JBL On Stage IV review: JBL On Stage IV

CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 5.0

Average User Rating

0.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good The JBL On Stage IV has the look of modern art and offers a practical, portable solution for charging and listening to your iPod or iPhone.

The Bad In spite of the JBL name and four-driver design, the On Stage sounds anemic for the price.

The Bottom Line We understand buying the JBL On Stage for its unique look, but there are better-sounding options available.

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Editors' note: We've lowered the JBL On Stage IV's rating from 7 to 6 in order to better reflect its current value among the competition. Be sure to visit CNET's list of the best iPod and iPhone speakers for the latest and greatest products hand-picked by our editors.

The JBL On Stage series has a long history as a stylish speaker dock with a small footprint. Now in its fourth generation, the design of the On Stage IV ($149) is a conversation piece unto itself, though its sound quality can't compare to the recent influx of great, affordable speakers.

The On Stage IV (and its smaller spin-off, the On Stage Micro III) looks like something you'd find in Frank Gehry's home. The fluid, organic lines of the glossy plastic weave across each other, creating a mound of speaker grilles that fire upward and out.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Color black
  • Speaker System Type portable speakers with digital player dock
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 10 Watt
  • Speaker Type Portable speakers with digital player dock
  • Nominal Impedance 5 Ohm
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Type Speakers
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Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.