Altec Lansing iMT620 inMotion Classic Portable iPod Dock with Rechargeable Battery and FM Tuner - 30 Pin Connector
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- Supports most iPhone and iPod models with Universal Dock Connector
- Two 3-inch, full-range neodymium drivers and DSP technology for room-filling sound
- Rechargeable battery, handle that doubles as stand, and remote cubby for total portability
- Digital FM radio with 4 station presets; high-contrast LCD for radio or iPod info
- Auxiliary input for connecting external audio devices
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The versatile inMotion Classic is designed for extreme portability, letting you take your music anywhere. Compact and lightweight, the inMotion Classic folds to the size of a small, flat book to pack away.The innovative handle is more than just a handle and serves three important roles , to swing up for grab-and-go transport, to swing back as a stand to securely kickback the speaker system, and to swing under in a "stowed" position. This stowed position electronically prohibits the system from turning ON and draining the on-board rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.
From the Manufacturer
The Altec Lansing inMotion Classic is a "Works with iPhone" and "Made for iPod" certified portable stereo system that includes a digital FM radio. Altec Lansing created the first portable iPod speaker and continues to push the standard with the inMotion Classic, with special attention given to its portability, audio performance and iPhone compatibility.
The iMotion Classic is "Works with iPhone" certified and includes a full-navigation remote that lets you browse your iPhone's playlist. View larger.
A high-contrast LCD display lets you view your song details from afar. View larger.
Innovative handle gives you the portability you need and doubles as a kick stand. View larger.
A New Standard in Portable Audio
The versatile inMotion Classic is designed for extreme portability, letting you take your music anywhere. Compact and lightweight, the inMotion Classic folds to the size of a small, flat book to pack away.
The innovative handle is more than just a handle and serves three important roles: to swing up for grab-and-go transport, to swing back as a stand to securely kickback the speaker system, and to swing under in a "stowed" position. This stowed position electronically prohibits the system from turning ON and draining the on-board rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.
Satisfying Stereo Sound
Naturally, you'll want to bring your tunes on the road only if they sound good. The inMotion Classic delivers. It features Altec Lansing's Audio Alignment™ craftsmanship that precisely balances the key audio components -- the drivers, the enclosure and the electronics. This sonic balance is especially important for great audio in a compact system.
Expanded Sound Stage technology enhances the stereo listening experience by widening the sound field at the touch of a button. Custom-built, dual three-inch neodymium drivers throw out rich, crystal-clear audio with the quality that Altec Lansing fans have come to expect.
Digital FM Tuner
The inMotion Classic's digital FM radio tuner provides another entertainment source. The beauty of the FM radio is that it makes the inMotion Classic a valuable audio asset at all times, even when your iPhone or iPod is not handy. The four FM station presets let you keep your favorite radio stations ready to play.
The "Works with iPhone" certification means that the inMotion Classic is engineered to be immune from GSM signals, therefore preventing the speakers from picking up that pesky interference buzz from the iPhone or other mobile devices. The music pauses and resumes play before and after taking a voice call without ever switching the iPhone to airplane mode. This lets you experience pure audio, and nothing more!
Full-navigation Remote Control
The inMotion Classic offers the most full-featured remote control in its class. In addition to the standard controls, the remote provides full menu navigation for your iPhone or iPod, allowing you to browse artists, songs and playlists directly from the remote. The high-contrast LCD display on the inMotion Classic always tells you the song details from afar.
The inMotion Classic is covered by a one-year limited warranty.
What's in the Box
inMotion Classic stereo speaker system, remote control, AC power adapter, Apple universal well inserts, and quick connect instructions.
|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
Top customer reviews
Right out of the box, in contrast to the 600, the 620 is a sleeker unit. Gone is the high gloss black bezel that looked great but would forever show fingerprints around the buttons. While the 620 weighs in a scant 6 ounces heavier than the 600, it has a lower profile than its predecessor by nearly two inches. Portability is clearly one of the areas of improvement, as the 620 is now supported by its own full-width handle, a feature the 600 lacked, as it was supported on a hinge by the part of the device that served as the dock. Which is to say that when you plugged your iPod or iPhone into the 600, and sat it down on an uneven surface, the iPod could move and bump up against the front face of the 600. The dock in the 620 is set into a fixed recess, meaning once your iPod/iPhone is in place, it's secure. Another obvious change is the antenna -- the 620's extends nearly a foot higher and is of much sturdier construction, which translates (from my own experience) to much crisper, sharper, and clearer reception from local radio stations.
Much can be said about the audio quality, but subjectivity and a lack of a baseline make it difficult to be precise. As a starting point, I will say that the sound quality (given the small size of the device) is exceptional for both the 600 and the 620. That said, the 620 is audibly superior by a perceptible margin on a number of fronts. Deeper is the base, less tinny is the overall sound, more natural are the vocals. Again, however, it's important to note that these aren't slights towards the 600, but rather areas in which the 620 has improved upon what's already good in the previous model. You're not going to close your eyes and confuse the audio for something that would come out of a pair of Martin Logan speakers hooked up to a top-end tuner and amp; what you are going to get is sound quality that will very likely exceed your expectations based on the size of the unit. You just don't expect that depth and range of sound from such a small device. I set the 600 and the 620 side by side, and played different types of music through each in a direct comparison. Andrea Bocelli, Wu-Tang Clan, Nine Inch Nails, The Doors -- each (while offering very different 'needs' for play-back) performed well on the 600, but on the 620 sounded more 'natural,' for lack of a better word.
The remote, a feature largely ignored on my 600, may be one of the best improvements. No longer do you have to use the iPhone/iPod itself to find the song you want, the remote is complete with menu controls, and you can control the music storage device from a distance right on its own screen. Obviously this is a bigger deal for those devices (like the iPhone 3G/3Gs) that have larger screens, but it is highly convenient.
Depending on the volume, the internal lithium battery will hold a full charge for about 5 hours. While it will not charge your iPhone/iPod while running on batteries (this is simply a matter of voltage), you really wouldn't want it to anyway, as that would dramatically reduce the play life of the device off-power.
I have few complaints, and those that I do have are minor. First, there are little adapters that click into place on the port so that the slim body of an Apple iPod nano 8 GB Black (4th Generation) NEWEST MODEL (for example) will be as properly supported as a full-sized iPhone 3G/3Gs. Once that particular adapter clicks into place, it's not the easiest or quickest thing to remove. As my wife has a Nano, and I have a 3Gs, and we'll use each device in the 620 at different times, we're going to have to figure out the best way to handle that, one that doesn't involve prying it out with the tip of a knife. Perhaps we're just over-looking something obvious. Another wish is that you could pre-set radio stations, but that is the weakest of concerns, given how quick and easy I found it to hop back and forth between them.
Wrapping up, the iMT620 has greatly improved upon the iM600. Enough so, that for many it may well be worth the upgrade even if you already own the latter. For those interested in a docking/charging/external speaker/FM radio solution for the iPod/iPhone, I really don't know that you can do better at present. Light, attractive, convenient, feature-rich, outstanding depth and quality of sound given the size; it really is a nearly-ideal option, and one that I will be enthusiastically recommending to friends and family.
I must agree with the positive reviews this unit has received and would ad/expound on a few items:
1. The design has been much improved overall.
2. The handle is a nice feature which, when folded to the storage position, turns the unit off.
3. This unit is more stable overall when sitting on a surface, due to its shorter/wider design.
4. Charges the iPod only when the unit is running in the AC mode.
5. The storage for the remote control holds the remote firmly.
6. An easy to operate unit, buttons are large and well marked.
7. Decent sound at low and high volume.
5. An excellent value for quality and sound for the price.
That said, if you're an audiophile (like me) don't buy this unit if you're expecting to be blown away with fantastic sound (the Sony RDP- 300 is much much better). Altec Lansing does a very respectable job for a unit in this price range. It does a nice job on mid and high end reproduction, however the bass is a bit lacking. To get the most you can out of this unit for the low end frequencies, place the unit on a flat surface near a wall...not against but near. This helps reflect the sound and will improve low end reproduction. It's not a room filling big sound but for its price range, it's darn respectable, having heard more expensive units sound much less dynamic. Altec did improve the sound over previous generation I had and I was rather impressed, considering.
I purchased this as a replacement and it generally follows me outdoors while working in the field/garden or small outdoor gatherings. So this unit will get a lot of outdoor miles. I'll try to report back after I've put it through some work to see how well it fares.
I think you'll be pleased with it at this price range.
Recently the unit was placed on the charger after use and failed to turn on. There was no electrical storm and no power surges. I can only surmise that the unit had a bad power supply. Sent a note to Amazon and they promptly sent a return shipping label. Since it was fulfilled by Amazon, they could not do an exchange because they couldn't guarantee stock of the item. So they suggested that I simply buy it again. Received a quick refund on my card and repurchased the unit.
When I initially contacted the manufacturer, I found out that Altec Lansing has now been sold to a corporation in China! This older unit is warranty supported by what is left of the U.S. company...but who knows for how long. So if you're looking for a new Altec Lansing, it's now made in China. Caveat emptor! The quality of new Altec products likely just took a severe nose dive. Amazon did a good job about standing behind the product so for Amazon, two thumbs up.
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Note: The following is to further illustrate what I meant by "an amplitude distortion at the high end": As my iPod played Nutcracker, the high notes of the violins suddenly spiked over the rest of the music; then the effect faded away. Similarly, when Kathleen Battle sang "O Holy Night" and hit the high notes, her voice spiked over the orchestra. This distortion comes and goes; some tracks play okay, others don't. You never know when it will happen. It seems to happen more often to certain types of music and at certain volume setting. I played the same music on my iPig; I didn't hear any similiar distortion.
Most recent customer reviews
- Works exactly as advertised.
- Battery lasts a good while.
- Remote cubby, carry handle, radio, and excellent iPhone/iPod support.Read more