Returning to my hotel in Las Vegas one night this summer, I discovered that the parking garage was completely full. Not sure what else to do -- and with time running out before a show I had tickets to -- I drove my BMW 650i Coupe up to the hotel's valet. "That's a really nice car," the guy said. "Do you mind if we keep it out in front?"
My brief exposure to the Altec Lansing's Octiv 650 iPod/iPhone speaker dock ($199) at the CNET office in New York made a strong, very positive impression. It sounded so nice, I had to try one for myself at home.
Before we go any further I have to say I'm not a big fan of iPod/iPhone speakers. The cheap ones mostly sound pretty awful, and while the best of the expensive ones are fine, they aren't worth the money. Think about it: for $600 you can buy a pair of bona-fide hi-fi speakers (from Aperion, Boston … Read more
It's funny sometimes when a photo and marketing description don't quite match up.
Take the Altec Lansing's new Octiv 650. From the photo above you'd think, eh, just another iPhone/iPod speaker. But oh, no. Altec's billing it as the "epitome of stylish audio performance" and goes on to describe it like this:
The Octiv 650 speaker system for iPhone and iPod is the fusion of elegant simplicity and the artistry of acoustic engineering. Its discreet lines and unique wedge shape blend in with your decor while it fills your space with full, … Read more
DETROIT--We've know it was coming since the 6-Series Concept was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, but at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, BMW has unveiled the next iteration of the 650i Convertible.
The new 2012 model features revised front and rear ends that are the spitting image of what we saw in Paris. BMW's designers have softened the nose and widened the eyes for a look that's more in line with the freshly launched new 7-Series sedan. Out back, the Bangle Butt is gone, replaced with a rear end that is … Read more
Apps are the next big thing in car tech; New York wants to crack down on how truckers use GPS; why run-flat tires suck so damned much; the search for the perfect iPod Touch rig in your car; and a ride in the BMW 650i Convertible.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) Episode 140 Show notes
The drumbeat gets louder against driving while texting, it's hybrid vs. diesel for Green Car of the Year, GM says selling on eBay was great--but we're over it! And we go for a ride in a new retractable Lexus that is either BMW's nightmare--or a total chick car.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 139 SHOW NOTES