Pros Versatility, excellent sound, FM feature, long battery life, portability
Summary I have used this at a minmum on a weekly basis for close to 3 years and loved it -recommended it to my sister who also has one. Took it out on the patio to listen to music, packed it and took it on vacation, took it during weekly travel on business. About 3 months ago, I noticed no sound was coming out of the left side. Reseated the ipod and cleaned the connection (blew on it), turned it on and off a couple times, and it was working again. Now the porblem has returned. It happens not only with the ipod but FM and Auxiliary connection - not the ipod connection. Have tried multiple things still not working - very disappointed. Emailed altec customer service and they said if it's less than a year old it can be replaced under warranty. I expect something at this cost to last more than a year. Currently debating whether to buy a new one or seek another alternative.
Pros Good sound, lots of uses
Cons Starting to fritz out a bit after 1.5 years
Summary I've used this unit heavily for some time now, using most of the functions. I've used it plugged and unplugged with 2 ipods, as a speaker for a laptop and netbook (had to buy a cheap cable for that), as a portable FM stereo, and have hooked it up to the tv through the composite output to show watch video and show pictures off my ipod. Amazing! My sister had a Bose model which couldn't hold a candle to this in terms of versatility. I thought I might buy a subwoofer when I originally bought it, but the sound quality hasn't demanded it, as it sounds great as is. After 1.5 years, it's starting to get a little fussy - when I turn it on it occasionally gets stuck on 'aux' mode and it sounds like a little piece might have shaken loose inside, but it gets back to full use pretty quickly. For the price and the amazing amount of uses I've gotten out of it, I am extremely pleased with this product. Sidenote: I mangled the remote out of ineptitude when I first got it, called customer service and they sent me a new one, no questions asked.
Pros Loved the sound quality, ability to play radio, battery operated, and of course, use my ipod.
Cons Broke twice out of the blue. Weird.
Summary Well, like I said in the above summary, I was upset that I had to send it back twice. The first time it was because it the ipod play simply stopped working and it was about 4 months used. I went to Altec's site and prepared the proper paperwork for return and they replaced it, no fuss. Good. After about another 6 months the vol. up/down audio buttons stopped working. It was totally annoying. I was a loyal user of Altec's products for years, and I have to admit it was weird that this happened twice. I sent the last model back after the warranty telling them that this product failed me twice, keep the broken product and my money. I'll use my money elsewhere.
Pros Good sound quality and battery life.
Cons After about 18 months of not too frequent use, the electronics began failing. Now it works only intermittently. For $140 it should be more durable.
Summary Don't buy it. For $140 the product should be more durable. While it works, sound quality is pretty good.
"Doesn't last"on by lchicorli
Pros There is nothing that I like about it.
Cons I have had this for just over a year. It has not worked for about 2 months. Can't turn it on or anything. I have only used it about 20 times. Oh well, my Akai gettoblaster that is 30 years old works great.