The compact iP56 powered speaker system is almost as portable as your iPod or iPhone, so you can enjoy great sound from your player just about anywhere. The system features a fold-out stand and retractable dock that lets you set it up in seconds.

Inside are two active speakers with two passive radiators, enclosed in specially designed chambers to deliver full sound. You'll be surprised at just how rich your music will sound coming from such a small system. Its built-in rechargeable battery gives you up to ten hours of continuous operation. And the iP56 recharges your docked player even when its not plugged into wall.

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with 160GB iPod®, 6th generation iPod nano®, and 4th generation iPod touch®
  • compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone GS, and iPhone 4
  • two active speakers with two passive radiators for full sound
  • auxiliary stereo minijack input for other portable devices
  • fold-out attached stand
  • retractable dock
  • built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 10 hours of operation
  • recharges docked player either from AC power or built-in battery
  • AC adapter
  • 13"W x 3-7/16"H x 4-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Portable iPod/iPhone speaker dock
  • AC power adapter (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • Carrying case
  • Instructions/Warranty booklet
  • "Read This First" note
  • Product Registration Card
  • iHome product brochure
  • iHome + Sleep offer card
  • iHome logo sticker
  • Remote offer sheet

Product Research

Features

Overview: The iHome iP56 Portable iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock lets you listen to your docked iPod or iPhone in your home, at your office, on your deck, or on the go. The iP56 includes SRS TruBass circuitry and 4 speakers in Reson8 chambers for a great audio experience. The retracting universal dock charges and plays iPhone and docking iPod models. The built-in lithium-ion battery is rechargeable, so you can enjoy music anywhere without worrying about batteries.

4 Speaker Design: The iHome iP56 features two active and two passive speakers in Reson8 chambers for enhanced audio performance.

SRS TruBass: The iHome iP56 utilizes SRS TruBass digital sound processing to give your music extra bass and clarity.

iPod/iPhone Dock: The iHome iP56 has a retracting iPod/iPhone dock to charge and play back audio from your iPod or iPhone. Docking an already playing iPod or iPhone will automatically turn on the iHome iP56. The iP56 offers no display or playback controls. The iHome iP56 supports the following iPod and iPhone models (as of Nov. 2010).

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Speaker Dock iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th Y N N Y N N Y
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
iPad All 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. Not compatible with iOS 4.0 update for iPhone and iPod touch.

iPod/iPhone Charging: The iHome iP56 will charge your docked iPod/iPhone via AC or battery power. The iP56 will stop charging once your iPod or iPhone is completely charged.

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

Auxiliary Input: The iHome iP56 is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external audio source such as your MP3 player or laptop.

Rechargeable Battery: The iHome iP56 has an internal rechargeable lithium ion battery which can last up to 10 hours. The battery condition indicator is located on top of the unit. When fully charged, the indicator will glow steadily. When the battery needs charging, the indicator will flash. To charge the internal battery, connect the iP56 to an AC power outlet.

Note: The iP56 uses an internal lithium-ion battery that may be recharged hundreds of times and should last the lifetime of the device. The rechargeable battery is also recyclable.

AC Power: The iHome iP56 also operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied AC power adapter (100-240V).

Carrying Case: The iHome iP56 includes a carrying case for storage and transport. The unit features foldaway feet to make it more compact so it can fit into the case.

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iHome iP56

Written By Laurie, Orange. Ca on Thursday, December 27, 2012

Would be great speakers if the connection for my iPhone 4S would work! It doesn't make a connection when I put the phone in the correct position. It did work once when my husband put 4 sweet and low packets between the phone and front of speakers!! That shouldn't be necessary! Now can't connect at all!

Cons: See my review comments. Also no instructions were included.

Great toy

Written By OMEDINA, Outer banx on Saturday, October 08, 2011

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best toy for the price...cool sounds and great usability for my iPhone 3G

ip56 by iHome

Written By jose, Mayaguez,PR on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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I needed a portable set of lightweight speakers or ipod dock to carry to the beach house or on my rowboat. iHome has done a great job as far as compactness and sound although they could have made it a little louder for the outdoors. This unit is mostly for close listening unlike the Bose Soundock Portable whose volume can be very very loud without losing quality of sound. The iP56 is ideal to hold on your lap while resting in your favorite chair. It will fill a 1500cuft room with pleasant sound at a satisfying level without a problem with the SRS equalization. Without SRS EQ, the sound is thin as from a small portable radio. There is no remote included. I ordered a remote from iHome but it did not work with my unit. This is a minus ++, but the carrying case ,which also holds the charging unit, is compact and very welcome.

I'd go for the Bose anytime....it also offers a carrying case. If you want more sofisticated sound go for the B&W Zeppelin.

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