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Apple and amazon only ship/sell within USA.
Anyone know how to purchase this beauty in Malaysia or europe?

Thanks in advance.
Dude

Posted by Dude on March 2, 2004 at 11:55 PM (PDT) Comment 41

I have the same issue as Mark, 17 Jan. 2004, concerning iTunes hanging up when the iPod is docked in the iMotion Speakers.

I really wonder if others are having this issue and what the solution is.

Posted by David Tajgman on March 5, 2004 at 3:04 AM (PDT) Comment 42

Becoming a true "POD-i-file"....but, I'm bummed that the iPod power cord that I bought that plugs into car outlet and the pod....does not seem to provide enough power to run the Altec Lansing speakers with the pod docked.

Any alternatives to the DC power or the batteries? This doesn't make a lot of sense to me sense the connector fits into the speaker case exactly as it does the iPod. Not enough volts, watts or whatever?

Thanks

Posted by Melissa on March 6, 2004 at 1:30 PM (PDT) Comment 43

I just got my inMotion yesterday. To answer a few questions people have asked:

1) The ipod does not charge solely from the 4 AA batteries. It will only charge the ipod when the AC cord is plugged into InMotion.

2) In my opinion, this unit kicks the crap out of the Sony unit. The highs and midrange coming out of this little unit are crisp and clean, and there is wonderful imaging, all from 4 AA batteries?? just wait until you plug it in... The bass is very quiet, BUT there is bass. Amazing sound from this little sucker. Not the loudest sound of course, but clean and crisp.

3) the comparision to the JBL Creature is a waste of time to even read. I'll add to this point by saying my 100watt B+K amplifier and ADS bookshelf speakers have better bass response and "seperation" than my inMotion unit that runs on 4 AA batteries.

4) If you want a portable solution to sharing your music with friends on the go, if you travel a lot and find yourself in hotels, etc, you will love inMotion. But if you are looking for a speaker system for your apartment, go buy some computer speakers that plug into the wall. there are tons out there, and you'll find something that sounds nice for probably $40. the power of inMotion is it runs on batteries, is portable, and sounds amazing for it's size.

Posted by AdamB on March 8, 2004 at 12:28 PM (PDT) Comment 44

Has anyone tried this for teaching? I wonder how the volume pans out in a large room full of 30 noisy brats.

Posted by snoogly on March 17, 2004 at 4:06 PM (PDT) Comment 45

The Apple Store says this product
"Support[s] audio output to home stereo systems (cable sold separately)"

Anyone have any more details? Looks like it would have to be done via the headphone jack rather than a direct line out, unless there is s dock connector to phono cable available.

Posted by devon miles on March 24, 2004 at 8:22 AM (PDT) Comment 46

I was amazed at the sound coming out of this sucker... I do have questions, though...

1. Does anybody know what the battery life is when "on" but not playing music? The reason I ask is that I tried using the iPod/inMotion combination as an alarm clock. The iPod's alarm wakes it up at the appropriate time. However, the inMotion does not have such a feature. If it consumed minimal power when not playing music (like a trickle standby state) I could run it on batteries overnight without worrying about exhausting the batteries. Anyone know or test this yet?

2. The plastic bridge span that joins the two speaker sides together and doubles as a rest for the iPod while docked transmits the sound vibration quite efficiently to the iPod itself. This acts kind of like a piano sounding board, which leads to the the obvious question... What effect will this have on reliability of the hard drive? I have been trying to devise a micro-spacer that holdes the back of the iPod away from the inMotion to dampen vibration, but the only thing that works so far is my finger <g>. Anyone thought about this?

Thanks.

Posted by Chas Hulme on March 24, 2004 at 4:27 PM (PDT) Comment 47

I bought the inMotion this weekend. It looks and runs great for a while. But after playing several songs, I got problem, the sound suddenly decrease automatically, and the volume control doesn't work anymore. Then I paused my iPod, and turned off the speakers for minutes, then turn on both again, it works well and volume control came back again, BUT several minutes later (even one song isn't finished!), same problem happened again! Does anyone have same problem? or you know what's wrong with it, Please HELP. or shall I return it. Thanks in advance!

Posted by Wei Wang on March 28, 2004 at 1:57 AM (PDT) Comment 48

Well, since they dont charge off the batteries and that was the main reason i was going to but them, i am now out of options. I dont want the belkin battery pack, because it is expensive and looks bad on the back of the Pod.

Posted by mobileemp on April 1, 2004 at 3:08 PM (PDT) Comment 49

I just received the inmotion speakers and really like them. The size and looks are great and the sound is okay. If you are not looking to imitate really fine stereo sound then these are for you. I listen to alot of audio in the car on my ipod and often want to finish the books at home and not with headphones. the inmotion are great for this. WE are cruising this summer and will take them along to listen to tunes in our cabin.

I got a great deal on the speakers on Buy.com $104.00 and free shipping. This is an unbeatable prive and they arrived 4 days after ordering.

Posted by Freddi McCouan on April 18, 2004 at 2:33 PM (PDT) Comment 50

Has anyone tried using a wireless remote with these speakers??? I would like to be able to control the volume from the couch while the iPod/speakers are on the shelf.

Posted by mym on April 27, 2004 at 9:24 PM (PDT) Comment 51

iPodder: As a final response on the Creature v inMotion v Monster issue, we remain thoroughly convinced that for the vast majority of users it's fair to compare similarly (or lower) priced options that deliver superior sound. Readers should have the "bigger" picture when choosing audio equipment, and it surely does no harm to point out that if pure portability isn't as important to a user as audio quality, the Creatures will outperform inMotions that were twice the price. As time has gone on, the street price of the inMotions has been falling to what we consider a more reasonable $100 level, changing this equation quite a bit in favor of the inMotions. But at the time we wrote the review, the premium you paid for greater portability was in our view a bit excessive.

And similarly, there's no harm in saying that the Creatures (and other speakers) dramatically outshine the very mediocre Monster speakers, which may be small but produce comparatively terrible sound quality. Again, the difference in price at the point of publication was such that we felt it appropriate to highlight various pricing, performance, and portability options for our readers.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on May 5, 2004 at 6:42 AM (PDT) Comment 52

Mym - You can't control volume from a distance with a wireless remote on the inMotions, one of the major gripes in my original review.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on May 5, 2004 at 6:43 AM (PDT) Comment 53

Has anyone came across and solved the docking problem with InMotion speakers. I am running XP and itunes doesn't see the iPod, but when it does when I just use the docking station.

Posted by Mark on May 24, 2004 at 1:27 AM (PDT) Comment 54

I'm going to be studying in London next fall. I have a 20 gb Ipod that I love and do not wish to be without. My question is this. Can you power the speakers with the firewire/ac adapter? If so, one should be able to use the worldtravel adapter from apple with the speakers. If this isn't possible, are there any other options? (and someone ought to tell alect to look into this!) thanks.

Posted by Matt on May 24, 2004 at 4:11 PM (PDT) Comment 55

I received th inMotion as a birthday gift and have LOVED using it! It's light, very portable, small...and matches the iPod perfectly. I use it with my 3G and my husbands 1G and it works great with both. The sound is amazing from such a little set of speakers, too.

Posted by kdavies on June 15, 2004 at 6:14 AM (PDT) Comment 56

I tried the Altec inMotion, Creative TravelSound and Sony SRS-T88... from a pure sound quality view, the Creative TravelSound came out way ahead... amazing little thing. The Sony's were awful - like a cheap toy radio.

Posted by Chris Huelsbeck on June 15, 2004 at 1:21 PM (PDT) Comment 57

I tried the Altec inMotion, Creative TravelSound and Sony SRS-T88... from a pure sound quality view, the Creative TravelSound came out way ahead... amazing little thing. The Sony's were awful - like a cheap toy radio.

Posted by Chris Huelsbeck on June 15, 2004 at 1:23 PM (PDT) Comment 58

I have owned the inmotions for a long time now, I remember being able to sync it before I updated my itunes, but now whenever I try to sync, itunes comes up with an error and then does not allow me to stop the ipod so when I disconnect, I have to do a restore. I tried this a few times now and same thing everytime. Works fine with a normal dock.

Posted by Vince on June 22, 2004 at 10:36 PM (PDT) Comment 59

I love my inmotion speakers. The sound is good and the portability is fantastic. I agree with one of the other comments about a carrying case for the ipod with all of it's accessories. I have become an accessory junkie and need to be able to carry many of them when I travel. Maybe I'll design one myself.

Posted by fredly47 on June 26, 2004 at 11:22 AM (PDT) Comment 60

Jeremy, wouldn't you rather have a remote for the inMotion rather than having to buy a seperate remote for the iPod. Then the line out could remain a line out. And we wouldn't have to buy *2* products!!

I've been reading this review and the iPal review and I'm wondering which to get. To me the differences are:
InMotion:
Better integration with the iPod
Better looking
Half the weight

iPal
Rechargeable batteries

There is a lot of discussion about the sound, but what I can't seem to find on either review is how loud these sets are. Do they have comparative volume or is one significantly louder than the other? I would like to use mine outside by the pool or at the beach while on holiday.



Posted by Law on July 1, 2004 at 7:04 AM (PDT) Comment 61

i really really like these speakers. they are super portable and look very sleek. they have a very good sound for what they are. they really shouldn't be compared to the creature speakers but the sound is pretty close the only difference is that the inmotion don't have enough bass. but overall i would recomend these speakers, but only as portables. i'm saving up to get the creature speakers as well.

Posted by Michael a.k.a. just a dreamer on July 14, 2004 at 12:25 PM (PDT) Comment 62

I've had the InMotion Speakers for about 6 months and for the size they sound great. The other day I noticed the right speaker wasn't working. After disassembling I could see that the wire to the speaker was frayed at the stress point where the unit hinges. I soldered it back and it works fine now but I'm not sure for how long.

It seems like Altec Lansing could put more flexible wire this part considering it needs to twist repeatedly. I'm curious if anyone else has had this problem.

Posted by Michael D. on July 20, 2004 at 9:05 AM (PDT) Comment 63

I had the inMotion speakers for a few hours. They do exactly what they say, but since I already have a dock, the cool factor didn't justify the price FOR ME- YMMV.

I chose the Creative TravelSound instead. Yes, you have to pay extra for the AC adapter if you want it (stupid), but it's still a cheaper way to go - if you already have a dock.

I didn't compare them back-to-back, but they both sounded about how you'd expect - no complaints from either, and overall, pretty comparable.

The TravelSound does have a few advantages for me - the speaker angle is adjustable, the whole unit is smaller, and the iPod attaches with a cord rather than sitting right by the speakers.

Why is that a benefit? I'm lazy, and when I'm in a hotel room, I can have the speakers on the desk and have the iPod in the bed - almost like having a remote control. wink

Posted by ahe on July 22, 2004 at 11:44 AM (PDT) Comment 64

Are there any issues when using these with a 4G new Ipod?

Posted by Ryan on July 28, 2004 at 4:17 PM (PDT) Comment 65
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