iLuv i177 Review
The iLuv i177 looks remarkably similar to iHome Audio’s iH5. The top of the unit has a dock to hold and charge your iPod, with adaptors to fit all third-generation and newer iPods, the iPod mini, and the iPod nano. Even better, a small plastic hatch flips open to reveal a USB port for connecting and charging an iPod shuffle. For those with older first- or second-generation iPods, or other types of MP3 players, a line-in jack on the back of the unit lets you play music from just about any audio source (without the power and syncing benefits of the dock cradle, of course). Finally, a line-out minijack allows you to connect your i177 to a home stereo.
Two speakers on either side of the unit pump out surprisingly rich sound from such a small unit. Two recessed dials on the top of the unit control the volume and radio tuning, and double as controls to set the time and alarm. Small buttons across the top allow you to set the sleep timer, music source (iPod, iPod shuffle, AM or FM radio, or auxiliary), time of day, and two alarm clocks, as well as play and pause music. The LCD display shows the time, date, alarm settings, and play mode. It is bright and easy to read, yet automatically dims after a period of inactivity – it won’t stay on all night, keeping you awake. One large button across the top of the LCD serves as both a snooze button and dimmer for the display. Most of these functions can also be accessed via the included remote control.
The iLuv i177’s sound quality is amazingly good for such a small unit. The two vented speakers provide rich, deep sound from a very small package.
If it’s an alarm clock you want, the iLuv i77 is the best choice and includes nice extras such as a remote and an iPod shuffle port. While it won’t replace a proper home stereo (or full-scale iPod speaker system), it does offer great sound quality to wake up to in the morning.