The iHome iA91 alarm clock/iPod dock is an upgrade from the previous year's iHome iP90 model. Reviewers note small but welcome changes, such as the reduced footprint; backlit display (which one reviewer describes as "closer to true black rather than a dark purplish blue"); and simplified controls. Reviewers like the iA91's remote control, even though it's smaller than the iP90's remote and can't navigate iPod menus. They say the iA91's remote is an improvement simply because it works as intended, allowing you to control the clock radio from as far as 30 feet away.
Compatibility with in-house apps, such as iHome + Sleep and iHome + Radio, is new in this price range and opens access to a number of new features, including speaker adjustments, alarm settings and a nap timer. One reviewer calls the radio's performance "phenomenal" when paired with iHome + Sleep. The same reviewer was able to fit his iPhone into the dock without removing it from its bulky case, and the iA91 comes with universal dock adapters to fit almost any iPhone or iPod. One expert reviewer notes that the iA91's sound performance has been reduced somewhat (compared to its predecessor, the iP90), but says that it still "generally sounds quite good," and that the average user won't notice the difference.
The best review comes from iLounge, which provides extensive discussion of the iA91's performance during hands-on testing and a full comparison to the iP90, which the iA91 replaced. We also found a detailed review in Beatweek Magazine, and a hands-on review from RunaroundTech.com. Although enthusiastic, the brief reviews from MobileWhack.com and iPhoneSpeakerReviews.com don't really offer any new information.
Our Sources: iHome iA91 iPod Speaker Review
Jeremy Horwitz, editor-in-chief of iLounge, pinpoints the iA91's improvements over last year's model, the iP90. The iA91 is slightly smaller, and the updated remote control -- a common problem with the iP90 -- actually works.
Review: iHome iA91 App-Enhanced Dual Alarm Stereo Clock Radio, Jeremy Horwitz, July 6, 2011
2. Beatweek Magazine
In this brief review, the author praises the iA91 for its reduced footprint and newly introduced app compatibility. Palmer acknowledges that the iA91 doesn't have the best audio quality, but still calls it "one of the best sounding $99 dockable stereos on the market."
Review: Review: iHome iA91 and iD85 App Enhanced Stereo Alarm for iPhone+iPad, Bill Palmer, Sept. 13, 2011
In this detailed, hands-on review, the author praises the iA91 for its many features, especially the app compatibility. He was able to fit his iPhone into the dock without removing the phone's bulky case, and is reasonably pleased with the iA91's audio performance.
Review: Review: iHome iA91 Dual-Alarm Clock/Radio, Roger Ogden, Sept. 15, 2011
4. Mobile Whack
This extremely enthusiastic but detail-sparse review praises the iA91 for its ability to "rock your bedroom." The author likes the radio's sound quality and notices that if you set it to its maximum volume, it makes your nightstand rattle.
Review: iHome iA91 Clock Radio Review, Steve Anderson, Aug. 8, 2011
This enthusiastic review doesn't really tell us much more than we could learn from the iHome fact sheet for this clock radio, but the author does add some detail about the iA91's features and functionality and gives it a good, although barely explained, rating of 9 out of 10.
Review: iHome iA91 Alarm Clock iPhone-iPod Speaker Review, "David", Oct. 19, 2011