Altec Lansing Octiv 202 iPod dock and Expressionist Ultra PC speakers

LatestGadgets were invited to see the best products Altec Lansing have to offer and they definitely delivered. Altec Lansing is known for their high quality audio products. They were the first to provide speakers for cinemas with ‘Voice of the Theatre’ and the first to release an iPod audio dock. So it is safe to say they know what they are talking about. Here’s the best of what they have to offer.


Altec Lansing gave us a peek at the Octiv 202 which is a dual-dock iPod speaker system, ideal for multi iPod/iPhone households. It has a 3rd USB charging port for an extra device if you need it. What differentiates from the army of iPod docks out there is the Music Mix app which comes with it. The app allows you to shuffle through all your music from both devices. An interesting feature of the app is the ability to control the percentage of music played from each device. The Alarm Rock app allows you set an alarm and will wake you up to your music and customize it with themes. The magnetic remote will never get lost as it has storage it the back where it magnetically holds on. It is made to fit a corner as it has small footprint. If you are after a space-saving dual dock, the Octiv 202 should be on your list. Available now for £79.99 from PC World and all good retailers.

Looking at Altec’s PC speakers, we liked the flagship model, Expressionist Ultra. The 2.1 speaker system comprises two 3inch midrange speakers, two 1 inch high frequency neodymium drivers and a 6.5 inch long-throw subwoofer. The system pumps out a whopping 200 watts. The subwoofer is huge so not for people short of space. A useful addition is the desktop controller which can switch the system on and off and control the volume, bass and treble. It has a headphone jack when you want to play music without having your neighbours bang down your door. The system is for gaming and music audio but can easily be connected to your TV. Available from Amazon from £220 here.

For audio on the move, Altec revealed the Muzx Ultra earphones, part of the Muzx DNA range. The earphones feature balanced armature technology giving you high definition audio. An inline remote and mic allows control of your device. The Muzx Ultra earphones are made with the SnugFit design to ensure noise isolation and comfort. A 8-piece fit kit with silicone tips come in different sizes including small, medium, large and dual-flange to ensure a good fit for you. Available from selected retailers now. Check out a more in depth review here.