by RyanC on November 18th, 2010 by iSource
This may be the last clock radio your purchase this decade. The iA100 is one of the latest creations to bust out of the iHome labs this year at CES and is sure to be atop many iPod/iPhone/iPad enthusiasts’ holiday wish list. The iA100 is also one of iHome’s first products to offer iPad charging and docking, as well as any other iPod/iPhone device.
The first thing that stands out and blew my mind about this unit was the A2DP support for wireless audio. Maybe I’ve been living in the dark ages, but having the ability to wirelessly send music from my iPhone, iPad, and even MacBook Pro left me floored. The built in microphone also makes it possible to make/take phone calls directly from the unit, and the call quality was superb!
The second feature I find myself not being able to live without is the iOS integration. No longer does one have to idly settle with the mundane choice of a “bell tone” or “cricket” alarm to wake up to day after day, talk about starting the day on the wrong foot! The iHome App gave me complete control over my morning wakeup process, with the choice of my personal tunes, playlists, podcasts, and even online radio stations! The app can be downloaded for free at the app store.
But the most important factor in any audio system is the sound quality. Being a previous owner of a iP92 unit from iHome I thought I had a good idea as to what to expect from this newest model. I am happy to report that the iA100 far exceeded my audio quality expectations, and I’m guessing it has something to do with the screaming Bongiovi acoustics. This is also the technology is one of the newest options in many Canadian Toyota vehicles.
From their page:
Bongiovi Acoustics Digital Power Station
Real-time digital signal processing that extends audio bandwidth and adds missing harmonics without adding peak output to the signal. It effectively improves brightness, clarity and presence and delivers deeper, more resonant bass and crystal clear highs.
The iHome iA100 is available for pre-order now at for $199.99 at iHomeAudio.com and should be shipping any day. At the time of writing this it also appears that purchases over $99 receive free earbuds and free shipping. You can also view the user manual online.
Disclosure: This device was given to me as a gift by a close friend who works at iHome. They are not involved at all in marketing or promotion for the company, and there was no promise on my part, or even any discussion of, editorial coverage of the device. For further information regarding our site’s review policies, please see the “About Us” section.