Altec Lansing MIX (iMT800)

Author: Sven Rafferty
December 4th, 2009

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Pros

  • Incredible big sound from such a small unit
  • Cool retro look
  • Full iPod/iPhone integration
  • Supports non-Apple hardware
  • Remote with storage compartment
  • Informative and easy to read LCD screen*

Cons

  • Lack of storage for iPod/iPhone adapters and audio cable
  • * Difficult to read LCD when characters are scrolling
  • Black color susceptible to dust
  • No HD Radio

The Bottom Line
Altec has packed a box with boom and it’s called the MIX iMT800. It’ll play jamz from your iPod or iPhone…and tell you the name of that tune and who’s singing it. Sporting the retro look from the 70s and 80s, Altec when classic with a AM/FM radio and threw in a slick remote. Down to the orange LCD display, the MIX screams “take notice!” and once you have, your ears will thank you for doing so.

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Recommended
Yes

Full Review
I have always been a huge fan of Altec Lansing. Biased? Ya, maybe, but with such a rich history of great sounding products, who wouldn’t be? When Altec sent me the MIX my first item of test was the bass it thumped about in all of its PR Altec had sent. In went the iPhone 3GS and on went the test play list. “Woo,” was my response and believe it or not, but my next action even surprised me. I turned down the bass. Not because it was sloppy but because it was too over powering! “Dude, this thing booms!” I shouted over “September” by Earth, Wind, & Fire. Ya, but how would it sound against Aretha, Andy Gibb, JT, Slaughter, Mother Love Bone, and Will Smith? Could the MIX get jiggy with it?

Well, let me assure you this much, Smith couldn’t tire out the two bass drivers booming out from the sides of the MIX with his now classic funk. Mmm-mmm, even with bass at max, though volume not at its top notch, “Summertime” sounded rich as could be and – yes – “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” made me want to jump out of my reviewers seat and, well, get jiggy.

Running through a variety of music proved that Altec indeed once again had produced a fine product. Tchaikovsky’s “March and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” and “Pas De Duex” sounded like I was in the theater listening to the orchestra playing the Christmas time play right before my eyes. “Handy Man” by James Taylor was warm and full while Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” filled the room. In all, thirty-one different songs ranging from metal to rock, to contemporary, to country, to rap, to pop, to classical all sounded great. Altec has done one incredible job with the MIX iTM800.

For a more in-depth look at the features, please take a watch of our 15 minute video review, in two parts, below.

Video Review

Price: $299.95

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Website: Product Webpage


One Response to “Altec Lansing MIX (iMT800)”

  1. Vince Says:

    Thanks for this awesome written and video review! I want to buy the Altec MIX, and your in-depth commentary was very, very informative. I wish Amazon would hire you to review all electronic products on their site, so I could easily consult your opionions when researching possible purchases. Thanks again!

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