Object of Desire: Altec Lansing inMotion Air Speaker System

April 11, 2012

By Dan Havlik

One problem with iPhone/iPod speaker docks is that your iPhone/iPod needs to be rooted into the dock, which limits portability and accessibility. If you want to air your music out a bit, we suggest Altec Lansing’s inMotion Air IMW725 speaker system, which lets you wirelessly stream your tunes to it in stereo.

The inMotion Air is a great solution for playing music in the studio or on a location shoot because, not only can you connect your iPhone to it wirelessly via Bluetooth, but a USB transmitter (included) lets you beam songs from your computer right to the speaker. And, if you use one of the myriad online music services such as Pandora or Spotify, song options are endless, which can be great for getting a model in the right mood for a shoot.

We got a solid connection when we synced our iPhone to the inMotion Air using the phone’s Bluetooth, and sound quality was excellent, with deep bass and crisp vocals. (You can also use an iPad or any other stereo, Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or music device.) We got even better results using the USB connector on our iMac in our office—three rooms and two walls away—with sound quality as good as our home stereo.

We also liked the svelte, asymmetrical design of the inMotion Air and the unobtrusive little built-in handle on back that lets you pick up this light (less than three pounds) stereo speaker and move it anywhere you’d like. And since the rechargeable battery will give you up to seven hours of playing time, you don’t even have to plug it in.

Price: $199

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