Excerpt: There’s an iPod dock for every room, and the market is so saturated with sizes and brands, that it can be pretty tough to make a choice. For now, let’s talk about JBL’s On Stage Micro, a tiny little entry-level dock.
Summary: At $169, this is a fairly expensive iPod speaker, but the JBL OnStage IIIp is small enough to be your primary audio system in a den or office, and it’s easily portable. We wouldn’t recommend using it outside (the bass almost disappears), but indoors the sound is good.
Pros: Small and portable, Runs on batteries or AC adapter, Clear highs and mids,
Cons: Small drivers cant handle low bass, Remote buttons are hard to see, No USB connector or video output,
Excerpt: This latest version of JBL's On Stage - made by Harman - has the same distinctive flying saucer design as its predecessors – in fact the main difference between this and the previous On Stage III (with no 'P') is that the IIIP model works with the iPhone as well as ordinary iPods. There's also a 3.5mm audio-in jack, so with the provided audio lead you can hook up any music player with a headphone socket.
Conclusion: The JBL On Stage IIIP speaker is a reasonable performer, though music sounds a bit flat and lacking at higher volumes, and bass is definitely not its strong point. The unit does get surprisingly loud, though, and there's no distortion with the levels turned up high. At moderate volumes, the speaker sounds clear and even, but not entirely warm. There is a bit of low-end response, but it's not thumping. It's about on par with many multimedia speakers.
Pros: Doesn't offer much bass, No pass-through syncing option, Volume controls are testy
Cons: Works with all iPods and the iPhone, Can be used with other MP3 players, Small footprint, Can be run off wall power or batteries, Delivers clear audio
Summary: The JBL On Stage Micro speaker offers a built-in iPod dock, a super compact footprint, and great sound. It can be powered by batteries or an AC adapter, is available in every colour under the sun, includes a handy remote and can be used with any audio source.
Pros: Super compact footprint, Solid sound, Variety of colour options, Can be used with any audio source
Cons: Lacking in bass, Pricey compared to similar options, No travel case