Altec Lansing Octiv 650 iPod dock comes with Music Mood app

Altec Lansing Octiv 650

Another day, another iPod/iPhone dock, this time in the form of the £170 Octiv 650 from Altec Lansing.

It's a 2.1 design with a 4in downward-firing subwoofer and a pair of 3in full-range drivers.

There are component and composite video outputs to allow you to stream video directly from your iThingy to your TV, plus an aux input for connecting a second audio device, and a remote control.

Perhaps the most novel feature is the free downloadable Music Mood app which lets users customise their listening experience with a seven-band graphic equaliser, as well as multiple presets.

What's more, the app has a selection of "relaxing and ambient vidoes and sounds" for people to listen to, including a crackling fireplace, ocean waves and gentle rainfall.

The Altec Lansing Octive 650 is available this month from Apple Stores, John lewis, Dixons and PC World. Initially available in charcoal, a grey slate version will be released in June.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.