iLive IHT3817DT iPod Room Speaker iLive IHT3817DT iPod Room Speaker

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Notable Features:

  • Large Speakers
  • Perfect for movies
  • Video/subwoofer out

Speaker Overview:

This is the big boy, 2.1 Channel 3D sound that is Wall mountable with S video out, Composite Video out, motorized retractable dock, 4 A/V inputs including 2 S video inputs. This one is meant to be the center of an home entertainment center.

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Speaker Details & Features

Home Docking System
2.1 CH System w/True 3D Sound & SRS TruBass Built-In Magnetically Shielded Full-Range Stereo Speakers & SubWoofer Digital Tune AM/FM Stereo Radio w/Station Memory Presets Backlit LCD Segment Display w/Clock & Timer/Sleep Timer Electronic Volume Control & Preset EQ, Lighted Keys Headphone Jack 2-Aux-In Jacks for other Audio Players Audio Line-In Cable, included AC-Powered, built-in AC Cord, ETL Approved Docking Platform with Recharge Circuit for iPod/mini/nano/shuffle/video/Photo Players Certified Apple iPod Connectors installed Motorized iPod Docking Drawer Automatic iPod Detect Function Control iPod using the function buttons & remote control Video Out Photo & Video versions, Composite & S-Video Jack Full-Feature Remote Control operates iPod and System, uses 2- AAA Batteries, included Mini-USB Jack for PC Communication, USB Cord, included

Jump to the next generation of iPod speaker sound with the iLive IHT3817DT 2.1-channel system, which not only offers a topnotch audio performance, but also a host of connectivity options for other audio and video devices. The unit starts with a built-in iPod docking station, which works with the iPod 3G, iPod 4G (click wheel), iPod photo 4G, iPod video 5G and 5.5G, iPod mini, iPod shuffle, and iPod nano 1G and 2G. Thanks to the docking station, you can play, charge, and sync your iPod all at once, no extra cords required. The sound, meanwhile, is guaranteed to impress thanks to the pair of full-range stereo speakers and dual subwoofers, which provide a far broader and more robust audio range than most systems in the iPod category. Add in True 3D and SRS TruBass audio enhancements and you have a great system for watching movies in addition to listening to music. The speakers are even magnetically shielded, so they won't interfere with the picture when placed near a TV.

Other than the wide-ranging speaker system, the IHT3817DT's most distinguishing feature is its variety of inputs and outputs. The unit includes four A/V inputs--two RCA and two S-video--along with a traditional L/R audio input and a 3.5 mm auxiliary input. As a result, you can hook up a host of audio and video devices to the speaker system, including a portable MP3 player, full-size CD player, DVD player, satellite receiver, camcorder, and more. At the same time, the system offers composite and S-video output jacks, so you can connect your iPod video or photo to a TV and view your pictures and videos on the big screen. Unlike most iPod speaker setups, the IHT3817DT can actually function as a comprehensive entertainment system, with cables running to most of your audio and video devices.

Other details include a digital AM/FM stereo with station presets for easy channel surfing; a backlit LCD display with a clock, alarm, and sleep timer; several preset equalizer settings; a headphone jack for private listening; a motorized iPod docking drawer; a full-feature remote control; and a mini-USB jack for PC communication (includes USB cable). The IHT3817DT, which is wall-mountable (includes hardware), measures 34.2 by 9.8 by 7 inches (W x H x D) and is backed by a 90-day warranty.

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iLive IHT3817DT iPod Room Speaker 2007-12-19 13:10:37 Max
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Reviewed by Max    December 19, 2007

Excellent Sound for an iPod speaker

I saw this product in Target a couple days ago. I plugged my iPod in out of curiosity, and played a few songs including recordings of: Nessun Dorma sung by Pavarotti, Do you know you are my Sunshine? by the Statler Brothers, A Moment so Close by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and Forsaken by Dream Theater. The product performed a huge cut above all other iPod speakers that were available anywhere near its price of $249 in Target. The midrange was intelligible and fairly natural sounding even at moderately loud listening levels. (Speaking in terms normally reserved for actual stereo speaker systems.) This does not sound like just another iPod system. Its output capability is well beyond most iPod systems. The bass is not prodigious, however it does offer a subwoofer out to add a powered sub. I've been reading other reviews of this system across the net, and it seems most people are just looking for lots of boom in the bottom end.

I cannot stand excessive bass, especially when you cannot hear the words to the song because the mids/tweeters are lacking so severely in quality and intelligibility. I could actually hear what was happening in the music with this system. It won't shake your floor, because it's designed to have something most people don't understand: Balanced sound. It's not going to replace a good pair of B&W or other high end speakers, but it's a massive step up from the average iPod speaker system. Think of it as a larger and higher-output version of a Bose sound-dock.

Inputs and outputs are massively impressive for an iPod system. 2 full RCA video ins, and a video out for your TV. Subwoofer out, AM/FM antenna connections. Wall-mountable, and fits nicely beneath a 32" LCD TV.

One thing to note... the iPod dock does seem a bit flimsy compared to the rest of the system. In fact, in the one I tested, it was working, but the display on the front of the dock itself was not functioning at all. I was able to use my iPod, but had to use the non-synced mode. I am assuming that's simply because it was in Target and kids always destroy everything they can get their hands on in those stores. 90 day warranty is pretty standard, and not impressive.

Overall, I rate the product very high in the sound quality and available features areas. Build quality is excellent **with the exception of the dock itself-somewhat sub-standard. If you want a speaker system that can accept source inputs from your DVD/Gaming/other systems as well as play Radio and iPod music, and mounts conveniently under your TV or on its own stand, this one seems in a class of its own for now.

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IHT3817DT iPod Room Speaker
16.70 lbs
  • AM Radio
  • FM Radio
  • Digital Clock
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Remote Control Included
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Power Options

Power Source:
Power Cord

Alarm Features

Alarm Features:
  • Display Dimmer Control
  • Buzzer Alarm
Alarm System:
Builtin Alarm Functions

Input / Output Features

  • Auxillary In for MP3/CD players
  • USB
  • Video Out
  • Subwoofer Out
  • USB
  • S Video Out


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