Published on November 13th, 2005 | by Greg0
Dock the Halls
The ad copy goes like this: “An amplified extension of your iPod, the inMotion iM5 mobile audio dock replaces headphone listening and delivers high quality, crystal-clear sound”. It can be powered by batteries or with the included AC cord, and can recharge your iPod while it’s docked.
No extravagant claims, except for maybe their suggestion that 4 AA batteries could power it for more than 24 hours (which we confirmed, at least at lower volumes). Altec Lansing has a reputation for decent sound, and their latest designs have been right in line with the quality and color scheme you expect from iPod accessories- sleek, small, grey/white. And, perhaps, the price you expect too- a tad out of reach at $150 MSRP, but cheaper than the Bose SoundDock.
Fortunately, the iM5 can work with most any iPod: nano, photo, 3rd generation models, even the mini- only the shuffle is left out. What’s best about the iM5 though, is the hidden jacks- so you can output photos, add a subwoofer, and even an input jack so you can use the iM5 with audio devices without an iPod dock adapter. The buttons are well-made, raised rubber, allowing you to easily change the volume. And finally, the iM5 even comes with a full set of international adapters (!) which allow you to use it out-of-the-box around the world- very handy for travelers who don’t have a computer handy to charge their iPod.
The iMotion’s sound isn’t spectacular (their iM7, with an MSRP of $250, sounds better for instance), but is perfectly adequate for anything except the most bass-heavy tracks. It handled orchestral music well, never muddying the sound or sounding too bright or dull.
All in all, the iM5 would be a great gift for those who want to use the iPod as more than a mobile device.