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I have tried and tested a few different speakers, and this item is good, but quite expensive. The design does look quite nice, but doesn't match the iPod/Apple colour, and does look a little cheap with the different panels. The sound quality is good for the price range. Also, it does lack some features compared to similar units.
First, the design looks quite modern but the colour of the plastic isn't exactly the same as an iPod. This can make it look out of place. Also, the different panels can make it look rather cheap. On the other hand, the item feels solid, and feels like durable, therefore it feels like it will last. The design is in a little neat packaging, so that it doesn't take up much space. However, it is quite tall, so it may be quite hard to fit it onto a shelf.
The dock doesn't have many features, acting only as a speaker and a charger. This means it lacks the alarm and other features, which cheaper units have, which means that other items might be a better option. However, this does mean it is simple, and therefore much easier to use than other products with more sophisticated features.
The remote that is included is quite simple, but again this means that it is easy to use. However, there is no screen or information about the track on the dock, so you have to go up to the iPod to look or change, which can be quite annoying if you have to keep on doing it.
The sound quality is quite good, and comparable to some in the same price range. It is good for iPod's and other MP3 players. Unfortunately, the sound can get a bit distorted at higher volume levels but for the main part is very clear and good quality.
Overall, the item is very good, but quite pricey as it is lacking some features compared to similar items. The design looks nice, but the different panels, and the fact that it isn't the same colour as the iPod's puts it down. However, the sound quality is good, and it is easy to use.
These little delights I like to call my Bedroom speakers, very simple and self explanatory as to why I like to call them that, when I'm home and not flying round the country or the world, next to my bed I have this amazing little powerful speakers, I wouldn't use these to host a party indoors or outdoors, but to wake me up in the morning if I need a wakeup call these are the perfect size, volume and very pleasing to the eye.
When I purchased these speakers I wasn't too sure about the name JBL Radial, I had never heard of them and although I don't judge my purchasing on brand names, you still almost always recognize the name whether you know it well or you have at least heard about it.
The JBL Radial is only 799 grams and measuring at 20x10x15cm, so it's not big and it's not small, it sits perfectly on your side table with no overpowering light when you are trying to sleep in the dark. This smart looking speaker is round in appearance with a hollow middle due to the fact that in the middle is a docking station for your iPod/Mp3 player, in the box you get trays and adapters so that if your iPod/Mp3 player is slightly small for these speakers then these trays and adapters come in handy and slip onto the docking surface's so that all different size's can be accommodated, these speakers are compatible with various iPod/Mp3 players and if they are not that is ok because at the back there is an auxiliary in socket and also a cable that is provided so you can attach the devices that are not compatible with the docking station to the speakers.
A stereo mini jack connection lets you to enjoy high-quality audio from various other devices, such as MP3 and CD players, desktop and laptop computers
Inside the middle around the Docking station is an all white colour, on the outside is a strong dark grey colour, with the speakers being on the base of the unit.
Also included with these speakers is a wireless remote control that gives you more freedom so that you can control your speakers from up to 50 feet away in any direction and it even operates through walls, the operations are:
And another feature with the speakers is that whether you turn of your speakers or not the speakers remember your last volume setting.
Just like most other speakers of this kind, while you play your music through your iPod/Touch....etc your device is also charging with no interruptions to the music and to always know that your iPod wont die of no juice in the battery, or even if your speakers are turned off, the docking station still provides power to your iPod which keeps on charging.
Underneath these speakers there are simple rubber grips that don't allow any slipping and sliding of the speakers, it's surprising how many speakers can scratch a surface with no protection.
The sound is a good round sound with no hammering noise or too much base.
You can almost hear every note being struck on the instruments with clear crystal clarity, when Michael buble plays through my speakers, he could be singing right next to me, hearing every breath he takes, the sound is amazing.
Although these speakers don't have their own alarm function, if you use the iPod/Touch or any other device that has a working alarm you can set it, put it on the docking station and it will work for when you want.
You can get the JBL Radial Speakers from Amazon £98.09
And the only other colour I know you can get this in is black.
These are my bedroom speakers because these are more for my personal use, they just look and feel like something personal so why not treat it personal.
After alot of consideration and comparing sound quality, price and style I fell in love with the JBL ipod dock.
The sound quality is really clear and crisp, loads better than the micro version. it comes with lots of adaptor trays so you can put in pretty much any ipod or iphone. It hooks up to my laptop well for watching movies, although the wire is a little bit short. It comes with a data cable so you can sync your ipod whilst its in the dock, but ive never needed to try this! Once you get used to it the remote is really functional, and better than some others i have used. It also charges your ipod whilst in dock which is a really handy feature.
The only downfall is that it isnt portable, my boyfriend has a Bose dock, about £100 more, but I can be charged and moved whereever around the house. It also experiences a little bit of interference when puttin in an iphone.
Last Christmas I gave you my heart, and the very next day, you gave it away. But i didn't give a chuff as you got me this JBL Ipod speaker. Wow! It packs a serious punch, it looks great it sounds great and it does away with the need for a big, ugly Hi-Fi. Mine lives in the front room which is very large with high ceilings, and on half volume with ten people in the room it is perfect. Even my friends who are music technology geeks are impressed how it fills the room with perfect sounding bass. Playing Celine Dion (the girlfriend) to hard hitting trance, this speaker does me proud. The only negative I could think of when describing this product is when I plug my iphone into it, it says that this product is not designed for the iphone, but it still works perfectly??? Who knows! If you are thinking of getting this, stop, just get it. I promise you you will not be disappointed.
I was given this docking station as a present last Christmas. I have owned an iPod for several years but had never really had a decent docking station.
I do not profess to know much technical knowledge regarding this product so it will be very much a consumers review.
The docking station in my opinion is very smart looking. The whole base is a speaker and your place your iPod in the docking part in the centre of the system. It came with several adaptors so all styles of iPods and MP3's are compatible. You can also use an audio jack if for any reason your system is not compatible with the base.
It is very basic, as it simply is a speaker and a charger. It doesn't come with fancy extras like the some of the other docking stations do such as alarm clocks.
The sound quality of this system is very good and when the person who bought this for me sound tested it in the shop when buying it, against others he said the quality was far superior to others available including some which were from well known companies and considerably more expensive.
It comes with a small black remote control, which again is very basic but it gives you all you need, you can turn the station on and off, skip through your tracks and turn the volume up and down.
These docking stations retail around the £150 mark so aren't the cheapest but if you are looking for a system with good quality sound and one that could easily replace your current stereo system then I highly recommend this.
I have used my system pretty much daily since I first received it and it has never let me down, the quality remains as good as it was on day one.
One of the things I really like about this product is it is quite chunky and solid, some of the previous docking stations I have had have felt a little flimsy and on the cheap side.
I have only spotted these for £200 (although apparently John Lewis are doing them for £150), but I managed to get mine ex-display at Currys for a cool £80 (no remote or adaptor but can't complain). For a small iPod dock, these are astonishing! The sound quality is crisp and powerful, and it really fills the room. I was concerned that maybe small speakers would only work in a small room, but the sound quality from these are brilliant so no concerns there at all.
There aren't many extra features on it, it is simply an iPod dock. A similar JBL version (the JBL On Time) has a similar look with an alarm clock and radio, but it sacrificed a little sound quality. But if you have an iPod and some speakers, these do the job. It will charge all the latest generations of iPod (5th classic, 4th nano and 2nd touch at time of writing), and the remote control allows you to change track from across the room.
The other thing to comment on is design, which is of course unique, and might I say they look even better in the flesh! I preferred the black, but wasn't going to pay and extra £100 for that!
In terms of competitors, the main ones out there are the Klipsch, and the Bose Sounddock. I haven't heard the Klipsch but a friend of mine swears by them and they are under £100. Meanwhile, the Bose Sounddock is better than the JBL Radial, so if you are going to spend £200 maybe Bose is the way to go.
Still, these are great speakers.
I picked up the black version of these in December 2007 at a price of a little over £100 due to a bit of clever price comparing and staff discount use. Still even allowing for the recommended retail of nearly two hundred pounds these speakers would be a bargain.
To start with the speakers are beautifully designed, the round black and chrome design fits in beautifully with our house, or more accurately stands out like a sore thumb, but that makes it look like a piece of art in itself which is a big part of the reason that we bought it.
The speakers obviously consist of an iPod dock connector in the centre as shown in the photo where you can insert a range of iPod dock connectors, both those supplied with the speakers and the separately available connectors from Apple. Although not certified to work with the iPhone it also accepts this quite happily.
The sound produced from these speakers is amazing, even at lowest volumes it manages to fill a large room happily, at higher volumes it would be loud enough to get noise complaints from the entire neighbourhood I'm sure!
The unit comes with a six button remote that seems to require a certain amount of line of sight to work but has a huge range and allows you to control a huge number of the ipod's functions remotely, though at it's most basic level it can control skipping fowards and backwards and volume, being more complicated you can scroll through menu levels but frankly that option always seemed a bit confusing to me! It's also worth pointing out that there are volume controls on the unit itself just for when you lose the remote.
On the back there is also a USB port so you can run power from your computer or alternatively sync your ipod through it, though I've never tried these features so wouldn't rate them but feel it's important to mention they're there, along with video out and a 3.5mm jack socket.