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Imagine a world where you can get quality sound from all of your home electronics. Changing technology is making this dream come true by bringing this incredible equipment to the market. We have made it our job to make your search a little easier by examining all the best features, pros, and cons of each system to help you find the perfect system for your home. This iLive sound bar review will focus on this unique piece of equipment that could be the perfect addition to your home theater.

iLive Sound Bar Review Highlights

First off, we would like to highlight the fact that iLive sound bar stereo systems are not catered to work with your TV set. If you are looking for a sound bar for your LED TV, then you are on the wrong track. iLive sound bars are instead designed mainly to work with portable devices such as iPod, iPhone, iPad and Android-based devices. In addition to its basic functionality as sound stations, selected iLive sound bars can be used as a charging station for Apple’s iDevices.

Unlike most TV sound bars that feature horizontal frame, iLive offers one model that comes with vertical frame and that model is the iLive ITP152B. This makes it a natural fit as a decoration for any corner you have in the house. Not everyone is sold on this idea though. There are some who absolutely love this idea and praise iLive as there are not many alternatives available out there. There are also those who absolutely dislike this idea and deem the vertical frame to be ugly. So ask yourself what do you think of a tall sound bar.

See our full sound bar comparison guide to see how iLive sound bars compare against their peers

The latest flagship model that has recently been released is the iLive ITB382B. This latest model outputs a 2.1 channel stereo sound that is equipped with enough oomph to be used as an entertainment station across the entire home. Just like any audio products that are expected to work with portable music players, iLive ITB382B is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity that allows it to be paired with virtually any latest music source such as your iPhone or any Android phone.

The wireless range of iLive ITB382B is 33 feet which should be sufficient for most folks. I really do not see a need to go beyond this distance because the further away your device is from the sound bar, the battery of your device will be flat in no time as longer range transmission will consume higher power. I can tell you that 90% of the time, no one will do a Bluetooth wireless music streaming from their device. What you will end up using most of the time will still be the 3.5mm audio jack if you want to output audio from your phones.

iLive sound bar reviews

The biggest draw of iLive sound bar is price. If you are an audiophile, you will definitely not be looking at this brand. But most ordinary folks are not audiophiles and no one can tell if the music that you are listening to is missing certain low frequency components.

That is why some of the latest releases do not even come with subwoofer. The iLive ITB382B is certainly one of them. Nonetheless, if after trying it out you find that the sound is a bit flat, a subwoofer outlet is available. You can buy a subwoofer separately and simply plug into this output jack. The only drawback with this is you have to first buy your sub separately (means additional cost) and you have to use cable to connect the sound bar unit to the subwoofer. This will not give you the flexibility that comes with wireless subwoofer.

If you think that bass quality is important, you may want to skip the ITB382B altogether. What would be more relevant for your consideration is iLive 37-inch sound bar with wireless subwoofer that is labeled as ITPW891B. If you are running out of space to place your sub, IT209B might be your best option. It does not come with external sub but the sub is built-in to the sound bar itself. Naturally, you can expect the IT209B to be of superior quality compared to ITB382B but of course, it comes with a price tag.

The Cons

Based on the various iLive sound bar reviews that I’ve gathered, the biggest let down of the brand is its customer service. The most common complain is difficulty in getting support when the unit that you’ve brought home run into problem or that you’ve discovered some defects. Being an electronic device, defects and failures are expected. If you so decided to buy one of the iLive sound bar stereo systems, make sure that you factor in this consideration into the price.

Conclusions

As a final note to our iLive sound bar reviews, we conclude that iLive produces some decent sound bar solutions. Certain models are attractive due to their price points but make sure you know what you are missing out with these products. Are you looking for a docking station? If you are, iLive ITP100B would be your best bet. If the answer is no, then are you looking for a solution with powerful bass? If you are not, iLive ITB382B would be the perfect option. As you can, you need to know what features you need and what features you do not need. Only then, you will be able to select an iLive sound bar that best fits to your needs.

Based on the various iLive sound bar reviews, the biggest let down of the brand is not with the quality of its products. Customer service is one area that draws the biggest dissatisfaction.

2 Comments

  1. Danny

    I think the manufacturer just want to earn more by selling the subwoofer separately.

  2. Janet

    Subwoofer is a must!

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