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Newegg has the Polk i-Sonic for $99 less a $50 mail-in rebate and shipped free. 
That's just $49!
The i-Sonic is a powerful audio system that in my opinion outshines any Bose unit.
It originally sold for over $300 but has been discontinued and these are obviously closeouts.
It has the older style 30 pin Apple iPhone/iPod Touch connector.
It does NOT have the newer Lighting connector of the iPhone 5/5S/5C or the newest iPod.
But if you an iPhone 4S or older or an iPod Touch with the 30 pin connector then this thing rocks.
It will beat the pants off of any other speaker system out there costing under $250.
And it does function as a clock and a radio too.
Thinking they could sell it direct to the public like Cambridge Soundworks or Bose, Polk did a terrible job marketing this product when it first came out by not selling it in retail stores. 
So not many people know about it. 
And now with all the power speaker manufactures using Bluetooth to make their products more universal (Droid/Blackberry/iPhone) they have lowered the potential sound quality as Bluetooth connections are not nearly as good sounding as a direct connection.
You can still connect newer iPhone or other devices via the RCA type AUX connectors so this unit has years of life left in it.
But it is certainly nice to drop your iPhone into this unit, have it charge, and be able to use the i-Sonic remote to manipulate tracks and volume.
The unit is bigger than most of today's speaker systems and really kicks out the jams.
Buy it at Newegg for $99 with free shipping (be sure to tick the free shipping box at checkout) and $50 rebate that comes as a Visa card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16855979027 
Product detail available on Polk's website...
http://www.polkaudio.com/products/isonic-das 


 

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It was posted before:

http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/expired-deals/1319282/

but seems to be back again?

One question I do have: Can I used an old iPhone 3GS and have it pull in my favorite internet radio stations through this device? It would be nice if the clock set itself automatically based on that iPhone, but I can't find any details about that either.

Thank you.

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Too bad they did not have a simply CD player built-in. A CD player would have extended the life of this product way pass iPod/iPhone.

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I do miss how convenient it was to have a sweet mix CD, but don't miss the anger that would follow when that sweet mix got scratched.

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No HD Radio? I will pass.

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vadeltachi said:   It was posted before:
http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/expired-deals/1319282/ 
but seems to be back again?

One question I do have: Can I used an old iPhone 3GS and have it pull in my favorite internet radio stations through this device? It would be nice if the clock set itself automatically based on that iPhone, but I can't find any details about that either.


      The thing you say that was posted before was at a higher price of $129 less $50 MIR. 
      This posting is about the new lower price of just $99 less $50 MIR.  That is $49 AR!
      The iPhone 3GS has the 30 pin Apple connector and is a perfect match for this device.  
      Whatever you play from the connected device will play out of the speaker. 
      The clock sets manually.  
      AFAIK there is no battery backup or automatic clock set (from radio signals).  
      But this unit is not a practical bedside clock/radio because it is bigger than most night tables.
      This thing is a complete sounds system for a smaller living room, studio apartment, or office.  
      It will rattle your windows with the bass that comes out of this thing.  It is awesome.  
      And IT IS ONLY $49!!!!  
      Nothing can touch the sound of this machine at that price.
      And it is far from obsolete as it has an AUX input.  
      If plugin a cable into your iPhone 5 to connect it to this thing then you could buy a $15 iPhone 5 cradle and connect it to the AUX port on the i-Sonic 
      (just like Bose does requires for its very similar $450 machine).
      Did someone here say that they still use CDs? 

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So does this or does this not have Bluetooth?

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You *might* be able to connect *some* lightning device with something like this
http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Lightning-30-pin-Adapter-iPhone/dp/B00DVQD868
or this
http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Lightning-30-pin-Adapter-iPhone/dp/B00DVQD868.

As you can see, the reviews are mixed.

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scoutconnor said:   So does this or does this not have Bluetooth?
  No bluetooth.

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Right, as stated in the original post it does not have the lower quallity sounding bluetooth type connection. Though convenient, bluetooth does nit match the quality of a direct cabke connection.  I have bluetooth in my car stereo which is ok for phone calls but lousy for music.  The direct cable connection is heads and shoulders above bluetooth in tems of sound quality.  You can get a cable to connect your Droid phone, iPhone 5 with lighting, or any other audio source to the RCA type AUX port on the Polk I-Sonic.

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I have owned this radio since ~2008. I think it may be an earlier version that has HD radio (which we love). Looks like this is the updated version w/o HD radio from what I can see in the pictures even though the polk site seems to indicate HD still available...This model at new egg is also missing the "Tag" feature.
http://www.polkaudio.com/downloads/catalogs/IES2_PCatalogENG.pdf
Anyway, as far as iPhone 5s compatibility goes, with the lighting/30 pin adapter in use, the 5s still charges perfectly and can also stream internet radio -- so functionality wise with the adapter in place 100% compatible with iPhone 5s. This may / may not apply to the model for sale. if it does, $50 is a steal. also POLK service has been great, even out of warranty...
Note there are no treble or bass controls on the unit, and it is quite bassy.

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rollercoaster said:   <snip>...
Note there are no treble or bass controls on the unit, and it is quite bassy.

  
          There is some ability to adjust the tone (bass/trebel) to different modes in iTunes...
           http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-adjust-the-equalize...
 

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Awesome buy. I was looking for something like this that had bluetooth but at this price and for this quality I bought one and will stick a $10 bluetooth adapter in the aux port. Thanks OP!

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briese said:   Awesome buy. I was looking for something like this that had bluetooth but at this price and for this quality I bought one and will stick a $10 bluetooth adapter in the aux port. Thanks OP!
  
        For those that value the convenience of bluetooth that us a geat idea.  I did not know they made such a thing.  Would be interesting to hear you opinion of he difference in sound quality between the Bluetooth and hard wired connections and a link to the adapter you like.  I see scores of them on ePay for as little as $6.  Thanks.

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Still alive with new rebate

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Just checked rebate form and it expired 1/31/04. Darn. Had electrical problems here and half of my electronics got toasted. So I was/am in the business of searching for a clock radio that doesn't make me want to throw it across the room every time I need to reset it or when I want to listen to the radio and it sounds like a transistor from back in the ancient ages. This sounded like it was a good deal. %5,000 in electrical repairs, still have to replace items that got fried....I need a bargain radio! And a glass of wine. Now.

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CPenn said:   Just checked rebate form and it expired 1/31/04. Darn. Had electrical problems here and half of my electronics got toasted. So I was/am in the business of searching for a clock radio that doesn't make me want to throw it across the room every time I need to reset it or when I want to listen to the radio and it sounds like a transistor from back in the ancient ages. This sounded like it was a good deal. %5,000 in electrical repairs, still have to replace items that got fried....I need a bargain radio! And a glass of wine. Now.
  
Well, not a bargain, but Tivoli has great radios.  Or alternatively, for much less you can get Sangean wr11.  Again, both these are for those that want quality sound.  Both have real wood housing. The Sangean is $25 more than this Polk after rebate, but everyone loves it.... I'm on fence myself if I should get one.... haven't jumped yet. 

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CPenn said:   Just checked rebate form and it expired 1/31/04. Darn. Had electrical problems here and half of my electronics got toasted. So I was/am in the business of searching for a clock radio that doesn't make me want to throw it across the room every time I need to reset it or when I want to listen to the radio and it sounds like a transistor from back in the ancient ages. This sounded like it was a good deal. %5,000 in electrical repairs, still have to replace items that got fried....I need a bargain radio! And a glass of wine. Now.
Yes, the rebate is now gone.  Lasted all of December 2013 and January 2014.
Still not a bad deal for just $99.  However it isn't a great clock radio as it is pretty big and probably does not fit on most bedside tables.
I don't know of any clock radio that sounds any good.  If my Proton 320 ever dies then I would be shopping eBay for another Proton 320 or a 330.  I think you can get a used one for under $50.  These models have two alarms (for couples), battery backup and some also have automatic time setting by atomic clock received via radio signals.  Probably the best clock radio made for the last twenty years but no longer made since Eaton bought out Proton and killed half the product line.
But if you wanted to buy new and you want it to be a docking station for an iPhone then I would suggest the iHome but understand that though it is not complete garbage sound like Sony clock radios, it does not have a very robust sound that the I-Sonic or Proton have.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA3G61AV2556 
Or an older model iHome clock radio like the ih8, ih9, ip9, etc.

ps.  The Tivoli clock radio (of which I only know of one model) isn't bad, but it cost $300.  And it is not as warm sounding as the Proton 320 or 330. 

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Thanks dpid and fatgempler. Yeah, it is like searching for a bargain-priced Holy Grail. Why on earth is a decent-sounding, fits on a bedside table, doesn't require an engineering degree to set, cost less than an arm and leg, clock radio so hard to find? I really appreciate the help/suggestions. I'd love to score an old, but working one at an estate sale. Now it is on to coffee maker, toastes oven, new power supply for desktop, ceiling fan/light, portable heater...etc, etc.

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Has anyone still not received their rebate?

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Did anyone have trouble with their rebate? I just called because I never receive mine. I was informed that the rebate was only valid for purchases between 1/1/14-1/31/14 (which after I look is what my copy of the rebate says). Does anyone have a copy or screenshot of the older rebate valid for December purchases?

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