Engadget: Altec Lansing is showing off a handful of updates to its line of audio accessories this week at IFA in Berlin. At top of the list is the newly revealed inAir 5000, a hefty tabletop AirPlay speaker that the company is firmly positioning to take on Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin line (which also recently got its own AirPlay version). (more…)
iPodNN: Altec Lansing on Tuesday introduced its first iPad dock, the Octiv Stage. The device will charge the iPad and allows it to be positioned either vertically or horizontally thanks to a rotating arm. The arm also lets users tilt the screen for viewing or more comfortable typing.
A wireless remote is included, allowing users to control the music playback from across the room. The two 50mm neodymium speakers are tuned to provide a more center channel-like performance for better dialogue in addition to stereo audio depending on the source. The dock can also accommodate iPods and iPhones. A 3.5mm auxiliary jack supports non-Apple hardware.
The Octiv Stage is now available in stores and online, priced at $150.
Übergizmo: The name says it all – the Altec Lansing Octiv Duo (M202) dual docking and charging speaker system. This model will also be accompanied by a free Music Mix App that will enable multiple device households to play as well as charge their iPod and iPhones simultaneously. Just in case you have a third device, fret not – you can juice it up via the integrated USB port while expanding the musical player options with the aux-in. It will come in a low profile compact wedge design, making the Octiv Duo ideal for homes with many nooks and crannies, such as in the kitchen or on the nightstand. Another plus point with couch potatoes would be the full-featured remote that enables easy playlist access and control from across the room.
What about the free Music Mix app, you ask? This application will shuffle songs from both players, letting users set the percentage of music played from each iPhone or iPod while docked in a jiffy. If you prefer to wake up to your favorite tunes, then the free Altec Lansing Alarm Rock app is just the tonic, no longer do you need to be subject to irritating ringing dins of a traditional alarm clock. Expect the Altec Lansing Octiv Duo to arrive later this October for $99.95. We would venture far enough to say this is good for those who do not yet own an iPod/iPhone dock of any kind, but those who already do might want to give this a pass. Strangely enough, the product page mentions that this is no longer on sale. Weird. Gremlins on Altec Lansing’s side?
Crave: Speaker systems for the iPod are a dime a dozen, but a few of them stand out from the rest.
Altec Lansing has built a solid reputation for building affordable iPod speaker systems with above-average sound quality, and its latest inMotion Max portable speaker system is no exception.
The Max is compatible with both the iPod and iPhone, and comes stocked with an FM radio, charging dock, aux input, and an internal rechargeable battery good for about 3.5 hours of iPod playback.
We’re not bowled over with the Max’s unique industrial design and touch-sensitive controls, but the system strikes a nice balance of features and performance.
Engadget: Altec Lansing sure came out fighting this week, with it not only debuting a brand new logo, but a bundle of new speakers and iPod docks that sport the new branding.
The most stand-out, by far, are the Expressionist Bass speakers, which are a full ten inches high and include built-in 4-inch subwoofers and two 1.5-inch drivers apiece.
On the slightly less intimidating front, Altec Lansing has the Orbit MP3 iM237 single-speaker unit, which runs on three AAA batteries, and a pair of new inMotion iPod speaker systems: the inMotion Moondance GLOW and the inMotion MAX.
SlipperyBrick: Altec Lansing looks to be going more high end with its speaker systems via yesterday’s unveiling of the Powered Theater Series. Two wireless models make up this new line – the two-speaker PT8051 (approx. 745 euro) and the one-speaker PT7031 (approx. 450 euro).
Both wireless speaker packages take the form of nice looking bar-style speakers. They are designed to match the look of flat panel televisions. The PT8051 supports Dolby and DTS listening modes and is capable of providing surround sound through left, center and right channels within one front speaker as well as left and right channels included in a rear speaker.
The PT7031, meanwhile, makes use of Dolby virtual speaker technology to give you simulated five-channel surround sound.
Anythingbutipod.com: SanDisk has signed deals with 40 companies to produce accessories for the Sansa line of MP3 players, according to their press release. These companies will join SanDisk’s “Made for Sansa” licensing program much like the “Made for iPod” program.
The third party accessory manufacturers are already showing an impressive line up of goods found on their Made for Sansa landing pages: Macally, Altec Lansing, Griffin, and DLO to name a few. These products include a vast majority of the same types of accessories iPod owners have been enjoying for years, including several different kinds of speaker docks, chargers, FM tuners, cases, cables, headphones with built-in docks, and the list goes on.