- Brand Name: Altec Lansing
- Model Number: IM 227
- Battery Average Life: 24 Hours
- Color: Gray
Altec Lansing iM227 Orbit MP3 Speaker
|Price:||$119.99 + $4.79 shipping|
- The ultra portable Orbit MP3 speaker lets you share your MP3 player, music-enhanced phone or laptop tunes anytime
- It has clear, distortion-free sound
- Wrap-around design protects cord and connector.
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Full-bodied, 360-degree sound with amazing clarity and volume. View larger.
Compatible with virtually any audio player and music-enabled phone. View larger.
This compact speaker utilizes a sleek round design that creates a 360-degree sonic field of impressive sound. Though the speaker is small enough to fit in your pocket, it's precisely balanced components ensure clear, distortion-free sound with incredible volume.
Whether you're looking for a break from headphone wires or trying to spark a dance party, the Orbit MP3 Lite makes it easier than ever to blast your favorite tunes at the park, around the house, or anywhere else that needs a soundtrack. The Orbit MP3 Lite can play music for up to 24 hours on three AAA batteries, ensuring the beat goes strong long into the night.
Compact design for ultimate portability. View larger.
The Orbit MP3 Lite uses a standard 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, allowing it to effortlessly connect to iPhones, iPads, iPods, music-enabled phones, MP3 players, CD players, laptops, and virtually any other music device. Simply plug in and play to enjoy spectacular sound whenever and wherever you want.
Tough Design and Less Packaging
Constructed with durable materials, the Orbit MP3 Lite is designed to handle knocks. Feel confident tossing it in your bag or carrying it in your pocket; the Orbit is as dependable as it is portable. A green LED indicates whether the speaker is powered on or off, and when not in use, an integrated wrap-around design keeps the cord and connector safely stored away.
In an effort to reduce waste and decrease the impact on the environment, Altec Lansing has designed the package for the Orbit MP3 Lite with 75 percent less plastic than the original Orbit MP3 package.
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Orbit MP3 Lite speaker and instructions.
|Altec Lansing Speaker Docks|
|Orbit MP3 Lite||Octiv Mini||Octiv Duo||inMotion Compact||inMotion Classic||Mix|
|Ultra-portable sound for MP3 players or mobile phones||Compact speaker/charger/|
|Designed for multiple iPhone and iPod players||Perfect speaker for hotel, beach, or backyard||Ideal speaker to take around the house||The ultimate party speaker|
|Sound Enhancement Technology||Audio Alignment||Audio Alignment||Audio Alignment||Audio Alignment||Audio Alignment, Waves Maxx Audio||Audio Alignment, Xtreme Dynamic Bass|
|Onboard Controls||Power||Fully iPhone or iPod controlled||Power, Source, Volume||Power, Volume||Power, Volume, Track back, Track forward||Power, Volume, Track back, Track forward, Source, EQ|
|Power Type||3 AAA Batteries||AC Only||AC Only||AC, 4 AA Batteries||AC, Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery||AC, 8 D Batteries|
|Orbit MP3 Lite||Octiv Mini||Octiv Duo||inMotion Compact||inMotion Classic||Mix|
|iPhone & iPod Compatible|
|Audio Inputs||2-channel analog (stereo)||Universal dock for iPhone & iPod||Two universal docks for iPhone & iPod||Universal dock for iPhone & iPod||Universal dock for iPhone & iPod||Universal dock for iPhone & iPod|
|Secondary Aux In Jack|
|Shielded for Interference|
|Speaker Configuration||One 1.5" full-range driver||One 3" full-range driver||Two 2" full-range drivers||Two 2" full-range drivers||Two 3" full-range drivers||Two 1" tweeters and two 3" mid-range drivers;|
5.25" subwoofer and 5.25" passive radiator
Top Customer Reviews
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The 207 is roughly 25% smaller and comes with a 1/8 to 3/32 stereo adapter, is designed to function sitting with the speaker pointing upward or will sit at a slight angle back on its side. I think it is money well spent- compared to the same amount I spent 3 years ago on one of those fold-up cube type dual speakers. In comparison to that fold-up cube, I think the sound is like 3 times better: quality-wise and volume-wise. The iM-207 lacks an LED that lets you know if the power is switched on, so you might drain the batteries out if you forget to turn it off after you unplug your player unit. It turns on and off by rotating the outer chrome ring-not a smooth switch at all compared to a rocker, slider or push button. Now on to the iM-237: a bit more stylish than its predecessor the iM-207 and at a price that is 130% more. It comes with a swanky padded and zippered carrying case with a mini carabiner clip and a tether that can be attached to the speaker to secure it to your wrist or hang it on the wall, it doesn't have a 1/8th to 3/32 adapter. the sound is cleaner than the 207, more defined at both ends and easier to listen to and has more volume. I wouldn't say the sound is twice as good though- I'd say more like 40% better. I'm not an acoustical engineer and don't have the audio equipment to evaluate the quality on any emperical basis. The iM-237 does have a nice green LED to let you know the power is on and a simple push button on/off button (which is vulnerable to accidental activation) the cord conceals neatly in a winder molding in the base and secures the plug well- a little too well, it's hard to get it out if you don't have long fingernails! I'd say value wise the 207 has a better quality to dollar value, however if you prize sound quality then go for the iM-237.
As it turns out the answer is much simpler. Altec found a way to make another buck or two by not including the case. Which is kind of drag because I think the case would actually be useful.
Soundwise, the Altec IM-227 is a good value for $20 or so. It's not stereo, it's a single speaker. The tiny amplifier powered by three AAA batteries (which you supply) is fairly clean for what it is. Make no mistake, this is close listening device. You won't entertain others with this thing. It works at a desk, in a cubical or a small room with no background noise. I can see where it would be great for camping though I haven't checked the full length of the battery life claimed by Altec (24 hours). For a single driver speaker of this size the sound is rich, detailed and reasonably accurate (given the device). I think it's worth $20 if your needs match what this speaker does.
-The cord is short. I mean short. I'm talking seven inches of short.
-It's very simply constructed of plastic.
-It's not very cool looking.
-Max volume isn't loud.
-Power button gets turned accidentally if packed with other things (I pack mine without the batteries after learning this).
-That skinny little cord is going to break and then this thing will be a throwaway (which is sad).
-The sound is rich and reasonably accurate.
I figured when I bought it that it was basically a throw-away. Not so. It's a good little speaker that fits the bill.
After reading the reviews on portable notebook/iPod/iPhone speakers, I narrowed my choice down to 3 products and ordered all 3. I thought that I would choose the best one, send the others back, and review them at the same time. So....my 3 choices were the X-Mini II Capsule Speaker, the iHome iHM60 Rechargeable Mini Speakers for iPod (Blue), and the Altec Lansing iM-237 Orbit Ultraportable Speaker for MP3 Players (Silver).
I tested all 3 speakers with my Sony Vaio notebook, my iPhone 3Gs, and my 60-gig iPod. All 3 speakers worked with all 3 devices, and the rating results were comparable.
One more thing: although 2 of the 3 speakers have USB charging cables, none of them are USB devices. The USB only charges the speaker; the sound is controlled via the headphone-out controls.
1) X-Mini II Capsule Speaker ---- This speaker is the most compact. I like the design, the lines, the feel, and the size. It just feels right.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought 3 of these. They work great, good sound, good battery life, and can be used with a laptop.Published 15 days ago by rich
Sounds gets a little off at max volume, but this isn't really a high-volume speaker anyways. Perfect for a few friends at the beach, River, camping, or at a picnic. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Michael
Great sound for the size. This has been my go to speaker to plug into my laptop or to bring outside in the summer to play songs off my phone. It takes 3 AAA batteries. Read morePublished 1 month ago by YoopScoop
Great sound from such a little thing! okay it's not the smallest portable speaker you'll find but it delivers clear rich sound to fill a room. Great price point too! Read morePublished 4 months ago by BrooklynBeka
It worked the first time I used it like a charm, but the next time I took it out and plugged it into an mp3 player it wouldn't turn on. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brittany
Great speaker..I use it with my smartphone to listen to music and with my SP7 spirit box..it's easy on batteries but is it really sold on here for 117.99??? Read morePublished 4 months ago by scott mowery
About two weeks into using this product very casually and in the same place..it started to work only sporadically. However, when it does work the sound quality is fantastic.Published 4 months ago by eblu