JBL On Stage 400P review: JBL On Stage 400P

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good The JBL On Stage 400P offers clear, detailed audio and an impressive low-end response for its size. It's compatible with all docking iPods and is magnetically shielded against iPhone interference. There's an auxiliary line input for using the speaker with the Shuffle and any other MP3 player. A useful remote is included.

The Bad The JBL On Stage 400P doesn't have many extra features, such as an FM tuner or alarm clock. It does not offer a battery power option.

The Bottom Line A full $50 cheaper than the Bose SoundDock, the JBL On Stage 400P offers a solid alternative for iPod owners who want clear audio and present bass from a reasonably compact speaker.

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Though they are portable devices, the iPod and the iPhone can make wonderful sources for headphone-free music when connected to speakers. Of course, wading through the glut of iPod-ready tabletop speakers on the market today takes patience and know-how, especially if you have an iPhone, which requires a unit with magnetic shielding for optimal performance. Luckily, well-established audio device companies like JBL are providing more and more models with that feature, such as the JBL On Stage 400P. This $250 tabletop speaker dock is the largest of the On Stage line and bests its smaller siblings in sound quality. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to Bose's SoundDock, this is a good place to start.

The JBL On Stage 400P looks like a scaled-down spaceship, with its oblong footprint and tapered ends. The unit measures 15 inches long by 7 inches deep by 4.3 inches tall, so it's rather large by On Stage standards. Still, it is by no means massive and would fit easily into a dorm room or office setup. A gray, cloth speaker grille, which conceals one 45mm Atlas and four 25mm Odyssey transducers, wraps around most of the shiny black body. As the 400P does not include extras such as an alarm clock or FM tuner, its overall look is quite simple, with nothing but a small JBL logo stamped into the front panel.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color black
  • Speaker System Type portable speakers with digital player dock
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 15 Watt
    30 Watt
  • Speaker Type subwoofer
  • Nominal Impedance 10 Ohm
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Type Speakers