If you’re in search of an iPod or iPhone dock, then you can add Altec Lansing’s Octiv 650 to the long list.  Unlike the Octiv Stage we reviewed a few months ago, Altec Lansing has decided to make this one an iPhone/iPod only affair and has included a set of composite and component outputs for watching YouTube and Netflix on the big screen in full resolution.  For those that arrive to the party late (double entendre) they’ve also packed in aux input for non Apple devices, as well as a remote for manipulating volume and such from a far.  And let’s not forget the accompanying mood app with EQ that works in tandem with the two 3″ full-range drivers and a nested 4″ subwoofer.

The Octive 650 will be available this May for $199.95.


The Octiv 650 Transforms Any Space into an Oasis of Ambient Sound and Visual Stimulation

MILFORD, PA – April 5, 2011 – Today, audio innovator Altec Lansing introduced the new Octiv 650 docking speaker system for the iPhone and iPod touch, marrying minimalist design with powerful performance. Destined to be an integral piece for any living space, the Octiv 650 delivers broad spectrum audio while displaying full screen video from an iPhone or iPod Touch on a TV screen. Utilizing Altec Lansing’s free Music Mood app, users can unwind with a number of soothing pre-loaded videos and sounds.

“The living room is often used as the hub for entertaining and relaxing. With the new Octiv 650, we’ve created the ultimate sound system to create the perfect environment for any occasion,” said Steve Schlangen, Altec Lansing product manager. “The clear, balanced sound quality that Altec Lansing is known for is combined with the Octiv 650′s video out capabilities to create an ambiance that no other home component system can match.”

Fusion of Sound and Design
With discreet lines and a flat front panel, the unique wedge shape provides room-filling, crystal clear sound without taking up much space. Powerful, well balanced audio is delivered through two 3″ full-range drivers and a nested 4″ subwoofer for deep bass. The attractive yet simple design blends seamlessly with almost any décor.

To enjoy streaming video with immersive audio, users can watch full screen Netflix™ movies and YouTube™ videos on a television from an iPhone or iPod Touch using the Octiv 650 component and composite video out jacks while enjoying superior sound quality. For greater song selection and to further expand home theater versatility, a second audio device can be added through the auxiliary input. A full-featured remote lets users control the audio and navigate their device from across the room. To help ensure a call is never missed, the Octiv 650 automatically pauses when a call is received on an iPhone.

Set the Mood
No matter what the desired mood, the Octiv 650 can help set the tone with Altec Lansing’s free Music Mood app. Users can watch and listen to a number of serene videos and sounds such as a crackling fireplace or a calming river stream with the app’s Ambient Sound and Visual Library. For additional customization, the user can pair each video to their audio counterpart and let the full package work its magic.

Also included within the Music Mood app is a graphic equalizer (EQ). From basic and preset options to a more advanced seven-band graphic EQ, customized sound can be saved and accessed at the user’s discretion.

Availability and Pricing
The Altec Lansing Octiv 650 will be available in May 2011 at www.alteclansing.com in black and slate. MSRP is $199.95.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."