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iHome iH19 review

A compact and cleverly organised iPod speaker system that unexpectly majors on volume but leaves the quality to more accomplished rivals Tested at £60.00

Our Verdict

You expect small systems to sound tiny but good - however, this one sounds massive but bad

For

  • Goes amazingly loud considering the tiny proportions

Against

  • Lacks detail, dynamics and openness

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

You expect small systems to sound tiny but good - however, this one sounds massive but bad

Pros

  • + Goes amazingly loud considering the tiny proportions

Cons

  • - Lacks detail, dynamics and openness

It's almost impossible to fathom how much of a huge sound the iH19 produces. This neat unit houses your iPod within, offering complete protection against poor weather and the occasional accident.

But it's the sound stakes that matter more to us. And, frankly, it's a bit disappointing. Yes, it sounds huge, but it's poor; the dynamics are almost non-existent, there's a lack of detail, and the presentation sounds compressed.

Worth a look, but you can do better.

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