• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst airplay connection EVER

    • Written by from Coquitlam

    Sounds great. Runs long on one charge. Docks with device just fine. But REGARDLESS of how close you are to a wifi source, the Airplay connection cuts out FREQUENTLY. We have a ton of devices in our house on wifi, and they are all flawless. This POC is pretty much useless for the reason it was intended for.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money

    • Written by from Blandon

    Easy set up, sounds great...WHEN IT WORKS.. which is not often. Drops the wifi signal and has to be set up time and again. Music from itunes cuts in and out 5 or 6 times during a song. Absolute garbage!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far... very pleased and impressed.

    • Written by from Omaha

    I bought two iW3s before the holidays without reading any reviews, and I'm really glad I didn't because the negs would probably have discouraged me from buying them. I have a new TimeCapsule a/c and stream iTunes to 3 AP Express base stations one with Bose Companion 3. iW3 setup went ok, had a bit of a hassle with one but it may have been because I'm in a really crowded wifi space. Head bangers, know this - you're not going to blow the walls down with these speakers. Its simple as that. But anyone who wants great sound in a good looking enclosure these speakers deliver. They're larger and heftier than I expected. Sound reproduction is quite balanced, beautiful mid-range with totally acceptable high & low frequencies to please the ear. If you need to tweak it you can do EQ in iTunes. Despite my area having a ton of wifi base stations I have no more problems with the iW3s dropping out than Express base stations... in fact, a few times I've been amazed to observe that when the Express have all dropped out (will Apple ever get that problem solved - its the single most annoying flaw of AirTunes/AirPlay and has followed three Extreme base stations) the iW3s were the only ones playing. "Keep Calm and Play on." ? Anyway, I really like these speakers, so far. And... barring anything stupid happening... plan to buy one for my chick as a gift so she can enjoy Pandora around the house. BTW, they fill a bathroom with great sound when placed in a reflective corner like a mirrored space. I haven't had occasion to determine how long their Li-Ion battery will last while playing, but discovered that when left on "Standby", instead of OFF, they rundown over night. Anyway I'm over the word limit... so will conclude with a suggestion that you try them to see for yourself. Chances are, you may love them.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's ok but wifi tends to drop

    • Written by from Matthews

    I use an Airport router and have many gaps in playback via Remote. I have a Phillips AirPlay that has similar but not as frequent.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst device I have ever bought

    • Written by from Dartmouth

    Not only is this the worst techie device I have bought, it ranks as my worst purchase...and I got it on sale at non-Apple store for $70. The audio quality suffers...you get used to it, but it is really not very good...for a $70 device. The wifi drops, and drops hard (need to reset) in the same physical range that my iPad finds comfy. The battery likes to think it can last 2 hours...but can't. It is not running a fan or hard-drive, just a powered speaker.

    A very limited, clunky device. I would gladly take $35 back in trade-in if it was an option.

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    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well for me

    • Written by from Quebec

    Was a bit worried after reading others reviews but bought it anyway.
    Been using it for about 6 weeks and it's flawless. I don't have the wifi issues reported by other users and can stream music to the IW3 for hours (from either iPhone 5, iPad Mini or 2011 MacBook air) without any hiccup.
    FYI, I'm using a Linksys EA3500 router.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound, Easy Set-Up, Easy to Use

    • Written by from Sugar Land

    I was looking for a better option than Bluetooth for a wireless speaker. Most AirPlay speakers I've seen are quite expensive, but I saw this one at my local Apple Store and thought I would give it a try. It's much more affordable than the $350+ price of many of the other brands. So far I'm very happy with it. I had it set up and working in just a few minutes. The sound is really good, but I'm sure it won't hold a candle to a B&W or Bose. Since I'm no audiophile, it's good enough for me in my home office. Plus, it has a rechargeable battery built in, so I can easily move it from room to room if I want.

    Others have posted reviews mentioning problems with networking. I'm using an Apple Time Capsule as my router with 802.11n and WPA2 Personal security. The instructions say that you can ONLY use this speaker on a network with WPA or WPA2 security, and that it won't work on WEP or WPA/WPA2 Enterprise networks. iHome should really put this on the outside of the box.

    If you want a low-cost AirPlay speaker with decent sound, I think this is a great buy. Just be aware of the WiFi network requirements before you buy.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money if you plan to use the Airplay feature

    • Written by from Miami

    Sorry to say that this airplay speaker just does not work as intended. Tried two devices and both suffered the same problem. The speaker is easy enough to set up and sounds great. But if left idle, it eventually drops from the wifi network, the solution given by iHome's support was to reset it but this happens way to often. I fully expect the entire line of iHome devices with Airplay to suffer the same defect.

    I should have known better, next time Im going to get the better and well known brands.

    So much for affordable AirPlay devices.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Inacceptable.

    • Written by from New York

    Perfectly easy to set up with the help of an iDevice. Sound is okay, if not for the price. However, most of the time it cuts out after a few seconds or begins to "stutter", even though the router is in the next room. I have an Airport Express hooked up to a stereo, and AirPlay works like a charm. This on the other hand is a joke.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just doesn't work

    • Written by from Burlington

    Sorry to say that this airplay speaker just does not work. Tried two devices and both suffered the same problem. The speaker is easy enough to set up and sounds great. But if left idle, it eventually drops from the wifi network so hard that it locks up and has to be reset. As noted, tried two different speakers and both suffered the same issue. I fully expect the entire line to suffer the same defect.

    So much for affordable AirPlay devices.

    33 of 40 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy Set Up. Very Portable. "Acceptable" Performance.

    • Written by from West Fargo

    I was very excited to get this set up, and setting it up was very fast and easy. Using the App from the App Store was a breeze, and I had it working within 60 seconds.

    It is definitely not audiophile grade, but it definitely gets an A for effort. It fills a bedroom well enough, but I find that there is some slight bass distortion at top volume, and the very occasional housing rattle. I have found that it works best with the "Rock" EQ setting on the iPhone. Avoid Bass Booster - it can't handle it at top volume.

    The packaging was definitely mass-market electronic grade. Whereas for Apple no expense is spared, for iHome, no cost-reductions are missed!

    I think for the price of this unit (currently about two hundred US dollars) it should definitely be a better product. Based on its performance, its build and packaging, etc., it is more like a ninety-nine dollar speaker, not two hundred! But, there aren't alot of AirPlay speakers out there to choose from, and iHome knows it!

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Check you have the correct router before you buy!!!

    • Written by from Newport

    After 5 days of trying to get the speaker to connect to my wifi router, it turns out that they are not compatible. Your router needs to have 802.11g technology, not the faster 802.11n technology. Please check before you buy.

    51 of 71 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Option

    • Written by from Mesa

    I purchased this speaker because we just wanted something in the kitchen, stream some music, and not disrupt the rest of the house. So far, everything is working great.

    The speaker is rather heavy, probably because of the built in battery. We probably won't use the battery much, as we just have it on the charging base (which fits inside a small cut-out under the base). The chrome band around the bottom gives it a nice look as well. The buttons on top seem to be a good quality, they don't feel cheap or fragile.

    Setting up the speaker was a breeze. I just connected my iPad and it prompted me to download the small free set-up app. A minute later, I punched in my WiFi password and the speaker connected without a hitch. Streaming iTunes via Airplay was no problem. One bonus was being able to stream Pandora internet radio.

    I mostly chose this speaker because the more highly rated alternative was twice the price. The sound seems good to me, I'm no audiophile, but can appreciate good music and good sound. This speaker delivers.

    51 of 55 people found this useful