Dual charging ability, lots of options for wake up music, can set different music for bedtime vs waking, nap option
What we’d love to see…
Ability to set up the app when it is not connected to the iDL46, ability to store more than 2 alarm presets.
The iDL46 Dual Charging Stereo FM Clock Radio with Lightning Dock from iHome is a modern twist on the classic clock radio, it includes a lightning dock and a USB port so he can charge 2 devices at once and wake up and go to sleep to your favorite music tracks or radio station.
The iDL46 Dual Charging Stereo FM Clock Radio with Lightning Dock from iHome is a modern twist on the classic clock radio, it includes a lightning dock and a USB port so you can charge 2 devices at once and wake up and go to sleep to your favorite music tracks or radio station.
The Lightning dock works with Lightning compatible iOS devices including the most recent iPod Touch, iPhone 5/5s/5c, the iPad Air and iPad Mini. I’ve tested it with the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. It works well with devices not in a case or in a slim case, bulky protective cases will prevent the dock from working. I Like the fact that as well as the lightning dock there is also a USB port so you have the option to also charge non-Lightning compatible devices and ones in bulky cases.
The iDL is an oval shape – approx 9″ long, 6″ high and 6 ” deep at it’s thickest part. It looks stylish, with a black cloth grille cover and fits nicely on a bedside table.The iDL46 is designed to work with the free iHome Set app. The iHome Set app will only work when connected to a compatible iHome product so you can only set up the alarms when connected to the iDL46. I tried doing this with my iPhone in the dock and it was painful- the iPhone touchscreen really didn’t respond well when docked and it was slow and awkward to set up. I did discover however that it worked much, much better when I connected by iPhone via its charging cable to the USB port. I could set everything up easily this way and then put the iPhone back on the dock once it was set up if I wanted to. I would love to see the app allow you to set up without being connected, but for now I’d definitely recommend connecting via USB when setting up.
The clock allows you to have 2 alarms set up, for each of them you can set them up for everyday, weekdays or weekends. The clock will auto sync to your iPhone./ iPad clock time. You can adjust the volume you will wake up to, wake up music duration, snooze duration and the music source. You can also set a nap time where it will wake you up x amount of time from now, and you can set music playing at bedtime that will switch off after a set amount of time. For the music source for each alarm there are several options- you can choose the radio, device connected via USB or docked device. For each device you can set it to continue playing from where you last played (either from your music library or iTunes radio) or to a custom playlist. The radio is an FM radio and has 6 station preset options. If you choose the playlist you need to create a new playlist in your device named “iHome”. There are lots of other settings in the app such as adjusting the brightness of the clock display, there is currently no option to have an alarm tone instead of music to wake up to.
The sound quality is a far cry from the crackly old clock radios of my youth – it’s nice to wake up to clear, nice sounding music. It is both much louder and better sound quality than listening directly from your phone. It doesn’t have the same depth and sound quality as a dedicated speaker system like the Kicker Amphitheater but for a clock radio at this price point it is good. It is pretty powerful for a small speaker unit, there is some distortion at higher volumes- however this is not an issue at the volumes I would normally be listening at in the bedroom.
Overall, if you have a hard time waking up in the morning the iDL46 provides a nice alternative to a traditional clock radio and will charge 2 devices whilst you sleep!
Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).