Wake up to iPod

Written by Geoff Richards

June 16, 2005 // 3:09 p.m.

Tags: #clock #ipod #ipod-mini #ipod-photo #mp3-player #music #radio

Never wake up to crappy breakfast radio again: be your own early-morning DJ with up to 15,000 songs, thanks to the iH5 alarm clock radio from iHome. Simply drop your 3G/4G iPod, iPod Mini or iPod Photo into the top and the iH5 acts as a docking cradle, charging while it plays.

While the iH5 features the standard buzzer and AM/FM radio functions of a regular clock radio, its party trick is to play tunes from your iPod as your alarm. The "Gentle Wake / Sleep" function gradually increase or decreases the volume for a more subtle way of rousing you from your slumber. Unless, of your course, your 'pod is full of Thrash Metal...

The manufacturer claims it employs "Reason8 speaker technology" to create "sound quality that has outstanding depth, clarity and power." Judging by the size of the unit, I wouldn't expect much better sound than ordinary PC speakers: better than your standard clock radio alarm for sure, but a Bose WaveRadio this ain't.

Having said that, the iH5 is a third of the price, the design is neat and you can just grab your iPod off your nightstand when you leave for work in the morning, and it will be fully charged.

The iH5 should go on sale in August for around US$100.

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