also turn off on its own? [ Andrew  Jul 13, 2014 ]
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  • We don't know how long the alarm will go on as when we hear the sound of "BIG BEN" gonging its a rush out of bed to silence the bloody thing and calm our nerves and then its too hard to even think about going back to sleep! [ WAYNE C   Jul 14, 2014 ]
How does the sound of this devise compare with the bose mini bluetooth speaker? [ reuben  Apr 26, 2014 ]
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  • Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Staff  Apr 28, 2014 ]
  • don't know as I don't have the bose. I think it sounds very good though if that helps... [ John   Apr 27, 2014 ]
What are the overall dimensions of the product ? [ Richard  Apr 05, 2014 ]
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  • W - 10 3/4 Depth - 6 1/4 H 3 1/2 [ GREG   Apr 06, 2014 ]
Has this product been released? If yes, where can I purchase it to have it by the beginning of April? If no, when is the release date? Can you sync 2 devices to the alarm clock? I know there is a dual alarm feature but my boyfriend has an (NFC capable) Android while I have an iPhone 5. We wake up at different times and would like to wake up to our own music. Is that possible? [ MBMBMB  Mar 18, 2014 ]
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  • We have this unit in stock and ready to ship. We have not received any answers from other customers on your question about syncing. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer that question. [ Jeff Staff  Mar 20, 2014 ]
If I plug in my iPod Touch 4th generation to it can I play music through the iBT97 wired? [ Hunter  Jan 26, 2014 ]
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  • I have the iPod Touch Gen 4 and have played thru the USB and bluetooth with no problems. It even charged it while it was playing when it was plugged into the USB while in bluetooth mode. I have not used the 3.5mm cord that comes with it. [ JOSEPH F   Feb 10, 2014 ]
  • Hi Hunter, I am not sure if you can plug it in except with a cord. I have not used my ihome yet because I didn't realize that it was for iPhone 5. I have a iPhone 4 and my husbands iPad is to old of a model as well. So I am contemplating upgrading my phone. Sorry, that probably doesn't help you very much. [ Heather   Jan 28, 2014 ]
  • Yes you can [ MARK   Jan 27, 2014 ]
  • Sorry. Don't know. [ Will   Jan 27, 2014 ]
Is this compatible with iPhone 4? [ Tracy  Dec 07, 2013 ]
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  • The cool thing about this device is it has a USB port in the back so you can plug any phone charging wire it......really looks good too. [ Michael   Dec 09, 2013 ]
  • yes but I have iPhone 5 [ ARIEL S   Dec 09, 2013 ]
  • The unit does not have a dock connector. It connects to your device by Bluetooth. I would expect that any Bluetooth enabled iPhone would work. [ Daniel   Dec 08, 2013 ]
  • Yes [ MARK   Dec 08, 2013 ]
  • Sorry, I purchased this for a Christmas gift and the box hasn't been opened. [ JOYCE   Dec 08, 2013 ]

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