When it comes to iPhone/iPod docks, it's all about first impressions. If you're some boring vanilla box, you're probably not gonna get a second glance. But hey, Altec Lansing Octiv Mini, I will gladly look at you some more.
The $US60 Octiv Mini claims to bump like some of the bigger dock dogs, but we'll have to let our ears be the judge of that next month. What it does have going for it is its design: sleek, angular, and black, with a tiny little footprint to save your precious nightstand real estate.
And that's definitely one of the places it'll be at home—Altec's releasing a free alarm clock app, Alarm Rock, along with the dock, which lets you fall asleep and wake up to your tunes. The Octiv Mini will be available next month at Best Buy and the rest, and it will be making stops across the country with this year's Warped Tour, where there are definitely no squares allowed. [Altec Lansing]
SMALL IN SIZE, BIG ON SOUND: ALTEC LANSING INTRODUCES NEW OCTIV MINI MULTI-FUNCTION AUDIO DOCK
Altec Lansing Octiv Mini Delivers Exceptional Audio Quality Plus Free Full-Featured iPhone Alarm App
MILFORD, PA – JUNE 22, 2010 – Altec Lansing today introduced the space saving Octiv Mini (M102) audio dock to give iPhone and iPod users a versatile way to charge their devices while enjoying crystal clear sound. At home, in the dorm or at work, the Octiv Mini pulls double-duty as a functional alarm clock when combined with the free new Altec Lansing custom Alarm Rock app.
Whether charging up, rocking out or waking up, the Octiv Mini delivers the amazing audio quality that is a hallmark of Altec Lansing products. Pound for pound, the Octiv Mini holds its own against bulkier speaker systems, and is even more appealing when considering similarly priced stand-alone chargers. Included is the free Alarm Rock app* for the iPhone and iPod which acts as a full-featured digital alarm clock complete with time display and an oversized snooze button. The Altec Lansing Alarm Rock app is available in the iTunes app store as a free download. Users can choose to wake or sleep to their favourite audio files and songs while enjoying a fully customizable interface to match even the most eclectic taste.
"Because the Octiv Mini functions as a dock, a charger and an alarm clock with the included app, it represents an amazing value that will be appreciated by those who will not compromise on sound quality for a smaller footprint," stated Steve Schlangen, Altec Lansing product manager. "Music is an integral part of life for many people and we're making it easy for users to experience great sound in a small package or wake up immersed in their favourite music."
Catch a Glimpse of the Mini at 2010 Vans Warped Tour
The Octiv Mini, along with select products from Altec Lansing's line of premiere audio equipment, will be travelling throughout North America with the 2010 Warped Tour kicking off in Los Angeles on June 25th. Fans are encouraged to stop by the Altec Lansing tent to experience first hand the decades of musical experience and heritage Altec Lansing injects into speaker products. Exclusive acoustic performances, autograph signings and fan vs. band Rock Band contests will be hosted all summer long at the Altec Lansing tent. Additionally, the Altec Lansing stage will host a variety of up-and-coming acts from the mainstream to the underground.
Octiv Mini features include:
Listen without interference – Certified to work with iPhone and iPod
Modern minimalist design for any space – At approximately four inches wide and five inches deep, little room is needed
Audio Alignment™ – Altec Lansing's expertise ensure that drivers, enclosure and electronics are balanced for optimum sound.
For additional specs and images go to: http://www.alteclansing.com/M102
Availability and Pricing
The Altec Lansing Octiv Mini audio dock will be available in July 2010 at retailers such as Best Buy and www.alteclansing.com. MSRP is US $US59.95. The Alarm Rock app is available now for free at the Apple iTunes store.
About Altec Lansing
For more than 70 years Altec Lansing has been viewed among audiophiles as one of the world's most valuable and innovative audio brands and boasts a unique history of innovation that includes the introduction of first talkie film speakers, the first iPod docking station and the first "Works with iPhone" speaker system. Altec Lansing makes a wide range of audio systems for the home and office; a line of headphones for personal listening; and the popular line of inMotion speaker systems for portable digital players. Altec Lansing LLC is headquartered in Milford, PA.