We called out for help with a month long blogger search, and help has arrived! We've invited a couple new writers to try out as potential Unplggd contributors, and today we begin with our first post from Campbell Faulkner. Tell us what you think of his first submission below:Product: Altec Lansing Orbit Price: $39.95 Rating: Strong Recommend*
High fidelity audio is a hard thing to produce. Even with the advances of digital amplifiers, hard-core listeners still reach for vacuum tubes. If your tastes run a bit simpler and on the smaller side, the Altec Lansing Orbit speaker is nothing short of astonishing. The Mighty Speaker: Portable speakers are a common consumer device that can be found in places as mundane as the grocery store. Most that we have heard over the past few years have been lackluster for even our untrained ears. This left us unexcited to test this speaker, fearing the same old tinny and hollow music would emanate from its compact shape.
Sound: The all-in-one Altec Lansing Orbit is only 3.4 x 5.5 x 6 inches but packs a wallop of sound. It is not just loud; it is clear and audible at a surprising distance. Altec Lansing was smart and focused on producing audio that is extremely clear in human speech and higher frequency ranges. Obviously a speaker this small is no bass boomer, but the music does not sound like it is lacking depth. The size belies both the quality and intensity of the sound the speaker is able to produce.
Dimensions: 3.4 x 5.5 x 6 inches
Weight: 3 pounds
Batteries: 3 AAA
Connector: 3.5mm TRS headphone jack
Overall: The Altec Lansing Orbit speaker is an excellent consumer grade product that is perfect for the causal music listener who needs a portable, smooth sounding system. Obviously it is not audiophile quality, but it should suffice for its intended purpose, and is available for a reasonable $26.96 at Amazon.