"Good, but compatibility problems w/80 MB Zune"3.0 starson by jspaziante
Pros: Good sound; nice remote
Cons: Compatibility with 80 GB Zune is poor
Summary: I'll separate my review into FLUKES, FACTS, and OPINIONS:
FLUKE(?): The first iM414 that I purchased was flaky for the first week, then was no longer able to play the output from the Zune. I returned the device to AltecLansing (A.L.), and the next device is working fine (albeit with the same flaky behavior that I'll discuss below). The return process went very smoothly, and I can't fault them for the bad first unit. Any electronics manufacturer will have the occasional lemon.
FACT: The only way I can get the 80 GB Zune to play on the iM414 is to 1) Power on the iM414, 2) Power off the Zune, then 3) connect the Zune to the iM414. Both iM414's exhibited this behavior, so I doubt this is a fluke. Oddly enough, A.L. went out of their way to include a card that described the connection sequence, and this was NOT the order that they specified.
OPINION: The above behavior leads me to believe that the iM414 was built for the earlier Zune models and was considered "good enough" for compatibility with the 80 GB zune, so they decided not to spend money to update it. The physical fit is also poor with this model, as you really need to concentrate to line it up correctly within the slot (due to the extra slack on all sides to accommodate the larger, older Zune model). The fact that A.L included an adapter to accommodate the much smaller 4/8 GB models but did do so for the 30 GB also supports the the "good enough" theory.
SUMMARY: The iM414 is just that... "good enough". I don't regret the purchase, but I think that A.L. could have done much better. If you're an occasional user, then go ahead and get one. Otherwise, I'd advise someone to wait for the next model and hope that they better tailor/test it to the newer Zunes.