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Altec Lansing inMotion MAX speaker system
System works with iPhone 3G and most iPods
By John Virata

Altec Lansing has been building iPod speaker systems for quite a while now, and before that was a purveyor of PC speaker systems in various price ranges. As Apple has offered multiple generations of its iPod music and video player, Altec Lansing has offered a speaker system to take advantage of what the iPod can do. Now with the iPhone, Altec Lansing offers the inMotion MAX speaker system that enables you to play your music on your iPhone (also Made for iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 1st and 2nd generation, iPod classic, iPod with Video, iPod nano 1st-4th generation, iPod with color display, iPod mini and iPod with Click wheel), and when your iPhone rings while docked into the speaker system, the music will pause so you can accept the call.

The inMotion MAX is Altec Lansing's portable iPod speaker solution with a built in FM radio, alarm clock, and an included remote control that enables you to control all the speaker's functions, the FM radio as well as the capability to advance (or replay) songs on the iPod. The speaker is built around a pair of 2-inch 50mm full range drivers and two 2-inch 50mm passive radiators.

The remote control enables you to adjust the volume, advance the song in the playlist, change the source from iPod to FM radio (or auxiliary device) and turn the speaker system's Expanded Sound Stage (ESS) technology on and off. ESS technology is supposed to enhance the sound of the speaker system, which in my opinion is akin to the mono and stereo button of the past. Of course for enhanced sound, you want to have ESS turned on all the time, especially when playing the Door's When the Music's Over.

The inMotion MAX

The big idea with the inMotion MAX ($199 MSRP) is its portability. Like the boom boxes of the 1970s and early 1980s, you can take this iPod speaker system with you anywhere and still get solid sound. The unit's rechargeable lithium-ion battery has a rated 3.5 hours of playing time. It is compact enough to put in a spare pocket in your backpack for those days at the park, the beach, or anywhere you'd want to have music via your iPod. Plus, its design protects against mobile phone interference. It does play FM, and with the included FM antenna that screws into the back of the unit, you can pick up the latest radio stations wherever you may be. The remote control even has the capability to save four station presets. It is a decent speaker system that plays solid tunes for its size.


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John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at [email protected]

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