For over a year, I've been searching for an Mp3 docking station. I wanted something that was portable, small, and capable of putting out a decent sound. My problem is that most docking stations are specific to iPod, and I have a Samsung. So last week, when my local Kohl's department store was having a sale on the few electronics they sell, I decided to take a look. After weeding through box after box of docking stations, I almost gave up the hunt simply because all of them stated "made for iPod". Just as I was ready to leave, I spotted the fine print on one of the boxes that said it was compatible "with other audio devices". Eureka!
When I got to my car with my new purchase, I immediately took out the small Mp3 boom-box. My Samsung Mp3 player just happened to be in my purse, so I thought I'd hook it up, and sample the sound. Lo and behold, I couldn't connect my Samsung (aka "other audio device") without purchasing a separate cable to plug in. After I ran back into the store and bought my missing cable, I plugged everything in and turned on my iLive. (Did I mention it runs on 8 "C" batteries when it's not plugged in with the AC cord provided?) Naturally, I was running it on batteries during my test. ( I DID have foresight and purchased these ahead!) Surprisingly, it sounded pretty darn good! It's certainly not Bose quality, but it didn't sound too bad!
The design is nice, with a handle for carrying it around, and it comes in several colors, which is a nice touch. Some of the features include an AM/FM radio, volume, and tuner controls, and a clock. If you have an iPod it would slide right onto the built-in connector. Controls in the front let you search, and skip forward and backward, however, these buttons only work if you have an iPod connected to it. Since mine is a lowly Samsung Mp3 player, these buttons are inoperable for me.
If you're looking for a professional sound, this may not be the docking station for you. But if you want a portable unit that measures approximately 11" wide, by 7" tall, and sounds pretty good, (even connected to "other audio devices"), then you'll be happy with the iLive mini-boom-box.