Altec Lansing Mix iMT810 review: A portable boomer

The Altec Lansing Mix iMT810's winning combination of good performance, lots of oomph, and portability makes it one of the best boom-box-style bass-heavy speaker options you can buy for your iPhone, iPod, or iPod Touch.

Altec's Mix iMT810 digital boom box is available now for $299.99. Altec Lansing

Back in 2009, we reviewed the $300 Mix iMT800, a modern iPod/iPhone speaker dock with the look and feel of an old-school, crank-it-till-your-ears-bleed boom box. Now Altec's updated that portable speaker system with some small tweaks--the new model is known as the Mix BoomBox iMT810. Since the two systems are so similar, a lot of this review will sound the same as the review for the older model. But let's start with the differences. Here's what the new iMT810 has versus the previous system.

  • Certified for use with iPhone 4
  • Blue backlit LCD screen for device status and track info
  • Metallic accents are brushed aluminum instead of gold
Except for that blue backlight and brushed-aluminum accents, the two models look identical. While this can certainly be used as a stay-at-home stereo, Altec isn't shy about mentioning that it also makes for a good party system indoors or outside. On top, you'll find a handle, and you can also pick the unit up using the "grab" handles on the front of the speakers.

So how does it sound? Read the full review to find out

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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.

 

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