Objects of Desire: Altec Lansing Octiv Stage – MP450

January 18, 2011

By Dan Havlik

Since the launch of Apple’s iPad a year ago, photographers have discovered what a great presentation tool it is for sharing work with clients. If you want to ramp up the iPad’s multimedia portfolio skills even further, consider the Octiv Stage- MP450 (yes, it’s an awkward name) from Altec Lansing.

Along with acting as a clever stand-up base for your iPad with a rotating arm for easy viewing either horizontally on in portrait mode, the Octiv Stage has built-in dual speakers that produce surprisingly good stereo sound. (Altec Lansing has a long history in speaker technology— the company made the loudspeakers for the Woodstock rock festival—and we’ve been impressed by the sound from its other iPod dock products.)

Along with livening up an iPad slideshow with music, the Octiv Stage will help show off all those videos you shot with your HD-DSLR. The device’s adjustable viewing angles will let everyone in the room see your images and clips.

The Octiv Stage doubles as a charging dock for your iPad and comes with an infrared remote so you can control your Apple tablet from across the room. There’s also a 1/8-inch (3.5mm) stereo auxiliary-input jack if you want to hook in other devices.

Cost: $139 (32 gb version)
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