Memorex iMove review: Memorex iMove

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.7
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good The Memorex iMove Boombox is cheaper than the competition and includes a remote, as well as an AM and FM tuner.

The Bad The Memorex iMove Boombox suffers from high-end distortion and background hiss.

The Bottom Line The Memorex iMove Boombox is a passable choice for kids, students, and families who want a relatively inexpensive way to turn their iPods into new-school boomboxes, but if great-sounding music is what you're after, steer clear.

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Speaker add-ons for the Apple iPod are not in short supply, but we've seen relatively few that cater to our '80s nostalgia by integrating the player into a revamped-yet-old-school boombox design. Altec Lansing did a rather successful job of it in the IM7, so we're not surprised to see Memorex follow suit with the iMove Boombox ($100). Though we're not as keen on the iMove's wedgelike design and subpar sound quality, it's a passable unit for picnics, trips to the beach, and rides on your shoulder.

Like the iM7, the iMove takes a departure from the classic rectangular design, opting for a triangle that tapers at the top to provide the traditional boombox handle. Dual speakers flank a rectangular chrome indent from which an iPod dock connector protrudes. It's not as streamlined or as innovative as the iM7's tape deck-like dock, but it does the trick, and several iPod adapters are provided to ensure a secure fit. On either side of this area are the volume and tuning rocker buttons, and below that are the power, mode, set, and preset keys along with a small, monochrome LCD screen. The latter is rudimentary: it displays the word "iPod" in iPod mode and station numbers in radio mode. The back of the iMove houses ports for line-out, auxiliary line-in (for Shuffles and non-iPod MP3 players), and AC power, and there's a compartment for eight D batteries.

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Memorex iMove Boombox (black)

Part Number: Mi3005-BLK
MSRP: $181.80 Low Price: $89.05 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Built-in Display LCD
  • Color black
  • Tuner Bands AM/FM
  • Output Power / Total 12 Watt
  • Type Speakers