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Altec Lansing M202 Dual-Charging iPod Dock (30-pin connector)
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Altec Lansing M202 Dual-Charging iPod Dock (30-pin connector)

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Product Features

  • Dual docking/charging speaker system; 30-pin connector - designed for iPhone 4S and older!
  • Fits neatly in tight spaces like corners and kitchen counters
  • Full-feature remote
  • Built-in USB port lets you charge a third device
  • Listen without interference, shielded for mobile phones

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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameAltec Lansing
Item Weight2.5 pounds
Product Dimensions12.9 x 5.3 x 7.1 inches
Item model numberM202
Number of Items1
Remote Control Descriptionremote_control
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #164,846 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.7 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First AvailableAugust 16, 2010
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Technical Details

  • DC in Jack

Product Description

Product Description

Ipod home audio dock with dual chargers

From the Manufacturer

Have more than one iDevice in your family? The Altec Lansing Octiv Duo has you covered. Adding a new twist on the duel dock speaker, the Octiv Duo lets you charge and play two iPhone/iPods at the same time. Its unique wedge design fits nicely in kitchen nooks, bedrooms, and just about anywhere. And the innovative Music Mix App allows you to shuffle through all the music on both devices, hopefully ending the music battle in your house.

Altec Lansing Octiv Duo

At a Glance:

  • Dual-docking speaker charges and plays your iPhones and iPods at the same time

  • Free Music Mix app shuffles the music of both docked devices

  • Built-in USB port lets you charge a third device

  • Compact, wedge-shaped profile fits anywhere

  • Room-filling sound with enhanced bass response

  • Full-featured remote control included

  • Works with all iPhone and iPod models
Dual-Docking System Charges and Plays iPhone and iPod
Charge and play two iDevices simultaneously. View larger.
Dual-Docking Speaker Charges and Plays iPhone and iPod

Imagine charging two iPhones or iPods and listening to your favorite tunes at the same time. The Octiv Duo lets you do just that--it docks, charges, and plays two iDevices at once. Have more than 2 devices that need charging? That is no longer a problem--with the built-in USB charging port you can plug in a third device such as a Blackberry, Droid, or Bluetooth Headset, and with the aux in jack you can play the tunes from those devices as well.

Big Sound in a Small Package

The stylish Octiv Duo has a footprint of only 3.8 by 10.7 by 5.7 inches (H x W x D), but with Audio Alignment technology you get the same amazing clarity and room-filling sound for which Altec Lansing is famous. And thanks to its innovative wedge design, the Octiv Duo tucks nicely into corners, saving space and fitting just about anywhere.

With duel firing ports on the sides of the Octiv Duo, you'll be able to hear fantastic low end bass tones that you wouldn't normally hear on such a small speaker. And to make sure your audio is always optimized, the Octiv Duo includes built-in shielded protection to prevent magnetic interference from the iPhone 4 and other mobile devices.

Included Music Mix App

Downloadable free to your iPhone or iPod Touch (with iOS 3.1 or later), the innovative Music Mix app allows you to seamlessly shuffle through all the music on both your devices. Using the colored slider at the top, you can choose what percentage of music you want playing from each device. Music Mix also displays battery levels, so you know when your gadgets are charged, and it turns on the stereo widening feature of the Octiv Duo.

Full-Featured Remote
Convenient remote attaches magnetically to speaker's reverse side. View larger.
Handy, Full-Featured Remote

With the Octiv Duo, there's no need to get up from your comfortable chair to change tunes or adjust the volume. A convenient full-featured remote puts control in the palm of your hand. And when the unit is not in use, the remote clicks in magnetically to the back of the speaker.

Compatible with All iPod and iPhone Models

The Octiv Duo works with all models of iPhones and iPods including the iPhone 4 and the new iPod Touch and Nano models, so all you need to do is dock, play, and charge. And the Octiv Duo features the "Works with iPhone" and "Made for iPod" certifications, so you're assured it meets Apple's strict performance standards.

The Altec Lansing Octiv Duo is backed by a one-year limited warranty.

Altec Lansing 70 Years of Audio Innovation
About Altec Lansing: 70 Years of Audio Innovation

For more than 70 years, Altec Lansing has been shaping the history of sound delivery. The company boasts a unique history of invention that includes the introduction of the first "talkie" film speakers, the first set of desktop computer speakers, the first iPod docking station, and the first "Works with iPhone" speaker system. Altec Lansing, LLC is and American company headquartered in Milford, Pennsylvania.

What's in the Box

Altec Lansing Octiv Duo.

Music Mix
Music Mix App lets you choose the percentage of music you want playing from each docked device.

Music Mix
Music Mix App also displays battery levels for both devices.
Altec Lansing Speaker Docks
Orbit MOctiv MiniOctiv DuoinMotion CompactinMotion ClassicMix
Ultra-portable sound for MP3 players or mobile phonesCompact speaker/charger/
Designed for multiple iPhone and iPod playersPerfect speaker for hotel, beach, or backyardIdeal speaker to take around the houseThe ultimate party speaker
Key Features
  • 360-degree sound field
  • 2.5mm adapter for use with mobile phones
  • On/Off button and battery life indicator
  • Fits in nearly any space
  • Wake up to music with free Alarm Rock app
  • Makes video calling easy
  • Dock, charge and play two players at once
  • Shuffle tunes from two players with free Music Mix app
  • Wake up to music with free Alarm Rock app
  • Fits neatly in tight spaces
  • Built-in USB port lets you charge a third device
  • Integrated cover protects music system during travel
  • Cover folds back into a stand
  • Ported drivers deliver deep bass
  • Built-in digital FM radio with At-A-Glance LCD
  • Rechargeable battery allows for portability
  • Kick-stand flips up into a handle
  • Class D amplification
  • Advanced audio Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
  • Specially engineered horn-loaded tweeters and mid-range drivers
  • XdB bass-enhanced side-firing subwoofer
  • Built-in digital FM radio with 4 station presets
  • 7-band graphic equalizer
  • Convenient grab handles
Sound Enhancement TechnologyAudio AlignmentAudio AlignmentAudio AlignmentAudio AlignmentAudio Alignment, Waves Maxx AudioAudio Alignment, Xtreme Dynamic Bass
Onboard ControlsPowerFully iPhone or iPod controlledPower, Source, VolumePower, VolumePower, Volume, Track back, Track forwardPower, Volume, Track back, Track forward, Source, EQ
Power Type3 AAA BatteriesAC OnlyAC OnlyAC, 4 AA Batteries AC, Li-Ion Rechargeable BatteryAC, 8 D Batteries
  Orbit MOctiv MiniOctiv DuoinMotion CompactinMotion ClassicMix
Wireless Remote    Yes  YesYes
iPhone & iPod CompatibleYesYesYesYesYesYes
Audio Inputs2-channel analog (stereo)Universal dock for iPhone & iPodTwo universal docks for iPhone & iPodUniversal dock for iPhone & iPod Universal dock for iPhone & iPodUniversal dock for iPhone & iPod
Secondary Aux In Jack    YesYesYesYes
Shielded for Interference  YesYesYesYesYes
Speaker ConfigurationOne 1.5" full-range driverOne 3" full-range driverTwo 2" full-range driversTwo 2" full-range driversTwo 3" full-range driversTwo 1" tweeters and two 3" mid-range drivers;
5.25" subwoofer and 5.25" passive radiator

Customer Reviews

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115 of 123 people found the following review helpful
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The Altec Lansing M202 is a neat, convenient little speaker dock, with surprisingly okay sound for a very small unit. Its strong points are its size -- much tinier than you'd think from the photos, easy to tuck into a corner of a bedside table or a shelf -- and the dual docks, allowing it to be home base for a couple's iPhones or one person's phone and iPod. The unit is straightforward and simple to operate, even without the free custom app (which is a nice touch). But the quality of its construction is surprisingly cheap considering the price; it's a flimsy, lightweight plastic speaker enclosure, with unattractive, cheap cloth permanently fixed over the speakers, and there are some obvious assembly problems like misaligned seams. (Also note that, though the unit does work with the iPhone 4, it only includes plastic dock shims for the 3G/3Gs and the iPod Touch; other iPod and iPhone models can only be docked loosely. It's a weird oversight considering the near-zero cost of these plastics.)

The sound quality is fine, even good for such a small unit, but not miraculous. Given that the unit is built around two very, very small (approx. 2.5") drivers stuck in a lightweight ported plastic enclosure, the sound it puts out is, unsurprisingly, very light on bass and tends to be almost painfully bright on some music. I found this a particular problem listening to jazz -- Miles Davis's trumpet was so bright, almost tinny, that it completely overpowered the rest of his band -- while guitar-based rock came out much better, sounding almost as well-rounded as it would on a larger stereo system. Podcasts and vocals are a good fit for this unit, but I wouldn't even want to try listening to hip-hop on something this bass-deficient.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dock For Houses With Multiple iPods January 1, 2011
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The Altec Lansing "M202 Dual Charging iPod Dock" is a clever idea but it's not really for audiophiles. I had high hopes for this since we have several versions of the Touch and a Nano in the house at any given time.

This dock does allow two iPods to be connected and it is indeed convenient to have a charger that it can handle all of them, as well as play from any of the connected devices, but the sound quality isn't really all that good and the required app for the iTouch\iPhone to mix the played music is of limited value for us since I don't really want any of my kid's playlist on at the same time as mine (significant difference in music tastes).

Setup of the unit was fairly straight forward and required the use of the standard iPod seating adapters (we used the Nano and Touch bases). The remote is very basic and worked well.

What I really didn't like was the quality of the music for my classical and jazz music since it comes out somewhat "tinny", but classic rock is fairly good.

After several months of use, we have relegated this for use as a charging station.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sound, Annoying Application Download Requests November 8, 2010
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I am very impressed with this product. For something so relatively inexpensive the depth and range of the sound coming out of it rivals more expensive systems from Bose and other top end manufacturers. The speaker system works with just about any iPod, iPod Touch, and iPhone made over the last nine years. And as most of us now have more than one of these i devices, it supports charging (and playback) of two devices simultaneously.

Altec Lansing also has two apps in the iTunes store that are compatible with the system. The first is an alarm clock app that will trigger playback through the speaker system at a specified time. It's a nice looking app, but as with all third party applications if the app isn't running in the foreground the alarm won't go off. Definitely not for mission critical wake-up calls!

The second app, called "music mix," streams music from both players that are plugged into the speaker system. A simple interface allows for distributing playback from one device over the other - i.e. it can be set to play music 70% of the time from one iPod, 30% from the other. It also provides feedback as to the charging status of both. My only gripe is that if the mix app is not installed, your iPhone or iPod Touch will continually demand that it be installed for proper operation. Given that that the speaker system works just fine without the app, I don't see why they are so insistent on it being installed.

That gripe aside, this is an impressive low cost speaker system that delivers great sound. A great gift idea!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful device but could use a radio and/or clock November 5, 2010
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I own three iPods but had no speakers for them until I ordered this product. I didn't necessarily think I needed something to charge two of them at once (and three using the USB port), but I did want the speakers since there are places in the house with only minimal setups for music.

Because I listen to music on my computer while I'm in my office and have a full-fledged stereo in the living room, I placed the dock in my bedroom, where I had had no way of listening to the iPods other than through headphones. That placement gave me a good opportunity to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the unit.

First the pluses. I don't pretend to be an audiophile, but I do like good speakers for my computer, so any old cheapies won't do, and the speakers in this unit seem pretty good--certainly far better than the ones in my older Sony clock radio with CD player, though nowhere near as good as my Klipsch computer speakers or my old stereo speakers. But for music in the bedroom at fairly low volume, they're fine. The footprint is also reasonable, though with space at a premium on my cluttered nightstand, an even smaller footprint would have worked better for me. I found the remote handier than I originally thought I would because it not only operates the unit but operates the iPods, and with the dock more than an arm's length from the bed (the only place I had room for it), it allows me to navigate the menus and playlists without having to disturb the cats. :) It is very small and light, however, and I fear it may be easy to lose or become a cat toy. Apparently, the designers thought of that too because it has a magnetic storage compartment at the back of the unit.

That said, because I have it next to the bed, I'd have much preferred a unit that included a radio.
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