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Tomorrow’s Speakers Today, Part 3: Logitech mm22

If adding a plastic cradle (sans Dock Connector pins) to a set of white and black speakers is all that it takes to be iPod-specific, Altec missed (more likely, intentionally avoided) the iPod-only boat with the inMotion iM4s, which we previewed yesterday and noted were platform-agnostic. But computer peripheral maker Logitech is using just that simple of an iPod integration system in its new mm22 ($79.99, available for $58 online) portable speakers.

The mm22’s are foldable travel speakers intended to compete against Altec’s established inMotion series, and they appear to share at least some design DNA. Both companies’ speakers have the same two-driver-per-channel approach, and Logitech’s travel case, audio cables, and digital volume controls undeniably resemble Altec’s XT1 laptop speakers.

Differences begin in the iPod dock and mounting system; Altec’s speakers have large fold-out plastic bases that house iPod docks, while Logitech’s system uses three attachable plastic iPod cups without Dock Connectors, one each for iPod minis, thin iPods, and thicker iPods/iPod photos. There’s a metal mounting loop on the back to prop the system up, however, we’re finding that the system actually depends a fair bit on the unique plastic audio-in “leg” to keep everything stable, as the metal loop doesn’t lock in place or ratchet between positions.

Logitech includes an AC adapter with the mm22’s, but they can also be run off of four AAA batteries, loaded into two compartments on the back. Folded and carried without their case, they’re actually quite a bit smaller than Altec’s iM1/2/3/4s, but the case is a necessity since there’s no other included accessory that protects the exposed speaker drivers.

Sound quality? Volume’s in the same class as most of the other portable speakers we’ve tested - enough to fill a room, but not more. Distortion isn’t bad, and since bass doesn’t appear to be as ‘Maxxed’ as in the iM series, there’s a bit less compression in the sound. We’ll have more to say on this point soon, but the general impression is favorable. And the twistable speakers, as in the photo? It’s mostly a cosmetic thing, if you like your speakers visually angled.

 

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Comments

1

Awesome!
Logitch is making some quality stuff..
Looks great!

Posted by Delta on March 10, 2005 at 2:50 PM (CST)

2

Borrrrrrrring.  Where’s the innovation to 1-up the competition?  This is just like a car company normally only makes cars, but then deciedes to make an SUV just to get a piece of the market.

Posted by christomapher in chicago on March 10, 2005 at 3:04 PM (CST)

3

lame. lame. lame. no line out.

Posted by krex on March 10, 2005 at 6:05 PM (CST)

4

Hmm, looks interesting. A line out would make it more attractive, though.

Posted by red.ranger in Texas on March 10, 2005 at 8:17 PM (CST)

5

No speaker this size can take advantage of the signal from the line out.  It would be a complete waste.  Like putting a 12 cylinder engine in a Yugo.

Posted by stark23x on March 10, 2005 at 11:20 PM (CST)

6

One thing unique about this set of speakers is that it can accept “cradles” for nearly any type of DAP.  They even make one in black that holds the PSP.  Logitech would be wise to sell extra cradles separately for Dells, Creatives, etc.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on March 10, 2005 at 11:36 PM (CST)

7

These speakers are in fact renamed speakers made by a chinese manufacturer called ‘Compupal’  I know because I have seen these for sale at a local electronics shop.  To their credit, logitech have supplied these speakers with more accessories.

Posted by Michael I in Melbourne, Australia on March 11, 2005 at 2:35 AM (CST)

8

Why do people keep squaking about not having a line out?  You have your line out straight from the iPod or your iPod dock.  Using a portable stereo system just for a line out is a waste of money.  I don’t think that’s a necessary feature.

Posted by christomapher in chicago on March 11, 2005 at 9:33 AM (CST)

9

Not necisary for you, obviously it is for some people.  I wouldn’t need it either but an aubundance of well integrated feauters is supereior to a lack of well interated features.

Posted by P The D on March 11, 2005 at 10:42 PM (CST)

10

How are you supposed to include a line-out on speakers that don’t draw their audio from the device’s line out?? Maybe if there was a dock connector…

Posted by minty on March 12, 2005 at 10:15 PM (CST)

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