Altec Lansing iM-237 Orbit Ultraportable Speaker for MP3 Players (Silver)
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- Compatibility: all MP3 players; iPod mini; iPod nano 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G; iPod classic 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, 5.5G, 6G; iPod touch 1G, 2G
- Conveniently connects to any music player with 3.5-mm connection and music phones with 2.5-mm adapter (not included)
- Single up-firing neodymium driver provides sound in a 360-degree pattern to easily share the music
- Compact size and battery power for maximum portability; LED indicates power on/off and battery status
- Wrap-around cable storage
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The compact, portable iM-237 Orbit M speaker system is an ideal way to share your MP3, CD player, music-enabled phone, or laptop tunes anytime, anywhere. Slip it out of your pocket or purse for an instant audio broadcast. Just plug and play--the incredible, full-bodied, 360-degree sound will blow you away with its clarity and range. At the park, at a party, or just at your desk, it's a great companion for your favorite music device when you want to share your tunes with friends or need a break from headphone wires. And, with its long battery life, the music keeps playing well into the night.
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The compact, portable iM-237 Orbit M speaker system is an ideal way to share your MP3, CD player, music-enabled phone, or laptop tunes anytime, anywhere. Click to enlarge.
Full-bodied, 360-degree sound that will amaze your friends with its clarity and range. Click to enlarge.
Share Your Tunes--Anytime, Anywhere
Incredible Volume and Clarity
Enjoy clear, distortion-free sound wherever you need it. A single up-firing neodymium driver provides sound in a 360-degree pattern for impressive sound in all directions.
Easily connects to portable CD players, MP3 players, music-enabled phones, laptops, and other audio devices, including iPod and iPhone. Conveniently connects to any music player with a 3.5-mm connection and most music phones with the 2.5-mm adapter (not included).
Portable, Rugged Design
Handles whatever your mobile lifestyle dishes out. Plus, the Orbit's wrap-around design protects cord and connector. Just wrap it up and go. And its compact size fits any bag or pocket.
Take it with you anywhere; no AC required. Plays up to 24 hours on 3 AAA batteries (not included). The LED indicates power on/off and battery status.
What's in the Box
Altec Lansing iM-237 Orbit M speaker with 3.5-mm connector, user's guide, and quick setup guide.
|Altec Lansing Speaker Docks|
|Orbit M||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 M||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
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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.
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. It looks like a little pill/capsule, and then springs open to reveal bellows that enhance the bass. The sound is focused and clear, but ranks #3 in loudness and bass quality. It is the only speaker of the 3 that I tested that has a volume control, but I really don't see the need for a volume control when the speaker is only 6 inches away from the sound source. It has a built-in speaker cord for when you want to run it on the internal rechargeable battery. There's also a combined USB charging/speaker cable....1 plug inserts into your computer USB port to charge the speaker battery, and the 2nd plug goes to the headphone-out on your computer (or iPod). So, if your speaker battery dies, just plug the 2 plugs into the computer and you're back up and running. If you're using the speaker to listen to your iPod or iPhone, you are out of luck if the speaker battery dies, unless you have a USB power source nearby. Unfortunately, both the attached speaker cable and the combined USB charging/speaker cable are very flimsy. It also has a speaker-out jack, which allows you to daisy-chain speakers together. Not really a huge selling point, since people tend to buy these speakers because they are small and compact...so who wants to carry 2 with them? But I suppose it does allow for more flexibiity, athough daisy-chaining 2-3 of these little guys together just doesn't make good financial sense. So, just like the volume control, the speaker-out jack is a non-issue to me. Also comes with a little carrying bag made of felt material.
Pros --- Looks and feels right. Small/compact. Decent sound, considering it's size. Rechargeable battery. Option of using built-in cable or combined USB charging/speaker cable.
Cons --- Worst performance in terms of loudness and bass (but still not bad). Flimsy cables.
2) iHome iHM60 Rechargeable Mini Speakers for iPod (Blue) ---- This speaker is very similar to the X-Mini II above. The major differences: it's larger than the X-Mini and doesn't look as "polished". It doesn't have a volume control, but who needs one anyway? It doesn't have a built-in cable....it only has a USB charging/speaker cable....but it's MUCH sturdier than the cable on the X-Mini. The sound is louder and fuller, with more pronounced bass.....probably because the diameter is bigger and the bellows are longer. Comes with a medium-heavy duty black carrying bag, which is more substantial than the felt used for the X-Mini II bag. Also has a speaker-out jack, just like the X-Mini II, for daisy-chaining speakers together.
Pros --- Ranks #2 in loudness and bass. Small/compact. Rechargeable battery. Sturdy cable. Nicer carrying bag. $10 cheaper than the X-Mini.
Cons --- Less "polished" look/feel. Not as small as the X-Mini. No built-in speaker cable, so you MUST use the more bulky USB charging/speaker cable.
3) Altec Lansing iM-237 Orbit Ultraportable Speaker for MP3 Players (Silver) --- This speaker is the largest, but weighs about the same as the IHome. It has NO USB charging cable....just a built-in speaker cable. It ONLY runs on 3 AAA batteries. I haven't used it long enough to test the battery life. The carrying case is a deluxe zippered case that really protects the speaker. It also includes a lanyard for the speaker and a little caribiner clip for the case. The sound clearly out-classes the other 2 in loudness, clarity, and bass.
Pros --- Best sound of the 3. Uses 3 AAA batteries (no rechargeable battery to die on you). Built-in speaker cable. Very nice carrying case.
Cons --- Largest of the 3. Uses 3 AAA batteries (rechargeable battery is convenient, but they often die.) Flimsy built-in speaker cable.
So.....which one am I keeping? That's a good question. I'm DEFINITELY returning the X-Mini II. It performed the worst of the 3, it has flimsy cables, and it costs as much as the Altec. Although the iHome requires that you use the bulkier combo-cord, it sounds better and costs $10 less than the X-Mini II. No-brainer.
How about the Altec? It sounds the best, but has some limitations. I might keep BOTH the Altec and the iHome. But I'm DEFINITELY keeping the iHome, which is the all-around winner in this speaker shoot-out when you compare sound, price, and features.
A couple more remarks. The iHome packaging is maddening. The speaker is wire-tied into the package, making it extremely difficult to remove. I ended up essentially destroying the packaging in order to remove the speaker. But perhaps iHome did that on purpose, so as to discourage returns. Very annoying, but not a deal-breaker. Also, the iHome's cable has a hard plastic clip attached that is supposed to be used as a wire-tie. I have very good manual dexterity, but I was unable to fold the cable back up and clip it back together. Nice try, iHome, but the velcro cable-tie of the X-Mini II is a much better design.....too bad they decided to include such a flimsy cable.
I hope this review helps you in your purchase of a portable speaker for your notebook computer or iPod/iPhone. Be sure to check out my VIDEO REVIEW, which includes sound bytes from all 3 speakers. It is located here: iHome iHM60 Rechargeable Mini Speakers for iPod (Blue).