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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)

by Altec Lansing
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews) 21 answered questions

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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

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 Questions & Answers

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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When first receiving this product we loved it. The sound was great, the remote was a bonus and it was great to be able to charge both our phones. However, after only having it three weeks it stopped charging on one side. I didn't want to mess with returning it so we just used one side (REALLY inconvenient when you put your phone on at night on the 'wrong' side and then take it to work dead because it didn't charge). However it just stopped charging on the OTHER side last night. Exactly 7 days after the return window.

Very disappointing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars EDIT: NOT WORKING May 23, 2012
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The first unit we received simply did not work. The price went up and we bought another one as the replacement (amazon wouldn't ship a replacement). This one arrived and the sound is FABULOUS for a small corner dock - BUT when it is plugged in and turned off, it has a high pitched noise that is constant. We just unplug it every time we are not using it, but it is a high pitched noise emitted when phones are charging or when phones aren't charging if it is plugged in, so just plan to have the music playing all the time while it is docked to drown out the noise. Very happy with the sound but still debating the noise issue...although it is the only unit we've found that will mix music from 2 players at once so it's got a benefit over others!

Fast forward 3 months and the unit will not play 90% of the time, the connectors seem bad and it definitely won't play music from two sources much less one. APPARENTLY it has been manufactured to last past the return date for Amazon and that's about it. Very unfortunate for such a cool concept. We are now stuck with a useless speaker that doesn't work the vast majority of the time. Pretty frustrating considering we paid over $60 on amazon just a handful of months ago and now it is at half price...likely due to the same issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Work Properly October 6, 2013
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I was really excited to get this docking station. I loved the fact that it could hold and charge two ipods AND had a remote control. It was perfect for me for the kitchen, allowing two ipods with different play lists pulled up where I could select which one quickly and easily.

Unfortunately, this station (at least the one I got) doesn't work right. Sometimes it will play the ipods, sometimes it won't. And if you have one playing and try to move to the other one, it won't play. I missed my return window on it so will keep it as a charging station only. It DOES do that okay. But I'm sad that I can't have what I want.
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