Altec Lansing InAir 5000 Wireless Speaker

I have loved Altec Lansing ever since I knew it like more than a couple of years ago. I always loved the consistent effort to bring the sound quality as optimal and maximum as possible while maintaining a very minimalist design. Lately, I’ve encountered several speakers from the same company that is integrated to more and more devices, but should we rely so much on having the exquisite hardware only as a component? Me, I prefer having it a separate box; today our music will be aired via the new Altec Lansing InAir 5000.

The Altec Lansing InAir 5000, at first look, is like a big coin purse particularly because of its oblate triangular body shape. It’s indeed sexy, particularly because the buttons and ports and kept out of reach on the front face. I am not really sure if the product is packed in different color schemes, but I’m pretty sure the grayish one defines so much of what it caters to: Apple’s AirPlay or iTunes. Buttons are found on both sides of the box, with some hard-mounted ports at the back.

The Altec Lansing InAir 5000 measured pretty large compared to competitors who offer the same wireless convenience for music playback. The body is measured at 6.8 inches tall (which is fair enough for portability issues), 19 inches wide (and this length failed in the said requirement), and with a depth of 7.5 inches. It is actually an appliance: yes, it gets rid of the usual wires of the old times, but the weight of about 8.5 pounds is nothing but heavy. All these said, the Altec Lansing InAir 5000 is typically a speaker that shares the wireless fidelity to music playback, but requires it to sit on one side of the room rather than being brought along.

On the left side of the music box from Altec Lansing is the set of versatile but minimized controls that includes the following: the DIM button that allows users to quit the power surge by allowing itself to ‘sleep’ but allowing devices to charge including itself, an auxiliary button, a headphone jack (which I don’t get the real sense of having one), and an additional port for connecting an external music device. Following on the other side are volume rockers and a mute button.

Along with the back panel of the Altec Lansing InAir 5000 are the stage crews for making the work possible. Crew members are as follows: a power switch, a 19-volt port for the power, a one-time-snap USB port (which you’ll barely use, and is usually used once during the setup), an Ethernet port that I don’t think is really useful, a Wi-Fi connect button which 2is good in refreshing the device of all the remembered connections after a deep slumber, and a hard reset button for flushing everything.

Moving forward, I am gladdened with the presence of an IR control that is shaped and designed so well that it fits with Apple’s devices. The remote control is small enough with but a few controls, particularly which is a ‘pause’ button which has no capability to resume playback (because the real controls rely on the iOS device). If you’d ask, there’s nothing more in the Altec Lansing InAir 5000 to see; there’s no Bluetooth, no display, no real indicators to help in monitoring setup or connections, no dock (which I think it should have one since it caters to Apple’s devices), no carrying handle or case whatsoever, and no other feature than the Wi-Fi technology.

Priced at a very high value of about $500, the device’s market value has actually depleted a bit since it was essentially released late last year, making it price itself nowadays for only about $260. For my pros, the Altec Lansing InAir 5000 has a very good design and a very intuitive one-time setup that allows several connections at once. And for my cons, it’s still a bit pricey and lacks some expected features that will sure help make the speaker speak more of itself aside from the awesome dimensional audio quality it projects. Overall, the Altec Lansing’s InAir 5000 is a commendable breakthrough for everyone with iTunes or Apple devices for music playback.

Altec Lansing InAir 5000 Wireless Speaker Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 300.00

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