Altec Lansing popped by our offices earlier today to show off the successor to its oversized Mix iMT800
iPhone / iPod dock. There's not a heck of a lot to talk about in terms of changes with the iM810 -- the dock is now iPhone 4 certified, the gold trim has been changed to silver, and the amber LED has been swapped for blue. The company does get some bonus points for reenacting the one scene from Say Anything
that anyone remembers with the winner of its in-office John Cusack look-alike contest, however. The new dock packs in a 5.25-inch subwoofer, a seven band graphic equalizer, and a slot for storing its little carabiner-equipped remote -- the hulking accessory can also achieve relative portability with the help of eight D size batteries. It's available now for $300, Peter Gabriel album not included. Press release after the break.
Altec Lansing MIX 810 Hands-On
Just in Time for Summer, the New MIX Delivers Shattering Volume and a Robust Feature Set
MILFORD, PA – May 25, 2011 – Today, Altec Lansing announced the next generation of the epic MIX digital boombox, the MIX iMT810 for users looking for a powerful complement to their iPod or iPhone. With an aggressive design and massive sound amplification, the MIX is sure to fuel any sized backyard bash from the small family Memorial Day BBQ to a raging pool party.
Building upon the success of the iMT800, the MIX is now refined for broader device support, including certification for the iPhone 4. The design retains a functional yet industrial appearance with brushed aluminum accents and grips. The bright electric blue LCD information screen allows for custom personalization when powered on and displays track, device and battery information.
"The MIX digital boombox is for the user who wants to make a statement - it offers unrivaled presence and amazing audio quality with thunderous bass," said Steve Schlangen, Senior Product Manager, Altec Lansing. "Hearing is believing, and the new MIX is an extremely impressive and versatile audio accessory that delivers powerful sound."
Geared to keep the party jumping, the MIX delivers room filling sound with the help of specially engineered horn-loaded tweeters and mid-range drivers. The huge 5.25" side-firing subwoofer and 5.25" tuned passive radiator pump out natural roaring bass, further enhanced with XdB technology for an extra heavy punch. With four factory presets as well as a digital 7-band graphic equalizer, music lovers can quickly tailor the sound to their preferred taste. True to its retro boombox roots, the MIX runs on AC or gives 30 hours of play time on eight D-cell batteries, making it easy to play devices outdoors. When connected to an AC adaptor, the MIX also charges an iPhone or iPod, and intelligently switches off the charging ability when running on batteries.
Because sharing is half the fun, the MIX allows for up to two additional devices to be connected via the auxiliary input jacks as well as the option to play music from the integrated FM radio . The remote control's clip-on carabineer style ensures it doesn't get lost in the shuffle. Between parties, a built-in cubby secures the remote so it can always be found.
Made for iPod and Apple-certified to "Work with iPhone," the MIX is engineered to be immune to GSM signals, preventing the speakers from picking up potential intermittent noises emitted by the iPhone or other mobile devices. The music pauses and resumes play before and after taking a voice call without ever switching the iPhone to airplane mode.