Eagle-eyed magazines readers have already noticed ads for the new system, but on Thursday Altec Lansing Technologies Inc. made it official by announcing the
inMotion iM7, a new portable speaker system designed for Apple’s iPod.
The iM7 system departs from previous Altec Lansing designs by featuring a cylindrical white and silver look that features two 1-inch tweeters, two 30inch mid-range drivers, a 4-inch side-firing subwoofer and 4-inch passive radiator. Those speakers are combined with Altec Lansing’s digital amplification technology and onboard digital signal processor. It features volume and separate bass and treble controls, along with a power switch.
The iM7 also touts a universal cradle that supports any dockable iPod — third and fourth-generation black and white iPods, iPod minis and the iPod photo. The iPod recharges on AC power when it’s connected. iPod photo owners can use S-Video and Composite video output connectors to view digital images on a television screen, as well. A wireless remote control is also included.
The iM7 works on eight D-sized batteries to provide portable sound for the iPod as well. The system includes a built-in handle, and Altec Lansing provides optional accessories like a shoulder harness and protective shoulder pack. The system measures 6.5 x 16.75 x 6.5 inches.
Altec Lansing expects to begin shipping the inMotion iM7 speaker system in June at Apple Stores and through its own Web site for US$249.95. It includes a power supply and international plug set.
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