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iHome iBT44

Portable Bluetooth® boombox with FM radio

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  • iHome iBT44

    Gunmetal (smartphone not included)

  • iHome iBT44

    Gunmetal (smartphone not included)

  • iHome iBT44

    Gunmetal (smartphone not included)

Item #: 775IBT44GC
 
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Our take on the iHome iBT44

by Ralph Graves
iHome

With the iHome iBT44 you can kick it old school with your smartphone. The look of this portable speaker system may take you back to the days of the classic boombox, but it's Bluetooth-compatible. That compartment in the middle? It's for your smartphone — not a cassette tape. And because it uses a wireless Bluetooth connection, you can use the iBT44 with both Apple® and Android™ smartphones and tablets.

iHome iBT44 Gunmetal portable Bluetooth boombox speaker system

The iBT44 also has a built-in FM radio tuner. An auxiliary input lets you play other portable devices through the system.

Music indoors or out

The iBT44 boombox features stereo 4” woofers for solid midrange with impressive low tones, and two 1” tweeters for clear highs. The system's amplifier delivers pristine, full-bodied sound. Five adjustable EQ settings let you fine-tune the tone. Use the iBT44 with its AC adapter in your home for a simple audio system. When connected to AC power, you can use the system's USB port to charge your smartphone or tablet.

On the go? With 6 “D” batteries (sold separately), the iBT44 can keep playing for up to eight hours. The system's rugged case is rubberized for outdoor use, with a sturdy pivoting handle. Just sling the iBT44's color-matched strap over your shoulder and get going!

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Highlights:

  • compatible with smartphones and other portable devices with built-in Bluetooth
  • built-in FM tuner
  • two 4" woofers and two 1" tweeters
  • durable, rubberized finish
  • rubberized inset compartment for smartphone
  • sturdy construction with pivoting handle
  • top-mounted controls and LCD display
  • 5-band graphic equalizer
  • stereo minijack input for use with portable devices
  • USB charging port for smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices (when connected to AC power)
  • AC power adapter
  • up to 8 hours playback with 6 "D" batteries (sold separately)
  • remote
  • 17-13/16"W x 9-1/16"H x 4-15/16"D
  • weight: 7.5 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Bluetooth portable speaker
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
  • 3 AC plug inserts (US/UK/EU)
  • Remote control (CR2023 battery installed)
  • 15" Stereo minijack cable
  • 36" FM-wire antenna (terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • Shoulder strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • Quick Bluetooth Connection Guide

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Features

Bluetooth Portable Speaker: The iHome iBT44G is a self-powered, Bluetooth portable speaker that is ideal for your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, laptop, and other devices. There is even a storage compartment to place your Bluetooth device during playback (do not leave device in unit during transport or while carrying).

  • Wireless Audio Streaming: The iHome iBT44G portable speaker streams stereo music wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices such as your Apple iOS device, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, computer/PC, or other devices. The iBT44G provides basic playback controls, such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track from its front-panel controls and remote. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device for advance music navigation and to view song/artist information.
  • Pairing: This unit pairs with your Bluetooth-enabled device with a single press of a button. Once paired, the iHome iBT44G will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 30').
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 iBT44G.

Durable Rubberized Cabinet: The iHome iBT44G features a rubberized finished cabinet for added durability. Even though this speaker has a rubberized finish, it is not weather resistant or water proof.

SRS TruBass DSP + 5-Band EQ: SRS TruBass digital signal processing technology and a 5-band EQ (60/250/1k/4k/12k Hz) coupled with a specially designed amp pushing twin 4" woofers and 1" tweeters delivers pristine power for satisfying sound.

Aux Input: A 3.5mm auxiliary input lets you connect almost any portable audio device that is fitted with a headphone output  jack.

USB Charging Port: The iBT44G features a USB (type-A) port used to charge your smartphone or other USB-enabled portable audio device. Charging only takes place when the unit is connected to AC power. This USB port does not support audio playback.

FM Radio: The iHome iBT44G features a built-in FM tuner for listening to your favorite FM radio stations. The included FM wire antenna plugs into the unit's Aux input. The FM tuner can be set to US or European tuning.

Remote Control: The iHome iBT44G includes an IR remote for wireless operation of the system. From the remote you can control basic playback functions of Bluetooth audio devices (such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), switch sources (Bluetooth/FM/Aux), raise or lower volume, and turn power on or off.

AC & Battery Power: The iHome iBT44G operates on six "D"-cell batteries (sold separately) or the included AC power adaptor. This unit will not charge USB devices while operating on batteries.

Carry Handle & Shoulder Strap: The built-in handle of the unit can be placed in two positions, upright for carrying or back for general use and tilt-back play. A detachable shoulder strap is also included for added convenience.

Dimensions:

  • With Handle Down: 17.1825" (w) x 9.0625" (h) x 5.0" (d)
  • With Handle Up: 17.8125" (w) x 11.4375" (h) x 3.5" (d)
 
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