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Altec Lansing Enters AirPlay Speaker Market

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.

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

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.