The Altec Lansing inMotion Air also manages to avoid the slightly muffled sound that afflicts many other Bluetooth speakers. As well as standard Bluetooth, the inMotion Air supports the Apt-X codec for improved stereo streaming – although your music source will obviously need to support Apt-X as well in order to use this feature.
Supports Bluetooth and Apt-X streaming and there's a dongle too, for PC linking
The inMotion Air also includes a separate USB wireless transmitter that you can plug into a Mac or PC. The wireless transmitter has a range of 100m (300ft), compared to 10m (30ft) for ordinary Bluetooth, which will come in handy if you want to stick the speakers out in your garden for a BBQ and stream music from a computer indoors.
My only real complaint is that the fiddly little buttons on the remote control aren’t as responsive as I’d have liked. However, the remote control can also be used to control iTunes on a Mac or the Windows Media Player on a PC so that you don’t have to keep going back indoors to fast-forward to a different track.
Altec Lansing doesn’t quote the output wattage, but the speaker is certainly loud enough for a bit of a barbecue boogie once you’ve had a few drinks. The built-in rechargeable battery lasts for about seven hours and, of course, it can run off the mains when you move back indoors.
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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.