The showfloor at IFA is no place to test out audio products, unless they’re noise-cancelling headphones, so we’re treating our observations of the Altec Lansing iMT630 as the earliest of preliminary impressions. We did, however, get to hear it blast its heart out at full volume, until we were told we were disturbing a nearby film crew.
For a device powered by a pair of teeny 2in drivers, the Altec Lansing iMT630 can trample over noisy environments well. Its sound appeared to be bassy and warm, without having the over-ripe bottom end that some iPhone speakers have. Sometimes not having a subwoofer can be a bonus.
However, we do suspect that the dock lacks the dynamics and treble insight to give it that satisfying high-end sound. It’s something we heard in the Sony iDL650M, and is typical of speakers that have to rely on the output of pretty tiny drivers. Hey ho, portable speakers are never without a compromise or two.
There’s plenty to like about the Altec Lansing iMT630, though. The design is well-suited to use as a portable speaker and that remote cubby hole is a stroke of genius – if arguably a bit of an unnecessary extra. We hardly use dock remotes even in home units. We’ll be back with our full impressions on the iMT630’s sound quality and design in our review.