The iHome iW3 is an AirPlay enabled speaker system for streaming digital audio wirelessly over Wi-Fi from iTunes, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch to anywhere in your house. The internal rechargeable battery makes it a truly wireless and portable audio solution that you can take anywhere you have Wi-Fi. The iW3 also supports USB docking for iPad, iPod, and iPhone charging and music playback via any iPod USB sync cable and dock.
- Works with AirPlay wireless audio
- Four active speakers with custom Reson8 speaker chambers
- SRS TruBass digital sound processing for dynamic audio performance
- Convenient charging base and integrated carrying handle
- Wi-Fi certified
- Works with iHome apps (available from the App Store) for easy network setup, access to device settings, fun alarm features, and more
- Experience wireless multi-room audio by adding iHome AirPlay enabled speakers around the house
Did you notice?The built-in power switch helps save battery life in transit by preventing inadvertent activation of buttons.
Apple Recommends ForListen to the music on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac wirelessly anywhere in your house.
What's in the Box?
- iHome iW3 wireless speaker
- USB sync cable
- Charging base
- 100-240 V universal voltage AC adapter
- Start guide
- Input Type: 3.5mm Stereo Jack, USB
- Other Features: AirPlay
- Connections: AirPlay
- Speaker Configurations: Stereo
- Power Source: AC, Battery Power, USB
- Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
- Height: 9.38 in./23.83 cm
- Width: 4.61 in./11.7 cm
- Weight: 2.2 lb./1 kg
- Length: 4.61 in./11.7 cm
- Mfr. Part Number: iW3BVC
- UPC or EAN No.: 047532896404
- Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
- Warranty: One-year limited
- To take advantage of AirPlay functionality, the iW3 must be connected to a Wi-Fi network with networked access to a Mac or PC running iTunes 10.1 or later; or an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later.
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Ratings & Reviews
I purchased this speaker because we just wanted something in the kitchen, stream some music, and not disrupt the rest of the house 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. …
- Written by Colby B from Mesa
47 of 51 people found this useful
Check you have the correct router before you buy!!!
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 nee 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. …
- Written by Clare C from Newport
47 of 64 people found this useful
Just doesn't work
Sorry to say that this airplay speaker just does not work. Tried two devices and both suffered the same problem. The speaker is ea 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. …
- Written by Michael N from Burlington
30 of 37 people found this useful
So far... very pleased and impressed.
I bought two iW3s before the holidays without reading any reviews, and I'm really glad I didn't because the negs would probably ha 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. …
- Written by ALAN K from Omaha
It's ok but wifi tends to drop
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.
- Written by Craig M from Matthews
1 of 1 people found this useful
Worst device I have ever bought
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 fo 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.
- Written by Bruce M from Dartmouth
1 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Run several speakers simultaneously? Only with iTunes never with iOS devices.
- Asked by Benjamin N from Long Beach
- May 3, 2013
Can't play but one at a time using my ipod 5, but using the REMOTE app on the ipod I can access my l Can't play but one at a time using my ipod 5, but using the REMOTE app on the ipod I can access my library on my PC and play to multiple devices including computer, apple tv, and multipld ihome speakers …
- Answered by Patricia M from Hanson
- Aug 29, 2013
Does the iW3 work with the Apple TV?? I'd like to set these up around my apartment and AirPlay the Apple TV's audio to multiple units. Thanx!
- Asked by Jess H from Daytona Beach
- Mar 11, 2013
I just tested it and yes it does. However, the Apple TV can only play to one AirPlay device at a tim I just tested it and yes it does. However, the Apple TV can only play to one AirPlay device at a time. So if you get several of these units around your house, the Apple TV can't play to all of them. You can stream music from iTunes to multiple speakers, so that would be a better source for multi-room audio. …
- Answered by Bryan S from Sugar Land
- Jun 1, 2013
Does this product work with a new Airport Express?
- Asked by Giampaolo B from Brooklyn
- Feb 6, 2013
Does it work for the new ipod nano
- Asked by Diane V from West Chicago
- Nov 23, 2012
For the iPod Nano, it will only work via sync or stereo cable. It is not a bluetooth speaker, and t For the iPod Nano, it will only work via sync or stereo cable. It is not a bluetooth speaker, and the iPod Nano does not have WiFi. So it has to be plugged in in order to work.
So yes it will work, but the Airplay functionality will not work. …
- Answered by Derrick B from Austell
- Dec 25, 2012