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iLive 2.1 Channel Speaker Bar with Dock for iPhone and iPod (Black)
- Speaker Bar
- Docking Station for iPhone and iPod
- AM/FM Alarm Clock
- Remote Control
Enhance your home entertainment experience with this impressive 2.1 channel speaker bar from iLive. Speaker is 30-Inches long and docs iPhone and iPod with a motorized, docking station drawer. Features an AM/FM alarm clock with gradual wake to radio, iPhone or iPod. Includes a full-feature remote control. Comes with mounting hardware and directions.
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I got this sound bar at work because I wanted something better than TV stereo but nothing too crazy. This sound bar has good audio quality and even has decent bass and treble settings
It looks nice with blue lit buttons and a blue lit front display that dims when not in use. The iPod drawer is automatic and you don't have to press to release like many others. It can wall mount using two hinges that you screw into the wall and attach to a rail on the back.
By now you probably know that this product has no IR code for universal remotes. You should also know that the remote it comes with isn't great either. It seems like it only works well when you are directly in front of the sound bar and not too far off to the side. Also, it would seem a higher than normal percentage of these are DOA and don't power on for very long before dying. Just be aware and have it exchanged if yours smells like burnt plastic when you turn it on.
-ipod video out to TV
-easy to wall mount
-high rate of DOA
-no IR code
I mostly wanted this for added sound to a 47" LCD tv. The iPod feature I did not think i would use. However, this works with my iphone 3gs. Not only plays audio off the phone, but also video to the connected tv from the iPhone. Menu system and remote is a bit flakey, but it works. Sound from the iLive bar is rich, with lots of bass, and EQ settings. NO DIGITAL AUDIO SUPPORT. The iPod dock motorized in-out, like a DVD drive tray. LED display on the right side of bar. FM/AM radio too. Red-white-yelow in, red-white audio in, yellow video and s-video out, Right-side stereo plug for line-in, connections. Side mounted control buttons, as well as the remote control. Several iPod doc adaptors included, and A/V cable. A/C power cord direct to wall (no bulky adaptor on the end of the cord). Seems to also charge the iPod/iPhone when docked. Plays iPod/iPhone video when bar is connected to a tv, as well as podcast audio or video from the iPod/iPhone, and music. Remote supports play-list selection and more. Bar also has a SUB-WOOFER output for adding external woofer speaker, if desired. But this bar has plenty of bass sound on its own. Summing up.. nice iPod/iPhone support, both audio as well as video playback. I give it 4- stars only because the remote is a bit flakey when used controlling a docked iPod/iPhone. PS. Can also be used just as a sound bar connected to a TV too. This bar is not just only an iPod device. Slim size. Motorized iDock tray.
I tried hooking this up to our tv or DVR cable box, and in the first 10 minutes could tell it wasn't going to work easily. Just to get the thing up and running and see how good the sound was, I got to the back of the cable box and connected the AV cables to the bar, and connected power to the soundbar unit. The sound quality was not too bad, and bass was definitely more prevalent than my tv's tiny built-in speakers. However I couldn't control it using the existing the remote, only the separate included remote.
I tried connecting this directly to the TV, which would have been the ideal solution, since then I would only need one wired connection for all our devices (cable DVR, DVD, Wii) and could also use the existing remote to control the input to the sound bar. For anyone who has a Samsung, your TV probably only has one audio output . So that was a total no-go. At that point I completely gave up, it simply wasn't worth messing with or trying anymore. I could have stuck with the cable DVR input and also connected it to our DVD output, but then the sound bar would be unusable with the Wii. Not a total game breaker, but more than I wanted to deal with. I looked at the soundbar's instructions and they had a very very basic diagram of a "sample" way to hook up your devices. However this was just a general guideline and really wasn't very helpful at all. Upon my 2nd attempt the next day to get everything hooked up, it was clear this just wasn't going to happen. It would be possible to get an audio converter box to connect 4 or 5 devices to your sound bar through the second Aux hookup, but they don't even tell you this. Just have a bunch of devices connected with one "arrow" in the flow chart diagram. Yeah... OK. Without any external add-on, it's only possible to hook up a maximum of two devices - plus your iPod. I have three devices.
Also in the picture of the item, I would say the soundbar appears to be at most about 3 - 3.5" deep, which would be near the maximum ideal size for most flat screen tv's. In reality, the speaker bar was 4.5" deep, which looked really awkward with and was difficult to integrate into our existing entertainment unit. Ours is a TV on a very compact entertainment center / stand, not mounted on the wall in our apartment and I had no desire to mount either one on the wall. I had to move the tv (which is only about 2" thick) all the way back on the entertainment center and get the speaker bar arranged to the front with a minimum 4 inch gap between the base of the tv and the rear of the sound bar, unless the sound bar had to balance precariously on the TV's wide, flat base. It just looked really awkward and would benefit from having "legs" that could slide under your existing flat tv's base as I have seen on other units. After moving as close to the tv as possible, the top of the sound bar was also tall enough to block the bottom half of the bezel of my TV, not terribly bad but not what I hoped since it broke up the clean look. Finally, since I couldn't control the sound with my existing cable remote (which also controls our tv), it became even more frustrating. I have thought about setting it up in our bedroom, by using 2 separate inputs, one for the cable box and one for the DVD, but depending on return shipping, will probably end up returning the item and going another direction.