Pros Superb sound, clean design, remote control storage
Cons Expensive, Heavy
Summary I ordered from the Altec Lansing web site and received the IM7 today. What a beautiful design; this was designed by IDEO, the company behind the original Apple Mouse and lots of other cutting edge stuff.
The iPod clicks in easily to the pop-out loading drawer (a la a cassette deck).
Now, I also have a Bose Sound Dock, and the sound of the IM7 blows it away, IMHO. The bass response is worlds better. Even my wife was impressed!
This is a pretty large unit, and pretty heavy (the bass drivers have to be pretty beefy to deliver this kind of sound). But, it's easy enough to carry it to the pool or around the house.
I would be hesitant to bring it to the beach as the loading mechanism is exposed.
It's not cheap, but I think that it's worth it for the superb sound and gorgeous design.
Pros Fast 7 day delivery delivery with free shipping and no sales tax direct from Altec Lansing. Easy instructions and futuristic looks. My 40GB Ipod fit in like a glove. Natural deep bass and treble.
Cons Remote on the small size and has to be pointed directly facing sensor.
Summary I've heard the Bose Soundock and think the IM7 will even the field as both are similar in sound clarity The IM7's deep bass is amazing from a boombox and those who like higher treble won't be dissapointed either!
Don't worry about the 4-6 week disclaimer as I received UPS tracking info 2 days after placing order from Altec Lansing! Good instruction manual and fast set up. 2 year warrenty if you register online within 30 days! Looks are futuristic and will be the talk of the party, inside or out! I use primarily for my home workout so no more sweaty earbuds to deal with.
Pros Truly portable, remote included, seamless integration, cheaper than Bose, and looks sleek
Cons Perhaps a bit wide but does anyone plan on carrying this on their shoulder a la old school boombox? Didn't think so
Summary This system has everything that previous Ipod speakers may have lacked in one way or another. The bose sounddock is expensive at $300 and completely unportable with it's constant need to plug in, just like the JBL on stage. Furthermore, this unit has a remote which JBL is also missing. It allows pictures to be displayed in a seamless integration...and it outclasses previous inmotion speaker's with it's sound quality (according to James Kim at least) and the abiility to charge your ipod. What's not to like?
Pros Perfect system for iPod for the size and portability!
Cons Light scratches on iPod photo 60 gb.
Summary This thing cannot be beat! Great bass response! Clear vocals. About as much spatial imaging you can get with a unit of this size. It is just terrific.
Except for one thing: I am getting some light scratches on my 60 gb iPod photo from it. Not anything deeper than one would expect from putting your iPod in the pocket of your jeans. You have to look to find them but they are definitely there. For $250, it really should scratch my $400 ipod at all! That said, it sounds good enough for me to put up with it. If you're not anal, the scratches are just mildly annoying.
"Outstanding Buy"on by amielp
Pros Great sound
Cons A little bulky
Summary I'm a big bose fan and went to buy the bose IPOD player. I listened to the two, same song, side by side in the store. No question, everyone that listened agreed. The altec has a fuller richer sound. PLUS it can run on batteries for the once a yr picnic. AND it has a nice remote w/ separate vol, bass and treble controls. Plus it's $50 cheaper. Hard to beat it.