Building on the audio and design breakthroughs that made inMotion an instant hit with critics from Rolling Stone, PC Magazine, CNET, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications–as well as iPod customers the world over–Altec Lansing has given the new iM3 greater features and functionality. The updated iM3 design, for example, sports a perforated aluminum grillwork over its four full-range, custom-designed 1″ neodymium micro drivers. A brand-new hinge system makes the unit easier to open and close; also included are an assortment of docking bay adapters for the growing iPod family of products.
Playback convenience on the iM3 has been improved with the addition of a wireless remote that controls power, volume, and song navigation from across the room. International travelers will find the iM3 more convenient thanks to an innovative universal power supply with a changeable plug set.
What hasn’t changed in the inMotion iM3 is the audio quality that vaulted the original inMotion to the top of the portable speaker category. Simply insert an iPod or iPod mini and be amazed at the powerful, full-frequency output that enriches any kind of music.
“The inMotion set the portable audio standard for iPod users. With iM3, Altec Lansing continues to drive this category,” said Mark Lucas, CEO and President for Altec Lansing Technologies. “This product offers convenience, style, versatility, and audio performance that outpaces any other on the market. iM3 is the latest example of Altec Lansing’s strong commitment to providing iPod customers with great audio.”
Key to the inMotion iM3’s powerful sound output is a 4-watt Class D digital amplifier, generating a surprising dynamic range for a unit only 8″ by 5.4″ by 1.2″ in size. The iM3 also includes patented MaxxBass(R) technology for impressive bass response. Founded on the principle of the “missing fundamental,” MaxxBass creates harmonics that mimic the original bass sound–a strategy often used in the professional audio world where large speakers are impractical.
A wealth of handy features make the new iM3 as easy to use as it is to listen to. By placing an iPod or iPod mini into the docking bay, users can fill their room with music while synchronizing files, transferring data, and recharging their device. The iM3 also provides more than 24 hours of battery life.
The wireless remote, when not in use, stores in a specially designed slot atop the unit. Other handy features include front-mounted on/off and volume controls, a 3.5mm jack with cable for auxiliary input from any suitable device, and padded carrying case.
Improving on Success
Altec Lansing’s inMotion, upon which the new iM3 is based, has been an instant hit since its debut in October, 2003. PC Magazine and CNET both picked the inMotion as an ‘Editor’s Choice'; Rolling Stone gave the inMotion 3 out of 4 stars, while Wired magazine scored it 8 out of 10 and Network World tallied a perfect 5 out of 5.
Macworld magazine, in its ‘Hot Stuff’ section, raved, “When this sweet speaker set for the iPod arrived, it was love at first sight. But after we’d heard the inMotion’s clear sound, used its well-placed ports, and folded it up again, we knew we’d found much more than a mere infatuation.”
Pricing and Availability
Altec Lansing’s inMotion iM3 portable audio system is priced at $179.95 (MSRP) and will be available in late summer at all Apple store locations as well as the Apple online store. For more information about the iM3, or any of Altec Lansing’s other audio solutions, visit www.alteclansing.com.