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Altec Lansing IMT 620 Classic - 30 Pin Connector

4.2 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Compatible with iphone 4, iPod touch (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation),iPod Classic, iPod with video, iPod nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th generation
  • Digital signal processing technology delivers thumping bass
  • Versatile Handle: Swing back for a kick stand, swing up to grab and go, tuck away to pack
  • Digital FM Radio: Tune in with a retractable antenna, LCD display and station presets
  • High-Contrast LCD: Always know your beat. Track, artist, album and station display

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  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 33 x 15.2 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.9 Kg
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  • Item model number: ALTIMT620EAM
  • ASIN: B002PIFJU6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 Sept. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Manufacturer's Description

From your favourite FM stations to your favourite MP3s, the Altec Lansing inMotion Classic may be your ideal portable sound machine for your iPod or iPhone. Leading technology delivers total sound experience every step of the way. It's rechargeable battery lets you unplug your music, so you can share your playlist wherever you are. The versatile handle lets you pick up and go at a moment's notice, and doubles up as a stand. Switch on and tune in with the integrated FM tuner and 4 station presets, which deliver crystal-clear reception. Outdoors, indoors, with friends or alone, the world sounds better with the inMotion Classic.

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Don't normally write reviews but since no-one has done so yet on this item and it's a bit of a minefield when purchasing these portable speakers felt like I wanted to share my experience.

Bought this after spending ages deliberating over a suitable portable speaker kit (I'm really fussy when it comes to sound quality - I just think tinny speakers are a was of money). To be honest, bought this as a bit of a gamble as I was really after Altec Lansing's iM9 which I'd heard before which sounded great but seems to be out of production now. The other portable speakers Altec Lansing do now are either massive (ie not very portable such as the IMT702) or too small and subsequently have poor sound quality (such as the iM600) or aren't portable at all (such as the T612).

Was pleasantly surprised with this. It's fairly small (small enough to easily fit in a case) and really sound's fantastic with a deep rich sound that will play load enough to fill a room without distorting. Looks clean and slick and not particularly cheep. Build quality is fairly good and I like the stand detail, although using it as a handle is dubious as it feels like you might damage the docking mechanism meaning that you're Iphone/ Ipod will drop out crashing to the floor if you're not careful (which I'm not!) . There's a little slot for you to keep the remote in, which is a good idea, just think that it should clip in so that it's secure so there's less chance of loosing the remote when you're on the move (which I'm likely to do!). Like the that it's a lithium battery so that you don't need to keep replacing them and it charges each time you plug it in. There's also an mini jack AUX in and a radio function which I guess is handy too.

All in all very pleased.
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The initial overall sound quality is impressive, with good thumping bass and slightly subtle highs. Quite amazing for the size of the speakers.

However there seems to be an inherent problem which I first dismissed as a faulty unit. I returned the unit for a replacement, but the problem was still there:

When you play this speaker system at low volume levels, the sound seems to be muffled, unless you are very close to the speakers. Turn the volume up to a comfortable listening level, and the treble cuts in and out suddenly at points where the sound is louder than other parts, producing an unrealistic over-emphasis of e.g percussion, or voice sibilants. This is amplitude distortion, when the output level does not match the input level due to non-linear characteristics of the signal processing circuitry.

If you turn the volume up so loud as to be slightly uncomfortable to listen without concern over disturbing the neighnours, the treble becomes consistent but at a level that contributes to the overall sound making it sharp and crystal clear. It is a great pity that the sound does not have this clarity at lower volume levels.

The amplitude problem described is quite a subtle one, i.e. you may not notice it until you have played a number of tracks. Or you may not hear it at all, but once you do, then it will always be there and you will always wonder what piece of music will be marred adversely by it next.

I am assuming this flaw in the sound is to do with the digital signal processing that takes place within the unit, as though the sound has been digitised with ampitude steps too big to resolve subtle changes in level.
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This appears to be the successor to the IM600, which is still available.

Sound quality is just as good - it will fill a fair-sized room with clear, balanced sound and reasonable bass tone.

The angular, rectangular design with sharp edges looks a bit old-fashioned but is probably more pleasing to the eye than the black slab of its predecessor. The stand which converts to a carry handle (and folds flat when you want to stow it away) is quite a neat idea.

Now the minus points. The little black and amber dot matrix screen scratches and marks far too easily. The angular design means that, when docked, your i-pod stands up proud from the station and feels less well supported. I can envisage strain on the notoriously fragile connecting pins.

Radio reception is very poor, despite having a very long telescopic aerial.

Battery life, at a maximum 3.5 hours, is hardly generous.

Finally, there are no instructions provided, other than a few rudimentary graphics on the box (you can, however, download them from Altec Lansing's website).

In conclusion, the IMT620 Classic sounds good, and looks OK, but build quality and radio sensitivity are poor. For £100 or thereabouts it's not as good as it should be.
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After some research I settled on this. It's not the BOSE sound dock which is excellent but £300 not £100. But for general use it's not a bad product, I looked at and and heard many inferior ones. It is portable although with lowish battery life (3 hours) but good enough. Looks quite classy but is quite light. Excellent sound for its size. I would say a good choice for a portable, good sounding, iPod touch sound dock.
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