iHome’s iH5 Clock Radio

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iHome iH5

No, not that iHome.

Ain’t No Other Man…

The iHome iH5 clock radio is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a full-featured clock radio that lets you hook in your iPod as a source for sound. So instead of accidentally having the radio wake you up blaring Ain’t No Other Man, you can wake up to something much more kind…like Sunrise.

Features

I’ve been using the iH5 for the past couple of weeks, waking up every morning using it. It’s been a pleasure to use and even greater pleasure to be able to chose exactly what music wakes me up. I find it way to jaring to have a buzzing alarm wake me up and regular radio, no matter what station, inevitabely is playing something that isn’t as pleasant as I’d like it to be.

There are quite a few small features that really make this product usable. Things like iPod alarm backup that will make your radio or buzzer go off if you forgot to dock the iPod and then Sleep which lets you set your iPod to play music for a certain amount of time and then auto-shutoff (like the Sleep feature on your television).

The most obvious major feature that really sets this apart from all other clock radios is the ability to dock your iPod. It supports practically any docking iPod (gen 3, gen 4, iPod mini, iPod photo, iPod nano) and has connectors to make all of them fit. It even supports the iPod shuffle an other audio devices that can’t dock. If it’s got a headphone jack, you can use the iH5.

Sound Quality

The only gripe I can find with the iH5 is the sound quality. While it’s certainly not bad, it isn’t exactly award winning either. But then again, why would superb sound quality matter at 6AM (or noon for some of you)?

Don’t get me wrong, the quality is definitely at an acceptable level, but you’ll find that the lows and mids get muddied together more than a higher-end system might give you.

Wrapping Up

At the end of the day, the iH5 really is a great product for its purpose and is a welcome addition to my nightstand. It’ll run you around $100 and comes in black or white. Go check it out.

Now, if only there was a way to disable this snooze button…

129 Comments

Sky

Hi, I’ve had the Aux thing happen to me before it means that its in line out and its not reading your iPod. Mine happened because my iPod wasn’t in the stand all the way so i pushed it in a little and then it worked; but my iHome has been making my iPod skip. At first I thought it was my iPod but then when I listened to it with headphones it went through like 80 songs with out skipping. What it does is it will play through a song all the way through then it will go to another one cut off and go to a different song. The order of this varies. Can anyone help?

Matt

I don’t know what to do either, but why don’t you try taking it back to the place of purchase to get a new iHome or get a refund. That just might work. Another thing that might work is reseting the iHome. Take out the batteries and unplug the iHome from the wall outlet. Let it sit for an hour or more until you plug the batteries back in and plug the iHome back into the wall outlet. The only problem with doing this is you have to reset your time and date. Try to play your iPod again and see if the problem is still occurring. If it is, you are on your own. It would be appreciated if you posted your results.

Caitlin

Yeah I’m having the same problem as everyone else with the AUX problem. I looked stuff up on apple, but of course they’re no help. Has anyone figured this out?!?!?!?!

caz

im having real problems with my mine, i got it for xmas and now its not working, none of the buttons work but when its plugged in it lights up but none of the buttons work so it is totally useless, is anyone else experiencing this problem :S

Sophie

I’m having the same problem! That’s exactly what mine does too. I have no idea what it could be, and I’ve tried every possible thing I could think of to fix it. Someonee helppp

alice

Right so I have no clue how to fix this aux problem. I’ve looked at each part and nothing is out of order. I’m out of ideas, please help or find somebody that will!

Ty Catron

Hey! My iHome wont play my iPod…. what do I have to do to it.. I already pressed iPod on the Dock… It wont even use my iPod as a Alarm……

Tell me what to do!!!!

Jessica

I have the same problem. My iHome was displaying “AUX” a few months ago, but after I took out the batteries and reset it, it worked fine. This time it wasn’t that simple. Does anyone have any other solution other than taking it apart?

Anna

well, with some superglue and strong tape – it is back together and working. I have to admit, I had someone who knows what he’s doing work on it for me – i was too scared to start fiddling with the small parts. but it can be done!

Anna

I have had the same problem that others have refered to. When I try to sit my iPod in the dock and turn it on, it has says AUX. I have figured out that it’s a loose connection. On closer examination I noticed that the docking connection was actually loose. I have taken the iHome apart and the docking connection was not in fact connected. It fell out into my hand. I’m attempting to reconnect it. I will keep you posted.

Pierre

I just bought the IH5 as a Christmas gift for my son. The iH5 has a problem with playing songs from the IPOD. It’s playing the songs and all of a sudden the iH5 is turning the IPOD on pause or when we are playing the IPOD the iH5 simply doesn’t play songs. We are thinking of returning it instead of an exchange. Be aware before getting an iH5

Gregg

Someone should really just contact Apple and find a solution. This is just so frustrating and annoying for all of us.

annie

same problem as all of these people above, it wont play or charge in the iHome, and “AUX” appears on the screen.. its really frustrating! can anyone pleaseee help???

miniman

ive got the same problem too, except mine WILL charge, it just doesnt play the music. It plays the radio fine and everything else is fine, but its been this way for a while now… can anyone think of a solution?

Anna

Hello,

Someone please, please help. I’m having the same problem as eveyone above. My iopd won’t play or charge. When I try to play AUX comes up. Please, please help it’s driving me nuts!!!!

Gregg

I have the same problem as the people above…my iHome says Aux and I have no idea how to fix it. SOMEONE help!!!

John

AUX,what is this….I havn’t been able to play or charge my IPOD at work for a month. HELP????

Sarah

I have the same problem as Jenna. I can’t play my iPod or charge it, and it just says AUX instead of iPod. How do I fix this?

Michelle

Hey Scott, I am with you about any future purchases. We made an even bigger mistake. My 2 boys and my husband had iHomes for their ipod to be able to charge and wake them up to their favorite music. Maybe by now your son has had it long enough to find out that they don’t charge the iPods anymore either. I have contacted the iHome Company to find out what I can do about this and their response was to send it in for repair. I would send all three of them in, but for the problems we have had with them I don’t have any faith in the clock radio or the company that makes them. I am feeling like I should cut my losses, unless someone can tell me that they have had their’s repaired and is working great.

Jenna

Our iHome is not working. When I put my iPod in it it doesn’ charge and won’t let me play songs in it. It simply says “AUX” in the box where it should say iPod. Can anyone help?

Scott

I have had the same experience as Tim. I bought this for my wife a couple months prior to Christmas last year. As Tim said, when you wake to radio it comes on lound and gets REALLY LOUD in just a couple seconds. I don’t know whose definition of gradually they used, but no one I know considers this appropriate for 5:30AM! My 20 year old clock radio does a better job and was one fourth the price.

I found a lot of postings about this issues and a couple reports that said it had be partially fixed in later units and perhaps totally fixed in an upcoming revision. There may be a trick to making it work with you iPOD, but on these early revisions you cannot change the wakeup volume of the radio.

Since it had been purchased several months earlier, the retailer wasn’t willing to refund my money, just swap units. Unfortunately all the units they had in stock were the same revision as I had…

I called the company and they said ‘yes we’ve heard this but there is not program to swap the unit out’…

We are going to try it in our son’s room to see if it will help him get out of bed and I’ll buy something else for my wife.

One thing for sure, this is my last iHome product.

katie

i really like the ihome. I think it is well worth the money. I got it for my birthday and i have used it so much since then. I dont think it is ugly at all. The only thing that i dont like it that the remote doesnt come with it. I wish that was included in the package because you are able to do additional things with the remote than with out the remote. i really enjoy it.

thanks, katie

Zeus Lizard

The issue that I have is that when falling asleep with the timer, it makes an audible double beep sound every 30 seconds or so. Instead of drifting off to sleep while listening to mp3’s of gentle rain, I’m kept awake waiting for the next beep!!! If I can’t get this fixed, it is going back.

Josh Pigford

@Ben: They DO include a remote with it. And I’m not sure where you get that it doesn’t function like a true alarm clock. Maybe the 10 different alarm clocks I’ve used in my life have all just been weird…because the iH5 functions just like those…except it can use an iPod as the source.

Ben

I find it to be a poor design all together.
Its ugly and does not function like a true alarm clock.

They really should include a remote with it as well. Right now i rather use my imac with the remote and set it to auto start rather than use this.

Tim Boester

Well, you’d think you’d be able to turn down the wake-up volume. But you couldn’t. There was no way whatsoever to turn down the wake-up volume. You could change the volume while the unit was playing, but the volume would reset itself (to LOUD) when the alarm went off. I tried every possible way to adjust the volume, even turning the volume down on my iPod. Nothing worked. That’s why it was a deal-breaker.

Now maybe they fixed this problem between the time I took mine back mine and you got yours. There were certainly enough complaints on various forums/reviews. After I returned mine, I never checked back to see if they did fix the problem (basically, because I bought another alarm clock with a line in). But I’m always going to be a little wary of their products based on my experience.

P.S. Do they include the remote with the unit now? The remote gives you access to functions that you can’t access without it (which is also dumb), and I couldn’t find a store anywhere that sold the remote at the time. You basically had to order it from their web site. For me, that was like strikes five and six.

Josh Pigford

@Randy: That’s a personal opinion, I don’t think it’s all that ugly. As for support for the iPod, I just have a gen 3 iPod and it fits perfectly.

@Tim: If it’s too loud for you when the alarm goes off, how about turning it down? I can’t imagine your reasoning here about how this is a “deal-breaker” at all.

Tim Boester

You also forgot the other key problem with the iHome … you cannot set the wake up volume. The documentaion claims it will gently wake you up by slowly increasing the volume. Wrong – it starts loud and in five seconds goes to really loud. There is no way to adjust anything about the wake up volume. That was the deal-breaker for me.

In addition, whenever you push one of the buttons on the unit, it emits a eardrum-shattering “BEEP”, the volume of which you also cannot adjust. The wheels on the tops of the speakers are also difficult to turn, which is a pretty bad design flaw. The brightness settings for the front display are all too bright for an alarm clock (which presumably, you’ll have to have next to your bed). And the list goes on…

I took mine back after about a week. – Tim

Randy Stewart

You forgot the other key problem wit the ihome…. it’s really, really ugly.

Seriously, tho, how are you finding the support for the iPod? One of my primary concerns with all of the iPod altars…. errr.. docks is that they seem to not hold the iPod in very well and the dock connection is pretty susceptible to being bent, especially when looking for the snooze button :-).

Cheers,
Randy

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