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iHome iH41BR Reviews
Nowadays, the market is flooded with lot of iPod/iPhone speaker systems, which habe one thing in common that they keep your device sitting in the dock vertically. Though, this may be fine for you if you have the iPod Classic, but it might a problem for you if you own an iPod Touch, or an iPhone, or a fourth-generation iPod Nano as might want to switch into landscape mode to watch video.
The most distinguishing feature of the iHome iH41BR is that it can rotate 90 degrees. This allows you to keep your iPod Touch or iPhone in landscape mode so that you can watch videos in the wide-screen format. The iHome docking system also comes with a small remote.
The iH41BR features relatively small speaker, which means you will not get great sound out of the system. But the speaker system provides good sound quality if you keep it on a bedside table close to you and watch videos. Though the speaker system sounds like a clock radio but doesn’t feature any radio. Also, the system doesn’t have GSM shielding, which means you’ll have to keep iPhone in airplane mode otherwise it will interfere with the speakers.
Another thing to keep in mind before buying is that the speaker system doesn’t have moving parts or swivel system. The system features rubber pads on the bottom and you will have to tip the speaker over. The iHome doesn’t provide any extra features other than alarm basics like, sleep and snooze other than a 3.5mm line-in port. The line-in port lets you can use the speaker system with external audio sources.
The competitors to the iHome iH41BR are Philips DC910 and the DC912. But these iPod docks don’t provide good sound quality, considering their larger size and higher price tag.
All in all, the $60 iH41BR provides whole new concept of rotating dock at affordable price and small remote that can control the basic iPod functions. It would have been better if the unit could be tilted backwards and include a radio, which could have made the things more exciting.