iPod docks have evolved to this: the Altec Lansing iMT620 inMotion Classic, a small audio device that sounds a whole lot bigger. Like most examples of its ilk, you place your iPhone or iPod into its base and it dutifully charges your handset while you listen. This one adds an extra dimension — that shiny kickstand in the back transforms into a carrying handle, letting you rock your iPhone/iPod, FM radio or any other audio player in the field for five hours, unplugged.
We tested the inMotion Classic with an iPhone 3GS, which caused no interference whatsoever, a problem we've seen when the iPhone is anywhere near many other audio devices. The most remarkable aspect of this tiny powerhouse is its kick-ass sound, nailing the bass with digital signal processing that really works. The twin 3-inch drivers sound a whole lot bigger than that, creating nicely balanced sound with crisp highs and clean midrange.
There are clever touches and design throughout, including a slot in the back where you can place the remote when you're not using it, luxo-sport looking aluminum construction, and an cool-looking backlit LCD display that shows source, iPod song and artist info. That FM radio comes complete with an old-style telescoping antenna, a nice hidden-away touch for those who can't get too far away from the radio. And if you want to take this rechargeable hotshot out on the town, it's small, just over 11 inches wide and much lighter than it looks, folding flat enough to fit in a backpack or carry-on bag.
This is one of the best iPod docks we've seen and especially, heard. Just released a few days ago, it's already been discounted from its retail price of $150 to $141.88. That's still a bit of a steep price to pay for an iPod/iPhone dock, but for one with this kind of power, impressive sound and easy portability, we think it's worth it.