iHome homes in on iPhone and Zune with new audio systems
iHome's upcoming iPod, iPhone, and Zune home audio systems for 2008 were recently presented at CES, and here's a rundown.
SDI Technologies, the company behind the iHome series of affordable iPod audio systems, is not surprisingly embracing both iPods and iPhones in 2008, as well as Microsoft's Zune line of portable media devices. SDI is showing off several new products at CES, including an L-shaped alarm clock for the iPod and iTouch (as well as other iPod models) that allow you to change the orientation of the unit so you can watch videos, "while the clock display rotates accordingly to complement the position of the unit." We also liked the looks of the iP51 2.1 Micro System with Sub (see below), which has an integrated clock radio and video output for streaming video to TVs.
Here's a further rundown of the new products with release dates and pricing:
iP14 Alarm Clock with Remote Control: The aforementioned L-shaped alarm clock that's designed particularly for the iPhone and iTouch, but is compatible with most docking iPod models.
Scheduled release: April ($99)
iP9 Clock Radio & Audio System: Based on the current $99
Scheduled release: Feb/March ($119)
ZN9 Dual Alarm, Stereo Clock Radio: First clock radio for the Zune, the ZN9 is also based on the iH9 and will offer similar features to the iP9.
Scheduled release: March ($99)
Scheduled release: Available now ($49)
iP47 Bluetooth Clock Radio & Speakerphone: Geared toward cell phones, the iP47 incorporates Bluetooth technology that allows you to dial and receive calls through the unit's speakerphone, as well as wirelessly stream music from your A2DP stereo-enabled MP3 cell phones.
Scheduled release: June ($149)
iP51 2.1 Micro System with Sub: This fuller-sounding micro system has a built-in clock radio and video output that allows you to stream videos to your TV.
Scheduled release: June ($169)