Listening to the tunes on a digital music player can be such a solitary affair; if you want your favorite audiophile to get into the spirit of the season and share a bit, then you might want to gift him or her with the Altec Lansing Orbit.
Although it is larger than some of the other diminutive plug-in speakers I have tried before, the Orbit isn’t too huge and it doesn’t scrimp on sound. Let’s take a look…
Inside the package is the Orbit speaker, a travel case (perfect for chucking in a backpack),, a quick start guide, a carabiner to attach to the case, a lanyard to attach to the Orbit, and a written warning to turn off any bass enhancements on your MP3 player so that you can enjoy the best sound.
The Orbit measures approximately 3.5″ in diameter and 2″ thick; it is composed of silver and gray plastic, and a black metal mesh grill covers its center speaker.
A power button on the front activates the speaker; the green LED will glow when the Orbit is powered on.
A lanyard hole is located on the back side.
The base of the Orbit houses a 9″ long cable with 3.5mm audio plug; twisting the base reveals…
…the three AAA battery compartment.
Battery life from the batteries (not included) is supposed to be somewhere around 24 hours; I’ve been using mine for a few days off and on, and I haven’t yet reached the end of it’s juice.
Sound from the Orbit is surprisingly rich. Bass was impressive, midrange wasn’t muddy, and there was no need to crank my iPhone up all the way in order to hear the music.
My favorite use for the Orbit so far has been for watching movies without having to wear earphones, but it works very well as a speaker system for those trying to fill a smaller place with music. I can see this as a great dorm room addition, or a sound source to use in a smaller office.
The Altec Lansing Orbit is available directly from the manufacturer and from other retailers.
What I Like: Excellent sound from a compact speaker source; does not drain the digital music player’s batteries; priced right for holiday gift giving
What Needs Improvement: Nothing, it lives up to the hype