Product Name: JBL On Stage IIIP
Description: The On Stage IIIP is a ring-shaped portable speaker for the iPod and iPhone. It’s very small and cute at just only 6 inches by 1-3/4 inches, and it can run on AC power or on six AAA batteries (for up to 12 hours). The four drivers put out a combined 6 watts per channel, and JBL claims their Slipstream port design increases bass output without distortion. (Yeah, we’ll see about that.) Other amenities include interchangeable trim rings so you can switch colors and a USB mini-plug connection for syncing with a computer. The included infrared remote lets you control playback and navigate your iPod’s menus.
In-store date: February 2008
Why it’s cool: It’s tiny and can run on batteries, just like previous On Stage models. The difference is that this one is iPhone compatible. As an iPhone owner, that’s pretty important, though hopefully this will show up for quite a bit less money online. Maybe not the most exciting thing out there, but it’s a solid utility infielder.