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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2007
Considering the limitation of the speakers employed this tiny item punches well above it's weight. I have connected the speaker to my desk top computer, sat nav and Snow Fox MP3 player and never been let down by the lack of punch and clarity.

In fact placed centrally in a collegues 53 seat coach, whilst parked up, the sound spread around and down the entire vehicle (40') which is something I did not expect. in the larger space of my company's staff mness room it managed a creditable performance in an area 120' x 40'ceratinly sufficient to provide a clear mabient sound without being stressed and distorted.

The EQ setting on the Snow Fox is very basic but with the unit in "pop" mode the bass is present and the trebles are clean with little or no distortion.

The only gripe is with the on/off switch which is infuriating to operate and feels as though it is a couple of grit particles not electrical contacts, squeeze too hard and nothing happens; relax and the soft twist completes the switching operation. B*st*rd thing!!!!

This is the only down side of this neat unit and something that A.L. need to address before they have a host of broken units returned because the switch is an utter, utter pain in the fundamentals!!

My wife and I have an orbit each and my colleague was so impressed by the combination of Snow Fox and Orbit speaker that I am buying him one to add to his collection of "travel gadgets" and have no doubt that his wife wil also at some point benefit from her own Orbit in the not too distant future.

I would recommend the unit to those who like my collegue and I travel a good deal and have litle space to carry larger bulky items but want a "room" filling sound without too many complexities.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2008
I have just bought this while on holiday in the US. I wanted a portable speaker for my iPod, and this was one of the cheapest in the store, so I wasn't too sure whether it would be any good. However, I knew that Altec have a good reputation.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the sound. which is clear and bright. I haven't tried it on the loudest setting as I am in a hotel room, and don't want to upset the other residents!

Initially I found it hard to turn the speaker to the off/on position, but it has become easier. I'm also using rechargeable batteries, as it seems to use them quite heavily.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2008
Let's not get over-excited about this; the original UK list price was something like £40 which was ridiculous but for £17.99 it's not bad. This is my 3rd set of Altec Lansing speakers, I already own an IM9 and IM500 but I wanted something to plug into my laptop when I give presentations and lectures so the Orbit looked ideal, which it is.

The sound quality is good considering the size and the volume goes up quite high but don't be misled by promises of a surprising amount of bass - there really is no bass response to speak of although the sound quality varies depending on the surface you put the Orbit on.

I agree with all the complaints about the fiddly controls; it's difficult to open the back to put the batteries in and it's even harder to turn it on and off. Maybe everyone at Altec Lansing has small, clammy hands so they can grip polished surfaces easily but I've got big hands and I bought this in the middle of winter when my hands were cold and dry and there is absolutely nothing to get a grip on! Both my other Altec Lansing speakers have a timer so if they detect no input for a couple of minutes they switch themselves off which might have been nice for the Orbit but every nice-to-have, like an LED to tell you it's on, or a mains power option has been sacrificed to keep the cost down.

Pros: cute, cheap and loud.

Cons: impossible to operate for anyone over the age of 12.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2008
The sound quality for what I wanted it for is Excellent.... to boost my scanner volume....
But have encountered the reported switch problem... I Asked Altec Lansing for help and received first class servce and help....
Gerry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2009
I brough this speaker to take on a camp with 30 kids, so obviously I didn't want to spend to much, or have to much weight & wires to worry about. It is loud for such a small size, the sound quality was very clear and it doesn't distort the base untill the battery start to run down. The volume is great especialy when you consider my Creative Zen dosen't turn up that loud. However it was certanily louder when the kids decided to try it with thier Ipods!

It also survived been dropped a few times, not only on mud but also hard flooring. Even then only damaged recived was the grill on top popping out slightly but it soon went back in to place. Once I got used to the unusual switch to turn it on (Grabbing the silver rim without touching the speaker elsewhere)it was easy enough to use. To be honest I had more fun with the battery compartment, the slot for opening is not much use I tend to use the feet to push against.

The batteries seemed to last very well, even when I was using pound shop specials, whereas my rechargables last even longer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2008
I have tried loads of MP3 portable speakers and for the size and price these are the best I have heard. Small and light they present no problem to slip into your luggage and yet deliver a big enough sound for any hotel room. Bright highs and good bass (for a portable speaker) gives an easy on the ear listening experience. Mono sound it may be but with speakers this size it's not something you are going to miss. Battery life from the 3 AAA's appears good. I took mine away for a week and played it every evening in the hotel and they are still going strong.

Highly recommend this product
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2009
Sounds really good. Perfect for taking along when traveling. Batteries last a couple of weeks or so if only using an hour or two a day. The fact that it is mono sound short should not put you off. After all it will fit in your pocket. However, I really do not like the on/off switch mechanism. It sucks. Putting an elastic band around the rotating bezel that operates the switch makes it so much easier to operate (though it still feels gritty). The battery cover also keeps falling off (now stuck on with tape for fear or losing the cover). An LED light indicating when it is switched on wouldn't go amiss. Overall, it's very good and there's not much else out there that's so neat and compact, yet sounds good for the price. Just a pity that it reached the market with such an awful on/off mechanism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2008
This is an excellent little speaker. I was initially sceptical about how much I would use it, but having owned it for a few months, it now goes everywhere with me. It is so much more convenient than my mains powered speaker dock and the sound is just as good. I find it is great for hooking up to my laptop when watching iPlayer, and comes into its own connected to my ipod when out in the garden or on weekends away. It gives out an amazing sound for its size and the battery life seems to go on forever. I have been using it on and off for a few months on the same set of standard alkalines, and they still haven't run out.

If you are looking for a small speaker with excellent sound quality that is truly portable, this is the one to get. For the money it can't be beaten!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I read a few reviews for this product before I brought it and the only complaint was of the flimsy and fiddly on off switch that is the chrome ring around the top edge of the unit. While it is true that the switch can, on occasion, be both of these things I have used the item a lot in the last few months and it has never taken me more than a second or two to deal with it. The quality of the sound is phenomenal when the size and power input are considered. The best audio I have ever heard from a portable speaker by quite some margin. The battery life is also incredibly impressive and the 24 hours of playback that is quoted by the maufacturer is not overestimated. Wholeheartedly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Quite good for the money. I agree about the on/off switch being hard to operate. The sound is good and I like the self-contained nature of the speaker eg, connection wire folds in and it has nice little rubber feet. A good buy i think
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