Altec Lansing has launched their first Bluetooth stereo speaker - the SoundBlade designed to free the music of Bluetooth stereo (A2DP) enabled devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players and laptops.

The sound panel features dual 2-inch full-range high output drivers, SRS TruBass and full stereo Bluetooth v.2 for wireless connectivity with most stereo Bluetooth mobile phones and laptops.

The "blade" design measures 6.125 x 11.125 x 1 inch for portability which is also enhanced by the fact that as well as running off the mains, the speaker can be battery-powered and delivers up to 24 hours of continuous playback on 6 AA batteries.

Weighing 455g, the SoundBlade is aimed at business travellers who might like the fact that with a built-in echo-canceling microphone the SoundBlade also converts to a wireless speakerphone, so can be used for conference calling.

The SoundBlade will be available in stores from March and will cost in the region of £89.99.