JBL continues to solidly plug away at the take of making affordable, decent sounding iPhone and iPod portable speaker docks with their latest, the On Stage Micro IV and On Stage Micro III, both boasting a new and eyebrow arching design the company affectionately refers to as “the Weave.”
Compact and easily slung about, the new OnStage units feature aluminum-domed transducers to deliver accurate high-frequency response, as well as a slipstream port design that is meant to optimize bass output while doing away with distortion. The On Stage IV comes with four Odyssey transducers, which will pump out vibrant, deep and limpid sound perfect for most environments, while the On Stage Micro III only comes with two.
Otherwise, both models ship with an infrared remote that works at up to fifteen feet, as well as included AC adapters and the ability to run off of batteries if need be (six AAA batteries will get you 16 hours on the On Stage IV, while the On Stage III boasts a full day of listening on just four). Prices are about what you’d expect at $100 for the III and $150 for the IV.