Altec Lansing Enters AirPlay Speaker Market

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Berlin - Altec Lansing plans late-October retail availability of its first AirPlay-enabled tabletop speaker system, the inAir 5000.

Although the company didn't reveal pricing here at the IFA show, the company did reveal key specifications and features, including tri-amplification and a USB port that charges and plays back music from USB-connected iPods, iPhones, and iPads.

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With AirPlay, however, consumers don't have to physically connect their portable Apple devices to play back stored music. The inAir 5000 uses AirPlay to wirelessly stream music via Wi-Fi 802.11b/g from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. AirPlay anslo enables the device to stream music wirelessly from a networked computer's iTunes application.

 The device boasts 110 watts of amplification, DSP, two soft-dome 1-inch neodymium-magnet tweeters, two 3-inch Kevlar cone tweeters, one 4-inch woofer, and one passive bass radiator. Its curved chassis measures 7.5 inches by 19 inches by 6.75 inches, and its non-parallel walls prevent internal standing waves that generate distortion.

Frequency response is 50Hz - 20kHz (-10dB).

Other features include analog aux input, headphone output, and IR remote that controls system volume as well as such iTunes and portable-device functions as play, pause, and skip forward/back.


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