The Altec Lansing inAir 5000 shouldn’t be taken lightly – quite literally, in fact. It’s a weighty unit, but it’s also no Neanderthal in the looks department: attractive touches such as the teardrop-esque side profile and brushed metal trim take it a step above the other docks in this test.
The accompanying remote control is reasonably solid-feeling, and boasts a similarly opulent trim and basic playback controls that respond with a confidence-inspiring click, (although we’d watch out for a couple of overly-sharp edges).
AirPlay set-up is simpleThe design also includes volume controls, an auxiliary input on the side of the unit and a USB socket for charging Apple devices on the back. Hooking the inAir up a network couldn’t be simpler, especially if you’re using an iPod, iPhone or iPad.
Download the inAir Guide App, connect your Apple device to the dock via USB, follow the on-screen prompts and you’re up and running in seconds.
It all goes swimmingly – until you start spinning some tunes, unfortunately. The bass from this unit is simply far too overpowering and overblown.
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This overshadows the midrange and treble, giving them little chance to shine through. Even during Adele’s Hometown Glory, not exactly the weightiest-sounding track, that bombastic bass taints each strike of the piano keys, slowing the track’s delivery to a snail’s pace.