Leveraging the company’s well-earned expertise in professional audio reproduction, Altec Lansing has entered the consumer earphone market with its inMotion™ iM616 and iM716. Both models utilize patented Etymotic Research technology to provide a market-leading 35db of noise isolation.
The inMotion earphones feature a special earplug-like design that blocks virtually all ambient noise when used with MP3 players and other portable audio devices. The company claims this passive noise isolation technology outperforms active noise-cancelling earphones by a wide margin — in some cases multiples of 10 — to ensure that traffic and other external sources of noise have minimal impact on the listening experience.
Each earpiece contains a specially engineered speaker that is designed to provide maximum sound fidelity at all frequencies. This combination of the speaker design and noise isolation technology not only enables you to hear more tone and detail than ever before, but also helps prevent hearing damage and sound distortion.
The inMotion iM616 features enhanced bass, an 84% sound accuracy rating as well as a black earplug and cord with a shirt clip for optimal positioning. The inMotion iM716 features both enhanced bass and high-definition audio modes and you can choose either one with an in-line controller located on the cable. This controller also doubles as a shirt clip and includes a switch permitting volume control directly from the earphones. The iM716 has a sound accuracy rating of 90% and a white form factor that matches the Apple’s standard issue iPod.
Both models weigh less than an ounce and come with a choice of three-flanged or soft foam ear tips for adjustment to your ear for maximum comfort. Each also includes a deluxe carry case, one pair of replacement filters and a filter removal tool.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: inMotion iM616, $149.99; inMotion iM716, $199.99