DLO iBoom review: DLO iBoom

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Design: 9.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Tough construction; FM radio; powered by AC (which also charges your iPod) or battery.

The Bad Sound isn't huge; FM reception could be better.

The Bottom Line For picnics, trips to the beach, or stereoless parties, the iBoom brings the tunes.

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Digital Lifestyles Outfitters iBoom

The accessories market for the iPod has exploded, as evidenced by the legions of white devices made by third-party manufacturers to add functionality to Apple's market-leading iPod. But Digital Lifestyle Outfitters' $150 iBoom is the first we've seen that turns the any dockable iPod (white or Mini) into a boombox.

The concept of sliding your iPod into this boombox is an easy one to grasp, so let's get right down to the particulars. DLO includes a plastic holder for the iPod Mini that makes it fit as snugly as a full-grown iPod, so no matter which model you have, compatibility won't be a problem. However, the older, top-connecting iPods won't work with this device.

Once the iPod is safely ensconced in the iBoom, it'll either start charging (if you're using the included AC adapter) or not (if you're running on the six not-included D batteries). Turn it on, start the music, and you are jamming. You can control the volume using the iBoom or the iPod scrollwheel, but EQ and most other functions are wisely left for the iPod to handle. The iBoom makes the iPod think it's at home in its docking cradle, so the screen is fully functional; just navigate to EQ, playlists, settings, and other functions as you normally would.

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Where to Buy

DLO iBoom

Part Number: 009-2020

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Built-in Display LCD
  • Output Power / Total 40 Watt
  • Type boombox
  • Tuner Bands FM
About The Author

Evolver.fm Editor Eliot Van Buskirk has covered and occasionally anticipated music and technology intersections for 15 years for CNET, Wired.com, McGraw-Hill, and The Echo Nest. He is not currently an employee of CNET.