The Good The stylish Altec Lansing InAir 5000 streams immersive, consistent sound from iOS devices and iTunes over Apple's wireless AirPlay signal.
The Bad If you aren't terribly picky about sound quality, for half the cash you can get a Bluetooth speaker with nearly the same aural reach.
The Bottom Line The Altec Lansing InAir 5000 produces well-balanced sound in an attractive package that will blow the roof off your room...if you can afford it.
Altec Lansing InAir 5000
With its sleek matte chrome finish and triangular lines, the $499 Altec Lansing InAir 5000 should earn favor in style-centric homes. Its minimalist aesthetic does away with wires in favor ofthat quickly connects iOS devices with the touch of a button, and despite carrying the same price tag as an iPad, the InAir 5000 is a worthwhile accessory that can retain your music's clarity and definition through a wireless connection.
The InAir 5000 takes up less space on cramped desktops than thethanks to its oblong shape and low-profile chassis. Measuring 7.5 inches tall, 19 inches long, and 6.75 inches deep, the speaker's tapered teardrop design with a chrome strip at the top and matching branding on the grille exudes class and lends itself well to households with a modern aesthetic.
The left side of the speaker houses a subtle control panel hidden behind an opaque plastic window with a button to temporarily put the speaker in a charge-only state (sleep mode), an auxiliary button, a headphone jack, and an auxiliary port for connecting an external music device using a 3.5mm plug. However, Altec Lansing doesn't supply the necessary stereo audio cable to make a hardwired connection, and without a dock to plug new iOS devices into, you'll have to settle on an inelegant cable sticking out from the speaker's left side.
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