Altec Lansing inMotion 9 (IM9) Portable Audio System for iPod
22 May 2006
Summary: At $200 list/ $165 street , the inMotion IM9 represents a relative bargain. Its sound quality and ability to play really loud put it several notches above competing portable systems, almost in the league of the more expensive desktop systems. It has rugged good looks, comes with a nice backpack, and is simple to operate. It’s versatile enough to go from bedroom to living room to poolside to hiking trip.
Excerpt: (1 items) We've found few iPod speaker systems that make just the right compromise between portability and sound quality. With the inMotion iM9, Logitech's mm50 finally has some competition. Although the iM9 is a bit bigger and heavier than the mm50, it's still portable while offering richer, fuller sound than any truly portable system we've tested.
Excerpt: (1 items) A couple years ago, Altec Lansing got the portable iPod speaker market going with the original inMotion. Since then, the company has dramatically expanded the inMotion line, which now consists of the iM3, iM4, iM5, iM7, iM9, iM11, iMT1, iMX2, and iMmini, as well as the original model, now called the iMplus. (Don’t try to make sense of the model numbers—Altec Lansing has told Playlist that there’s no real method to the naming scheme.
Pros: Includes handy backpack for travel, Durable design, Secure iPod storage, Provides ports for audio, video, and data, Impressive sound quality and volume levels for the size
Cons: Heavier than most portable systems, Volume very loud on turn-on, No protection for front of iPod, Volume buttons difficult to press, No remote