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Harmon Multimedia announces portable speaker systems

picHarmon Mutlimedia today announced the On Stage and the JBL On Tour portable speaker systems. The flying saucer shaped On Stage unit features an integrated dock, stereo mini jack, dual speakers producing 12 watts of power, and touch controls. The dock can be used to sync iPod and your computer. The On Stage will cost under $200 and will ship later this year.

picThe JBL On Tour speaker system works with all digital music players and features a pair of speakers producing six watts of power, touch controls, protective cover and stand, and is powered by four AAA batteries providing for more than 24 hours of music. The On Tour will be available in early August for $99.95.

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1

hummm an alternative to the inMotion. pretty nice looking.  But does it charge it like the inMotion does?

Posted by alexcue on July 13, 2004 at 2:20 PM (CDT)

2

Looks intensely nice, larger pics anyone?

Posted by XanDaMan on July 13, 2004 at 2:25 PM (CDT)

3

If it docks then it must charge and if they are anywhere near as good as the soundsticks they will be amazing.

Posted by Nick Biebuyck on July 13, 2004 at 2:25 PM (CDT)

4

Sound quality is a must… I love the sound sticks and hope these can compare

Posted by Steve on July 13, 2004 at 2:50 PM (CDT)

5

This will kick Altec Lansing’s butt.

Posted by Wired on July 13, 2004 at 5:20 PM (CDT)

6

Hummina, hummina Harmon Kardon. JBL Creatures and now…

Posted by John Hood in UK on July 13, 2004 at 5:36 PM (CDT)

7

Answers to some questions:  The On Stage will charge the docking iPod.  The picture reproduced in Lloyd’s post above is of the On Tour, which is powered from 4 AAA’s (either alkaline cells or NiMH rechargeables, but the unit itself does not charge the NiMH batteries), or you can use the supplied universal ac adapter.  At moderate listening levels the On Tour runs for many hours.  When the batteries begin to get low there is a flashing light to let you know, and eventually the unit will shut off to avoid overdischarge of NiMH cells.  There is also a music timeout circuit that reduces the drain if the audio input has been off for a few minutes.

The On Stage is not a battery-operated unit.

Posted by bc on July 13, 2004 at 6:39 PM (CDT)

8

Anyone know how this compares to the Tivoli Audio iPAL?

Posted by iPAL on July 13, 2004 at 10:10 PM (CDT)

9

...and please stop spelling Harman/Kardon with an “o” :)

Posted by wired on July 13, 2004 at 11:35 PM (CDT)

10

can someone post the actual link to the page with the speakers?
it seem that most article on here always link to the homepage of the maker and not the actual product.  kina annoying
thanks

Posted by tdb on July 13, 2004 at 11:53 PM (CDT)

11

tdb, true. I was also about suggest linking to the product in question when possible.

Posted by Tiketti on July 14, 2004 at 1:36 AM (CDT)

12

I like that On Stage ring—great for your kitchen, office, or other room without a stereo. Charges the iPod too. I hope it sounds good (for that price!) and comes in a Mini version.

I can’t find anything at JBL.com, but here’s a pic of On Stage:
http://www.macobserver.com/gallery/mwbostonday1/DSCN3183

Now, that pic shows an ugly audio cable going from the headphone jack to the back of the On Stage ring. I assume that’s a mistake—someone saw the line-in port (probably there for the sake of using non-iPod sources) and just hooked it up without thinking. I would HOPE that the On Stage’s dock handles the audio without that ugly extra cord. Plus dock audio is line level. Anyone know? Is that top cord pictured actually needless?

And it looks like the On Stage has Creature-style +/- volume touch-dots. So line-level input via the dock connector would make sense. No need to do the volume on the iPod then.

Posted by Nagromme on July 14, 2004 at 3:09 AM (CDT)

13

There is a larger photo here:

http://images.digitalmedianet.com/2004/Week_29/cplz6wt8/story/harmonjblontour.gif

There’s an even larger one available here:

http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?epi-content=MULTIMEDIA_GALLERY_POPUP&newsId=20040713005309&newsLang=en&moduleId=478837757

But you need to login (register free), sadly I can’t log in at the moment (page times out).

Posted by wirobro in UK on July 14, 2004 at 3:45 AM (CDT)

14

I’m not sure that’s a dock. The caption says “holder,” and the description says, “The JBL On Tour speaker system works with all digital music players .”

The Harmon has a dock, but it sounds like it will be a great deal more expensive.

Posted by Questioner on July 14, 2004 at 3:52 AM (CDT)

15

Two different products are mentioned in this article. On Tour (seen above with the article) has no dock. On Stage (the ring) has one.

Posted by Nagromme on July 14, 2004 at 6:26 AM (CDT)

16

are these better than the Creature II speakers? I was planning to buy them, but should I wait for these 2 to come out fırst? I’m looking for sound quality and power, not portability or charging…

Posted by Asli on July 14, 2004 at 7:25 AM (CDT)

17

Why buy a $200 desktop speaker just to plug it into a line out?  Not sure why it even needs that.  The HK one may be a cool step towards a bed-side alarm clock tho.  Is there a way to make the ipod display a big clock constantly?

Posted by Xenious on July 14, 2004 at 7:40 AM (CDT)

18

FYI, according to MacMinute, On Stage (the ring) works with all iPods, old, new and Mini.

It also lets you synch—a total dock replacement. You plug the iPod’s FW cable into the back. (So… does the FW cable also run the speakers? I’m guessing not—must need an AC adapter to run the speakers, AND the FW charger to charge the iPod. So two outlets needed?)

(Creature speakers have a subwoofer—don’t expect these to be as good as that. These are very small and compact.)

(And iPods do have a big clock display so yes, I would think with sleep set to off—can you do that?—you’d have a full-time clock.)

Posted by Nagromme on July 14, 2004 at 7:45 AM (CDT)

19

If you’re looking for the links,
here’s the one for the JBL OnStage:

http://www.jbl.com/home/products/product_detail.asp?ProdId=ONSTAGE&SerId=HMM&sCatId;=

and here’s the one for the OnTour:

http://www.jbl.com/home/products/product_detail.asp?ProdId=ONTOUR&SerId=HMM&sCatId;=

Actually, I don’t see the point of paying nearly $200 for a pair of iPod speakers if it is not battery operated. I could easily attach it using the iPod’s dock to any good set of speakers.

Posted by Tech-WhizZ on July 14, 2004 at 8:55 AM (CDT)

20

These look like worthy competition for the inMotions, but I don’t think either would really suit my needs.

Posted by Matt on July 14, 2004 at 9:16 AM (CDT)

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