updated 09:55 am EDT, Wed September 28, 2005
inMotion iM5 for iPod
Altec Lansing today began shipping its new , a travel-friendly mobile audio dock that adds "out-loud listening powers to your iPod anywhere from your bedroom to your hotel room. You get big sound with special bass enhancement in a package small enough to tuck in a backpack or suitcase, plus a variety of updates to the original inMotion product." The iM5 is a sleek pencil box-shaped unit with a striking new design dominated by a silver grille trimmed in iPod white. The 20-oz. portable device offers both AC and battery power (up to 24 hours of battery operation), a headphone jack, and an auxiliary input port on the back of the unit for connecting other devices. The 20-oz device ships for $150 and includes a deluxe carry case.
"The mesh of the grille conceals a pair of specially engineered speakers, while a small white rectangle on the front of the case hides a docking station that slides in and out like a drawer. With a push of the button, the iPod dock glides open to accept any dockable iPod or iPod mini."
The speakers contain four full-range micro drivers powered by a highly efficient Class D amplifier, plus patented MaxxBass technology that enhances the low frequencies without the need for a subwoofer. The system serves up rich, full-bodied sound that fills the room, and it automatically syncs and recharges the docked iPod when plugged into an AC power source.
In addition, the shock-resistant device offers video connectivity for the iPod photo through a composite video output jack on the rear of the unit, allowing users to display their iPod photo albums on almost any television or supported projector while running background music through the iM5's sound system. It also offers the option to plug in a subwoofer through a subwoofer output connection on the back of the unit.
Each package includes a power supply with an international plug set, a 3.5 mm stereo cable for connecting other audio devices, and a protective carry bag. Four AA batteries (not included) are required for battery operation.