While other iPod speakers have the range and timbre of Sooty, the iM7 has the bass register of James Earl Jones choking on car exhaust fumes. This thing is a the king of low frequencies. From the moment the iM7 arrived, we've fed it a strict diet of gangster rap -- this is the genre it thrives on. Snoop Dogg's jail-bound lament, Murder was da case, sounded like the battle cries of office workers across London. If you need a portable iPod speaker system that won't embarrass you, this is it.
The 'XDB' enhanced subwoofer inside the iM7 gives Dogg's songs the authoritative tone lesser amp-speaker combos cannot hope to reproduce. Where we expected to hear tinny soulless bleating, we heard the kind of full-ranged tone we'd expect from a much bigger system.
"Havin money, and blowin hella chronic smoke, I bought my momma a Benz, and bought my Boo-Boo a Jag," Dogg explained as we used the iM7's remote control to adjust the volume to maximise output from the neodymium drivers. The iM7 cradles your iPod-whatever like a small child in its mother's expensive plastic womb -- your friends will gape in jealousy.
Most iPod speakers whimper a pathetic tinny racket, but the £200 iM7 rolls succulent bass tones out of its sausage-shaped chamber like a pro. Expect a full review soon. -CS
Update: a full review of the Altec Lansing inMotion iM7 is now live here.