Altec Lansing inMotion Air wireless speaker
Review Altec Lansing’s inMotion range of portable speakers has been popular with iPod and iPhone owners for many years. However, the inMotion Air turns out to be a break with tradition – in fact, it’s not specifically designed for the iPod at all.
Altec Lansing's inMotion Air
I was, perhaps, taken in by the look of the unit, which has the same rather harsh, angular design as other recent models in the inMotion range. It’s certainly not meant to be a travel speaker, though.
There’s a carrying handle carved into the back of the unit, but its size and weight make it clear that it’s mostly meant to be carried from room to room at home, rather than slipped into a backpack when you’re travelling.
The most interesting aspect of the design, though, is the complete absence of the ubiquitous iPod dock. It turns out that the inMotion Air is primarily designed for wireless streaming, with only a humble Aux input around the back to allow wired connections. It doesn’t support Apple’s AirPlay technology as I’d hoped when I saw the word ‘Air’ in the product’s name, but its wireless features are still pretty comprehensive.
An aux input at the rear accommodates non-wireless kit
Altec Lansing describes the inMotion Air as a ‘universal wireless speaker’, and its Bluetooth streaming ensures that it will work with any mobile device or computer equipped with Bluetooth. The audio quality when using Bluetooth is very good – clear and detailed, with a nice solid bass behind it.
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Make your own.
Being a proper geek, I made my own from a car amplifier & speakers off eBay, a computer PSU, a bluetooth receiver and a sheet of 12mm MDF.
I probably spent the best part of £100 on materials, but mine does have the advantage of being able to upset the neighbours 5 doors down.
OK, I'm not much of an audiophile, but I like a nice sound and don't mind paying for it. Still, £180 seems a bit steep. Are they REALLY that good, or is it the fact that it's relatively new tech?
I like the idea that you can stream from pretty much anything with bluetooth. If you have a party then folk can bring their playlists on their mobiles for a bit of variety.
Paris, 'cos I can't think of an icon.