Lately, I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with a select fleet of quality gadgets, and the Altec Lansing inMotion Air wireless Bluetooth speaker system is yet another gem in the rough. Altec Lansing has taken portable sound to the next level with the inMotion Air, for sound quality, portability, and ease of use were three of the unit’s prime features. Not only does the inMotion Air system support iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices, but it also connects to any Android, BlackBerry or other smartphone equipment with Bluetooth. Furthermore, the inMotion Air shipped with a USB transmitter for connecting to a laptop. If that wasn’t enough, the speaker system offered an AUX jack for hooking up that old Sony Walkman.
Of course, sound quality was the prime concern here, but there was nothing to be concerned about. The Altec Lansing inMotion Air system pumped out high quality audio with impressive bass retention, even at full volume. The speaker system relies on apt-X technology, which cajoles Bluetooth waves into converting MP3s into CD quality audio. The Bluetooth range was an impressive 100 meters, though I rarely found myself more than 20 feet of the system during all of my testing. The Altec Lansing inMotion Air was optimal for working in the garage, holding impromptu dance parties and cooking in the kitchen, but I’m sure you can think of a dozen other uses for this thing.
If you’re wondering about portability, the Altec Lansing inMotion Air has a built-in rechargeable battery that is slated for 7 hours, though we found it to last closer to 5.5/6 hours. Still, all I had to do was throw it in an outlet around the house, but if you plan on taking it to the beach, make sure its juice is at maximum capacity. Thanks to the built-in battery, I was able to blast Grandmaster Flash throughout town with the inMotion Air hoisted on my shoulder. A remote control shipped with the inMotion Air, and it made life even easier. The best setup I found was to keep my iPhone within 5 feet and run Pandora. The remote even skipped Pandora songs, in addition to controlling many of the main features found in iTunes, Windows Media Player, and other programs!
The bottom line here folks is that if you’re looking for one of the best portable speaker systems on the market, the Altec Lansing inMotion Air is one of my top picks. The unit retails for $200, but I found it online for around $160. Get your dance jam on.