Your review states: "its features are clearly similar to the iM7’s - iM9 has ... the same composite video-out, data, and audio-in/headphone-out ports".

Yet, the iM7 review states: "doesn’t include ... Dock Connector for synchronization".

Please can you clarify this? Thanks!

Posted by Magic Rabbits on March 7, 2006 at 4:45 AM (PDT) Comment 1

Typo - fixed, thanks. The iM9 has the Dock Connector; the iM7 does not.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on March 7, 2006 at 10:01 AM (PDT) Comment 2

Can you put your ipod in with an iskin on it? I have had a hard time finding a *good speaker system for my ipod that can accept the music without taking off my skin.

Posted by camerack on March 7, 2006 at 11:25 AM (PDT) Comment 3

It probably depends on the size of your iPod due to the way that the dock accomadates larger iPods a 30gig will probably fit whereas a 60gig probably will not. Post your size and Jeremy could answer definativly for you.

Posted by JuanoTejano on March 7, 2006 at 10:07 PM (PDT) Comment 4

Just curious why you guys don't list the lack of support for Apple's universal dock as a con? I'm not crazy about the idea of non-Apple inserts. Also, Altec-Lansing doesn't list this speaker system on its site (your product link does not work, and there is no way to navigate to this product from the company's home page). The company clearly has the resources to update its Web site. Why no listing? Or why was it pulled?

Posted by Rockr on March 9, 2006 at 11:50 AM (PDT) Comment 5

Rockr: Why aren't you crazy about the idea of non-Apple inserts? Because, if they are not Apple-made, then they are not as accurate? I find this a hard-to-swallow idea. Obviously the inserts are made to fit the system, and so, this being a cartridge-loading system, the Apple inserts would not work. inMotion has not released this system to the public yet, which is why the link is not yet active.

Posted by larkbird on March 15, 2006 at 11:53 PM (PDT) Comment 6

I got this as soon as it was available.

A couple of items to note:
- When turning on, the sound is very loud. It does not remember the last setting. I always have to lower the volume
- I am using a nano. It is easy to load the ipod into the docking area but a pain to remove it.
- I also have a Sounddock. I like the sound of the SoundDock better, crisper, better treble, but I'm satisified with the sound of the IM9
- No handle. There is an indent on the back to place your fingers, but it is not recessed into the case to allow for a safer grip on the IM9

Posted by Keith Cannataro on April 27, 2006 at 11:24 PM (PDT) Comment 7

I just bought the IM9, thinking that this was a great product after seeing it being used to great effect on the ultimate frisbee fields. It has pretty decent volume, but two major drawbacks:
1: The system resets at "blaring" whenever restarted. Is this a dumb idea or what? I even called customer support, but to no avail.
2: The hiss is signficant, not too impressive. Couldn't they have done a better job with this?

Posted by rpscott on May 19, 2006 at 11:23 PM (PDT) Comment 8

I have not noticed the hissing between the tracks but I have noticed a popping or crackling which is really audible between most of the tracks and it is really distracting. I may have to return it.

Posted by emelie on July 28, 2006 at 8:51 AM (PDT) Comment 9

I got mine this week, probably just before they phase them out judging by the recent price drop here in the UK.

I think the default volume setting deliberate - I find the bass overwhelms the balance when I turn it down lower than the default and it gets very muddy-sounding but from the default on up it sounds great! I'm upgrading from an IM4 but I think I might keep the IM4 for personal listening at low volume as the balance is much better.

Posted by Andrew C (UK) on September 11, 2006 at 1:14 PM (PDT) Comment 10

Purchased to replace iM3. Sound is great, hissing and occasional crackling is not that detracting compared to other sound quality and type of use. Handle and most importantly, startup volume (blaringly loud) are the two main drawbacks. I found that I rarely used my remote contol on iM3 speakers so I'm a little less disappointed in not having them included with iM9's. Also, I don't have to remember where I put the remote. Purchased at Costco for same price I bought original iM3.

I am seeking help in how to fix the startup volume if possible.

Posted by racer05 on October 12, 2006 at 8:32 AM (PDT) Comment 11

The Second Generation iPod does NOT fit ANY of the enclosed adapters. Here'a a quote from an email I got from Altec Lancing:

Dear customer,
The 2nd generation Nano will not fit due to the docking capability. Altec Lansing is making an adapter that will make the docking possible as it does not sit correctly in the docking port without damaging either the Ipod Nano or the IM9 system. You can look on our website at for updates on this adapter.

Altec Lansing

Posted by Nano Fan on November 3, 2006 at 4:02 PM (PDT) Comment 12

The second generation nano adapter is now available. I just ordered mine at

Posted by JaxorThaden on December 18, 2006 at 12:33 PM (PDT) Comment 13

Hi, Does any one here knows how many watts rms this speakers have?

Posted by netto on March 8, 2007 at 12:26 PM (PDT) Comment 14
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