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Altec Lansing iMT620 inMotion Classic Portable iPod Dock with Rechargeable Battery and FM Tuner - 30 Pin Connector
- 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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- Brand Name: Altec Lansing
- Model Number: iMT620
- Item Display Weight: 4.1 pounds
- Tuner Technology: AM/FM
- Media Type: MP3
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.
-Sound quality is good. No popping or cracks with iPods or Aux attachments. Radio pickup is very good.
-The range of sound goes from very soft to very loud in good step increments. I was very pleased with the range.
-There are only 4 radio presets on both models
-All the typical navigation controls are there, except for a way to easily "jump to next album/artist". There is a fast forward, but its use for scanning to next FM station is touchy.
-They work great with the iPod classic, however, both have extreme difficulty with the iPod Touch (2nd Gen 8GB). They wouldn't always play, and if you switched source and came back, or if the Touch timed out and turned itself off, they weren't able to pick up playing again. If you try to manually do it with the Touch, it plays from the Touch speaker even though it's in the dock. The Touch also doesn't sit well on the dock due to its thin size.
-The cords are both are 6 feet.
-Neither has an AM tuner.
What I like about each compared to the other:
600 - Has the stronger remote. I can use it from 20ft away no problem. The 620's remote is very spotty even at 6ft range. The remotes, however, are compatible with both units.
620 - Has menu navigation on its remote so it is in theory easy to navigate artists, however you really need to see your iPod screen to do this, which if you're using the remote you'd think you'd be too far away to see (but since the 620 remote is awful you're probably right up close trying to get it to work anyway)
620 - Better antenna, it's got more range of motion, the 600's just sticks out the side. Can make a big difference for picking up weak stations, but for stronger radio signals no big deal.
600 - Stores the remote better, it slides behind two clasps locking it in place more securely than the 620's which just slides down. The 600's storage space is also covered when the unit is closed up, where as you'll probably lose the 620's remote if the unit is ever not upright in transit.
600 - Has a taller but less deep footprint than the 620. This is really a tossup unless you have a particular space in mind where yours will live.
600 - Better out-of-use battery life. I charged both units to full and then let them sit for two weeks. The 600 was at 80% and the 620 at about 60%.
620 - Less electrical interference. Having both units side by side, tuned to the same FM station, the 620 was still virtually clear, but the 600 was staticky.
Overall I prefer the 600, the lack of strength in the remote control for the 620 was the single most annoying problem. Plus given the drastically different prices of the two models and their equivalent sound quality and features, it's hard to justify buying the 620 unless the better electrical interference resistance is something you'll especially need.
The only thing I had issues with was the dang bright orange sticker that came affixed to the speakers! If the sticker had been easier to remove, or placed elsewhere on the product, I wouldn't have had any problem, but the sticker this company uses 1. Does not remove easily and 2. Leaves residue behind.
I couldn't for the life of me figure out why on earth they would affix a sticker to the speakers since all the residue gets stuck in the tiny holes. Please, Altec, don't do this anymore. All I wanted to do when I got the speakers was to listen to them straight away, and I was stuck peeling off dang sticker fragments for 20 minutes. Not a great introduction to what is otherwise an awesome product.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
- Works exactly as advertised.
- Battery lasts a good while.
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