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Any idea how the JBL On Stage speakers compare with the Bose SoundDock Digital Music System? I know they're a lot cheapers (Bose is $299), but what's the difference in sound quality, etc?

Posted by Geri-Ann Galanti on October 24, 2004 at 5:16 PM (PDT) Comment 21

Geri imo they seem to have a bit more bass (they are quite a bit larger), although I like the mids and highs of On Stage more--the Bose semms a bit muffled. One thing that differs is there is no computer hookup on the Bose so you can't do downloading etc. while it is docked in SoundDock.

Posted by bc on October 24, 2004 at 7:09 PM (PDT) Comment 22

Good review...thing I'm concerned about is the lack of Remote. If I leave the Ipod on Sleep timer, can you confirm that it will shut off at my desired time?

Posted by lg on October 25, 2004 at 10:58 AM (PDT) Comment 23

lg, the on stage doesn't "talk" to the iPod---besides the amplified speaker function, it just allows the computer to connect to it for downloading, and also charges it. So there should be no problem with the sleep timer functioning. Of course with the charging function you won't run the iPod batteries down either, even if you leave it on continuously.

Posted by bc on October 25, 2004 at 2:27 PM (PDT) Comment 24

I just picked up the On Stage speakers. I may be missing something, but I can't figure out how to play my iPod Mini while the firewire is connected to my computer. My iPod will only display the "OK to disconnect" message.

Posted by Tracy Miller on October 25, 2004 at 9:06 PM (PDT) Comment 25

Tracy, I did some investigating. Apparently this is a windows op system problem---not hardware----and it doesn't happen with macs. There is no workaround known as yet. The same thing apparently happens with other docking speakers with a computer connection.

Posted by bc on October 26, 2004 at 9:01 AM (PDT) Comment 26

bc, My iPod Mini is happily connected to my G5. Maybe it's an issue with just the Mini's. Even when the iPod is playing, once I place it in the On Stage dock, it shuts down, and you can not turn it on.Thanks for the info.

Posted by Tracy Miller on October 26, 2004 at 6:56 PM (PDT) Comment 27

It will play with BATTERIES !! Just buy a 18 Volts Drill battery and put a 3 amps fuse inline and with the Drill charger you're Fully portable to travel ! But NONE store sold JBL Onstage in Canada. Does someone will sold me his. I have a P.O.Box in N.Y. State, but Apple don't accept to sold at P.O. Box, i am at 6 hours from the closest Apple store. So help me. Sold one to me.

Posted by angelito on October 29, 2004 at 7:12 PM (PDT) Comment 28

If you can sold a JBL ONstage to me i'll buy it. I'm leaving in Canada i have also a P.O. Box in N.Y. States. I wish to get one soon.

Posted by angelito on October 29, 2004 at 7:35 PM (PDT) Comment 29

Bah. For MUCH less money I bought myself a pair of Altec Lansing VS4121's. Not as portable as these, seeing as they're an actual speaker set, but the sound quaity blows these out of the water (the 6" woofer helps).

I got the Altec's for $80 Canadian on sale at Futureshop, regular $120 I believe. Best purchase I ever made.

And they use a standard stereo miniplug, so they work no problemo with the iPod.

Posted by Gramage on October 30, 2004 at 12:30 PM (PDT) Comment 30

I've been looking at both the OnStage and Bose as possible "office audio" solutions. Both look nice and sound "ok", but are far too expensive. Ignoring portablilty, what's a really good value for computer speakers *with quality sound* that will work well with the iPod?

Posted by philion on November 1, 2004 at 4:03 AM (PDT) Comment 31

I'm hoping someone will weigh in on philion's question as have the same question.

"I've been looking at both the OnStage and Bose as possible "office audio" solutions. Both look nice and sound "ok", but are far too expensive. Ignoring portablilty, what's a really good value for computer speakers *with quality sound* that will work well with the iPod?"

Posted by krimer on November 5, 2004 at 4:06 AM (PDT) Comment 32

Buy.com is selling the JBL OnStage iPod for $104 + shipping (currently out of stock, but taking orders). That makes it the best buy in my book.
http://www.buy.com/retail/product_jump.asp?sku=10389872

Posted by early adopter on December 15, 2004 at 8:39 PM (PDT) Comment 33

Buy.com is selling the JBL OnStage iPod for $105 + shipping (currently out of stock, but taking orders). That makes it the best buy in my book.
http://www.buy.com/retail/product_jump.asp?sku=10389872

Posted by early adopter on December 15, 2004 at 8:39 PM (PDT) Comment 34

WTF! No IR remote? Com'on JBL. What were you thinking? I'm not going to like walking up to my iPod everytime I want to skip a song or change the volume. And if you say that it was desiged to sit on a desk next to a PC, you are truly stupid. If I'm at my PC I'll be playing music from it, not my iPod. Demand for these "speaker docks", is for those who want to extend the reach of their iPod into the kitchen, living room, bed room, etc... NOT buying it due to this lack.

Posted by YourMom on December 16, 2004 at 2:56 PM (PDT) Comment 35

Other then the missing remote, JBL seems to have done everything right. It will satisfy those who will replace their current iPod dock, and those who will replace their standard PC speakers with this puppy. Still a shame that there is no IR support.

Posted by YourMom on December 16, 2004 at 2:59 PM (PDT) Comment 36

I'm looking for a porch (has outlet) and car (no outlet) solution. Does anyone know if the JBL OnStage or Bose SoundDock can be plugged into a cigarrette lighter somehow?

Posted by 20carat on December 21, 2004 at 10:46 AM (PDT) Comment 37

G'day everyone
I have read all the posts with much interest as I am about to buy a set of portable speakers for my 20gig G4 ipod.
I have narrowed it down to the Altec foldables and the JBL Onstage but now notice the JBL Ontour.
Anyone else compared all three? Especially keen to know more about the OnTours.
My needs are mainly travel - hotel room, office etc

Merry Christmas to all from the land Downunder!

Posted by Pete285 on December 22, 2004 at 12:04 AM (PDT) Comment 38

Could some one give me aproxamate dimensions of the outer box for the onStage SPeakers?

Thanks,
~new

Posted by newParadime on December 23, 2004 at 7:44 AM (PDT) Comment 39

"I'm looking for a porch (has outlet) and car (no outlet) solution. Does anyone know if the JBL OnStage or Bose SoundDock can be plugged into a cigarrette lighter somehow?"

Course they can...you would just have to buy a cig adapter with the appropriate plug and voltage levels.

Hope that helps dude

~new

Posted by newParadime on December 23, 2004 at 8:10 AM (PDT) Comment 40

I listened to the JBL Onstage & two verions of the Altec Inmotion speakers (IM3 & first gen) B4 making a purchase. Sound quality was JBL first, the first gen second, & last, the IM3. The JBL was too pricey, so I purchased the first gen InMotions. Now, the JBL is disounted at MacMall ($124) & Amazon ($109).

Wish I had waited, 'cos at the discounted price, the JBLs are the best sounding, truly portable option available.

Posted by Rocky on December 25, 2004 at 12:01 AM (PDT) Comment 41

'Just got the Onstage for Christmas, they are great. I went to Apple last week to compare all the speakers and these blow the Altecs out of the water. I wouldnt waste my time with the Altecs, like another poster said, they will NOT fill up a hotel room, but the Onstage surely do. In my opinion great sound is the key. Who cares if a unit has a remote and battery capable, but sound like my Dad's AM radio in his '61 Willy's?

The Bose sounded the best but are definitely noy for travelling

As I got these for traveling in the US and EU, I need a source to buy the 18VCD .8a -230v Euro transformer. Anyone?

Thanks! and Happy Christmas
Thanks!

Posted by PJSALERNO on December 26, 2004 at 10:34 AM (PDT) Comment 42

I pestered my wife for these for Christmas and I am really pleased with both the quality and the look of On Stage.

Sound is quite amazing considering the size of the speakers and it is certainly loud enough to make my wife regret my pathetic begging.

I thought of the Bose but was put off by 1. Size. 2. Cost....perhaps triumph of spin over performance?

In conclusion if you want a top notch sound system for an office or room you can't go far wrong with On Stage. Happy New Year.

Posted by Perfidious Albion on December 31, 2004 at 9:20 AM (PDT) Comment 43

When I started up my new Sound stage, the volume control was stuck on full volume and the touch controls won't respond. I guess I'll have to send it back

Posted by Bgoose on December 31, 2004 at 12:00 PM (PDT) Comment 44

re Bgoose and the stuck volume. This has happened to me twice (different onstage sets) I suspect a design fault

Posted by gbadder on December 31, 2004 at 12:53 PM (PDT) Comment 45
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