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I purchased this for my sons birthday as he already had a micro system in his room but wanted a portable device he could run his nano through.
The first thing we noticed was how slim the unit is, of course future incarnations will no doubt get slimmer but speaker development needs to take place in order to sustain the richness of the music. So, the unit is 'flat packed' if you like, in other words you need to push a button on the front panel to release the actual dock platform and the rear stand, a nice neat touch very useful for traveling. The front dock platform incorporates three buttons - volume up / down and power.
The dock comes with a neat, small remote allowing you to programme 4 radio stations, change the volume, toggle bass boost, scan radio and switch off the unit.
There are four further buttons on the top of the unit - scan forward / backward, source and SFX (Bass boost).
The dock sports a small led panel placed at the top front of the unit and will display radio station, Source type and volume level. There is also a battery / mains power indicator next to the screen.
My own dock of choice is a portable Bose sound dock so I guess you could say I am a little spoilt by the quality I am used to. However I had done some homework so was expecting a half decent sound from the IM600. My son uses a particular tone setting for headphones, however when we played the nano for the first time through the IM600 we felt although the sound was clear that it was a little 'bright' even with the bass boost on. After trying a few more presets we settled on 'bass boost' or 'loudness' setting. Now dont get me wrong, we are not just total bass freaks(!), the dock is thin so its going to be a little lightweight in sound, not only that but the nano isnt the deepest of musical reproducers. Therefore it suited us to use these settings with the dock bass boost on. Clarity was unaffected, still produced a nice clear sound, the bass settings may have 'muddied' things only slightly but the overall sound is pleasing and full. Even when the volume is pushed higher there is minimal amount of deterioration. Therefore sound quality gets top marks in my books!
The radio performs very well with the in built aerial seemingly effectively picking up a wide range of stations, the sound is very clear and surprising stereo imagery for such a small unit.
The internal battery will last a good 6 - 8 hours on a full charge which is great for using in the garden or taking away on holiday.
We have docked both nano and ipod touch with this unit and both perform as well as each other.
In summary I think this is a very good piece of kit at a reasonable price, I have heard different docks at this price range and none are quite as good. I like the fact that the musical reproduction is true and rich, albeit you may have to play with the settings a little.
My family bought me this ipod dock to replace my old failing one, and having been very happy with my old one, it had a lot to live upto, and it did! The in built battery is the best feature for me, apart from the sound quality, as you can just carry it around the house with you (or listen outside) and it lasts for a good amount of time. It looks very nice, and I love the remote control, I use this a lot when I'm cooking. The sound quality is amazing, especially for such a small unit. It has a great full sound, with a lot of bass, if your into bass, you'll be into this dock! It charges my iphone, which my old dock didn't, and it's so nice to know it's being charged up while I listen to my tunes! It folds up nicely to be transported around, or hidden away, although I do wish they would have included a small case to protect it a bit when it's folded up.
I've been very impressed with these speakers, I was a little reluctant to pay the £100 price tag as I didn't think I'd use them that much but after experiencing the excellent sound quality and easy to use interface I now use them all the time. The docking station enables you not only to play your ipod but charge it as well, this means after you've finished listening to music you can plug the speakers into the mains and your ipod will be fully charged for next time. The speakers can also be linked to other mp3 devices using the cable provided and they also come with a full FM radio.
The remote provided means you can change tracks, vary volume and even turn the speakers on and off without having to move from your seat making listening to your ipod easier than ever. The speakers boast excellent sound quality and are great for parties, bbqs or just to have in your room.
Overall I'm very pleased with them and now see them as £100 well spent!
The Altec Lansing iM600 sound system offers stereo sound from dual 2-inch neodymium drivers optimized for high-frequency extension (better highs, in other words). It offers more power and output than any other system in its class and, what's more, it features Altec Lansing engineering innovation called the Stereo Field Expander: SFX for short. SFX makes the speakers sound further apart than they really are, giving the user a heightened stereo effect.
The iM600 also features a stereo FM radio and can double as a clock radio when plugged in to an electrical outlet (AC adapter included). It includes rechargeable Li-ion batteries and a wireless remote. And it syncs and charges all dockable iPod models.
Whether on the go or on your desk or tabletop, the iM600 resets the expectations for features and performance in a sound solution for the iPod.