For the packaging, it comes in this box with black and gold highlights that their packaging is known for. Upon opening the box, we’re presented with two egg tray-like halves that securely holds the product. Inside the tray are the speakers themselves and some accessories. But before we delve into that, let’s see some specifications and features.
• Free Music Mix app shuffles the music of both docked devices
• Built-in USB port lets you charge a third device
• Compact, wedge-shaped profile fits anywhere
• Room-filling sound with enhanced bass response
• Full-featured remote control included
• Works with all iPhone and iPod models (1st/2nd Gen iPod Touch, iPod Classic, iPod with Video, 1st-5th Gen iPod Nano, iPhone, iPhone 3G/3GS)
Dimensions: 12.9 x 5.3 x 7.1 inches ; 2.5 pounds
If you’ll look at one image above, you’ll notice that there’s a gaping space in that circular area at the back “tip” of the speaker unit. This is because that remote is made to fit into that area for storage, as well as aesthetic purposes. That’s one less remote lurking in your living room area.
As a bonus, although the Octiv Duo has been clearly tagged as “Made for iPod/iPhone”, we tested it with a new iPod Nano 6th Gen to see if we could see any problems in using it (as it specifies that it’s compatible up to the 5th Gen). Once we plugged it in, the little music player worked, although not all the buttons in the remote control respond, it can still play things in the new Nano. No problems there.
One more plus to this dock, even though it’s explicitly stated that it’s made for iPods/iPhones, you could still use it for other music players provided that they have USB ports (we’re pretty sure they have one) or auxiliary connectors. You could use your non-Apple devices by connecting them to the USB port at the back. Much more, you could even plug in your walkmans or discmans to the AUX port, also at the back. This provides more flexibility to the dock overall.
It all comes to down to one question. But before that, to answer what was raised in the introduction part. The Octiv Duo definitely didn’t disappoint unlike the Muzx Ultra, proving two things. First, they definitely know how to make their speaker docks and should just improve on them. And second, they should do a lot more of it on their earphones. To answer the other important question, is it worth the price tag? For the original price of around $100 (as it’s pretty discounted at Amazon nowadays), you’re getting a pretty small package. But the important deal here is that you’ll be getting technically two docks for the price of one. And with the addition of the Music Mix app, you’re really getting your money’s worth here. All in all, we’re recommending this, especially at the lower price it is now, for the holidays.
Check out Amazon.com listing: Altec Lansing Octiv Duo for only $74.94.