Are High End MP3 Speakers Worth the Price?

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They look good, but how do they measure up to a standard stereo set up? We take a look at the Altec Lansing Octiv 650

With the rise of portable MP3 players, it makes sense that companies would begin manufacturing a new type of speaker designed to be used specifically with MP3 players.  Though these MP3 speakers have been around for a number of years, there has recently been a trend towards high end models. They question is, are they worth it?

With some models running as much as $600, many critics say that the sound quality of MP3 speakers do not justify the cost – for that amount you could buy yourself a hi-fi stereo setup and simply connect your iPod to that.  The Altec Lansing Octiv 650 iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock, however, comes in at a much more reasonable $199. So how does the sound quality measure up?

With its two 3-inch “full-range” drivers, plus a bottom-firing 4-inch subwoofer, the Octiv 650 packs plenty of punch.  Plus, at just 12.5 inches wide and 5.2 inches deep, it’s small footprint makes it convenient for spaces where you might not be able to fit a full stereo.   For some,  these factors and the convenience of being able to hook your MP3 player directly to the speaker make the Octiv 650 the right choice.  While it is not as powerful as a set of larger stereo speakers, it still holds it own nicely.  At $199, it is priced competitively, so really it is more a question in what you are looking for in your speakers.

Read the full review over on CNET