Altec Lansing's recently released LIVE 5000 (MN5000) Wi-Fi all-in-one speaker system was demonstrated at CES. According to Altec Lansing, the speaker system is built to allow users to listen to and control cloud content, as well as their own personal music libraries from a wide range of devices.
Integrated into the speaker system is a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n controller which lets you connect to your existing home network. Using your other devices connected to the same network, you can control and select what content you want to stream from the internet. The LIVE 5000 can be controlled using any iOS or Android devices, as well as desktop applications.
The significance of the new LIVE 5000 Wi-Fi speaker lies within its versatility and its multi-room, multi-platform operation. Now, users of a myriad of handheld devices are able to stream and control content from their existing wireless network to any room in the house. Users can easily stream different music to different rooms or the same music to multiple rooms by linking LIVE 5000 units. In addition, the free Android, iOS and Desktop LIVE Controller apps allow everyone in the family to hold a potential controller in their hands.
The free Altec Lansing LIVE Controller app gives users the ability to browse local and online media sources (such as Pandora, SiriusXM, TuneIn, Rhapsody, etc) and to manage account data for online music sources. The LIVE 5000 also lets multiple users manage a queue of music and decide what’s playing now, what’s playing next and add media to playlists from their control devices, while everyone can see the information about the play queue.
The Altec Lansing LIVE 5000 is driven by a tri-amp system, with two 3-inch mid-range drivers constructed of super strong Kevlar to deliver vocals and mid-tones with minimal distortion. The neodymium soft-dome tweeters promise higher sensitivity while the long-throw 4-inch subwoofer and passive radiator are specifically designed for punchy bass reproduction.
The LIVE 5000 Wi-Fi speaker will be available in early summer 2012 at select retailers worldwide and will be priced at US$499.95.
The Altec Lansing LIVE Controller apps for iOS, Android, and Desktop are available for free download from the Apple App Store, the Android Marketplace and Altec Lansing’s website respectively.