Altec Lansing ( has announced the Orbit USB Stereo (iML247), a USB powered speaker system engineered for the multimedia user who needs an on-the-go audio solution with plug and play simplicity.

The Orbit USB Stereo significantly amplifies and enhances the sound of any laptop, netbook or computer without compromising portability thanks to its compact design that interlocks the two speakers and stows the cord, says Steve Schlangen, Altec Lansing senior product manager. and the Orbit USB Stereo makes a big impression despite a small footprint. To use, twist and split apart the two speakers and connect to a computer via USB.

When done, the two speakers lock back together and are ready to go. To maximize portability, the design is easy to pack or toss in a bag and features hidden internal cord storage to eliminate tangling. Retractable stands let the user aim the sound in any direction.

At the core of the Orbit USB Stereo is Altec Lansing’s Audio Alignment technology, which delivers perfectly balanced sound with “astonishing” volume, clarity and depth, says Schlange. It will be available in May at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$49.95.