On Stage Micro IV good, but not great
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

On Stage Micro IV good, but not great


Harman's JBL On Stage Micro IV (http://www.jbl.com) is described as a "portable loudspeaker dock" that will "will flood virtually any room or outdoor space with realistic JBL sound." (I'm not sure how realistic JBL sound differs from plain ol' realistic sound, but that's beside the point.)

The problem is that the Micro IV isn't THAT portable and the sound is good enough, but not outstanding.

The JBL On Stage IV -- which has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$179.95 -- uses four Odyssey transducers and includes an AC adapter or can be powered by six AA batteries that will provide up to 16 hours of normal play. The IR remote lets you navigate your music library from across the room, and on-board AC power supply will charge your iPod or iPhone.

The USB jack syncs iPod/iPhone with iTunes when connected to your computer. But you should note that if you play audio through a docked iPhone or iPod and an audio source connected to the audio in connection at the same time, you'll hear both of their outputs mixed through the JBL On Stage IV. To hear only one source, you'll need to manually turn off the source you don't want to hear.

There is a lot to like about the On Stage IV. Like all JBL and Harman products, it looks great with its futuristic, swervy design. The remote offers full iPod navigation. An LED light illuminates the transparent platform for your iPod or iPhone model and provides feedback on power and battery status of the On Stage IV. The touch controls are easy to use. And the system design is optimized, so that the speaker is immune from cellular phone interference during music playback

However, the On Stage IV measures 2.7 x 8.3 x 8.3 inches and weighs 1.6 pounds, which means that I wouldn't just toss it in my suitcase. The sound is solid for a compact speaker system, though it's hardly ground-breaking, even for a portable system. There is some stereo separation and the bass is a bit better than I'd expected. But there's nagging, noticeable distortion when you crank up the volume.

The On Stage IV isn't a bad product, by any means. But I'm not many folks are going to pay around $150 (street price) for a product that falls a bit short though it looks great.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

-- Dennis Sellers

 
AAPL
$130.42
Apple Inc.
+1.63
GOOG
$555.48
Google Inc.
+11.61
MSFT
$44.06
Microsoft Corpora
+0.07
MacNews Search:
Community Search:
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

Legacy Quest is an Upcoming Rouge-like T...
Legacy Quest is an Upcoming Rouge-like That’ll Kill the Whole Family Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 26th, 2015 [ permalink ] Nexon Co. | Read more »
Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere Review
Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere Review By Jordan Minor on February 26th, 2015 Our Rating: :: MUSCLE MENUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Regular Show gets an above average game.   | Read more »
Action RPG League of Angels – Fire Raide...
Gaia is being invaded by the Devil Prince and the demonic Devil Army at his disposal, and it’s up to you and your avatar to defeat him in League of Angels – Fire Raiders. Raise a mighty army from hundreds of recruitable angel heroes and take the fight to the Devil Prince as you endeavor to liberate the lands of Gaia. The very best gear will be... | Read more »
Burn Rubber on the Ice With a New Cars:...
Burn Rubber on the Ice With a New Cars: Fast as Lightning Update Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 26th, 2015 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
AdVenture Capitalist Review
AdVenture Capitalist Review By Jordan Minor on February 26th, 2015 Our Rating: :: DAS KAPITALUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad An inadvertent Marxist manifesto.   | Read more »
Monster vs Sheep Review
Monster vs Sheep Review By Jennifer Allen on February 25th, 2015 Our Rating: :: SAMEY FUNUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad What Monster vs Sheep lacks in variety it makes up for with stress relieving fun. At least, for a little while.   | Read more »
Is Your Face Ready for the New Outwitter...
Is Your Face Ready for the New Outwitters 2.0 Trailer? Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 25th, 2015 [ permalink ] One Man Left Studios has announced that their turn-based strategy game, | Read more »
HowToFormat Review
HowToFormat Review By Jennifer Allen on February 25th, 2015 Our Rating: :: USEFUL TIPSiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad Making a presentation and want to get it just right? HowToFormat teaches you how through some bullet point style tips and tricks.   | Read more »
Thermo Diem Review
Thermo Diem Review By Jennifer Allen on February 25th, 2015 Our Rating: :: GETS TO THE POINTUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Want to know whether it’s warmer or colder tomorrow? That’s precisely what Thermo Diem will tell you – and nothing more.   | Read more »
Tap Heroes Review
Tap Heroes Review By Jennifer Allen on February 25th, 2015 Our Rating: :: TAPPING & GRINDINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Tap like crazy, grind like crazy, in this tapping game that overcomplicates the mix.   | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.