Review: Altec Lansing inMotion iM616 Earphones


This review was originally published in the iLounge Holiday Buyers’ Guide 2005-2006. Please download the Buyers’ Guide for additional photographs.

Similar in appearance to Altec Lansing’s iM716s (iLounge rating: B+), the black iM616s step down on price and audio quality: they’re touted as similar in clarity and slightly better in frequency response than Etymotic’s ER-6i, but we found them brighter than the ER-6i with identical triple flanges; they sounded better with foams. Thicker cords than the ER-6is create more noise in the buds when you move. But they’re nice-looking, and come with a hard case.

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Company and Price

Company: Altec Lansing


Model: iM616

Price: $149.95

Compatible: iPod 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G/color/photo, mini, 5G, nano, shuffle

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Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.