Review: iHome iP4 boombox (Verdict: retro chic)

Summary:The iP4 boombox like a badass throwback to the 80's, except modernized with iPod and iPhone support so that you don't have to fast-forward and rewind.

Review: iHome iP4 boombox - Jason O'Grady

I found my summer boombox and it's called the iP4 from iHome.

The iP4 ($199) works with the iPhone and iPod and looks like a badass relic from the 80's with surprisingly good bass response. But I have to confess that I mostly dig it because it's old-school, retro chic. The iP4 comes in either dark gray or pink and is a total throwback to the 80's. It brings back fond memories of my old JVC boombox, which ran on something like 16 D-cell batteries. And, well, breakdancing.

[If you're into boom boxes be sure to check out the Boombox Museum.]

The iP4 features two 4-inch carbon composite woofers and two 1-inch ferro fluid cooled tweeters which sound surprisingly good thanks to its SRS TruBass DSP technology and a five band EQ. When your tunes aren't quite doing it you can go retro with the built-in FM radio tuner and an auxiliary line-in jack allows you to pipe out just about any source. In addition to the included AC adapter it operates on 6 D batteries so that you can bring the party with you.

When I’m home I love a big chunky boombox (like the iP4) that’s loud and runs off AC power. The remote control is a nice touch that pays dividends when a bad song comes on, and it stores conveniently in a recessed groove in the top of the unit. The iP4 could be improved with FM presets and dials that turn a little more easily but overall it sounds great and will definitely be fixture on my garage workbench and at plenty of backyard BBQs this summer.

Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Smartphones


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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