Review: Altec Lansing inMotion iM716 Earphones

Jeremy Horwitz
By Jeremy Horwitz - Editor-in-Chief

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

Ninety percent of ER-4P’s clarity at 60% of the MSRP, plus a clip-laden bass-boost box? That’s iM716, designed by Etymotic for Altec to satisfy cost- and quality-conscious listeners.

If you like detailed sound, pick HD mode, or use Bass mode for stronger mids and lows. “Stronger�? is the key word: though the mid-bass gets a boost, you won’t hear a low-end thump comparable to 5EBs or other bassy phones; pick these for the definition.

Foam and standard Ety triple flange earpieces aid in good isolation and comfort. Unlike ER-4P, these are available in white, but like 4P, you’ll hear a lot of cord noise when you move around—especially in wind.

Jeremy Horwitz
By Jeremy Horwitz Editor-in-Chief
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.