Reviews and Problems with Altec Lansing Octiv Duo - M202
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Altec Lansing Octiv Duo M202
5 March 2011
Conclusion: It may not be an audiophile masterpiece, but the Octiv Mini M202, with its dual docks and free mixing app, may just inspire harmony in your multiple-iPod home.
Pros: Charges and plays music for two docked iPods. Free app mixes music from both iPods and lets you choose play time percentages for each. Simple design with a handy cubbyhole for the remote control. Full iPod navigation on remote.
Cons: Audio quality isn't bad, but distorts at high volumes. Music Mix app won't work for iPod nano or other non-iOS iPods.
Summary: If you're looking for a compact, affordable speaker for your bedside table that charges two iPhone or iPods simultaneously, the Octiv Duo is well designed and offers reasonably good sound for the money.
Pros: Dual docks for two iPods or iPhones; compact, elegant design; decent sound for small size; two free apps deliver full alarm clock and dual iPod-mixing functionality; electromagnetically shielded so iPhone can be used without switching to airplane mode; USB port for charging other portable devices...
Cons: Take away the iPhone apps and the Octiv Duo is a fairly basic iPod speaker; app doesn't automatically launch when you dock your device; circular remote control takes some getting used to.
Excerpt: JBL has been coming out with quite a few iPod docks as we saw recently with the Onbeat and On Time 5V . We weren't very impressed with them and seeing Altec Lansing's M202, there might be some more options for users.