updated 10:10 am EDT, Thu June 2, 2005
Altec inMotion iM7 system
Altec Lansing today announced its new inMotion iM7 Portable Speaker System, which it says "brings the market's most impressive out-loud firepower to your iPod, iPod mini or iPod photo, along with the ability to run on batteries for use wherever you go. "Patent-pending digital amplification technology and other engineering extras pump out the biggest and fullest sound this side of your home stereo system -- all in a one-piece package compact enough to take on the road." The sleek, cylindrical, white and silver system features two 1-inch tweeters, two 3-inch mid-range drivers, a 4-inch side-firing subwoofer and a 4-inch passive radiator. It will ship in June for $250.
The supports any dockable iPod using iM7's patent pending universal cradle, which gracefully opens and recesses with the touch of a finger and recharges the iPod while on AC power; it also includes S-Video and Composite video output connectors to view iPod photo images on any television or other video monitor.
The iM7 offers a battery-operated mode, a built-in handle as well as optional accessories, including a shoulder harness that lets you listen as you walk and a protective shoulder pack for easy transport. It includes an AC power supply with an international plug set as well as a full-featured wireless remote that provides across-the-room control of iPod song navigation as well as the speaker system's on/off, volume, and separate bass and treble functions.
The iM7 carries Apple's new "Made for iPod" certification and can also double as a speaker system for other devices. The unit comes with an auxiliary 3.5 mm input that permits connectivity to CD and MP3 players, portable DVD players, TVs or VCRs, plus a headphone jack for private listening.