Altec Lansing has finally released its newest speaker dock, the Octiv Stage, for iPads. The Octiv Stage differs from many docks in that it has a comparatively small footprint and can support the tablet in either portrait or landscape orientation.
The iPad is clipped into a bracket on a rotating arm, and the base with the speakers spans virtually the same width as the narrow side of the tablet. While the iPad's display has excellent viewing angles, the arm of the Octiv Stage also allows the tilt angle to be adjusted for optimum viewing. Like other Altec Lansing speaker docks, the MP450 Octiv Stage comes with a remote that allows users to adjust the volume and navigate through playlists.
According to the press release, the dock also supports the iPhone and iPods, although presumably only in portrait mode. A 3.5 mm auxiliary jack also allows the use of non-Apple players. The Octiv Stage MP450 is on sale now for US$149.95.
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.