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As with all JBL products, you can expect a decent quality of good when you purchase the On Stage 200ID. A simplistic appearance gives it an easy-to-work nature: the product you purchase simply consists of the speaker dock itself, a few interchangeable bases, depending on your iPod model, and a power lead.
Appearance: In fairness to JBL, the picture shown does not do the actual product justice, in my opinion. The picture makes the product appear quite bulky and ugly looking, however I have found that the shape is rather pleasant, albeit basic (perhaps this is JBL's selling point of the model: its simplicity) appearance. A mesh speaker surrounds the majority of the structure, with a solid black rim at the bottom, and at the top where the iPod docks, giving it a sleek appearance. I actually found that the one thing I didn't like on my speaker was the JBL logo, which was slightly poorly stuck on, in my view.
Function: The sound quality, as to be expected, is rather brilliant. Just where the iPod docks, there are two buttons to toggle volume, however users are still able to adjust the volume on their iPods (this has an overriding feature on the master volume). I've never had to crank up the volume to full blast, or anywhere near it, but I've not noticed any diminishing when I've turned up the volume over what it usually stands at, so I can't imagine a drastic overall quality reduction. My one criticism of the design in terms of functionality is that the power switch is located on the rear of the speaker. This means that if one has the speaker on a desk by a wall, it requires a bit of minimal fussing to turn on. A small green LED where the iPod docks alerts the user as to whether their speaker is on or not.
Given the choice, I'd probably rank this product as 4.5/5, however since this is not possible, I've given JBL the benefit of the doubt.
The JBL On Stage 200ID high performance loudspeaker dock is a complete iPod and iPhone docking sound system - one that will become the center point of your personal entertainment space. Imagine a total audio system in one place, with no extra wires running across your table or desk. Connected to your iPod or iPhone, MP3 player or other music source, the JBL On Stage 200ID system produces clean, powerful sound, letting you take complete control of your music.