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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
Altec Lansing inMotion MAX
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>> I'm Donald Bell, and today we're taking a first look
at Altec Lansing's inMotion Max. This is a $199
portable speaker system for the Apple iPod or the
iPhone. The inMotion Max is an iPod speaker that can
live in two worlds. You can set this up somewhere like
your living room and plug it into a wall and leave it
alone, or you can take this thing on the go and run it
from its internal rechargeable battery, which lasts
around three-and-a-half hours. Now there are hundreds
of rechargeable iPod speaker systems out there that are
smaller and cheaper than what we see here in the
inMotion Max. What makes this guy special is it sounds
very good for a speaker this size, blowing away
comparable portable speaker from Logitech and Griffin.
Plus, you get an FM radio that has RDS song info that
displays on the orange LCD screen. And you also get a
remote control. And the remote control is pretty cool
because it gives you four station presets for the FM
radio, and also has a nice little hiding place in the
very top of the system. Another cool thing about this
system is it's iPhone compatible. So that means that
you can play your music from your iPhone. If you get a
call coming in while you're playing music, your ring
tone is going to play through the speakers. It's also
shielded against the iPhone, so you're not going to get
that cell phone interference you get from other systems.
There's some stuff that's missing, though. On the back
of the Max you'll see an ox input, and that's about it.
You don't get any video output, line or sub out put, USB
pass through or advanced features like Bluetooth or
Wi-Fi streaming. We're also a little bummed about the
fact that the Max's FM antenna is this dangly,
detachable thing instead of a retractable antenna. All
things considered, Altec Lansing has made a great
all-around portable iPod speaker here that's not too
big, not too small, not too expensive, not too
tinny-sounding, and not too ugly. Although some people
might have some issues with the Max's unique industrial
design. I'm Donald Bell, and that was a first look at
Altec Lansing's inMotion Max.
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