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Portable wireless speaker system with Apple® AirPlay®

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      • Apple AirPlay lets you stream music wirelessly from your iPod touch®, iPhone®, iPad®, or computer
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by Ralph Graves
iHome

Wirelessly stream your iTunes library
With the iHome iW1, it's easy to enjoy your iTunes music library anywhere in your home. Through Apple Airplay (a feature of iTunes 10), you can wirelessly connect your computer, iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the iW1 and stream your iTunes audio library to the speaker system. And that's not just your stored music, but also podcasts and Internet radio stations.

Create an instant whole-house audio system
Because AirPlay links all compatible devices together, you can place additional iW1 speakers in other rooms and simultaneously play music wirelessly throughout your home. Or use the iW1 with other AirPlay-compatible speaker systems and audio receivers to create a custom wireless home audio network.

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Convenient portability
The batteries deliver hours of uninterrupted music — great for a party, or just relaxing on the porch. Just grasp the convenient integrated handle to tote the iW1 wherever you want.

Sure, you can use the included remote to control the iW1. But with Apple's free Remote app, you can also operate the system directly from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

High-performance sound
And the iW1's a pleasure to listen to. Matched speakers powered by a low-distortion amp deliver finely detailed, accurate sound — even at extreme volume levels. Sophisticated processing circuitry continually adjusts the sound, improving brightness and clarity while also delivering deeper bass.

iPod and iPhone docking option
When the iW1 is placed on its charging base, you can also connect an iPod or iPhone directly to the system. Just use your player's charging cable. When you plug it into the iW1's USB port, the system will automatically charge your device. And you can play music directly from your connected iPod or iPhone through the system.

From the review iHome iW1 AirPlay wireless speaker system: One portable system that's at home with my music

"On the whole, I enjoyed my time with the iHome iW1. It was easy to set up, and once the battery was fully charged, I could take it just about anywhere in my home (even a little outside of it). Sound quality was very good, and I especially appreciated the improvement the iW1 brought to my basement work area over the old AM/FM CD player currently residing there. Not only better sound, but a better variety of music!"

— Ralph, Crutchfield Blog Editor and A/V Writer

Highlights:

  • portable wireless powered speaker system
  • Apple AirPlay lets you stream music wirelessly from your iPod touch®, iPhone®, iPad®, or computer
  • USB port for iPod/iPhone charging cable
  • built-in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries
  • AC power adapter for recharging base
  • 12-1/2"W x 7-7/16"H x 3-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Note: You might experience network dropouts when using AirPlay with an iPhone 4S. Apple is working to fix this software problem.
  • supports WPA Personal & WPA2 Personal Wi-Fi security; not compatible with WEP encryption

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What's in the box?

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  • Airplay Speaker (iW1)
  • AC power adapter (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • Remote control (Rz10)
  • CR2032 3V lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • 21" USB/iPod dock sync cable
  • Charging base
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Remote Control Instruction Booklet
  • Limited 1 Year Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions/Consumers Product Safety Guide
  • Product Registration
  • iHome Brochure

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Overview
Audio Features
AirPlay Technology
USB/AUX Connectivity
Remote Control
Power Requirements
Apple Device Compatibility

Overview

iHome iW1 AirPlay Wireless Speaker: The iHome iW1 is a wireless audio system with built-in AirPlay & Bongiovi Acoustics DPS. AirPlay is a built-in feature to Apple devices that lets you stream audio wirelessly from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, & iTunes through your existing WiFi network. Using AirPlay, the iW1 lets you play your iTunes or Apple device's music in any room of your home or office wirelessly, via your WiFi network. The iW1 provides high-quality sound thanks to Bongiovi Acoustics DPS technology. The iHome iW1 features a built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery for a truly wireless experience. The iHome iW1 Airplay wireless audio system is the perfect solution for iTunes, iPad, iPhone, & iPod users. With the iHome iW1 you can:

  • Stream music directly from iTunes on your Mac or PC using your home Wi-Fi network.
  • Stream your favorite music from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch from your iPod library or popular music apps like Pandora & iHeartRadio (available on the App Store).
  • Dock, charge, & play audio with your iPhone or iPod using included USB/dock sync cable.
  • Enjoy true wireless audio anywhere around the house with the iW1's rechargeable battery, convenient charging base & carrying handle.
  • Add Multiple iW1 speakers to enjoy multi-room audio anywhere in the home (streaming to multiple speakers simultaneously requires iTunes as the source).
  • Download & enjoy iHome apps available on the iTunes App Store - iHome Sleep (music alarm clock app), iHome Radio (Internet Radio music app), iHome Connect (network setup app for iHome AirPlay).

Audio Features

Studio Series Sound: The iHome iW1 AirPlay wireless audio system brings studio quality sound to your home. The iW1 offers high performance audio featuring Bongiovi Acoustics DPS (Digital Power Station) with specially tuned woofers & tweeters with a clean, efficient Class-D amplifier.

Bongiovi Acoustics DPS: Bongiovi Acoustics DPS uses real-time digital signal processing that extends audio bandwidth & adds missing harmonics without adding peak output to the signal. It effectively improves brightness, clarity, & presence, while delivering deeper, more resonant bass & crystal clear highs.

Matched Speakers & Digital Amplifier: The iHome iW1 uses the latest in Class-D amplifier technology, which enables clean, efficient & low-distortion output. The iW1 also has speakers that are custom-designed & matched for Studio Series sound. Specific choices for physical arrangement, resonator materials, magnets, & crossovers provide balanced & accurate sound reproduction.

  • Class-D Amplifier: The Class-D amplifier is rated a 13 watts (RMS) x 2-channel.
  • 2-Way Speakers: The iW1 features two 1" silk soft-dome tweeters & two 3" long excursion woofers with graphite mica reinforce polypropylene cones.

Note: Total system frequency response is 72Hz to 20,000Hz.

Adjustable EQ: Bass & Treble controls let you customize the iW1 system's sound.

AirPlay Technology

AirPlay Wireless Technology: Using AirPlay wireless audio streaming technology, the iW1 streams music from your iTunes, iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad anywhere you have a WiFi network in your home. Apple's AirPlay technology allows music, downloaded to iTunes, to be streamed wirelessly from your Mac or PC to the iHome iW1. You can even bypass your computer entirely, and stream high-quality audio directly from your Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (all without the need to dock the device). The iW1 & your Apple device must be connected to the same wireless network via WiFi (802.11b/g).

  • iTunes Streaming: AirPlay technology gives you wireless remote access to your entire iTunes 10 music collection and Internet radio (such as Pandora & iHeartRadio) with full navigation & playback control from your computer (Mac/PC) or iPod touch/iPhone (iOS 4.2 or later), via Apple's free Remote app. To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later) connected to the same wireless (WiFi) network.
  • Apple Device Streaming: AirPlay also lets you wirelessly stream music and music apps stored on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the iHome iW1. So there's no need to dock your Apple device, unless you want to charge it. The iW1 must be connected to a WiFi network with access your iPad (1/23), iPhone (3GS/4/4S/5), or iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th/5th gen) & running iOS 4.2 or later.

Note: For AirPlay, the iW1 must be connected to WiFi network with access to a Mac or PC running iTunes 10.1 or later; or an iPad, iPhone (3GS/4/4S/5), or iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th/5th gen) running iOS 4.2 or later.

WiFi Certified: AirPlay works wherever there is a Wi-Fi network. The iHome iW1 is WiFi Certified for 802.11b & 802.11g WiFi networks. The "WiFi CERTIFIED" logo is an assurance that the WiFi Alliance has tested this product in numerous configurations & with a diverse sampling of other devices to ensure compatibility with other WiFi Certified equipment that operates in the same frequency band.

Note: The iW1 may take between 30-120 seconds to connect with your home network. The iW1 supports the following WiFi security types - WPA Personal (-PSK) & WPA2 Personal (-PSK); not compatible with WEP.

iHome+Apps Technology: The iW1 AirPlay wireless audio system is compatible with the following iHome+Apps, available for free from the Apple iTunes App Store. Simply download these apps for free from the Apple iTunes App Store to your compatible iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th/5th gen), iPhone (3GS/4/4S/5), or iPad.

  • iHome Connect App: The iHome iW1 supports simple network setup & custom device naming using the iHome Connect app (a free app available on the iTunes App Store) for iPad, iPhone, & iPod touch. Simply launch the app & dock your Apple device to the iW1 (with the included USB docking cable) & follow simple on-screen menus to configure WiFi. You'll be able to enjoy AirPlay in just a few short minutes.
  • iHome+Sleep App: The iHome+Sleep app is a free sleep lifestyle app (from iTunes App Store) for the iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch. In addition to a full screen clock (with weather, iPod controls, & photo backgrounds) the app features custom alarms, wake & sleep music profiles, sleep stats, social update, plus reminders.
  • iHome+Radio App: The iHome+Radio app is a free Internet Radio app (from iTunes Store) for the iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch. The iHome+Radio app connects you to over 30,000 internet music, talk, sports, & news stations from around the world. With multitasking background audio support, you can listen to Internet Radio while surfing the web, playing games, & more.

Note: iHome+Sleep, iHome+Radio, & iHome Connect apps only work with iPad, iPhone (3GS/4/4S/5), iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th/5th gen), and requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Multi-Room Audio: You can add multiple iW1 speakers throughout your home & with AirPlay enjoy the same music from any or all of your speakers, simultaneously. Streaming to multiple iW1 speakers simultaneously requires iTunes as the source.

USB/AUX Connectivity

USB Docking: The iHome iW1 also supports audio playback via its rear-panel USB (type-A) port by using the included USB/dock sync cable or the USB/dock cable that comes with your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. The iW3 will even charge your USB/dock connected iPod or iPhone (with the iW3 turned on). The unit will not charge the iPad. The USB docking connector works with the iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod nano (2nd/3rd/4th/5th/6th gen), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th gen), iPhone (2G/3G/3G/4/4S/5), & iPad. If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), or iPhone 5; use the Lighting-to-USB cable that came with your Apple device to connect to the unit. The USB connector is not compatible with other USB (MSC/MTP) devices.

Firmware Updates: It may be necessary to update the firmware of your iW1 speaker to ensure the latest compatibility and optimal functionality. You can download the latest firmware updates from the iHome Support Site to a USB thumbdrive & connect to the USB port on the back of the iW1.  Register for an iHome account to receive emails about FW updates.

Auxiliary Input: The iW1 is fitted with a rear-panel 3.5mm Aux input for connection of an external portable audio device, other than your Apple device.

Controls

Playback Control: The iHome iW1 offers control of your streaming music. The iW1 supports play/pause, next track, previous track, & volume control of iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, & iTunes music playback from the speaker control panel & from the included IR remote.

  • Capacitive Touch Panel: The iHome iW1's sleek, backlit touch-sensitive control panel provides an elegant user interface to control the system & your music playback. The backlit capacitance touch-sensitive control interface offers power, mode, volume, & music controls. Controls will be lit according to the status of the iW1 speaker & the selected mode.
  • Remote Control: The included IR remote control provides wireless operation over the AirPlay speaker system & your music.

Apple Free Remote App: Use Apple's free Remote app to wirelessly control your iTunes music from your iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th gen), iPhone (3GS/4), & iPad. Simply download the Remote application for free at the itunes App Store. Then you can browse music, control volume, & choose any iW1 speaker which is connected for playback.

Note: The Remote App requires an iPad, iPhone (3GS/4/4S/5), or iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th/5th gen) running iOS 4.2 or later, connected to the same network as the iW1.

Power Requirements

Dual Power Sources: The iHome iW1 operates on AC power or via the internal rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery.

Rechargeable Battery: The iW1 features a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery that can last approximately 10 hours (at normal listening volumes). A charging base is included to recharge the battery when connected to AC power. Allow up to 10 hours to full charge the battery.

Note: Along with the rechargeable battery, the integrated carrying handle lets you take the iW1 anywhere in your home.

AC Power Adapter: The iW1 includes a universal 100-240V external AC power adapter for operation & charging of the system. The external AC power adapter plugs into the iW1's charging base.

  • Input: 100-240V~50-60Hz, 90mA
  • Output: 12V-300mA

Apple Device Compatibility

iPod, iPhone & iPad Compatibility Chart: The iHome iW1 is "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible & supports the following iPod, iPhone, & iPad model features (as of 10/30/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version AirPlay iHome Apps Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Unit Apple Device Song/Artist Text Track Info
video 5th N/A N N N N N N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 N N Y N Y Y classic classic Y
120GB 2.0.1 N N Y N Y Y classic classic Y
160GB 2.0.4 N N Y N Y Y classic classic Y
nano 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 N N Y N Y Y nano nano Y
3rd 1.1.3 N N Y N Y Y nano nano Y
4th 1.0.4 N N Y N Y Y nano nano Y
5th 1.0.2 N N Y N Y Y nano nano Y
6th 1.1 PC N N Y N Y Y nano nano Y
7th 1.01 PC N N Y N Y Y nano nano Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 N N Y N Y Y touch touch Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y Y touch touch Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y touch touch Y
4th 6.0 Y Y Y N Y Y touch touch Y
5th 6.0 Y Y Y N Y Y touch touch Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 N N Y N Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
3G 4.2.1 N N Y N Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
4 6.0 Y Y Y N Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
4S 6.0 Y Y Y N Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
5 6.0 Y Y Y N Y Y iPhone iPhone Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y N Y Y iPad iPad N
2 6.0 Y Y Y N Y Y iPad iPad N
3 6.0 Y Y Y N Y Y iPad iPad N
4 6.0 Y Y Y N Y Y iPad iPad N
iPad mini 1 6.0 Y Y Y N Y Y iPad iPad N

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 wait until a newer software update is available.

 
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1 out of 5

Sounds great, when it works

Written By EdJ, New York, NY on Sunday, June 23, 2013
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Nice looking and sounding speaker. But always had intermittent problems with it dropping off the network, especially if it was moved. Even when other devices have 5 bars, the iW1 would drop. I am not sure if that was an AirPlay issue or an iW1 issue; either way it was a problem. Then after a year, the speaker will not "boot". Will not even work using the auxiliary jack; is essentially useless. iHome wants $100 to repair it and offers a 30 day warranty on repaired units; I am going to pass on that. AirPlay sounds good but you must be on your home WiFi and it only works with Apple. Avoid iHome and Airplay. Look at Bluetooth speakers
Pros:
Nice Looking Sounds good when it works
Cons:
Unreliable Expensive
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1 out of 5

terrible, shipping it back!

Written By steve the software engineer, portland or on Tuesday, January 01, 2013
 
I carefully followed the instructions, and I had it working on my wifi network... for a minute.

Then it stopped working. No matter how many times I power cycled this thing, it just wouldn't respond anymore. The ipad/iphone setup app is terrible also. No useful feedback.

This thing is a weird device -- it has two separate power buttons for instance.

I think this company just tried to do too many things (battery power, wifi, ipad software, etc) and hasn't really worked out the bugs. I'm tired of struggling with someone else's buggy stuff so I'm returning it.

--steve

PS I'm a software engineer, so I know a few things about software and devices like this...
Pros:
has a lot of features, but they aren't any good if it doesn't work
Cons:
doesn't work! -- see my review
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5 out of 5

Great!

Written By JayC, Findlay, Ohio on Saturday, May 26, 2012
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Easy to set up, works great! The sound is good. Love the built in battery/ charger. Just grab it and put it in whatever room you're hanging out in. Battery lasts for hours. Airplay is so cool. By far the best bang for the buck!
Pros:
Airplay, built in battery
Cons:
If you're looking for super high quality sound, this isn't for you. If that's the case, spend more money on something less portable. But if you're looking for good sound and the most features in an affordable unit, this thing rocks!
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4 out of 5

Works and sounds fine

Written By Will, Ithaca, NY on Wednesday, May 02, 2012
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Easy to setup, as reliable as AirPlay, sounds better than it should.
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1 out of 5

iHome iW1 - Not ready for prime time...

Written By George, West Orange, NJ on Monday, January 30, 2012
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I purchased this for my wife for Christmas. She was really excited. But it was nothing but problems form out of the box until I sent it back to Crutchfield. The software would have to be installed every time she went to connect her iTouch. Exchanged it for the Bose Bluetooth without any issues from Crutchfield. Do yourself a favor - Just go with the Bose. So much easier.
Pros:
None....
Cons:
Did not work....
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5 out of 5

iHome iW1

Written By John V, New Milford, CT on Monday, January 30, 2012
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Easy set up, only took a few minutes. Works great with my IPhone and Pandora App.
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5 out of 5

Engineer

Written By Pat, Quincy, IL on Saturday, January 28, 2012
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Works great.
Pros:
Good quality, portable, looks good, easy setup.
Cons:
Will not work with iPhone 4S, Crutchfield made this known in advance of purchase. Still waiting on Apple to issue a update to fix this!
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5 out of 5

Great Product!

Written By ncwipod, Good Old USA! on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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Great iPod dock. I had my iPod for about 2.5 years and was waiting of a real nice dock to come along. When I found this was I just fell in love with it! It cost an arm and an leg but it was worth every cent of it! :)
Pros:
-Amazing sound -Supper loud (I've not yet even found a time to play it at full vol) -Small and portable -GREAT battery life
Cons:
UMMMM......like none!!
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3 out of 5

iHome iW1

Written By Joe M, Yonkers, NY on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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Purchased the IW1 for my teenage son who listens to his IPod all over the house and outside as well - so neded a portable speaker system. Great battery life and nice features and portability is a breeze. However, the bass response is not impressive as you max out the volume. Returned the unit for the Bose SoundDock Portable System.
Pros:
Great styling and portability.
Cons:
Sound quality diminishes as you increase the volume.
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5 out of 5

iHome IW1

Written By fljagsfan, Vero Beach, FL on Thursday, January 19, 2012
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The first iHome I got was defective. Could not get AirPLay to work even after calling the company. However.....The best electronics store in the world (Crutchfield) sent me a new one and from day one it has worked perfectly. Very versatile, can me moved outside and everywhere in the home. Would not have been satisfied until Crutchfield exchange the original one.
Pros:
Good Sound for such a small speaker and the Air Play works perfectly even if you're not just listening to music but also movies and live TV.
Cons:
Haven't had it long enough to address any Cons.
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1 out of 5

iHome iW1

Written By Brad, Northville, MI on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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A very expensive piece of junk. Connecting it to the wireless router was successful but quirky. The biggest problem is that it simply does not stay connected to the wireless router over time. We bought this to use with iPhone/iPad accompaniment music for piano practice. It is a very good concept. When it is time for the kids to practice piano, we airplay the music to the speaker. The problem is that most of the time the speaker has lost connection to the wireless router. No problem, right? We have to take the speaker down from the bookshelf, unplug it, turn the power off, turn around twice to the left, touch our nose, and turn the power back on. Connection successful. We can plug our iOS device into cheap speakers with considerably less effort. Don't buy this device if you expect it to work when you need it to work.
Pros:
Good idea
Cons:
Doesn't stay connected
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5 out of 5

iHome iW1

Written By DanC, Smyrna GA on Wednesday, January 04, 2012
 
We're using the iW1 as a remote speaker for a new iMac loaded up with our iTunes song library. We played Christmas music in the background during the holidays, and the speaker worked great. You can control volume and playback directly on the speaker, with the included small IR remote or from the remote iMac. Occasionally you are locked out from playing/pausing/skipping from the speaker or the remote; we haven't figured out the cause or exact pattern of behavior, but it appears to be an issue with iTunes that will hopefully be resolved in a future revision. Sound is surprisingly good for such a small speaker, thought stereo separation obviously suffers. Very crisp, no audible trace of distortion at reasonable playback levels. It's a kick to be able to lift the speaker off its charging base and tote it around the house to wherever you want to have music or audio. Particularly great if you like to listen to Internet sports or Talk Radio - crisp, clear audio with no static or dropouts. I expect iHome and Apple to follow with additional AirPlay products during 2012, the technology is elegant and has great potential.
Pros:
Overall design, sound quality
Cons:
Occasional lockout of playback controls, relatively expensive
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2 out of 5

Can you hear me now?

Written By Chris, Cleveland, OH on Friday, December 23, 2011
 
I was really looking forward to this, but unfortunately am having quality issues with Airplay. Although I have a 12gb connection speed, it still drops out quite frequently (without even having any other devices taking up wireless data!). I'm wondering if this is the problem with a lot of Airplay devices. I may return it and go Bluetooth.
Pros:
Rechargeable battery, portability
Cons:
Wifi reliability
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3 out of 5

Sounds great but....

Written By Rob, Niskayuna, NY on Thursday, December 22, 2011
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Like several other reviewers the first one I received did not work but Crutchfield promptly replaced it. The second time around it took a week to finally connect to my WI-FI network (I had to walk away for several days). The issue was always connecting to 169.254.1.1 to finalize the connection as the instruction say. I was connecting via my PC (using Windows 7 and Internet Explorer) and could never get the web site to load. Out of desperation I called Crutchfield Tech Support and they suggested I try FireFox. After two tries I was able to connect. Once that was done the sound quality is great and the device us easy to use. Streaming from iTunes is fantastic. I like the Bongiovi DPS feature, adds great depth. However, when I stray too far from my router (maybe 20 feet) the signal drops and I have to place it back on the charging base to restart the palyback. Maybe a router upgrade is necessary. So I would say proceed with caution on this, my experience so far has been mixed; if you can get it running you'll enjoy it.
Pros:
great sound quality, wireless, Air Play compatibility
Cons:
set-up was very difficult, wireless connectivity frequently drops
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3 out of 5

Great concept, so-so execution

Written By Shawn F, Washington, DC on Saturday, December 10, 2011
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The first unit I received was defective, but Crutchfield's awesome customer service came through and I had a replacement in just a few days.

Out of the box, the iW1 is stylish and looks and feels solidly built. The carrying handle is hidden from view, which is nice, but it does feel like there's not enough of a "hook" to grasp. I like the way the unit simply rests on top of the charging base, with no cables to mess with when you want to move it.

Setup of the iW1 was less than Apple-simple, as my network uses MAC address filtering and the instructions need a little work in that area. It took several attempts to get everything working; particularly annoying were the iW1's boot-up period, very slow communications with the network, and cumbersome reset process.

Once I got the iW1 up and running, I found the sound quality to be quite good. However, I'm encountering problems with the Wi-Fi frequently flaking out for several moments at a time, and I'll probably end up disabling the Wi-Fi and just tethering the iW1 to an AirPort Express via a 1/8" stereo cable. That said, as with anything wireless your mileage may vary.
Pros:
Wi-Fi rather than Bluetooth; portability; appearance.
Cons:
Setup; instructions; Wi-Fi connection reliability.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Love This Speaker !

Written By TomInLA, Hollywood on Monday, November 21, 2011
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I did a lot of research before buying this because I wanted a great sounding wireless speaker for under $400. THIS is IT ! The sound is full and doesn't sound like all the iPod speakers I've heard previously. It definitely fills the room with great music. It's easy to set up, the remote is great, the display is great. I could go on and on. I am so happy with this purchase.
Pros:
EVerything !
Cons:
I can't really think of what I don't like. I mean it COULD be smaller but then again maybe it wouldn't sound as fantastic if it was. If you want an Airplay speaker, this is the one.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

iHome iW1

Written By Michael, AZ on Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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First one was a dud, replacement was fast though, and so far, love it.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By Luke, MA on Saturday, October 22, 2011
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The sound is phenomenal, I really didn't expect that to be the case. If you're an iPhone, iPad, iPod, iWhatever user, you'll love this product. Airplay is the single best reason for using iTunes and the Remote application on any of your Apple devices. The iHome iW1 is recognized as a speaker and works flawlessly. I don't use the battery much because mine sits right near an outlet. But it is a stroke of genius for the simple charging station; no lining up prongs, just place the iW1 right on top of the charging base and voila!
Pros:
The sound is phenomenal! Portable/lightweight, ease of use, simple battery charging, and can also run directly connected to an outlet.
Cons:
The direct connect network setup was a little awkward. Mine kept saying it was "trying to connect" to the network, after I provide my home network password. It looked like it never did, but it actually had. Once it had a local IP address I renamed it with ease via a web browser.
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5 out of 5

iHome iW1

Written By Anonymous, Medford OR on Monday, October 17, 2011
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Easy set-up, excellent wireless range and sound.
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4 out of 5

Imperfect but sweet - like any member of the family

Written By Steve M., Springboro, OH on Friday, October 14, 2011
 
I bought this is as a gift for my wife, who finds that attaching an iPod and wading through playlists and such is too complex and too much work. Voila! Beyond some technical obstacles I attribute more to my own thick head, the iHome iW1 performs as advertised. The sound quality may not satisfy a true audiophile (which I'm not), but it's not bad by any stretch. Playing through your computer's iTunes is more reliable, but less convenient; playing through your iPod, the reverse is true. If the iPod is a great distance away (meaning more than 20 or 30 feet or blocked by something), the sound may cut out - at least that's my experience. Again, it may be due to something else entirely. Otherwise, there is just a small lag time between hitting "Play" and the iW1 coming to life, and I've yet to experience any buffering or skipping as it plays. The handle on the back makes the bottom jut out as you carry it and overall feels a little iffy, so I'd recommend both hands on it when transporting.
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5 out of 5

iHome iW1

Written By Russ, San Francisco on Friday, October 14, 2011
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Fantastic! Easy setup with the iPhone App. The sound is incredible when in the Bongiovi DPS mode, it certainly exceeded my expectations. Wifi range is very good on my Netgear N300 router. I have used the speaker in every room of my home and outside on the deck for about four hours and never had any reception issues. Plays well without any problems on my iPhone,iPad and PC using iTunes.
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