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Altec Lansing inMotion iM600

Portable audio system for iPod®

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  • Altec Lansing inMotion™ iM600

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Item #: 636IM600
 

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The Altec Lansing inMotion iM600 makes your iPod the center of a compact audio/video system. You can dock your player to listen to your favorite digital tunes, or dial in your favorite FM station using the built-in tuner. The system includes an integrated iPod dock, an FM tuner and an internal clock that displays the time on the system's blue LCD screen. Two full-range speakers deliver clean, spacious sound. You can connect the iM600 to a TV to view your iPod's videos and photos. The provided remote lets you control it all from across the room.

When connected to AC power, the iM600 automatically recharges your iPod. And you can plug this system into your computer with an optional USB cable and sync your player while it's docked. A built-in rechargeable battery can deliver up to seven hours of continuous play. The docking base retracts into the body of the player for easier transportation.

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Highlights:

  • plays audio from all docking iPods
  • sends video from older docking iPods to a TV via composite video cable (no video pass-through for iPod classic, iPod nano, or iPod touch)
  • compatible with portable devices and computers with minijack audio output
  • two 2" full-range Micro Drivers with neodymium magnets
  • built-in docking station with high-speed USB connection (cable not included)
  • charges iPod while docked
  • composite video output
  • minijack mono output for optional subwoofer
  • minijack audio input
  • FM tuner with four presets
  • backlit LCD display
  • built-in clock displays time on LCD
  • built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery provides up to 7 hours music playback
  • AC adapter
  • remote control
  • 11-1/16"W x 6"H x 4-11/16"D (with base extended)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • inMotion iM600 portable audio system
  • 3 iPod docking adapters
  • Wireless remote control
  • CR2025 battery
  • AC power adapter with attached 6' DC output cable (DC Output: 15V/1800mA)
  • User's guide (English)
  • Setup guide
  • Product Registration card
  • BB2001 Powered Subwoofer information sheet
  • audible.com card
  • Sheet concerning battery performance

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Features

Product Overview: The inMotion iM600 is a portable powered speaker system designed specifically for the iPod digital music player. The iPod docks directly to the inMotion iM600, allowing you to easily play your music, photo, and video files. A USB port allows you to sync your iPod with iTunes on your computer. An auxiliary input lets you connect additional components to the inMotion iM600.

iPod Compatibility: The iM600 is compatible with iPod models with a standard dock connector, including iPod mini, iPod nano, iPod with color display, and iPod video. Three docking adapters are provided for use with the iPod nano (2nd gen) and iPod video (30GB and 60GB).

Built-in Docking Station: The built-in docking station provides the same synchronization, data transfer, and recharging options as your iPod dock (USB cable not included).

FM Radio: This unit has a built-in FM radio with a telescopic antenna. You can preset 4 stations into memory, and recall them by pressing the appropriate button on the remote. The radio features seek and manual tuning.

LCD Display: The iM600 is equipped with an 8-character, blue dot-matrix LCD display.

Drivers: The inMotion iM600 features dual 2-inch neodymium drivers optimized for high-frequency extension.

SFX Stereo Field Expander: inMotion's proprietary signal processing widens the stereophonic image to dramatically expand the audio soundstage.

Wireless Remote: The iM600 can be controlled by the supplied 12-button wireless remote control. Dimensions: W=1.315", L=3.416", D=0.282"

Power Options: This unit can be operated using AC power or the built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. When operating on battery power, you can listen for up to 7-1/2 hours of continuous playback. Charging the battery takes approximately 3 hours.

Alarm Clock Feature: The iM600 is compatible with your iPod's alarm clock feature. After setting the alarm on your iPod and docking it into the iM600, you must turn on the speaker system power and leave it on. The unit must be plugged into a wall outlet, otherwise it will automatically shut off after 4 minutes.

Auto Shutdown: During battery-only operation, the inMotion iM600 automatically shuts down if no audio is detected for 4 minutes. Note: The Auto Shutdown feature will not work when the iM600 is in the FM radio mode.

Inputs and Outputs

Front Panel:

  • Dock Connector: dock connector that interfaces with your iPod

Back Panel:

  • USB: A mini USB Version 2.0 port is provided for connecting the unit to your computer for synching up the iPod.
  • Aux Input: A 3.5mm stereo minijack auxiliary input is provided for connecting an external audio device, such as a portable MP3, CD, or DVD player.
  • DC In (13V): DC jack for use with supplied AC adapter
  • Sub Out: For additional bass, you can connect a powered subwoofer to this unit via this 3.5mm minijack subwoofer output.
  • Composite Video: To view photos or videos stored on your iPod, you can connect the iM600 to a TV or VCR via this composite video output.
 
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5 out of 5

Not just for i-Pods

Written By Brian, Deerfield Beach, FL on Wednesday, September 03, 2008
 
The rechargeable battery sealed the deal. It makes the unit almost too portable. Not being much of a headphone freak I take this everywhere I can. Battery life at average volume is around seven hours.
The audio quality is better than I expected. Not mind-mumbing bass, but it's there, and the high end response is excellent. What they used to call transient response is incredible. The sfx function spaces it out to the extent that stereo is everywhere.
The FM tuner pulls in stations I normally only get on my home and auto systems--the ones portables can't get. There is only room for four presets.
I don't own an i-Pod, but my mp3 player sounds very good. My laptop sounds awfully good, as well.
The case issue--yes, it needs one--I solved with a DVD player case. It's a perfect fit. This is a great travel item. It weighs next to nothing. Folds up into a small package and gets out of its own way in luggage.
The apparent demise of the BB2001 subwoofer is a sort of a negative, but tweaking the bass on my mp3 player cured this, pretty much.
The remote is tiny. It is, in fact, the smallest remote I've ever seen. I had trouble with it until I realized there was a thin layer of protective plastic on it that, once removed, fixed the problem.
There's a lot to like here. Given the wide gulf in pricing on these devices, this gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
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5 out of 5

Altec Lansing IM 600

Written By Fred, Rogers, AR. on Monday, July 28, 2008
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Great sound and easy to use. Rechargeable battery is a great plus. I agree with the reviewer that a travel bag would be a big plus. I would pay extra for it.
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4 out of 5

The iM600

Written By Bob, Toccoa, GA on Saturday, May 10, 2008
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Great sound, compact. Easy to use. Only thing lacking is a travel case or bag.
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4 out of 5

Altec Lansing inMotion™ iM600

Written By idfallboy, Boise, Idaho on Tuesday, January 22, 2008
 
The im600 is small and compact which is plus for me. I travel a lot so space is always something to consider. I like the way it folds up and their is nothing left sticking out to get broken. The sound of the im600 is really great I was shocked after I hooked it up and gave it a listening to. Very nice sound for such a small unit.
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5 out of 5

Great bang for the buck

Written By Gary, Florida Keys! on Monday, January 14, 2008
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I bought this little jewel for work, outdoors on boats. It doesn't sound like the Bose or most of my other stereo equipment: but it does, last at least 7 hours, keep the headphones out of my ears so I can hear the phone, pick up my Sirius plug N play from 100' and let me listen to my music rather than the lame stuff on my local radio stations. All the while giving me decent sound and plenty of volume. Now if they just made a rechargeable Sub...........
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5 out of 5

GREAT SPEAKERS

Written By Dustin, Brunswick, GA on Tuesday, December 25, 2007
 
This little badboy is AWESOME!! I couldn't hardly beleive the richness of the sound coming out of such a small, stylish speaker system. The iM600 is so small and light that it is EASY to grab it and run out the door whether you carry it or put it in a bag/purse. *I love the built in battery!! It lasts really long on a full charge, mine lasts around 8 hours before it needs to be plugged in. *I also like the way that this thing is designed!! It looks AWESOME with my black Ipod video (30GB) which just plugs right in to the dock (this system also plays any audio device with the auxiliary input via a stereo mini jack). The dock and stand fold up for storage/transport and when your ready to use it, you just press the button on the front and they POP right out!! *The radio is a nice feature to have when you just want to listen to live broadcasts (I use it to listen to football games!). The FM works pretty well with the hide away antenna extended. *It also has a simple remote that hides away inside the unit when its not in use. But to me, the best feature of this speaker system is the SOUND!! *This little thing pumps out crystal clear sound with great highs and warm lows. The base is really perfect for what I listen to, it is very warm but not TOO distorting(not as much base as the BOSE or iM9 but VERY close!). I hooked my external floor sub to the unit when its in my room via the SUB OUT port & WOW! *I also use the usb connection with my computer because when you put the Ipod on the iM600 dock, it syncs with your PC. *All in all this is a GREAT setup with a lot of features, simple and elegant design, and the power to play your music loud & clear. I chose this unit over the BOSE SoundDock because the sound is just as good (little less base), it has WAY more features & ports, it is portable (BOSE has a portable one for $100 more than the regular SoundDock), and it cost about HALF of the SoundDock without sacrificing Quality.

*GREAT BUY*

*PS: Altec Lansing's Customer Support is awesome too!! They will help you with anything!!
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5 out of 5

Altec Lansing iM600

Written By Danny, Waynesboro, VA on Sunday, November 18, 2007
 
This is a great portable speaker option for iPods. I really liked the sound on my son's Bose iPod speaker system, but it was only AC power. I listened to many portable systems and few had much speaker range. This AL system is a perfect balance between quality sound and portability. I have been using this iM600 for several months, mostly outdoors, and the built in Li battery actually lasts longer than the advertised 7 hours. I like the convenience of not having to fool with replacing batteries, plus while plugged into the AC both the AL speakers and iPod batteries are recharged. The only real criticism I have is that the FM reception is not strong, but that is not what I bought it for anyway.
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5 out of 5

Top Shelf

Written By Alex, Upper Providence, PA on Friday, June 15, 2007
 
Excellent buy. Looks sleek but the performance is outstanding. Lacks a little on bass but remember it's less than two pounds. The blue LCD display stands out perfectly on it's black background. Extremely simple to connect your Ipod and figure out the controls for those who don't refer to the owners manual.
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