Altec Lansing inAir 5000 arrives on the AirPlay scene

Altec Lansing inAir 5000 AirPlay speaker

About a week ago we broke the news that Altec Lansing was in the process of releasing their first Apple AirPlay speaker, and today at IFA 2011 in Berlin they revealed to the world their Altec Lansing inAir 5000 AirPlay speaker.

Altec Lansing inAir 5000 AirPlay speaker

Altec Lansing is a household name in the iPod speaker dock market, delivering a wide range of budget to mid-range systems that are popular with Apple device owners, but the inAir 5000 represents their first AirPlay speaker as the Apple streaming solution finally looks like it is becoming embraced across the industry. Based on the initial pictures of the inAir 5000 it looks like Altec Lansing could be on to a winning formula as well.

There have been some iconic looking AirPlay speakers announced, with the B&W Zeppelin Air perhaps being the best known one, although when it comes to design a couple of other systems are my personal favourites. With the inAir 5000 Altec Lansing looks to be putting up a strong challenge for the AirPlay speaker throne, with its smooth curves and black finish with metal trimmings, although initially i raise question as to how adaptable the system is when it comes to room placement, but i could be wrong.

Whilst design is important, it also have to serve a purpose, which in the case of the Altec Lansing inAir 5000 is to ensure that as much of the sound is delivered without anything limiting the soundwaves. Inside the inAir 5000 you find 3 separate amps that drives two tweeters, two mid-range drivers, and subwoofers, so there should be a decent punch to the system.

Price & availability

The Altec Lansing inAir 5000 is available from amongst other the following UK retailers.

[source: WhatHiFi]


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