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The good: The Altec Lansing Octiv 650 sounds very good for an iPod/iPhone speaker dock and works as a full-featured alarm clock after you add Altec’s free Alarm Rock app. The component/composite video output on the back also allows you to play iPod/iPhone video on your TV with an optional cable, and a remote is included.
The bad: The cloth grille attracts dust and there’s no Bluetooth or AirPlay wireless connectivity.
The bottom line: The Altec Lansing Octiv 650 is one of best-sounding iPod/iPhone speaker docks in its price class, with a distinct, stylish look and component video output to boot.