When my daughter was preparing for college recently, we searched around for a quality docking station with speakers for her iPod, iPad and iPhone. As we looked through several products, we finally settled on the iHome brand of docking stations. There were so many choices to choose from, and this iHome docking station reviews will be based in part on my experience and thorough research. At the bottom of this article, I have selected some of the best iHome docking stations you can call your own.
What are Docking Stations?
Few years back when Apple computers decided to change the way we interacted with certain things we enjoyed to do on a daily basis, with the introduction of the iPod, the world of music was taken by storm. People soon realized the need for a way to output the hundreds of songs in those little devices, once you’re home. The first iPod docking stations were crude and only had one function, to play your music through the speakers.
With the advances in technology and the introduction of the iPhone, iPad and other Mp3 players, docking stations have taking on many functions normally reserved for separate single digital devices. The best docking station will now deliver stereo sound quality, can be used as an alarm clock, can charge your digital devices, and some even have Bluetooth capabilities.
What is the Best iHome Docking Station?
Before selecting the best iHome docking stations, you’ll first have to determine what type of Apple devices you own. iHome dock can be found in many different models. They make docking stations for just the iPod, or just the iPad, or just the iPhone. My favorite is the one that can accept all three devices. If you only own one of these devices, then it makes much sense to get an iHome docking station dedicated to that device. You’ll pay a little bit more for the model that handles all three products line.
Is the iHome compatible with the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4s
The answer is a resounding yes. While they do not make a model to service just the iPhone, you can find one that’ll handle both the iPod and iPhone, or the iPhone and the iPad, or you can just get the most popular models that can handle all three devices. All the iHome docking stations we reviewed have excellent sound quality, and most can also be used as an alarm clock. Some might ask if the iHome brand offers one of the best sounding iPad docking station with speakers, in my humble opinion they’re among the top rated models in the industry.
Another common question; is the iHome loud? or is the iHome worth it?
Definitely, all the iHome docking stations I looked at are loud and they offer the best docking station sound quality from a device so small. While you cannot compare the outputted sounds to what you get from a complete surround sound speakers, the sound quality is way above average and can be used in small gatherings among friends. Cost wise, I would say the different models of the iHome docking stations offers great value. The prices range anywhere from less than $20 to over $100 depending on the design style and what features it comes with.
Best iHome Docking Stations for iPad – iPod – iPhone
The iD9 is sleek, durable and has the ability to synch seamlessly with your iPod, iPad and iPhone. It has a rechargeable speaker system, and outputs great sounds. This device is the ideal mate for your games, music or Apps. You can get the free iHome sleep App to enhance your ability to set custom alarm settings, instant social alerts and much more. You can also use the iHome radio App to enjoy global internet radio. This best sounding docking station for iPad, iPod and iPhone comes with TruBass sound technology, just the type you find in those expensive surround sound stand-alone speakers.
The iHome iD9 comes with a 100V-240V universal AC voltage adapter, that’s designed to work almost anywhere. The above free Apps can get you local weather reports and over 10,000 internet radio stations from all around the world. This iHome docking station also has an embedded line in jack you can use with other audio devices.
The iHome iD7SC docking station delivers true stereo sound quality. You can use it with all three Apple devices. Apart from having TruBass technology, it also has four speakers combined to give you an exceptional audio experience. Two of the embedded speakers are active and the other two are passive, all combined beautifully to deliver clear and crisp stereo sound. This docking station from iHome has an auxiliary line in jack you can use with almost any audio source.
I like the fact that it also charges the devices while outputting the audio contents for your listening pleasure. Unfortunately, it does not have a rechargeable battery system. For portability, you’ll have to use 4 AA batteries, or you can just plug it into any AC outlets in your new location. It has a line in jack, and a unique folding stand support system. The voltage AC adaptor can be used almost anywhere, and you get to use free iHome Apps to enhance other functions.
Apart from the iHome iDL91 been able to charge your Apple devices, it can also act as an alarm clock to get you started on your daily routine, in a timely way. You’re able to sleep and wake-up to a custom playlist or just your favorite FM radio station. You can play music and charge the device using the embedded USB flexible lightning dock (You have to supply your own cable). This iHome docking station comes with 6 preset FM stations, Equalizer controls and awesome 3D sound. The EQ cab be used to regulate the output of the bass and treble from your music.
It has a dual alarm system you can use to wake up to your digital devices. The alarm system within this docking station can be used to program different wake-up times for throughout the week, including weekends. In fact, this docking station alarm would conform to your lifestyle, and not the other way around.
The iHome iH16 is just a docking station for your iPod. It has an alarm system that’ll wake you up to your iPod music. The loudness of the alarm clock gradually increases until you turn it off. The device will also function without any iPod docked on it. The alarm in that case, would only be a buzzing sound that gradually increases in volume. This iHome iPod docking station also has a snooze button that last for about nine minutes.
iHome iH16 30-Pin iPod Speaker Dock comes with Reson8 speaker chambers, which is a patented speaker technology developed by iHome. The auxiliary input jack can be used to connect other audio devices like MP3 players, CD players, and more. Apart from using an AC adapter, you use four AA batteries if you want portability options. This iHome docking station comes in lilac, gray, or blue.
The iHome iP16GX can only function with your iPhone or iPod devices. It can play and charge those devices at the same time. It has no rechargeable battery system, but uses 4 AA batteries if you want to make it portable. It has the legendary Reason8 sound technology embedded within, for exceptional audio output. It has a line-in jack you can use to connect other audio devices. With the included High fidelity neodymium micro drivers, you’ll hear true sounds, with clear bass and treble. It has a most convenient daylight saving time switch.
This is the cheapest iHome docking station for iPad and iPod. The iHome iHM16B has a unique space saving design, thus making it easy to fit the docking station almost anywhere in your home. While you can only dock the iPad or iPod, the 3.5 mm line-in jack allows you to plug in other audio devices like, your iPhone, MP3 players, CD players and more. The 3.5 mm jack you need is included.
It has High Fidelity sound quality, thus giving you awesome sounds that’s crisp, clear and loud enough. If you want to make it portable, you’ll need 4 AA batteries. It’s missing the feature that could help you access all the iHome Apps. Unfortunately, it does not have any alarm setting functions, neither does it have any clock or radio. You can get the iHome iHM16B docking station in many colors.
This docking station from iHome features a unique color changing technology that’s revolutionary. It can only act as a docking station for your iPod. You have the option of selecting just one color to match your mood or you can let it rotate through the included colors for surprised fun. The internal translucent cabinet lighting is adjustable, and can be used to match your current mood or song playing.
While it has great sounds, it has no clock, no alarm settings, and you’re not able to use any of the free Apps offered by iHome for truly enhanced listening experience. This is probably one of the older models, and it just does one thing well, that is output the music you have on your iPod through the great docking station speakers. You get no portability options, as it only uses AC adapter for power. Meaning, no batteries allowed.