The iPod Sound System market is a very competitive market with plenty of choice at every price level, and Altec is one of the better known producers. With the Altec Lansing Octiv Air M812 they have gone wireless, allowing you to place the speaker unit where ever you want, regardless of the placement of the dock unit itself.
The Altec Lansing Octiv Air M812 wireless iPod Sound System looks the business, and without being a sound expert i must say that it does sound good as well, providing a room-filling sound without too much distortian, that you sometimes find from other iPod sound systems, especially wireless ones.
What is great with the Altec Lansing Octiv Air M812 is that you can place the sound unit where ever you want, be it sitting on a shelf, on a table, or mount it to a wall. Its stylish looks ensures it does not look out of place (of course depending on the rest of your decor). Once you have placed the speakers themselves where you want them, all you have to do is ensure that your dock unit is within a 100 feet to allow the music to transfer between the units wirelessly using 2.4 Ghz wireless band.
The speaker unit does more than just allow you to play music wirelessly from your iPod as it also features FM tuner with six presets, an auxiliary input that allows you to attach other sound sources, and perhaps best of all, you can add up to 7 extra speakers to stream your sound throughout your house or apartment. This versatility makes it a quality iPod sound system that is adaptable for most sound system requirements.
The Altec Lansing Octiv Air M812 features two responsive 4 inch woofers, giving a deep and full bass sound, and 1 inch silk dome tweeters that provides a treble that complements the sound very well. Together they provide you with a quality room-filling sound from 100 watts of digital power, making the Octiv Air M812 one of the best wireless iPod sound systems units i have come across at this price level.
If there is one negative thing to say about the Altec Lansing Octiv Air M812 it would be that it is not 100 percent iPhone compatible as you have to put the iPhone in flight mode to avoid disturbance in the sound picture.
The Altec Lansing Octiv Air M812 is not the cheapest iPod sound system in the market, but for its quality and wireless flexibility you do get good value for money. In the UK the Octiv Air M812 is available from amongst other the following retailers:
If you are looking for other wireless iPod sound systems you can also check out our review of the Griffin Evolve, or for other high quality iPod stereo docks, why not check out our reviews of some of the best iPod speaker docks currently on the market.