iHome Gets Tough With Bluetooth Speakers

Unveils Weather Tough line of IP67-rated portable speakers
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The $99.99 rectangular iBT9 in iHome’s Weather Tough line of Bluetooth speakers

iHome is shipping its toughest bunch of Bluetooth speakers to date.

Four speakers in the Weather Tough line are iHome’s first Bluetooth speakers with an IP67 rating, which signifies a dust-tight chassis able to be immersed in water up to 1 meter in depth for 30 minutes.

The quartet is also promoted as offering military-spec rubberized shock-proof casings.

Other iHome speakers have been rated up to IPX4, a spokesman said, indicating they are protected from water splashes and aren’t dust-proof or dust-resistant.

The speakers, priced from a suggested $39 to $99, come with speakerphone features, including built-in microphone, echo cancellation and answer and end controls.

All will be available direct from iHome and through select Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Target and other stores. Two are available now, and two are due later this month.

The lineup starts with the $39.99 iBT37 triangular mono speaker, due in June with eight-hour internal rechargeable battery and quarter-inch tripod mount on bottom.

The $49.99 circular iBT82, already available, features an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery with up to 12 hours of playing time. The mono speaker weighs less than 4 ounces.

The $69.99 rectangular iBT35, already available, comes with eight-hour rechargeable battery, aux-in jack, mono driver, carabiner clip with built-in bottle opener, and LED indicators for battery charging and Bluetooth pairing.

The $99.99 rectangular iBT9, due in June, steps up to stereo speakers, 1-amp USB port to charge mobile devices,  two full-range drivers, passive bass radiator, 12-hour internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and included  2-amp USB/AC adapter.

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