Better late than never, right? That's the mantra that Altec Lansing is following with the introduction of the Octiv Stage. It's certainly not the first iPad-specific sound system on the market, but it's definitely one of the least invasive. Color us crazy, but we're thinking this subtle guy could actually sneak away in a rear corner of your home without drawing unnecessary amounts of attention to it, and we get the feeling that's exactly what Altec's after. Designed to operate in both portrait and landscape modes (courtesy of a rotating connection arm), this here dock can also tilt back and forward to give you lots of viewing angles. It's out today for a somewhat understandable $149.95, and just in case your long lost cousin busts out a Zune, the 3.5mm auxiliary jack will ensure that no one's made to feel ashamed. No promises on that last one, though.

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ALWAYS THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE: THE ALTEC LANSING OCTIV STAGE WINS FOR THE BEST SUPPORTING ROLE FOR THE iPAD

The Octiv Stage (MP450) is the Ideal Docking Solution for iPad Users to Provide Enhanced Sound Quality and Multiple Screen Viewing Angles

MILFORD, PA – NOVEMBER 16, 2010 – Enhancing the iPad experience, audio innovator Altec Lansing today introduced the new Octiv Stage docking speaker system for the iPad, iPhone and iPod. Designed to significantly enhance center channel voicing for dialogue as well as stereo audio while playing and charging the device, the Octiv Stage is the first product from Altec Lansing designed to support the iPad and showcase its unique capabilities for entertainment. With convenient design features, the Octiv Stage provides an exciting experience for watching and listening to content as well as a stylish home for the iPad.

"Users enjoy the iPad's great versatility for business, entertainment and sharing audio and video content. Now their experience will be significantly enhanced due to upgraded audio quality and sound distribution," said Steve Schlangen, Altec Lansing product manager. "With very limited iPad accessory options on the market, Altec Lansing has created the perfect solution to hands-free viewing, greater sound delivery as well as charging capabilities all in one dock with the Octiv Stage."

Set the Stage: Superior Sound with a Thoughtful Design

The Octiv Stage allows users to dock and charge their iPad with the Apple 30-pin connector, while a 3.5mm auxiliary jack offers support for additional devices. Altec Lansing's Audio Alignment technology provides distinctive center channel voicing and enhanced stereo delivery for distortion-free performance even at full volume.

For a more pleasant viewing experience, the Octiv Stage features a unique rotating connection arm that allows the iPad to be viewed in both portrait and landscape positions and offers a tilt screen for multiple viewing angles and support while typing on the iPad. For added convenience, a full featured, wireless remote provides easy navigation from across the room.

CES Innovations Award Winner

The Octiv Stage has been awarded with the prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Award from the Consumer Electronics Association. Based on engineering qualities, aesthetic design, user function and features, the Octiv Stage has been recognized for outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products.

Availability and Pricing
The Altec Lansing Octiv Stage is available now at Apple Stores, www.alteclansing.com and other fine retailers. MSRP is $149.95.

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Altec Lansing's Octiv Stage iPad speaker dock is delightfully understated