Altec Lansing inAir 5000 Airplay Speaker System
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- The convenience of AirPlay - wirelessly stream uncompressed music over Wi-Fi from any compatible iOS device or computer running iTunes
- Premium sound quality - unique, non-parallel walls deliver clarity and minimum loss through the entire tonal range. Adaptive DSP widens the sound field, tames high frequencies and offers lower bass-response
- Distinct ease-of-use - the inAir Guide iOS app walks you through a quick set-up that will have your music playing minutes after you open the box
- Elegant design - the contemporary, minimalist design with premium materials, accents and finish is striking and and attractive
- Included is a premium solid brushed metal remote
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|Connectivity Technology||Wireless + Wired||Bluetooth, Airplay, Spotify Connect, 3.5mm input||Wired||Wired||Bluetooth|
|Item Dimensions||48.3 x 17.1 x 19.1 cm||66.04 x 18.29 x 18.8 cm||8.87 x 19.05 x 17.08 cm||12.41 x 9 x 24.12 cm||8.7 x 14.1 x 21.2 cm|
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Free your music! Stream music wirelessly via a Wi-Fi network.
The Inair 5000 by Altec Lansing is an ingenious wireless sound system that supports Apple's AirPlay technology to the full extent. You will receive an incomparable sound with crystal-clear sound and rich bass.
Access to your iTunes library on the computer or the data from the iCloud. The Inair 5000 can stream their iOS devices, music over a WiFi network. Connect all their libraries for a new listening experience. Their music can be played from anywhere without causing clutter of wires.
The Altec Lansing Inair 5000 is a premium AirPlay speaker system with 110 watts of power in a stylish design. 2x 20 watt tweeter and 1x 40 watt subwoofer provide excellent sound. The configuration is done quickly and easily via the iOS app. An elegant aluminum remote control is migeliefert.
features<ul> <li>Space Filling, high-performance speaker system with AirPlay technology</li> <li>Dual 20W, High Sensitivity Neodymium</li> <li>Tweeter for crystal clear sound</li> <li>A 4 '40 watt long-throw subwoofer for deep, rich bass sound</li> <li>Total output power 110W</li> <li>USB port</li> <li>aluminum remote control</li> </ul>
The inAir 5000 by Altec Lansing resets the bar for wireless audio reproduction using Apple AirPlay. Astonishing sonic performance from a beautifully designed device lets you enjoy all your music in any room, without wires. Access your iTunes library or stream from the cloud. All you need is Wi-Fi and and iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone. Amazing sound quality is an Altec Lansing hallmark, and you'll hear the difference with this high-performance all-in-one networked speaker.See all Product description
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Having recently encountered an issue with this speaker where it failed to show up as a selectable AirPlay option on my Macbook and iPhone I have been prompted to write a review in the hope that it will be helpful to other people who have bought this speaker and to respond to the 1 star reviews.
It is true that the Altec Lancing inAir5000 app is no longer available in the app store but it is possible to configure the speaker wirelessly with a computer following these steps... (The steps in the instruction booklet could actually be much clearer)...
Turn the speaker on and press the reset button on the back
Wait around 30 seconds for the blue light to start flashing purple
Press the "Wi Fi Connect" button and the main light will start to flash yellow / orange
Get your computer (mac or pc) to detect Wi Fi networks
The "inAir-setup" option should appear as a network
Connect to it and then use an internet browser and type 192.168.1.12 into the address bar
Enter a name for the device and click apply
Choose your home network and enter your usual Wi Fi password
Connect your computer to your usual Wi Fi network
inAir 5000 should now be an available option in your sound output settings (at least it was for me on my Macbook)
The AirPlay icon is now available again on my iPhone too
My main motivation for buying this unit was the purchase of an iPad over summer and the realisation that my ancient iPod dock/iPod classic combo as my kitchen's sound system was maybe now going the way of 8 track in terms of modern hi-fi. After the almost obligatory 100 man hours of research, I was left with 3 routes I felt were suitable.
1) airplay speaker
I felt the InAir 5000 offered the best solution in terms of cost v quality as Bluetooth speakers have a reputation for poorer quality sound though they are more competitively priced. The sonos was ruled out on the grounds of excessive cost and also because I didn't want to mess about with NAS drives or equivalent devices to act as servers for the system, I just wanted to plonk the ipad down and start playing it through a speaker.
It's original rrp was around £400 which in cost terms puts it almost head to head with the zeppelin air by Bowers & Wilkins although the zeppelin will set you back a further £ 80 or so. My dad has recently purchased a zeppelin and for me, it offers a superior sound in terms of clarity and reproduction versus the InAir though I will admit to being no hi-fi buff. At the InAir's original rrp I would have said you would be better served spending the extra £80 and going for the zeppelin but now that the cost has halved, I would say the pendulum swings favourably in the InAir's favour. It is almost ( though not quite) as good as the zeppelin but at more more than half the cost, it looks like a real bargain. The sound is still very good though I would say at times the bass can be a bit overpowering. I noticed this more when I was playing house and hip-hop type stuff though for many fans of these genres, heavy bass is a positive and although loud, it does not distort.Stuff like jazz and milder acoustic type music was a little less bass heavy,the clarity very good and generally the unit easily filled out my kitchen in terms of sound. To give an idea of dimensions, the kitchen measures about 20 feet by 14 feet with 12 foot high ceilings as it's an old-style dining kitchen so even if you are considering it for a pretty big room, I would be confident it would be up to the job. At halfway volume it's at neighbour chapping your door levels.
Set up was a doddle. I plugged the iPad into the unit via USB ( after downloading the free inair setup app) and followed the stages from there of which there are only about 3. One thing is to make sure you have your broadband router password to hand as the unit requires this to join your wi-fi network. After that, when you start up iTunes or whatever, just look for the airplay symbol, select the unit and the sound comes through. I mainly use spotify for listening to music these days and the airplay generally works pretty well and sounds fantastic.
However, it would be remiss of me not to mention the problems/possible downsides to the unit.
1) This is an airplay unit so it is ultimately linked to apple, whether it's in the form of mac computer, iPhone, iPod,iPad or iTunes on a pc based laptop. If you want to stream from an android based phone or tablet, I believe you may have major issues though I have no personal experience of using these type of devices.
2) you must have a strong wi-fi signal. My broadband router was at the other end of the house, producing a moderate signal only ( 1-2 bars on the iPad) and the music frequently cut out when streaming onto the InAir unit. I personally solved this by buying a TP link powerline wireless plug which produced a wireless signal directly in the kitchen and this solved my problem though it does lead to additional faffing about with setting your InAir unit to the powerline plug rather than your router. No major drama, it takes about two minutes once you go through the setup process again.
3) Sometimes the airplay symbol doesn't show when you turn the InAir unit on and you are looking to stream music/radio whatever. This is usually sorted by closing the programme you're running such as iTunes or spotify and then switching off/on the InAir unit. Again, this is no major drama for me but I can appreciate it may grate for some people. On a few occasions, I've had to relink my ipad with the unit and go through the setup again which is definitely in the maddening category but I think a lot of that was down to me not going through the previous actions properly and prematurely jumping into this process. Recently, I've not had to do anything like this. I think it's worth mentioning that the airplay facility itself is still a work in progress and is far from perfect. Hopefully apple will continue to improve it and the gremlins (mainly occasional signal dropouts) will be ironed out which should be mirrored in AirPlay devices such as the InAir. It's got a firmware update facility so this should allow it to keep track with any improvements apple make to AirPlay or when they bring out their many software updates.
4) No equaliser. The InAir app only really deals with the setup of the unit therefore you're stuck to a degree with the sound it comes with though I guess you could use any equaliser you have on the actual device you're streaming from. I personally would have liked to have reduced the bass on certain songs but it really is a minor quibble. I read on a tech site review that an equaliser option is available for the InAir but I've been unable to find any evidence of it's existence.
5) This isn't a problem as such but it is a fairly big and heavy unit. I personally love the look of it with its minimal design and the weight lends a feeling of quality but if you're looking for a little unit to put on a work top then this is not for you. Again for me, the zeppelin probably shades it in the looks department but I prefer the fact that the InAir doesn't have an iPod dock on it which I think detracts from the aesthetics of the zeppelin and other airplay units. They are designed after all to be used without the device being directly attached though the InAir has this facility via the USB which also allows you to charge your idevice when connected. This is when the supplied remote comes in handy. On the occasions my ipad has been low on charge, I've plugged it into the InAir unit and then used the remote to skip tracks and adjust volume. The design of the remote is in keeping with the unit itself and is very minimal(skip,volume,pause) though for me, very smart with it being a chunky brushed steel type design. The InAir also has an aux port so you can effectively connect any type of device and play sounds through it though I've had no cause to make use of this facility so cannot offer any opinion on how well it works.
6) Again not a problem as such but if you are a real hi-if geek then this unit cannot match the sound offered by a separates system. I use separates in my living room and for this, I have an apple airport express plugged into the aux port of my amplifier and the sound when streaming from the ipad is definitely superior though if I'm being honest, to my untrained ears there isn't too great a difference but what you lose in audio quality, you gain in much reduced clutter if you or a partner have issues with the room taken up by a separates system.
7) It has no in-built functions such as radio and lacks a display. None of these things matter to me as I am essentially using my iPad as the hub for all my audio functions so I stream radio and music via the iPad and I prefer the lack of display as it preserves the minimalist look but if you're looking for a unit which you can switch on and play like a regular radio or whatnot then this would not be suitable.
All in all, If you have decided you want to go down the airplay unit route, I would thoroughly recommend the InAir 5000. It is a close second to the Bowers and Wilkins zeppelin air in terms of sound quality ( I've not heard all the other rivals such as phillips fidelio but net research has the InAir right up there) and also in looks and design but at more than half the cost of the zeppelin I think the InAir is now way ahead in terms of the the cost v quality dilemma. Money no object, buy a zeppelin. Almost as good sound at a far better price with nearly equally good aesthetics, buy the InAir.
One interesting thing about the inAir, it's the complete opposite to its B&W rival in terms of performance. B&W's Zeppelin Air performs best at moderate volume levels; where as the inAir performs better at higher volumes due to its subwoofer being highly sensitive the midrange and high range frequencies can be too quiet for some listeners. More than anything though it depends where you position the inAir. As far as the Zepplin Air goes I definitely don't think it sounds as good as the original Zepplin. The rear of the original Zepplin had that glossy metal finish where as the back of the Zepplin Air is plastic. It's not a bad thing for B&W because it makes it cheaper for them to make, but it has a negative affect on the acoustics at higher volumes as the back of the unit begins to produce an annoying rattle. The inAir has a sealed enclosure with a subwoofer and a bass radiator, the Zepplin Air on the other hand has a ported enclosure. Its a possibility that the subwoofer ports on the Zepplin Air may have something to do with the rattling. In a head to head competition I would definitely go for the inAir because it sounds good at pretty much all volume levels. They're are both great units but it really depends on how loud you want to listen.
ANYWAY GETTING ONTO THE REVIEW!!!
The Altec Lansing inAir is an all-in-one 2.1 configuration with two 1" soft dome tweeters for the high range frequencies, two 3" Kevlar cones to handle the midrange and a rear firing 4" auxiliary passive coned subwoofer to give a rumbling sensation to both music and movies. If you're looking to invest in a high quality speaker system which can rattle the windows this will definitely cut the bill.
When I tested the inAir I was sure to try out several different music genres so I could evaluate how good it really is. The inAir is powered by 110watts RMS and 220watts PEEK power. It houses triple dedicated amplifiers, one for the tweeters, one for the midrange cones and one for the subwoofer. The first thing to hit you is the bass. There's a decent sense of weight and impressive depth, and it sounds tight and sharply defined.
When playing Macklemore's Thrift Shop, and the inAir delivers all the low-frequency heft of the thumping bass line, crank up the volume and it doesn't bottom out or distort. Switch to Evanescence My Immortal and Amy Lee's melodic vocals sound natural and full of emotion.
Irrespective of the way you chose to enjoy your music you won't be disappointed because the general standard of sound quality is so high. The inAir sounds great, functionality is nice and simple and sound quality is a step ahead of other Airplay speaker systems in this price range.
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