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Best Affordable Portable Speakers for iPhones and iPods

Updated on August 9, 2013
Alltec Lansing Portable Speakers (Yes, the iPod is worn, but that is because it holds the most music and we carry it and the speakers everywhere.)
Alltec Lansing Portable Speakers (Yes, the iPod is worn, but that is because it holds the most music and we carry it and the speakers everywhere.)

When I got my first iPhone, I thought I was in technology heaven. It seemed to do everything except serve me coffee in bed, or so I thought.

If you love music or even listening to audio books, you would not be pleased with the iPhone speakers. My husband feels the same about his iPod. It just does not do justice to the true sound. We love the Pandora App on both devices, but we were not pleased with the sound.

I started looking for speakers for iPhones/iPods. I found a small set that had two small speakers. The speakers ran on batteries, and we could carry it outside and on outings, but the sound was still lacking. The speakers were mono rather than stereo, so I continued to search.

I wanted speakers that had an awesome sound, but I did not want to break the bank buying them.

I Found the Best Portable Stereo Speakers for iPhones and iPods

As stated, I wanted speakers that not only had great sound but a great price. If you own an iPhone or iPod, you know how much money can be spent on accessories.

I struck "gold"! Speakers that sounded awesome and that I did not have to spend all the money in my savings to attain. I found the Altec Lansing Portable Stereo Speakers for iPhones and iPods. I ordered the speakers, charged the rechargeable battery, and voila, beautiful sound when I attached my iPhone or my husband’s iPod to it.

The speakers were approximately $65. The stereo sound was perfect for indoor or outdoor use. Altec has a variety of models, but I chose the iMT520, which has been upgraded into 600 models since the time I bought it. The price for the product has remained the same, though. The cost is a nice feature since technology is constantly changing.

I have had my speakers for over a year, and they are still going strong with their rechargeable battery or AV charging. They have been used all over the house, out in the yard, next to the pool, in the sunroom, on the lake, and at friends' outdoor barbecues.

A favorite feature on the Alltec Lansing Portable Speakers is the "kick-stand"/"handle."  Makes carrying it and placing it anywhere very easy.
A favorite feature on the Alltec Lansing Portable Speakers is the "kick-stand"/"handle." Makes carrying it and placing it anywhere very easy.

Altec Lansing Portable Stereo Speakers Features

First, as I researched, I looked for 4 and 5 star reviews. They were consistent with my model and are still consistent with the updated models. I also looked for what I consider convenient and functional:

  • Kick-stand that rotates up for a handle - You can set it on a flat surface in- or outside. The handle also clicks back into place, aligned with the speaker base for easy packing or storage.
  • Rechargeable battery lasts up to 6.5 hours - That is a lovely day in the park or on the boat, or it is nice to have that much time when doing projects around the house when you want to carry it around and not depend on plugging it in - though you can plug it in if you choose.
  • Full-featured remote - You can change the volume, the playlist, the source, the shuffle, or repeat a song.
  • Auxiliary input - You can use other external audio devices.
  • Music or audiobook pauses for calls from iPhone - You won't miss a call or a text or that all-important Facebook update. The call will interrupt the music, and the text tone notification will sound off when you receive a text or alert.
  • Connects to most iPhones and iPods with universal connections (Note: If you have an iPhone 5, you will need an adapter.)

Drawbacks of Using the Altec Portable Speakers

Even though I love the sound quality of these speakers and the convenience of taking them anywhere, there are some drawbacks and "fixes" that consumers should be aware of when buying:

  • The input will not fit an iPhone 5 – I just got the new phone and am waiting for my connector to come, so there is an easy fix.
  • If your iPhone or iPod is in a case, it may not fit the input, but there is a fix. With the universal connections, you can buy a 30 pin male/female extension cable, which comes in a variety of lengths. They only cost approximately $5-15, which is very affordable when looking at this type of technology.
  • This is not necessarily a drawback, but a heads-up: when you get the speakers, you must turn on the power button while charging the rechargeable battery. I made the mistake of just plugging it in without turning on the power. I did not think about the power button and thought that just plugging it into the wall would charge the battery - uh, wrong. I was extremely disappointed when I took it to the lake the next day and while on the boat, it only played for 6 minutes. I was very relieved to find there was a simple solution and nothing wrong with the speakers or the charging. It was user-error.

Why Wait? My Final Review

There is a fix/solution for every drawback. The speakers produce a quality sound for whatever music or audio book you choose to listen to at home or on the go. They are user-friendly and inexpensive, so much so that I bought one for each of my kids. My children seem to "borrow" things they like. Since the speakers are so affordable, I solved that by getting them the exact same speakers. Altec Lansing Portable Speakers rate closely with the more expensive name brands, such as Bose and Logitech. For the price, you cannot beat the quality.

Portable Speakers for iPod and iPhone Comparison

Brand Name
Star Customer Ratings
Altec Landsing
For the price, the Alltec Landsing Portable Speakers are the best buy for an amazing sound.

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4.2 out of 5 stars from 5 ratings of Alltec Lansing Portable Speakers for iPods and iPhones

© 2012 Susan Holland


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    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, Teaches! Yeah, I was so disappointed when we got to the lake the next day and had no stereo music. HA!! Lesson learned!

      Thanks so much for dropping by! :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I would have done the same thing on recharging the battery. Good to know this for those who are thinking of purchasing it. Very well done and researched.

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Always Exploring, before I got my first iPhone, I was the same way. I am still trying to make my way around the computer. HA! I really do love these speakers, though.

      Thanks for dropping by and voting! :-)

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Pam, if you don't want to spend a lot of money, I am really impressed with Altec Lansing's product. :-) I hope you are enjoying your iPhone. I have had one version or another for around 4 or 5 years now, and I really enjoy it! I think you are going to love it.

      Thanks for dropping by and the votes! :-)

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      OH, Paula, I have failed you!! How is it I am LMAO right now??!! You are a riot! Don't ever stop commenting on my hubs. Your comments always make me smile or fall in the floor laughing!!

      I am THANKING YOU for just dropping by! I am tickled now! A constant giggle! Thanks for the votes, too! :D

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, ALocsin! We do not even own a stereo anymore. We have downloaded all our CD's to various devices and use the Altec speakers.

      Thanks for dropping by and voting! :-)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I get lost in technology gadgets but getting better slowly. Thank's for the info. Voted up..

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Since I very recently got my first iPhone, the hub was really helpful for me. Thank you for all the information and sharing your experience. Voted up.

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OK...true confessions. I read this for the info, to keep up with the newest in techno Gram doesn't always come off like a dinosaur. I figure, Susan writes great hubs....I will learn from her!! She's a teacher and up on everything the kids have and do.

      I don't have an i-phone...i-pad...i-don't-know-the-difference-either......I use i-drops when they burn from too much time on the keyboard....I don't have Bose speakers....but I raised 4 bose....oh no, I'm sorry, that's boys. Yeah, I'm probably hopeless, Susan.....but thanks for the lesson!!......UP+++

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for these options. As much fun as the iPod is, it's really not useful for sharing music. These speakers allow more social listening. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Wow, Susan! That is awesome! I love the Bose speakers, but they are a bit pricey for me. Since the sound quality on the Altec Lansing speakers were so great, my frugality won out. I love being able to take it any place, too. A HUGE selling point since we love going to the lake and our vacations are usually on the beach. Perfect for all places. :-)

      Thanks for dropping by!

    • sholland10 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Holland 

      6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I know the feeling, Carol! LOL

      Thanks for dropping by and the votes! :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hubby bought me a Bose sound dock a few years ago and I really like it. The only thing is that I leave the Bose where it sits. Can't really take it with me as it does need a power source to plug into. The Altec looks like it would be great and a better choice due to being more mobile with the batteries.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Lots of good information here. I love when somebody else does the research and we just have to read. Thanks and voting UP+++


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