JBL On Stage review: JBL On Stage

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.7
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Charges the iPod, whether powered on or off; stylish; small footprint; dedicated volume controls; includes stereo minijack and cable for use with any audio device; acts as a dock for computer syncing; rich and bright sound for small speakers.

The Bad No battery power option--therefore, not truly portable; no remote control.

The Bottom Line JBL's On Stage iPod speakers provide a great way to enjoy tunes at home by yourself or with a few friends.

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JBL On Stage iPod Speakers

Though it's a portable player, the iPod can make a wonderful source for headphone-free music. What's the point of owning an iPod full of great music and personalized playlists if you can't share it every once in a while? Of course, you can hook up your iPod to any old set of multimedia speakers, but they won't complement the player's high style. Out of the slew of systems made specifically with the iPod in mind, none put it on display quite like JBL's On Stage iPod speakers ($159.95).

As the name suggests, the On Stage is shaped like a small circular stage with a diameter of 7 inches and a height of 2 inches; the white plastic casing features a donut-esque hole in the center and a gray mesh screen wrapped around the outer edge. Behind the mesh, situated on the front end, are four 1-inch speakers. These flank the iPod docking station, on which there are also touch-sensitive volume controls. These override the iPod's own volume control when it's plugged in.

The On Stage comes with four plastic modular adapters that snap onto the docking station to provide seamless integration for any iPod, with the exception of the Photo and, of course, the Shuffle. However, since the speaker set includes an audio-in port and a cable, you can really hook up any audio device, though it won't look as chic as a compatible iPod. Disappointingly, there is no wireless remote option.

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Where to Buy

JBL On Stage

Part Number: ONSTAGE Released: Jul 12, 2004

MSRP: $159.95

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jul 12, 2004
  • Color flint gray
  • Speaker System Type speaker
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 12 Watt
  • Speaker Type Portable
  • Nominal Impedance 5 Ohm
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired