iLuv iMM173 review: iLuv iMM173

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good The iLuv iMM173 iPod alarm clock is compatible with the iPhone and offers two docks, a useful remote control, and a bright, high-contrast display.

The Bad The iLuv iMM173's lacks AM radio and although audio quality is good enough to get you out of bed, it won't replace your stereo.

The Bottom Line The iLuv iMM173 is one of the better iPhone-compatible alarm clocks we've tested, and the extra built-in dock makes it a great choice for couples.

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The iLuv Double Play iMM173 ($130) is one of a handful of iPod alarm clocks that are also compatible with the Apple iPhone. As the name suggests, the Double Play boasts two universal iPod docks, making it an ideal bedside companion for couples with more than one iPod or iPhone to charge at night.

Design
Aside from the twin universal iPod docks on the top of the iLuv Double Play, the rest of the alarm clock looks pretty standard, with a typical footprint of 11 inches by 3.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Controls for adjusting volume, setting the clock and alarm, and managing radio presets are found on the top of the clock, along with a large, illuminated Snooze button located right where it should be: front and center. Less prominent is a dock-selector button, used to designate which iPod gets played through the speakers, and intelligently placed out of morning flail distance near the back of the unit.

On the back of the iLuv Double Play, you'll find an auxiliary audio input, an attached FM radio antenna, headphone output, power adapter input, and a Daylight Savings Time switch. There's also a large, magnetized pad on the back of the Double Play that you can use to store the included remote control.

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iLuv iMM173

Part Number: IMM173 Released: Oct. 15, 2008
MSRP: $149.99 Low Price: $90.91 See all prices

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  • Release date Oct. 15, 2008
  • Weight 5.3 lbs
  • Tuner Bands FM
  • Output Power / Total 10 Watt
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type clock radio