Excerpt: If we told you this unassuming donut of speakers produced hi-fi audio, you’d say we were lying. Then again, we might not be able to hear you over the music. JBL must have sprinkled pixie dust on this flying saucer of a media player dock, conjuring great sound separation and the strongest output of...
Pros: Incomparably clear, rich audio. Small enough to fit in your laptop bag beside your notebook, and it takes up very little desk real estate.
Cons: Requires six AAA batteries and won’t juice up rechargeables. No storage slot for the Wrigley’s-gum-size remote means you’ll probably lose it on day one.
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.
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.
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
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.