We're guessing that we'll be seeing these iPod sound systems at the bottom of our Lucky Charms boxes next year, but JBL's trying to milk things while it still can. The company has just unleashed a new pair of iPod / iPhone-compatible sound systems, the On Stage IV and On Stage Micro III. Strangely enough, they look fairly identical, but the latter just so happens to be the more portable of the two (shocker!). The new duo sports a unique twisted base, with the On Stage IV housing four Odyssey transducers and having the ability to operate on a six-pack of AA batteries; the smaller Micro III uses just two Odyssey transducers, but it can pump out the jams for 24 hours on just four AAA batteries. Each one ships with an IR remote, touch volume controls and a built-in stereo mini-jack input for connecting those other PMPs you've got sitting around. The On Stage IV is expected to ship soon for $179.95, while the little guy goes for $119.95.

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JBL On Stage®* IV and JBL On Stage Micro III Get New Groove, Set the Trend Again with Latest Iconic Docking Stations

Mini iPod® and iPhone® Docks Feature New, Dynamic "Weave" Industrial Design with Beloved, Legendary JBL Sound

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), today announced the release of the JBL On Stage®* Micro IV and JBL On Stage Micro III iPod®/iPhone® docking stations.

"Connecting every music lover to their music no matter where they are is what JBL is all about"

One of the best-known iPod- and iPhone-compatible docks on the market, the JBL On Stage series sets the tone again with the new JBL On Stage IV and JBL On Stage Micro III, a new line of iPod and iPhone docking stations that boast a brand-new industrial design: the Weave. The original JBL On Stage set the standard for iPod docking stations and has since gone through four generations while providing the high-performance sound that music lovers expect from JBL multimedia products. Both of the new JBL On Stage units are compact and will fit on your desk, in the kitchen or at the next tailgate party. JBL brings music to your life by weaving it into your own personal soundtrack.

The JBL On Stage IV and JBL On Stage Micro III are both portable iPod and iPhone docking sound systems for the music fan who takes his or her music on the go.

The JBL On Stage IV uses four Odyssey® transducers, emitting rich and clear sound for any environment such as dorm rooms, backyard patios or the beach. It includes an AC adapter or can be powered by six AA batteries that will provide up to 16 hours of normal play.

With a smaller footprint and a more portable size for a lifestyle on the go, the JBL On Stage Micro III is equipped with two Odyssey transducers, delivering amazing bass and clear sound with unparalleled ease. Powered by an AC adapter or four AAA batteries that will provide up to 24 hours of continuous play, the JBL On Stage Micro III is the ultimate portable iPod/iPhone docking sound system. Both units include an IR remote with fully functioning control from up to 15 feet away.

"Connecting every music lover to their music no matter where they are is what JBL is all about," said Christopher M. Dragon, director of Consumer and Field Marketing, HARMAN International. "We're excited to unveil a dramatic new look with the same amazing sound and set the tone again with our most recent lineup of iPod and iPhone docking stations."

Both JBL docks are lightweight, extreme space savers, compatible with most docking iPod and iPhone devices, and both models include the Apple iPod universal dock adapter. These units also connect directly to iTunes via USB 2.0 with a Mac or a PC to synchronize the iPod/iPhone with iTunes. Touch-volume settings and mute controls make for easy operation, and each dock includes a built-in stereo mini-jack input for connecting to other digital music players, as well as CD players, gaming devices, laptops and desktop computers.

Pricing and Availability

The JBL On Stage IV is available in black and has a suggested retail price of $179.95. For additional information or to purchase, visit: www.jbl.com/onstage4

The JBL On Stage Micro III is available in black and has a suggested retail price of $119.95. For additional information or to purchase, visit: www.jbl.com/onstagemicro

Additional Features

Evercharge topology – The JBL On Stage IV and JBL On Stage Micro III will charge your iPhone or iPod without a computer connection, even when the system is off.

Odyssey transducers – The JBL On Stage IV and JBL On Stage Micro III feature aluminum-domed transducers that deliver accurate, high-frequency response and four octaves of rich mid- to low-frequency sound – in other words, full-spectrum performance.

Slipstream port design – The JBL On Stage IV and JBL On Stage Micro III feature proprietary port architecture that optimizes bass output while minimizing distortion.

AEMS (Advanced Energy Management System) – The JBL On Stage IV and JBL On Stage Micro III can operate for up to 24 continuous hours at normal listening levels with six fresh AA batteries and four AAA batteries, respectively (including NiMH and other rechargeable batteries). To extend battery life, the two models enter "sleep" mode in the absence of an input signal. The system awakens at the previous volume level automatically with just a touch.

COE (Computer-Optimized Equalization) – The JBL On Stage IV and JBL On Stage Micro III feature proper equalization, which greatly improves stereo imaging. The JBL On Stage IV and JBL On Stage Micro III are computer-optimized to provide a rich, complete soundstage.

OCT (Optimized Compression Topology) – The JBL On Stage IV and JBL On Stage Micro III feature a proprietary compression technology, ensuring clean, accurate sound at high output levels.

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