Review & comparison on Altec Lansing LifeJacket, LifeJacket 2 & LifeJacket 3

How often do you come across gadgets that has immunity to the effects of snow, water, dust, sand, and shock? How often do you come across powerful gadgets that have battery power that can last for more than half a day? The Altec Lansing Life Jacket Bluetooth speaker boasts of all these astounding features and more without any compromise on the quality of sound. 



LifeJacket 2


LifeJacket 3


Altec Lansing certainly is not a novice when it comes to designing and producing world-class Bluetooth mini speakers. Since their merger in 1941, Altec and Lansing has given us an amazing experience to the way we listen music from a loudspeaker. They have a wide range of Bluetooth speakers available in the market. However, Life Jacket Bluetooth speaker is most popular and for some reasons that is beyond what its competitors can offer. 

Often, Altec Lansing manufacture speakers with 2 or more models with slight differences. This is one thing that confuses many buyers. So, lets take a look at the main features and also the differences between the models of LifeJacket speakers. 

Note that each of this LifeJacket model have its smaller counterpart, the mini LifeJacket models. 

LifeJacket (iMW575)LifeJacket 2 (iMW577)LifeJacket 3 (IMW578)
IP RatingsIP67IP67IP67
NFC TechnologyYesYesYes
DSP TechnologyYesYesYes
House Party PairingNo NoYes
In-built microphone & SpeakerphoneYesYesYes
Battery Life16 hours16 hours30 hours
Sound DriversDual 2 inch drivers + passive bass radiatorDual 2 inch neodymium drivers + passive bass radiatorDual 2 inch neodymium drivers + 3” x 1.5” passive radiator
Wireless Range30 feet30 feet50 feet
Dimensions3.25 x 8 x 3.25 in 2.83 x 7.01 x 3.12 in 8.6 x 5.3 x 4.3 in
Weight1.5 lbs 1.59 lbs 2.6 lbs
ColorsGrey, Red, Aqua BlueBlack, Grey, Red, Aqua Blue, GreenBlack, Grey, Red, Blue, Green, Cobalt Blue
Included AccessoriesCables, Adapter, MountCables, Adapter, MountCables, Adapter, Mount

What Makes Altec Lansing LifeJacket Speaker a Top Selling Product

There are a number of remarkable features that contributed to its popularity. Some of the notable features are mentioned below:

Great IP Ratings 

The most appealing feature of this speaker is the Ingress Protection (IP) rating. It is IP 67 certified which means the IP (read about IP rating) level of this particular model is safe and protected against any solid objects and liquids. The number 67 signifies that this Bluetooth speaker is absolutely protected from dust and against the effects of water immersion up to one meter. Altec Lansing Life Jacket model is successfully tested and certified as dustproof, sand proof, waterproof, snow proof, and shockproof.

NFC Technology Integrated

This Altec Lansing Bluetooth speaker is NFC compatible (Read NFC and Bluetooth Comparisons) in addition to it being a Bluetooth enabled device. This makes pairing, streaming, and connecting with any Bluetooth enabled devices such as your smartphone, iPod, iPad, iPhone, laptop and tablets and devices that support NFC easy and convenient. You can also switch On/Off with the help of the compatible devices without any hassle.

Terrific Battery Life

You can enjoy continuous music for about sixteen hours at low to medium volume on a single charge. Well, if that’s not enough the new Altec Lansing LifeJacket III offers 30 hours of continuous playtime. This would roughly convert to more than two weeks time of listening to music everyday for around 2 hours. 

Not many speakers in the market today can boast of such long lasting battery life, especially considering the fact that this speaker is decently sized, not too small, and has wonderful delivery.

Acoustic Drivers

Altec Lansing Life Jacket Bluetooth Speakers are uniquely incorporated with highly powerful dual audio drivers with an addition of a bass radiator for all its model. The latest model LifeJacket 3 offers bigger bass radiator compared to its predecessors (Checkout the comparison table above). This helps in producing amazing sounds at mid and high volumes without distortion. The awesome quality of sound makes listening even more pleasant and enjoyable.

The DSP Technology

Nearly all the portable Bluetooth speakers have common compression issues: lack of high frequency, lack of stereo content, audible artifacts and lack of dynamics. Applying DSP (Dynamic Signal Processor) technology you’ll experience: high frequency restoration, stereo expander, artifact mask and dynamic range recovery. 

The Altec Lansing LifeJacket wireless speakers are fully equipped with DSP audio enhancement technology. Therefore, you will enjoy clear and crisp sound without much interference compared to speakers without DSP technology. 

Integrated Microphone & Speakerphone 

With the support of this speaker, you can even attend phone calls. There’s a built-in microphone and speakerphone with voice confirmation and caller ID, and hands free communication facilities if you are using Bluetooth or NFC compatible devices or smartphones.

Great Compatibility with Various Devices

The Life Jacket models from Altec Lansing is absolutely compatible with the latest operating system and gadgets from Android, Apple, Blackberry, other smartphones, tablets, or laptops.



LifeJacket 2


LifeJacket 3


Altec Lansing Life Jacket is an Elite Choice for Adventure Lovers

I am very passionate about outdoor adventures, especially hiking and camping. This speaker serves my needs and purposes amazingly well with its waterproof, shock proof, and dust proof features. I am very impressed with the quality of sound it delivers. Surely one cannot shy away after hearing the amazing and powerful sound that it delivers. Simply brilliant.

The first and the foremost deciding factor for me were the safety features of this speaker. As mentioned, this Bluetooth speaker is waterproof, dust proof, and shockproof. It’s safe for use even in rain and dusty atmosphere, and quite easy to maintain. 

Another reason why I purchased Altec Lansing Bluetooth speaker is because of the sturdy and rugged design of the speaker. The material components are solid and strong enough to withstand any weather condition. It looks cool and at the same time it’s very durable. You can easily carry with you wherever you go, an ideal outdoor Bluetooth speaker for adventure lovers. 

My Concluding Thoughts

I have been using this particular speaker for almost a year now. I can totally vouch for it and claim that I have had a wonderful experience with this speaker. One of the reasons for that may be the fact that I have used smaller Bluetooth speakers in the past and the bass delivery is just better with this one because of its size. If you are planning to invest on a Bluetooth wireless speaker, Altec Lansing Life Jacket could very well be a good candidate. You can also go through some of the reviews and articles written by users for more real-time experiences.