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JBL updates speaker specs, adds On Stage model


JBL has announced immediate U.S. availability of an additional model of its On Stage speaker system, On Stage III. Previously released in Asia and originally not expected to be shipped in the U.S., On Stage III is an iPod-only speaker system sharing features and similar dish-shaped styling to earlier JBL On Stage speakers. It appears to be the last On Stage to feature USB connectivity, which is being removed from the upcoming iPhone-compatible sequel, On Stage IIIP.

Confirming a report from eagle-eyed reader Brian V., JBL today said that USB ports will not be included in its upcoming 200- and 400-series On Stage and On Time speakers. Marketed as “OnePoint technology” that would have allowed docked iPods and iPhones to connect to computers near the speakers, the omitted USB ports leave these systems, as well as On Stage IIIP, to serve solely as speaker and charging stations, not synchronization docks.

Finally, readers may have noticed that some recent model JBL On Stage Micro units have begun to appear in stores with product codes that suggest that they are actually On Stage Micro 2s. According to JBL, these units are “the exact same units” but in new iPod nano-matching colors, and do not have any other differences from previously produced On Stage Micro speakers.

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Wasn’t this announced last August? And it was supposed to support the iPhone. Now I read that we have wait for the IIIp version??? How long is that going to take?

Posted by Matthew Motherway on April 15, 2008 at 4:25 PM (CDT)


On Stage III was released overseas late last year without any iPhone support. It has been updated for iPhone as On Stage IIIP, which is coming soon. Last we heard, III was not coming to the USA, but now it is, ahead of IIIP. So both models will be available here.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on April 16, 2008 at 9:04 AM (CDT)


I got a JBL on stage micro and I have a new 8g nano and an older 80g iPod, The nano does not work in the dock, but the older iPod works just fine. Is there a way to make the nano work in this on stage?

Posted by casey on December 25, 2008 at 1:05 PM (CST)

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