Pros:Elegant. Small footprint. Pleasant overall sonic quality.
Cons:Will not get too loud. Bass is limited.
The Bottom Line: Suitable for the office, den, kitchen or anywhere one might enjoy background music. Will play most sources of audio. Quite versatile.
The Ilive IH319B is a small system which will take little space. Approximately 15 inches wide and only a couple inches deep. It fits nicely on just about any table, counter, mantel, desk, etc.
Recommend this product?
Elegant in appearance, gloss black, tilted slightly back at an angle, featuring a glass tinted window which lifts upward on command allowing access to its CD player and Ipod docking station. An am/fm digital tuner and auxillary input round out the usefulness of this little system. a pair of matching speaker systems with attached wire and a tiny remote complete this set.
I don't have an Ipod/Iphone. This unit does, however, come with the usual dock adapters for several different models. It will also charge such devices and the remote features limited control of Ipods/Iphones as well.
The CD player functions quite well. I played both commercial and burned CDs without any problems. This CD player also plays MP3 encoded CDs, but, again, I do not have any to try. I never burned MP3 files as they sacrifice fidelity, frequency bandwith and compression in order to squeeze more information onto a disc. The CD player performed just fine, even when the speakers were placed shoulder to shoulder with the main unit, which is very appealing, aesthetically speaking.
The tuner worked well. I could not pull in all local stations cleanly. I do live in an apartment and have had problems with other tuners as well.
This tuner is not HD, but I still picked up quite a few fm stations. An attached antenna wire is located on the rear of the main unit.
The display is a decent size, yellow background, fairly easy to see.
The remote is very small and uses a CR-2025 watch-type battery. It's range is limited to only several feet from the system and controls basic functions such as power, tone, volume, CD/Dock.
Power output is not stated. I took the speakers apart and the full-range 4 inch driver is rated 5 watts. Volume is ok, but not loud. However, volume can be turned up comfortably without much, if any perceived distortion. That's good, as it means the system's amplifier is regulated not to overdrive.
The speakers, as mentioned, are simple full-range bass-reflex types. The drivers do feature a foam roll edge which allow some movement. Vocals, such as Enya, are very pleasant. Treble is decent. Bass is lacking, but there is a hint of bass to give a little bit of fullness to the midrange. Not for the audiophile, but nice for relaxing to music in general.
Tonal controls are the usual pre-set Rock, Jazz, etc. I preferred the Bass selection, which only boosted the low end, offering a more balanced overall sound without stressing the mids and highs.
There are a couple of other note worthy features, such as a sleep timer and clock.
One nice touch is the inclusion of little rubber feet on both the main unit and speakers. This often excluded feature prevents damage to furniture and aids in preventing unwanted vibrations. I like the little details.
Ilive is affiliated with GPX. Neither is a big name brand in the sense of high quality. However, this unit appears to be designed well. Unlike other Ilive/GPX electronics, I noticed no hum or other annoying noises. So, I am rather pleased at the overall build quality of this particular system. In fact, when I took apart the speakers, I found the bass-reflex ports were 'elbow' ducted, to help extend the low end. Again, this is a adhesion to detail not expected from a lower priced Ilive system.
If you need a space saving, nice looking audio system, then you should check out the Ilive (GPX) IH319B. It might be just what you're looking for.