Compatible with the Apple iPod, iPod mini and iPod Photo, the new Altec Lansing inMotion iM7 Portable Speaker System reminds us of the older Bazooka Tube subwoofers that car audio retailers sell. That’s not a bad thing though, because the iM7 looks pretty powerful. Packed into the iM7 are two 1″ tweeters, two 3″ mid-range drivers, a 4″ side-firing subwoofer and a 4″ passive radiator. More power than most home mini-systems.
When the speaker system is plugged into an A/C adapter, it will charge your Apple iPod for you. Or should you want to take the iM7 on the road, you can listen to music using a battery pack while in battery-operated mode, although we are not sure how long the system will last when running on batteries (and powering your iPod at the same time).
The inMotion iM7 Portable Speaker System will be available in June at Apple stores and at www.alteclansing.com at an MSRP of $249.95. The product measures 6.5″ x 16.75″ x 6.5″ and ships with a power supply and international plug set. Eight D batteries (not included) are required for battery operation.
The Bose SoundDock certainly has a more sophisticated look when compared to the Altec Lansing iM7 speaker system, but it does not pack nearly the horsepower so-to-speak, and costs $50 more.