updated 07:55 pm EDT, Mon September 10, 2007
Altec's 5 new speakers
Altec Lansing, a division of Plantronics, has unveiled a new line of Bluetooth wireless and corded speaker systems designed for use with MP3 enabled mobile phones, iPods, laptops and other portable digital devices. The company also introduced a set of speakers designed to attach to desktop flat-panel displays. The iMT521 SoundBlade Stereo Bluetooth Speaker features dual 2" full-range high output speakers and full stereo Bluetooth v.2 for wireless connectivity with most A2DP stereo Bluetooth mobile phones and laptops. It also comes equipped with AVRCP for two-way remote volume, mute and track forward/back controls from a cellular handset. Also included are a built-in echo-canceling microphone for wireless speakerphone capability. It supports both AC and battery (AA) power. The iMT521 SoundBlade will be available in November 2007 at $130.
The iMT207 Orbit-M and iM207 Orbit-MP3 are ultra portable speaker systems that integrate a cone design with a custom-built 40mm speaker driver to project a 360-degree sound field while weighing in at 8oz. (.23kg). The Orbit is shock resistant and uses AAA batteries for up to 24 hours continuous play time. The Altec Lansing iMT207 Orbit-M and iM207 Orbit-MP3 will both be available in October 2007 at $40.
The iMT217 Nobi Speaker for Nokia XpressMusic phones are small enough to fit in a pocket and weigh 10oz. (.28kg). Also AAA battery-powered, the speakers offer 24 hours of audio play time. The new Nobi will be available in October 2007 at $40.
Finally, the FX3020 SoundBar Speaker System for flat-panel PCs is a single speaker solution for the unused area beneath most flat panel monitors. The device features XdB for enhanced bass performance, a single in/out cable to remove wire tangles and clutter and a side-positioned auxiliary input/headphone jack. The FX3020 will be available in October 2007 for $100.