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Recently bought one of these, after sleeping though my previous alarm clock on several occasions. This product allows you to set any track off your iPod as your alarm. Waking up to your favorite song is far more enjoyable in comparison to being woken up to just your standard alarm tone and also is much louder making it virtually impossible to sleep through!
==Sound Quality ==
The most important feature on any docking station for me, is sound quality and this product doesn't disappoint. It has excellent clear sound quality. The circular desgin of the speakers allows for the sound to spread evenly around the room. The maximum volume of the JBL is loud enough for most occasions, with a wide range of adjustable volume settings.
Unlike some docking stations, the JBL charges your IPod whilst is is attached to the JBL. The JBL is also compatible with the majority of apple Ipods.
As mentioned earlier the JBL, allows you to set any track off your Ipod instead of your Alarm tone. When your alarm goes off in the morning, the music gradually increase's in volume. This ensure it wakes you up, but if your alarm is far away from your bed, it can be slightly annoying as you have to get up and stop the JBL reaching full volume, and waking up everyone in your household. You can also set a traditional tone as your wake up call. It has a built in snooze button and you can set up to too alarms. You can also get the JBL to remember your alarm settings, and set it for every weekday/weekend/all the time.
== Design ==
In my opinion, the JBL is very stylish and modern. This is further enhanced by the blue backlight. However some people may find the design doesn't match their room. The JBL is quite small and compact, but their are other docking stations on the market which are smaller, and can still generate similar levels of sounds.
You can also pick up radio with this product and the central display shows the time.
One drawback of the product is when used as an alarm clock, the blue backlight is very bright in the dark.
To combat this you can reduce the light settings, but this makes the clock very difficult to see.
Despite this id recommend it as a docking station or as a an alarm clock.
* Also posted on ciao under the username pie12345
i've had this docking station for a few years now and it is exactly what i need. it is compatible with ALL ipod models and will charge them! it comes with all the little slots to fit all ipod models. i have it in black and it looks great! i never use my ipod charger now, i just charge it on the dock so it saves you having to buy a charger. the sound quality is fantastic. there is also an aux output so you can connect other mp3 players into that, or your mobile phone. I have found the alarm options really great. You can set up to two different alarms and the dock stores the times/settings you save in - they can be turned on and off just by pressing one button so it's super easy. you can set weekday, everyday or weekend alarms and the source is either a tone, the radio (preset station of your choice) or your ipod. you can alter the brightness and contrast of the screen, and the clock can be automatically set by the radio. when you have the radio on it displays the station and info onscreen i.e. the DJ, a website, the show name. the only downside to this dock is that it doesnt come with a remote control! but what i did was buy the little apple stand and remote, and if i want the remote i plug the stand in via the aux cable that came with the dock. the dock is a really good size it isn't too big or too small. i'm giving this 4 stars because it doesn't have a remote, but everything else is spot on. highly recommendable!
The JBL On Time is a stylish, high performance iPod dock, RDS radio and alarm clock, available in black or white finish. It's one of the more expensive iPod docks on the market, but as with most things, you get what you pay for and the sound quality is FAR superior to cheaper alternatives (I also own an older Intempo iPod dock which was much cheaper but the sound quality is awful).
JBL are specialists in audio and it shows, the "Halo acoustics" system produces a rich, full sound from any direction and is more than enough for a bedroom or small to mid-sized living room. Before buying it, I'd only heard it inside a large, noisy department store and the sound didn't completely convince me, but I took the risk and bought one. After trying it at home, I'm more than happy with both the volume, and the quality of the sound.
My iPod Classic and my wife's 1st generation Nano both dock perfectly (even without using any of the 8 or so adaptors provided) and the On Time permanently charges them whilst docked. The On Time also has a aux jack and accepts any other kind of CD or mp3 player...of course, it doesn't look as nice without an iPod sitting in the middle of it!
It's also possible to connect a subwoofer if you intend to use the On Time as more of a full-time stereo.
The On Time has FM and AM tuners and can set the clock time automatically by searching for a radio station which is broadcasting the time (not a huge plus, but it's a lot less fiddly than setting the time manually). The radio performance is good, picking up stations very quickly and the sound quality is on a par with any 'normal' radio I've heard. Of course, you can set presets for easy access to your favourite stations.
The On Time has two alarms and several options for how each will work. For example, you can set each alarm to ring every day (7D), only weekdays (5D) or only weekends (2D), so you can set different times for weekdays and weekends, and never have to remember to change the alarm time. You can also set the alarm to use your iPod, the radio or it's own ring tone. Each of them get progressively louder if you don't press snooze, or turn off the On Time.
The snooze interval can be set manually (one of my bugbears with another alarm clock I have, and also my Nokia E65 phone which has the snooze interval set to 5 minutes and can't be changed!).
Yes. Where's the remote control??? This is a serious omission in my opinion, of course, we all want to snooze for a while after the alarm rings early in the morning but unless you keep the On Time right next to your bed, you need to get up to press the snooze button.
And with such a nice sounding iPod dock, maybe you want to lie in bed on a Sunday morning and listen to music without having to get up to skip songs every time a bad one comes on.
A remote control is a must for the next version...I was almost put off buying this purely because of the lack of a remote.
Despite the remote control problem mentioned above, would I recommend it?
If you love music and can't bear to listen to it on tinny, useless little speakers, and you want an iPod dock which is quite stylish. Yes I would. My only reservation would be if you really are too lazy to get out of bed to snooze or skip songs.
*also published on ciao.co.uk with the same username*
JBL On Time - Wake Up. Rock Out.
JBL On Time is a high-performance sound center that lets you wake up to music stored on your iPod. Just connect your iPod, MP3 player or other music source to JBL On Time and experience clean, powerful and dynamic sound. The upward-firing tweeter and horizontal low and midrange transducers provide a 360-degree sound field. JBL On Time includes a radio, clock and dual alarm, and is the world's first time machine to include a menu-driven, intuitive user interface.