On the back of the On Stage Micro III you'll find a power button, aux input, and a Mini-USB port for syncing your docked device to a computer. A sync cable doesn't come included, which is a disappointment considering the On Stage makes a better dock than it does a speaker.
Flipping the On Stage over you'll see a battery compartment for four AAA batteries. JBL rates the On Stage Micro III at 12 hours of battery life, and uses a battery-preserving auto-shut-off feature after 5 minutes of continuous silence.
There are a total of two 1-inch JBL Odyssey speaker drivers embedded on the On Stage Micro III. Unlike conventional stereo systems, the speakers all fire upward, tilted slightly to the left and right. Compared witho similarly priced systems, such as the, or the , the JBL On Stage Micro III sounds like a toy.
The On Stage Micro III redeems itself slightly with an included IR remote. The remote features controls for volume, tracks selection and menu navigation. The remote is good for around 15 feet, but nothing spectacular.
The good news is, we've been flooded with surprisingly good-sounding compact iPod/iPhone systems recently, such as the Audyssey Audio Dock,, and . If you're not dazzled by the On Stage Micro III's design, these alternatives offer a better bang for the buck and look pretty great in their own right.