Altec Lansing Octiv Duo M202 dual docking

Altec lansing Octiv Duo M202

Altec Lansing has seen a bit of a revival in the last year or so when it comes to their speaker solutions for iPod / iPhone / iPad, and one of the leading products have been the dual dock Octiv  Duo M202.

Altec lansing Octiv Duo M202

Design, features & sound

The Octiv Duo M202 was the winner of the 2011 CES Innovations Award for cutting edge electronics, much thanks to its dual dock system and app integration, which allows you to mix the music between the docked devices (iOS devices).

Octiv Duo is shaped to fit into most settings with its rounded front panel and cone like shape, actually resembling higher end speakers, which is not a bad move from Altec. The build feels strong and the mesh front housing the speakers actually looks quite cool. It is also interesting to see how they have housed the remote control at the back of the unit itself, a clever little design. The remote control itself is oval and allows you to control all functions on the docked device.

At the top of the Octiv Duo you will find the dual docking station, which will charge both docked iPods/iPhones at the same time, as well as allowing you to mix the music you play from both devices at the same time, using one of the clever apps that comes with the Octiv Duo.

Altec Lansings Music Mix app is free to download from the iTunes App Store and installs on your iOS device in a manner of seconds. Yes, you need an iPod Touch or iPhone to be able to use the app and its functionality, and without you are left with what is still a decent speaker dock. With the Music Mix app however, you can do more nifty things, like mixing the music between the devices. Here is a video of the Music Mix app in action.

Don’t expect room-shaking earth-shattering sound coming from this nifty budget speaker dock. At lower end of volume the sound is good and details are clear, while i found the sound to become more mudled at higher volumes. The way i see the Octiv Duo it is more of a bedroom/kitchen/office type speaker dock given that you can charge multiple devices at the same time (dual dock and USB charging), and at the price it is a good purchase.

Price information

The Altec Lansing Octiv Duo M202 is available from amongst other the following UK retailers:

Overview of other Altec Lansing iPod speaker docks or compare with some of our favourite iPod speaker docks here.


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