Altec Lansing inMotion MIX iMT800 Portable Digital Boom Box for iPhone and iPod
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Video Review on the iMT800 Portable Digital Boombox Sep 23, 2009
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1JC71VPFEQIDB I own the Altec Lansing T612 Digital Speaker for iPod and iPhone (Black) and I was very surprised at how much better the iMT800 sounds. I will admit that for the price difference you should be able to expect better sound...and you can. The iMT 800 sounds very good - about on the same level as a nice rack stereo system. The high notes are crisp and there is strong continuity all the way down to bass. While the bass is not overly deep (effective to 50-60Hz would be my guess) it is more than adequate - the iMT800 does not sound punchy at all - instead the entire frequency response range is nice and smooth. I was very impressed.
- Comes with 5 different adapters to ensure that any model of iPod will work. In my video review I show an iPhone (2nd G), and iPod Touch (2nd G) and an older Video iPod and they all fit nicely onto the iPod Dock.
- As you would expect the iPod dock will charge your iPod.
- One very nice feature is that when the iMT800 is used with an iPhone it will automatically silence the music when you receive a call - in fact, the ring tone is played at full volume over the Boom Box speakers! (Shown in the video)
- Decent remote - it would be a bit nicer with digital display - but it probably isn't worth the extra $$$.
- While it is not rechargeable you can use the iMT800 with D batteries - which makes it perfect for taking to the beach,park, or wherever.
- Plenty of volume to fill large areas
- It comes equipped with a FM radio and the ability to program in four presets (I will admit that 4 presets is a bit meager).
- 2 auxiliary inputs - this means that you can plug anything that has a headphone jack into the iMT 800 - this includes iPod shuffles (as seen in the video), CD players, tape decks, computers, Squeezeboxs... you name it- if it has a headphone jack it can be played on the iMT800. In fact, up to three devices can be hooked in at once (And then you can toggle through the inputs)
- Not too heavy - about 13 pounds so it can moved without too much effort
Areas for improvement
- Not the most attractive looking speaker unit. Not a problem for me - but this may not look at home on a walnut bookcase (or any nicer looking decor). This unit is designed for indoor/outdoor functionality - style was left at the door (or at least partially).
-It would be nice if it was rechargeable - it would add cost, but it may be worth it... however, there is nothing that would prevent you from buying rechargeable batteries!
- The display - could be made larger... and a full color display would have been a nice upgrade.
Final verdict -
I know I listed several areas for improvement, but in truth they are very minor points. The biggest factor is that this is a great sounding speaker dock - and it sounds significantly better than the less expensive Altec Lansing T612 Digital Speaker for iPod and iPhone (Black) so if great sound is your requirement you can buy with confidence!
62 of 63 found the following review helpful:
You do get what you pay for - Altec Lansing iMT800 "MIX" Oct 11, 2009
By Chris Zee Shutterbug
If you check some of my other reviews you can see that I already had a small Memorex nightstand size dock for my Ipod. It is kind of anemic and the remote works only up to about 5 ft away. It certainly does not have what I would call a room filling sound.
Hence this "Mix" boom box. I guess at some point the boom box was left out of the name, but some of that name still applies. When I first set up the unit with my Touch and played a couple of tracks, my jaw dropped. It was amazing how so much sound could come out of this little (ok, no so little) box. It definitively has that WOW factor. The spatial imaging is nothing short of incredible, and the speakers, mids and tweeters are only 11" apart.
After a couple of minutes though I was scrambling to find out where the tone control and the equalizer is (the equalizer is hidden behind a couple of keystrokes). I turned the bass down a notch, then another notch, and another, and another, and another, and another. I am not being redundant here. To get some semblance of balanced tone, I am now at a -6 bass setting. And still if I place the box in a room corner the bass get to bee too much. Of course the beauty is that it is much easier to turn it down than to bring it up with other units.
The MIX has received some editors choices out there already and for most part deservedly so. Comparisons were Boston Acoustics, Bose, Ihome and Klipsh. I will offer some more comments and try hard not to repeat what you can read in the product description above:
The custom sign on message requires 3 keys to be pressed simultaneously, and you have to do this while the unit is starting up (NOT mentioned in the manual, I though mine was an earlier version).
The remote body is plastic, but the clip is metal. It feels very solid. The range is at least 12 ft. The box construction feels very solid. The machine allen bolts around the speakers are real metal!, however the metal looking handles are only plastic.
The small protective wrap around piece that is supposed to protect your Ipod once inserted is way too loose.
Any cover that you have on your Ipod will interfere with the mounting inserts (which I suppose would hold it more securely). However not using the inserts and keeping the cover on works just fine.
Why oh why no HD radio? The FM tuner is extremely sensitive. The scan function is somewhat slow. The information display decodes all of the station, artist and song infor that is transmitted by most stations.
Do not place the box inside a bookshelf. It blocks the side firing woofers and makes the resulting sound really boomy. The speakers are angled upwards slightly as well, so a low placement works best. With just a tiny amount of thought the power supply could have been stored in the battery compartment. As is, the power plug keeps it from fitting.
A thrifty tip, if you have a spare computer speaker set with a subwoofer, you can hook it up to your Ipod with the earphone patch cable. My Creative Labs (Cambridge Audio) has now a secondary home.
The power supply is 17 volts 2.3 amp with a coax style plug, center post positive. Very much like the type used on many auto accessories. Yes I tried it and it works very well.
In summary, an amazing sounding audio device, sounding much bigger than what it is. For best tonal balance you will need to turn the bass way down.
36 of 37 found the following review helpful:
Not your 1980's Boom Box Sep 21, 2009
By D. Hentze
While this radio will not be confused with boom boxes of the 70's and 80's, I have to admit it's bringing back some memories of the large cassette boom boxes I had way back then. The iMT800 isn't quite as square, large, or heavy as those monsters, but it delivers big sound, and does have a little bit on an "old school" feel to it. In the box, you get the radio, remote, various adapters for different iPod models, 2 auxiliary cables for generic MP3 players, power cable and manual. The radio can also be run on 8 D-Cell batteries (not included). Getting the radio up and playing was simple, and didn't require any reading. If you have an iPod "Classic", no adapter is needed. After connecting my iPod, I tailored the sound to my liking with the 7-band graphic equalizer. You can adjust the sound several different ways. Basic Bass and Treble. 4 Pre-set equalizer settings. Or, manually adjusting the 7-band equalizer. I chose to manually set it, which did require reading the directions to figure it out. It requires a couple of extra steps. Once set to my tastes, I really wasn't expecting the iMT800 to sound as good as it does. It really rivals a much larger, more powerful system. It has full, deep bass thanks to the 5.25-inch side-firing subwoofers, and excellent mid-range and highs. It can really be cranked loud without distortion, if so desired. The small remote offers control of the radio and your iPod. It does the job, and stores away nicely on top of the radio. You can also connect up to 2 more MP3 players through auxiliary inputs. The radio has a 2 line digital display that gives you song and source information while your music is playing. In FM mode, it tells the station, the station information if any, and signal strength. The radio does not have AM mode, or a sleep/auto-off option. These are the only 2 disappointments to me. The radio comes with a 1 year warranty, but if you register it online, they double it to 2 years. All in all, this is just a great radio and I highly recommend it if it's in your price range.
2 year limited warranty*
No AM mode
No auto-off option
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Phenomenal Sound at a Reasonable Price Nov 07, 2009
My review will focus on sound quality. Please note that the iMT800 adds many additional features such as LCD display, FM Radio, etc. that its' competitors don't have at this time. I recently upgraded my iPod Classic 160G to an iPod Touch 64G. I agonized over this upgrade because I knew my entire music catalog would not fit on 64G (I rip everything at 320K) and I would need to upgrade some accessories. I had an Altec Lansing IM7 and loved that boombox for my iPod Classic. Unfortunately the iPod Touch did not fit in the cradle so I needed an upgrade for it. I did extensive research comparing Klipsch, Bose, Harmon Kardon, Logitech, iHome, and B&W. I found that the Altec Lansing MIX iMT800 provided the best sound for the cost. Is it as good as the B&W Play `n Go and Bose Sound Dock 10? Not quite, but very close in my opinion. Please remember that the two devices I mentioned retail for $599, basically double the price of the iMT800. It is also worth noting that the improvement in sound quality was minimal and both the system did not have the depth of the bass that the iMT800 has. However, they were better in the mids and highs as compared to the iMT800.
In summary there is not a better value for the price than the iMT800. Great sound that is comparable to systems costing twice as much. I highly recommend this system.
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From box to booms in a matter of moments; rich sound, deceptively powerful. Oct 15, 2009
By W. C. Bryant
Right out of the gate (or the box) the depth and range of sound is impressive. I appreciate balance, but one of the first things I tend to do when getting a feel for the audio quality of a new device is crank the bass and volume up a bit to get a real feel for the various ranges. In short order I could no longer cleanly read the letters on the front LCD display because of the vibrations, and with each thump saw the leaves move in a plant off to the side of the box. The air displacement on the side (the woofers are at each end of the device) was extraordinary given the relatively small size of those speakers.
Bringing it back down to normal ranges, I considered how little effort it had taken to get from box to sound. Unpacked, plugged in, iPhone 3Gs pressed down into the receiver cradle, power on and boom, boom, boom. Minutes, and just a few at that. On top of the unit, where you see the handle in the pictures, there are two jacks. For those jacks come two short (~4in) wires that you can use to plug in other iPods. We plugged in my wife's iPod mini this way, and jumped seamlessly back and forth between a song playing on her device, and one playing on the phone. The value of this capacity is obvious -- everyone can contribute music to the party.
It's got enough volume to compete with power tools if one was to use it on the job, or hearty conversations around the grill. The ability to plug in or run off of a number of D-cells gives it true portability, it's light enough to comfortably carry it about without feeling cheap or fragile, it's large enough to deliver substantial sound without being clumsy or inconvenient. In virtually every meaningful way, Altec Lansing has hit their mark with precision accuracy with this device. The remote is small but functional and convenient, the FM reception strong and clear, the construction and aesthetics both solid and appealing. As much as I'd like to balance my review with a "but..." I just don't have one. The 800 impressed right out of the box, and then continued to the more I used it. Highly recommended.
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