iLuv iMM747 review: iLuv iMM747

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 6.0
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The Good The iLuv iMM747 is designed specifically for use with the Apple iPad, but it also supports most iPods, as well as the iPhone.

The Bad The speaker sounds mediocre for the price; construction materials feel cheap; there's no radio, no remote, no clock; and any protective case you have on your iPad will probably need to be removed.

The Bottom Line Beyond its iPad compatibility, the iLuv iMM747 doesn't offer much in the face of similarly priced wired and wireless systems.

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A good speaker dock provides an attractive place to recharge your portable device and crank out some tunes, and it may even act as an alarm clock. They're a common fixture for most modern living rooms and bedrooms, keeping us entertained and ensuring that our iPods and iPhones stay charged.

With the iPad, Apple introduced a new portable product into our vernacular, and several companies, including iLuv, have responded with new lines of iPad-specific speakers and charging stations. The iLuv iMM747 ($149) is one such product, adapting a traditional, basic speaker dock design to the wider form of the iPad.

Arguably, the iPad's size and its tendency to be wrapped in third-party cases make it an awkward match for any type of docking product. As a consumer, it's certainly worth exploring other audio solutions that don't rely on a dock connection. Already, we're seeing companies such as Logitech and Aliph approach iPad owners with wireless speaker solutions, taking advantage of the iPad's Bluetooth audio capabilities.

That said, if you have your heart set on a speaker dock for your iPad, the iLuv iMM747 is one of only a few options out there. Its major competitor is the iHome iA100, which offers more features, but comes at a higher price of $199.

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iLuv iMM747

Part Number: iMM747BLK Released: Oct. 1, 2010
MSRP: $149.99 Low Price: $39.99 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Oct. 1, 2010
  • Color Black
  • Speaker System Type speaker system with Apple dock
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired
About The Author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.