I bought an iHome iBT74 Bluetooth Speaker 2 months ago after doing quite a bit of comparison shopping online and then in the store. I ended up choosing this and so far I couldn’t be happier.
- Price: The iHome bluetooth speaker is reasonably priced against the competition and with a little digging can normally be found for under $50. For the features it comes with, the price is very competitive. It has a long battery life, you can answer phone calls, and the bluetooth connectivity with my phone has been more reliable than my previous speakers.
- Sound: For a smallish speaker, the sound is quite good. You won’t ever be able to get a ton of base from little speaker like this, but for the size and mobility, I’ll take the sound quality.
- Old School Cable: While I love the wireless bluetooth connections, sometimes I just need the reliability that of the old cable. I bought a few bluetooth speakers previously that only offered bluetooth connectivity and wished many times that I could plug in.
Biggest downside: For awhile I thought that there wasn’t any way to turn off the lighting. Even though the lights are pretty cool, there are times that I don’t want my speaker blasting out a bunch of light. There’s a button to cycle through different light schemes and one of the schemes is to have all the lights off.
In summary, if you’re looking for a pretty inexpensive but high quality bluetooth speaker that’s great on portability and reliable for connectivity. Buy the iHome and carry the cable just in case the weather acts up.