I am an installer and got a job at a nursing home that wanted to add to their lobby a iPod system that can play music in the lobby when you come in.So I shopped around for the best option that can work great for them and I found this device from Pyle this device really works out great for them so they do not need to control anything from the receiver just from the iPod dock.The music from this unit is crisp clear and they actually love it. All should know I am an installer so it was easy for me to install but if you are not handy and do not know anything about cat5 network cable do not try doing this yourself.The unit also does not have installation instruction.I called the company and they said they will have a instruction manual online on their website soon but for me it was not a problem
- How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Great
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. great
There are two main components to this product, there is the iPod/iPhone cradle piece which you SURFACE mount on your wall and then the receiver piece which you install in a junction box (this is where you would plug the audio cables into to run to your receiver). Here are the main problems with this product. The cradle is flimsy and cheap, I thought it was going to fall apart just taking it out of the box. Next, there are no instructions or wiring diagram on how to hook the thing up. I e-mailed the manufacturer and never got a reply. Next, they don't provide you with a cable to connect the cradle to the receiver! Since there are no instructions or wiring diagram it can be confusing! Turns out you are supposed to hook them up with a cat5 cable. Next problem, there isn't a cat5 plug on the back of the two pieces. There is a plug on the back of the receiver piece but not the cradle. What you have to do is get a cat5 cable, open it all up, strip the 8 individual wires and then push them into a wire punch block on the back of the two parts. The wire block is the cheapest thing ever made and the wires don't stay in. After messing with this thing for 2 hours I boxed it back up and returned it. Do yourself a favor, spend the extra $$$and buy the iPort IW20 dock, that's what I did. Before making the same mistake I did with the Pyle PIWIPDK1 I e-mailed ***** asking some questions. Within 30 minutes I got a response from a person and they included a phone number telling me to call him if I had any more questions. When the product came it had instructions!!!! There were cat5 plugs on the back of each piece and hook up took about 20 minutes. The cradle piece here is recessed and sits flush in a wall, which is much nicer.