SOURCE: Altec Lansing

September 08, 2009 08:55 ET

Altec Lansing Combines USB Audio and Ultra-Portability for New Netbooks and Laptop Computers

Orbit USB Is a Powerful Little Laptop Speaker

MILFORD, PA--(Marketwire - September 8, 2009) - Altec Lansing, a division of Plantronics, Inc., today introduced the Orbit USB™ (iML237), the newest member of its Orbit family. This ultra-portable USB speaker is perfect for the frequent traveler, providing surprisingly big sound and the convenience of plug-and-play USB connectivity for netbooks and laptops.

Weighing in at less than six ounces, this powerful little speaker boasts Altec Lansing's Audio Alignment™ design, which is the precise balance and craftsmanship of the key audio components -- the driver, the enclosure and the electronics. The sonic result is astounding volume, clarity and depth in a small system. The circular shape provides a 360-degree sound field and the retractable stand aims the audio wherever wanted. Built to survive tough travel conditions, the Orbit USB includes a stylish neoprene case with hook-on carabineer as well as tangle-free cord storage.

"We think two kinds of consumers will love the Orbit USB," explains Don Milks, senior manager of product management at Altec Lansing. "Today, college students rely on their laptops for much of their entertainment. You see them all over campus. The Orbit USB can be tossed in a backpack and provide powerful instant sound at any time. Next, businesspeople can enhance their presentations with boardroom-filling sound from the Orbit USB, which is small enough to pack in a briefcase. And then they can listen to music in their hotel rooms at night. Whether you like to listen to iTunes, watch movies or simply need better presentation sound, the Orbit USB's plug-and-play audio will work for you. And the battery-free design offers an environmentally responsible solution."


--  Incredible digital clarity - From the source to the speaker, sound
    stays digitally wired through the USB connection. No fuzz, no muffle, just
    quality audio.
--  Surprising power - The Orbit USB packs a powerful sonic punch for its
    small size.
--  360° sound field - Push astonishing sound in all directions.
--  USB powered - No batteries or AC cord, just plug-and-play.
--  Audio Alignment™ - Perfectly balanced components ensure ultimate
--  Tough design - With aluminum and composite construction, it can handle
--  Neoprene case - The stylish black case comes with a carabineer hook -
    perfect for travel.
--  LED power indicator
--  Stand - Retractable stand lets you aim the sound in any direction.
--  USB cord storage - Free from tangle, just wind up the 16" cord and go.

Pricing and Availability

The Altec Lansing Orbit USB (iML237) will be available in mid-September at Best Buy, and other leading consumer electronics retailers, as well as at MSRP is US$49.95.

For more information on the complete fall 2009 audio collection from Altec Lansing, visit

About Altec Lansing

For more than 70 years Altec Lansing has been viewed among audiophiles as the world's most valuable and innovative audio brand and boasts a unique history of innovation that includes the introduction of first talkie film speakers, the first iPod docking station and the first "Works with iPhone" speaker system. Altec Lansing makes a wide range of audio systems for the home and office; a line of headphones for personal listening; and the popular line of inMotion speaker systems for portable digital players. Altec Lansing, a division of Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT), is headquartered in Milford, PA.

Altec Lansing, Orbit MP3 and Audio Alignment are trademarks or registered trademarks of Plantronics, Inc. iPhone and iPod are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. YouTube as well as all other names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. More information can be found at

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