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iHome iHM79

Rechargeable portable speakers (Black)

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Our take on the iHome iHM79

by Ralph Graves
iHome

Imagine holding a small capsule in your palm, then with a few deft hand motions, presto! It turns into a portable speaker system pumping out clear sound from your iPod®. That's the concept behind iHome's iHM79 portable speakers.

Open up to set up
The two speakers have magnetic bases to hold them together for travel. Gently pull them apart to set up. Give each speaker a twist to unlock and expand it. Then connect the combination USB cable/stereo minijack cable to your computer or portable device and you're ready for music.

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Simple and fun
The speakers have built-in rechargeable batteries that you can charge through the USB port of any computer — and you can listen to them while they're charging. Minijack audio connections make these speakers compatible with any portable device or computer that has a headphone minijack output. So go ahead and use the iHM79 to pump up the volume on your smart phone, handheld game console, PDA, MP3 player, even your old-school portable CD player.

From the review iHome iHM79 rechargeable portable speakers -- share the music
"The iHM79 is one of the best personal speaker systems I've used. It sounds great, it's compact enough to take anywhere I take my backpack (which is nearly everywhere), it's rechargeable and it works with anything that sends sound out of a headphone jack. ideal for both young and young-at-heart people who want to share exciting listening with others, or simply to give their earbuds a rest."

— Marshall, Crutchfield A/V Writer

Highlights:

  • portable powered stereo speakers
  • combination USB cable (for charging) and stereo minijack cable ( for audio signal)
  • connects to the headphone jack of your computer or portable device
  • magnetized bases hold speakers together for travel
  • travel bag
  • built-in rechargeable batteries
  • speaker dimensions (each): 3-5/8"W x 3-1/8"H x 2-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Pieces in System 2
Wireless No
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type
Tweeter Size (inches) ---
Midrange size (inches) ---
Woofer size (inches) 1-1/4
Woofer Composition
Powered Subwoofer ---
Power Output (Watts) Not give
Frequency Response Not give Hz
Height (inches) 3-1/8
Width (inches) 3-5/8
Depth (inches) 2-1/2
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Portable multimedia speakers (left/right)
  • 29" Charging/Audio cable (consisting of 1 USB type-A connector/2 mini-USB type-B connectors/1 minijack connector)
  • Storage pouch
  • Instruction/Warranty sheet
  • Product Registration Card
  • iHome product brochure
  • iHome + Sleep offer card
  • iHome logo sticker
  • Magnet warning note

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Features

Overview: The iHome iHM79 Portable Multimedia Speakers let you listen to audio from your portable digital audio player or Laptop via a 3.5mm connection. These compact speakers attach magnetically in a capsule shape for ultimate portability, then separate and extend for stereo sound. The iHome iHM79 features two amplified speakers with built-in rechargeable batteries, vacuum bass expansion, USB charging, and comes with a storage pouch.

Vacuum Bass Design: The iHM79 Portable Multimedia Speakers utilize a Vacuum Bass Design to provide surprising volume and bass response in a small space-saving stereo speaker system that fits in your hand.

Collapsible Speakers: The iHM79 Portable Multimedia Speakers feature a collapsible speaker design for ultimate portability. Simply twist each speaker to expand and compress each speaker to collapse.

Magnetic Base: A magnetic base on each speaker keeps the portable speakers together for travel.

Note: This product has magnets in the base of each speaker. To avoid interference or possible damage, do not place these speakers directly on electronic devices such as computers or monitors.

2-in-1 Cable: The iHM79 Portable Multimedia Speakers come with a 2-in-1 cable which has a USB (type-A) plug for charging the speaker's built-in battery and a 3.5mm audio plug for connecting to your audio source. The cable even lets you charge the speaker while listening. The 2-in-1 attaches to each powered speaker via a mini-USB (type-B) connector.

Note: The USB (type-A) connector is used for charging only; not for audio.

Compatibility: The iHM79 Portable Multimedia Speakers work with almost any device featuring a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Its perfect for laptops, cell phones, portable game devices, or MP3 players.

Rechargeable Battery: The iHM79 is powered by a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery in each speaker. When the blue power light dims, or if you start to notice sound distortion in higher volumes, it's time to recharge the batteries. To recharge the built-in battery, simply connect the USB (type-A) connector of the speaker's cabled to your computer. The light on the speaker will turn to red while charging and turn blue when fully charged.

Note: You can continue to listen the speaker while they are charging.

Carrying Pouch: The iHM79 Portable Multimedia Speakers comes with a convenient cloth carrying pouch with drawstring.

 
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5 out of 5

Perfect for packing!

Written By Heather, West Palm, FL on Monday, January 07, 2013
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I bought this for my husband for christmas, we travelled the following weekend and it came in so handy for our weekend getaway! Loved it!
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5 out of 5

iHM79 speakers

Written By Anonymous, Paducah ky on Saturday, December 08, 2012
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Great stero sound!!
Pros:
Quality built with great sound
Cons:
Charging usb bad idea!!
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5 out of 5

Mighty Mouse Speakers

Written By Jedi K, Honolulu, Hawaii on Monday, June 11, 2012
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The sound is very good for such a small pair of speakers. I do have an issue with the fact that it's charged by USB. You can use them while charging but if you want to just charge them you gotta turn on a computer. There are USB wall chargers available but that's another thing to buy. I have a mini USB charger that I can use so that I don't need the included cable but I can only charge one at a time. But for me it's not a big deal since I got these for travel and I take a computer anyway.
Pros:
Good sound for its size.
Cons:
USB charging only, unless you buy a wall charger. But if you already have one, then it doesn't matter:)
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

iHome iHM79

Written By Anonymous, Rochester MI on Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Purchased for 15 year old daughter. She uses it with her I touch for music. It is very portable and cool.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

why

Written By Anonymous, davisburg mi on Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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These speakers are a good quality product with that said one thing I do find that isn't that Pleasing is the way the usb charging wires cannot be removed its to cumbersome for something So portable.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Cool little speakers..

Written By BNE, Orlando, FL on Tuesday, April 10, 2012
 
I've had these speakers for a year and haven't had any issues with them. I could hear the low hum that people refer to only when connected to my computer via USB for charging. Tried using my ipod or iphone wall charger (5V, 500 mAh) and no more humming. Best of all I believe that using the ipod charger has extended the battery life of these bad boys. They sound great especially when you consider the size, nice and full, just do not expect to hear thunderous bass. Sound good with ipod or iphone, but they sound even better with ipad and Blackberry. No matter what device you have, you will not be disappointed. Listening to Bob Marley's Legend album on my ipod as I type this review, very cool.
Pros:
Portable, rechargeable, good audio quality.
Cons:
None
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

iHome iHM79

Written By Anonymous, Sour Lake, Texas on Monday, April 02, 2012
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Great sound quality, and are louder than I ever expected. Perfect for taking out on the boat and being able to listen to tunes off of my phone.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

iHM79 compact speakers

Written By treeve, Oakland, CA on Friday, January 27, 2012
 
Good sound for small package. Convenient, easy to set up and use. Low humming sound when between songs :(
Pros:
Compact. Big sound for such a small package.
Cons:
constant low hum, annoying between songs and at low volume. I has a sad.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great little speakers

Written By Pete, Rainier, OR on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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These little speakers are just great. Not much bass, but we didn't expect it from such tiny units. Voices are exceedingly clear and music is beautiful. We hook these to our computer when watching TV shows on HULU and just love the sound. Can't do better.
Pros:
Small size, clarity of sound, rechargeable, portable in own cloth bag.
Cons:
No bass to speak of.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

iHome iHM79

Written By Anonymous, schaumburg,il. on Thursday, November 17, 2011
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don't like .not worth money wise.
Pros:
good sound
Cons:
charging.whole charging feature is not good.it's not worth moneywise.
4 out of 12 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Surprise!

Written By JoeH, Overland Park, KS on Saturday, October 22, 2011
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Surprisingly high value for the price. Makes a great gift to those who don'[t know about it. It isn't Bose but it isn't $299!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

nice

Written By timber, waukegan Il. on Thursday, August 04, 2011
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this iphone speaker set is what I Expected! they have a very Nice Sound and I seam to here A Hint OF Base when they are spread out for stereo 2ch sound. Nice Very nice!.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

iHome iHM79

Written By Lee M, Lebanon, PA on Sunday, June 26, 2011
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Nice little speakers with a big sound for those times when you just don't want to use headphones.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great little speakers

Written By Chris, Dumfries, VA on Tuesday, June 14, 2011
 
These speakers have a surprisingly large sound considering their size, I can actually hear and feel bass lines coming from them. They're also very portable and the built-in battery is a nice plus. Highly recommended.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great portable set of Speakers!!

Written By GJ, Houston, TX on Monday, May 16, 2011
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Great portable set of speakers. Good sound for the size. Very happy with the
purchase.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

BO

Written By Bo, Manama, Bahrain FPO on Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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I have been looking for something like these speakers for 5 month, ever since I the beginning of my deployment. The rechargable batteries are a must as it can be difficult to find batteries quickly. these speakers have a rich bold sound and are exactly what i have been looking for. i will use crutchfield for all my future electronic needs.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

just enough to do the job

Written By music lover, FL on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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I bought these to use with my iPod as I "play along" with the symphonies, etc. The plug in is
via the headphone jack, which allows easy handling of the iPod for repeating phrases and
stops and starts. The speakers in their carry bag are small enough to toss into a tote to take
to the park. Give them a try!
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect size and great sound

Written By lisam, bama on Saturday, February 05, 2011
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Love the speakers. The are small enough to be portable, even to football games! They
have a great sound for the price and I love the fact that you don't have to buy batteries.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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