Pros Great sound
Takes D batteries
Cons No RF remote
Looks like it is from the 80s
Summary This is a great unit. I camp as much as possible, and used to have a Harman Kardon Go+Play, which died on me. The price on the HK has gone up and I was looking for something more affordable. The sound on this equals, or betters the sound from the HK. I love the dock, and FM radio.
For those that don't like the D cell batteries. I have yet to find another device, (aside from the HK, which also uses D cell batteries), that lasts 30 hours on an internal rechargeable battery. The Bose soundock portable only gives you about 4 hours at a higher volume. Yes the batteries are expensive, but when you are outside, camping for a few days, having something that doesn't need to be recharged is great. Buy your batteries at Sams and you will soon appreciate the fact you can replace them. If you really don't like the non eco-friendly disposable batteries, buy rechargeables, but be prepared, they don't last as long as throw aways.
All in all a great solution for those of us that like to get away for the weekend. Buy this along with an external battery pack to recharge the iPod and you are set for a week of fun.
Pros Big sound, FM tuner, 2aux inputs, solid build, portable, reasonable price, EQ, great little remote, nice display!
Cons Big clunky D batteries, can be expensive when using disposable!
Summary This is the best sounding portable iPod speaker system I have ever heard, and I highly recommend that you check this one out before making a decision!
Pros Great sound out of this unit, runs on both AC and 8 D batteries so you can use it anywhere.
Cons Straight out of the box will not charge my iPhones ( I tried 2 iPhone 3G and 2 iPhone 4s.) Does charge my iPod Photo (circa 2005). I'm returning the unit to Altec Lansing for a warrenty replacement, but I'm required to pay for return shipping.
Summary I'll change my review if the replacement unit performs as advertised. I bought this specifically to use with the iPhone 4. The Apple Store sells this product and advertises that it is compatible with the iPhone 4, but my unit evidently is defective. It doesn't charge my iPhone 3Gs or iPhone 4s, but is able to control them using the on unit buttons and the remote. It also displays what is playing on the unit display. Overall a good product, but my unit is clearly defective.Altec replaced my unit under the warranty, but this required me to pay for the shipping to return the unit. The replacement works great.
Updated on Oct 22, 2010
Pros FM radio is a plus. Sound is as good if not better than the bose system that my brother-in-law has. The Altec has way better bass response with comparable stereo imaging on the midrange and highs.
Cons More presets on the FM side. Maybe the looks could be better.
Summary If you want portability and good bumping sound for you Ipod Or Iphone this is it. IMHO sounds better than way more expensive Bose which has to plugged in to a 110 power source all the time.
Pros Seems well built, Awesome sound for a unit this size, Nice display, Portable with battery power, 3 possible inputs, FM radio, Remote, and the sliding front guard. What's not to like......
Cons My only gripe is the batteries it uses.
Summary I got this unit for chistmas from my wife due to a few hints I gave her, and boy does this thing deliver. I did my homework when picking this out and it paid off. It is absolutely incredible. The style my not be for everyone but personally I love it. And even if you don't like the look of it, once you heard it, you could probably overlook it. It puts out extremely full sound for a unit of this size, especially considering it's portable. I also have a Bose Wave CD and my son has an ih9, no comparison at all. The iMT800 blows them both away with ease. I know it's a little bigger, I'm just saying. It also seems to be built very well. From the hard plastic body and metal handles, to the poly/rubber speakers, quality. As for the price, we paid $224 from Amazon. At little pricey maybe, but not too ridiculous. It's definately worth it. While not loaded with features, it holds its own I think. The display scolls through different info depending on the source, album, song, that sort of thing which is nice. You have control over bass and treble. There is also preset eq settings to choose from as well as a 7 band eq to fine tune it. I don't really use the FM tuner too much but it is nice to have as an option. The remote could hace been a little better as far as function but thats not a big issue. It does slide nicely into thr top rear of the unit which helps me becaue i've been know to misplace stuff. The front ipod dock is also great. The sliding metal guard could prevent damage if the unit is knocked over. The real problem is the batteries it uses. 8 D's? Come on. Even a built in battery would have been a better way to go. I can't help but think Altec must have had a reason for this. All in all it is an awsome unit and if you choose to buy one you won't be disapointed.