Works sometimes, purchased through discount jungle, not a new product
Craig Mirabella, Amazon
29 April 2013
Summary: Received it last week - third one of these. This one isn't so great as the others. Music drops out a lot, probably due to wi-fi range. My biggest issue is that it's not "new". I plugged it in and used the iHome app to set it up, and it told me that the "name" of the unit, which is usually "iHome iW1 2384iasidr 23" or some other code, was instead "Brian's speaker". So it became evident to me that Brian didn't want it for some reason or another.
Summary: Purchased the IW1 for my teenage son who listens to his IPod all over the house and outside as well - so neded a portable speaker system. Great battery life and nice features and portability is a breeze. However, the bass response is not impressive as you max out the volume. Returned the unit for the Bose SoundDock Portable System.
Pros: Great styling and portability.
Cons: Sound quality diminishes as you increase the volume.
Summary: Like several other reviewers the first one I received did not work but Crutchfield promptly replaced it. The second time around it took a week to finally connect to my WI-FI network (I had to walk away for several days). The issue was always connecting to 169.254.1.1 to finalize the connection as the instruction say. I was connecting via my PC (using Windows 7 and Internet Explorer) and could never get the web site to load.
Pros: great sound quality, wireless, Air Play compatibility
Cons: set-up was very difficult, wireless connectivity frequently drops
Summary: The first unit I received was defective, but Crutchfield's awesome customer service came through and I had a replacement in just a few days. Out of the box, the iW1 is stylish and looks and feels solidly built. The carrying handle is hidden from view, which is nice, but it does feel like there's not enough of a "hook" to grasp. I like the way the unit simply rests on top of the charging base, with no cables to mess with when you want to move it.
Pros: Wi-Fi rather than Bluetooth; portability; appearance.
Summary: The sound is better than I'd expected and definitely out performs what you'd expect from a speaker of this size--especially given that it also contains batteries. The firmware/operation is temperamental. If you're prepared to restart it now and then, and forgive the fact that it needs some attention from time to time, it's a great addition to a home setup. It does seem to need a good wifi signal to work, and some of the buttons on the back have yet to do anything.
Summary: Set-up form phone was easy, but from laptop a bit more tricky. Works a treat with great sound, but disappointed it plays only sound from iTunes (and not from Safari, Spotify or any other applications!) Would've stuck with my USB speakers if I'd known, so be aware.
Excerpt: Покупал за 3777 руб. Достаточно добротно сделанная штуковина для такой цены. Подключение к сети заняло 30 секунд. По звуку - чуда не ждите, хотя довольно сносно звучит. Максимальный уровень громкости низковат, подойдет для небольших помещений, типа кухни. При проверке будьте внимательны, мне попался бракованный аппарат: не заряжается встроенная батарея. Жаль, но придется возвращать.