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Altec Lansing InMotion Air review

Kat Orphanides
31 Mar 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
180
inc VAT

The InMotion Air may be horribly expensive, but is an excellent completely wireless speaker.

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Altec Lansing's InMotion Air is a wireless speaker with two speaker drivers in a single bar-style unit, with a remote control and rechargeable battery. It's surprisingly small and, at £180, shockingly expensive. We were surprised by its full sound and resonant bass for its size. It could also put out enough volume to drown out all other noise and conversation in our testing labs.

Altec Lansing InMotion Air

You can steam sound to it wirelessly using either apt-X or standard Bluetooth audio. Apt-X streaming is only possible if the device you're sending audio from has a transmitter that can handle the apt-X codec, but Altec Lansing has supplied a USB transmitter with the speaker. Apt-X is a major improvement on standard Bluetooth - we noticed no difference between a 320kbps MP3 sent to the speaker wirelessly and with a cable via its auxiliary input.

Altec Lansing InMotion Air buttons

A completely wireless speaker with a seven-hour battery certainly has its uses. Altec Lansing claims that the wireless system can stream over distances of up to 100m, but in practice you won't see that kind of range in any indoor environment. We could carry the speaker without signal loss until we hit a wall 22m away in a straight line, but its sound soon broke up when we turned a corner.

Altec Lansing InMotion Air remote

Despite its high price, we liked the InMotion Air. Most people don't need a compact and completely wireless speaker, but if you do, this is the best we’ve seen. The rest of us would probably be better off spending the same money on a pair of high quality active studio monitors like the ESI nEar 05 eXperience.

Specifications

Rating****
Speaker configuration2.0
Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on3W
Analogue inputs3.5mm stereo
Digital inputsnone
Dock connectornone
Headphone outputnone
Satellite cable lengthsnone
Cable typenone
Controls locatedmain unit, remote control
Digital processingExpanded Sound Stange (ESS) processing
Tone controlsnone
Price£180
Supplierhttp://www.johnlewis.com
Detailswww.alteclansing.co.uk

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