(Tuesday, October 7, 2008)
Riding with headphones on is never a good idea, but a little music goes a long way, particularly if you have a quiet, early-morning commute. The Orbit MP3 speaker by Altec Lansing is a good choice. Instead of trying to snow you with the mock sophistication of stereo speakers that are inches apart, Altec focused on giving you a single, relatively-large driver. The result is solid, full-range sound that should have no trouble helping you beat-match your pedalling to your favorite Kraftwerk track.
The Orbit measures about 4 inches in diameter, runs on AAA batteries, weighs about 4 ounces (as much as a cellphone) and connects to any MP3 player using a headphone jack.