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Altec Lansing, a division of Plantronics, Inc., today introduced the new MIX™ (iMT800) digital boombox for iPhone and iPod. The MIX features a retro audio rack-style design and a powerful built-in subwoofer to thump big bass from the heart of your scene. Compatible with both iPhone and iPod, the MIX also includes two top-mounted auxiliary inputs plus onboard FM radio and a seven-band graphic equalizer. Its towering volume, perfect clarity and heavyweight bass make the new MIX the ultimate sound system for any party.
“The MIX is the genuine ‘next generation’ boombox for the way music enthusiasts are playing their music today,” said Ed Benforado, Product Category Director. “With rugged style and high end sound, the MIX is perfect for those ‘unofficial DJs’ who like to start their parties with sound. They can ‘mix it up’ between three music player inputs – a 30-pin dock connector for the iPhone and iPod and also two front-facing 3.5mm jacks — so everyone can jump in with their jams. And we’ve included heavy-duty carry handles and battery operation to take the MIX on the road or around the house just as easily.”
Geared to keep the party jumping, the MIX drives your favorite music through specially engineered horn-loaded tweeters and mid-range drivers. The 5.25” side-firing subwoofer and 5.25” tuned passive radiator pump out natural roaring bass, further enhanced with XdB technology for extra heavy punch. A digital 7-band graphic equalizer allows music lovers to quickly tailor the sound to their preferred taste. True to its retro boombox roots, the MIX runs on AC or gives 30 hours of play time on 8 D-cell batteries, even sporting a built-in battery life display.
Made for iPod and Apple-certified to “Work with iPhone,” the MIX is engineered to be immune to GSM signals, therefore preventing the speakers from picking up potential intermittent noises emitted by the iPhone or other mobile devices. The music pauses and resumes play before and after taking a voice call without ever switching the iPhone to airplane mode.
The MIX also includes a clip-on carabineer remote control so you don’t lose it at the party. Between parties, a built-in cubby secures the remote so it can always be found.
Go to www.alteclansing.com/fallpk2009 for the full MIX “inspiration” story.
Crystal-clear high end – Specially engineered horn-loaded silk dome tweeters designed for smooth, wide dispersion.
Full mid-range – Two custom-designed drivers push room-filling mids and mid bass.
Fierce bass – XdB bass-enhanced side-firing subwoofer and tuned passive radiator deliver formidable bass.
· Audio Alignment™ – Drivers, enclosure and electronics are balanced for optimum sound.
Digital FM radio – Tune in to clean reception with telescopic antenna and four station presets.
AC or battery-powered – Plug in or lose the wires with up to 30 hours of play with 8 D batteries. Battery life is displayed on LCD.
Dual AUX IN jacks – Connect up to two additional audio players via front-facing 3.5mm jacks.
· Clip-on remote – Enhanced wireless carabineer remote provides song and playlist navigation.
Music Pause – Automatically pauses music when a call is received on the iPhone.
Interference Free – Unique design is immune to mobile phone interference, eliminating the need to switch to airplane mode.
· At-A-Glance LCD – Track, artist, album and station display.
Customizable EQ’s – Multiple EQ modes let you adjust your sound, including 7-band graphic equalizer, four EQ presets and separate Bass and Treble controls.
Onboard controls – Control most functions from the unit.
Universal dock for iPhone and iPod – Recharges while it plays your tunes.
Pricing and Availability
The Altec Lansing MIX (iMT800) is now available at Apple retail stores, BestBuy.com, Amazon and other leading consumer electronics retailers, as well as at www.alteclansing.com. MSRP is US$299.95.
For more information on the complete new Fall 2009 audio collection from Altec Lansing, visit www.alteclansing.com.
One of the first things I had hoped to see come the iPhone accessory line was a boombox. It mattered not to me, just as long as something would play the music from my iPhone while avoiding any artifacts from the GSM phone radio in the iPhone. You know, that really annoying buzz sound that happens when near any speaker. Sadly, it took nearly a year for that to happen. Happily, Altec Lansing was the first one to do it. Read our joy.
It’s here, the latest review and this one will have your ears singing for a long time. We love our iPod and we love anything that plugs into our iPod. When it’s speaker systems, then we really love it.
We’ve tested and listened to a ton of speaker systems out there for the iPod and our favorite has always been the Altec Lansing inMotion im7. That has changed. Now with the Harman/Kardon GO+PLAY in our collection of iPod accessories, we’re ready to off the Altec and gleefully use our new GO+PLAY with no abandon. Dude, I can not even express in words how good this thing sounds. Well, actually, I can. So read what I had to say and then, well, buy it. It’s that simple. Remember, Grads and Dads!
Dude, it’s almost like I’m looking at LL Cool J’s Radio album cover all over. Well not quite, but still, the look reminds me of it and the actual GE boombox I had back in high school. Man, this looks so much like it, sans the iPod and digital clock, that it’s shocking. Mmm, maybe someone at Logitech had the same wonderfully sonic filled portable radio that I too had.
Logitech calls this marvel an AudioStation and it’ll cost ya $299 this October when it is placed right next to the Apple Hi-Fi in Apple Stores across the nation. It’ll be interesting to see if it’s two 1-inch dome tweeters, a pair of 4-inch woofers, and total power output of 80W will impress enough for those to save a few bucks in change to grab it over the Hi-Fi or not. With extras like an AM/FM radio, built-in LCD for clock and radio info, along with a standard 3.5mm input, and an S-Video output for iPods with video, one may just ignore the Hi-Fi after all. Oh ya, the AudioStation also comes with a 16-button remote. In black.
Get the full dets from Logitech direct.