iHome ZN9 Clock Radio for Zune review: iHome ZN9 Clock Radio for Zune

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
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The Good The iHome ZN9 alarm clock offers bedside-worthy sound quality, Zune MP3 player compatibility, AM/FM radio, battery backup, dual alarms, an attractive design, and sophisticated features.

The Bad The iHome ZN9's wide design may take up your whole nightstand, its display is difficult to read from bed, and the remote control costs extra.

The Bottom Line The iHome ZN9 deserves its place on the nightstand of any Zune owner.

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The iHome ZN9 ($99) is a welcome addition to the short list of Zune MP3 player accessories. With dual alarms, battery backup, AM/FM radio, and a time zone indicator, it's also simply one of the best clock radios we've come across at this price.

Design
The iHome ZN9 is created for the Zune, but its design borrows heavily from the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console. Looking like an artfully squashed shoebox, the iHome ZN9 wins no points for alarm clock design innovation; however, the overall construction quality of the product feels very good.

The front of the iHome ZN9 offers stereo 2-inch speakers covered in a metal grille, as well as a 4-inch illuminated LCD. The iHome ZN9's display has adjustable brightness settings that present the date and time in large, legible digits. Our only complaint about the iHome ZN9's LCD is that its completely perpendicular orientation can be difficult to read from bed, compared with slightly slanted displays.


The back of the iHome ZN9 conceals seldom-used features such as line input and output jacks, a daylight saving time switch, and clock and time zone settings.

The top of the iHome ZN9 is where you'll find all its most important features. A Zune dock sits at the very middle of the iHome ZN9, which accommodates all models of first- and second-generation media players. Eight buttons and a snooze bar are placed in front of the iHome ZN9's Zune dock, offering features such as AM/FM radio presets, EQ, sleep timer, radio activation, and two independent alarms. To the left of these buttons is a large volume wheel with a power button at its center, and to the right you'll find an identical-looking jog wheel for setting values on the clock and a play/pause button that controls your docked Zune.

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Where to Buy

iHome ZN9 Clock Radio for Zune

Part Number: ZN9B

MSRP: $99.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Built-in Display LCD
  • Tuner Bands AM/FM
  • Type 90 days warranty
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type clock radio