Portable powered speaker system with Apple® AirPlay® (Black)
Item #: 775IW3B
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Original Price: $149.99
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Item #: 775IW3B
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $149.99
The portable iW3 powered speaker system is simple to operate. Once the battery's charged, grab its built-in handle and take the compact system to whatever room you want music in. Playing music through the iW3 is just as easy, thanks to Apple AirPlay.
The iW3 sits directly on its charger, completely covering it for a sleek, uncluttered appearance.
Whether your iTunes music library is stored on your computer or a portable device, you can use its AirPlay option to stream music via Wi-Fi® to the iW3. AirPlay lets you stream music directly from your iPod touch®, iPhone®, or iPad® to the iW3. And you can also use your Apple device to remotely select and wirelessly play songs from the iTunes library on your Wi-Fi-enabled computer.
iHome offers free iPhone and iPad apps to increase the versatility of your iW3. With the iHome Connect app, you can set up your wireless AirPlay system within moments.
Want some musical variety? Thousands of Internet radio stations are available to you through the iHome+Radio app. The iHome+Sleep app turns your portable device into a super alarm clock when connected to the iW3. It features an interactive alarm, weather updates, and even lets you track your sleeping patterns.
The iW3 may look tall and skinny, but the sound is anything but. The system features two front-facing speakers and two side-firing passive speakers that evenly spread out the sound. You'll experience a spacious soundfield full of detail and presence. Sophisticated processing circuitry continually adjusts the sound, improving brightness and clarity while also delivering deeper bass.
You can connect your Apple portable device directly to the IW3's USB port. Play music from your connected iPod, iPhone, or iPad through the system. The iW3 can also charge your connected device.
Good Product, Nice sound Portable feature makes it nice to carry with you
Have come back to Crutchfield to purchase a second iW3. The first one has served daily for several months and I wouldn't want to be without it.
Pros: Easy to pick up and carry anywhere. Long range, long battery life, looks great on shelf, and does exactly what it should.
Almost everything about this is good. Setup is easy, sounds great for a portable single speaker you can drag around your house, and the charge lasts long enough. The big failing is that all the buttons on the top only work with itunes. Period. If you are streaming from any other program, such as Pandora or Last.fm through Muse, or any other application, you can not control the device. You can hear the music, but to pause the track or adjust volume you must use the computer or tablet or whatever you are streaming from. This is a pretty big failing because if you are a fan of internet radio the only option is to set it up, then take the 1W3 to a different room and live with the settings. If someone phones, tough luck, muffle the sound with a blanket or run to the other room to turn it off. I submitted a bug ticket with iHome, they have yet to solve the problem. Actually, I'm hoping reviews like this will incentivize them. Other than that, its great though.
Pros: Almost everything
Cons: Only works with iTunes... mostly.
Wow! This gizmo enables me to keep my music with me wherever I am within reach of our home wifi. Setup took about 5 minutes and now it seamlessly switches between my PC streaming from iTunes, my ipad, and an ipod touch. I can't evaluate the battery very well because I've only had it for a few days and I have yet to run down the battery. LIkewise, of course, i have no idea about battery longevity.
Two users (roommates, spouses) could easily alternate using this with their own respective sound sources, because it's super easy to switch the sound source.
The sound quality is adequate for this device size and price point. Sound is balanced. At moderate volumes, it still sounds pretty darned good. At high volumes, it starts to sound like a cheap boombox, which (let's face it) it kind of is ...
Anyway, I am quite sure I'll eventually own 2 or 3 of these and have them distributed throughout the house/garage.
Pros: Ease of use. Easy to switch between different sound sources. Great charger design.
Cons: No aux out jack (it would be nice to be able to route the sound from this unit into better speakers). Only compatible with iTunes and/or iOS products (no android compatibility).
iHome iW3 AirPlay Wireless Speaker: The iHome AIR series iW3 is an AirPlay wireless speaker system that uses your Wi-Fi network to connect and control your iTunes library (Mac + PC) for wireless audio anywhere in the home. 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 iW3 lets you play your iTunes or Apple device's music in any room of your home or office wirelessly, via your WiFi network. The iW3 also supports USB for charging and music playback of iPad, iPhone, and iPod with any iPod USB sync cable. Its modest size and rechargeable Lithium-ion battery make it an ideal solution for multiple room placement. With the iHome iW3 you can:
Reson8 Speaker Chambers: The iHome iW3 AirPlay Wireless Speaker employs specially designed sealed speaker enclosures that deliver clarity, depth, and power to your digital music.
SRS TruBass DSP: The iW3 features SRS TruBass digital sound processing to enhance the audio performance and ensure proper bass response when listening to your music.
SRS WOW HD: SRS WOW HD improves the playback quality of audio, delivering a dynamic 3D entertainment experience with deep, rich bass, and high frequency clarity for crisp detail.
Adjustable EQ: Bass & Treble controls let you customize the iW3 system's sound.
AirPlay Wireless Audio: Using AirPlay wireless audio streaming technology, the iW3 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 iW3. 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 iW3 & your Apple device must be connected to the same wireless network via WiFi (802.11b/g).
WiFi Certified: AirPlay works wherever there is a Wi-Fi network. The iHome iW3 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. The iW3 may take between 30-120 seconds to connect with your home network. The iW3 supports the following WiFi security types; WPA Personal (-PSK) & WPA2 Personal (-PSK); not compatible with WEP.
iHome+Apps Technology: The iW3 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 running iOS 4.0 or later.
Multi-Room Audio: You can add multiple iW3 speakers throughout your home & with AirPlay enjoy the same music from any or all of your speakers, simultaneously. Streaming to multiple iW3 speakers simultaneously requires iTunes as the source.
USB Docking: The iHome iW3 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/7th gen), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th gen), iPhone (2G/3G/3G/S4/5), & 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 iW3 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 iW3. Register for an iHome account to receive emails about FW updates.
Auxiliary Input: The iW3 is fitted with a rear-panel 3.5mm Aux input for connection of an external portable audio device, other than your Apple device.
Top-Panel Controls: The iHome iW3's top-panel, push-button controls allow you to operate the system & your music playback. The top-panel, push-button controls control offer power, mode, volume, & music controls. Controls will be lit according to the status of the iW3 speaker & the selected mode.
Apple Free Remote App: Use Apple's free Remote app to wirelessly control your iTunes music from your iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th/5th gen), iPhone (3GS/4/4S/5), & iPad (1/2/3); running iOS 4.2 or later. Simply download the Remote application for free at the iTunes App Store. Then you can browse music, control volume, & choose any iW3 speaker which is connected for playback.
Dual Power Sources: The iHome iW3 operates on AC power or via the internal rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery.
Rechargeable Battery: The iW3 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.
AC Power Adapter: The iW3 includes a universal 100-240V external AC power adapter for operation & charging of the system. The external AC power adapter plugs into the iW3's charging base.
iPod, iPhone & iPad Compatibility Chart: The iHome iW3 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|
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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