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JBL OnTour Portable Music Box

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  • Easy-to-use touch-controls touch volume control just a touch increases or decrease the volume.
  • The sliding cover protects your sound system and serves as a stand when open.
  • He surface gripping rubber feet provide a stable platform on most surfaces.
  • A universal AC adapter allows for easy worldwide use. An audio input cable is also included.
  • On tour also remembers your last volume setting even after the system shuts down.
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameJBL
Item Weight3 pounds
Product Dimensions4 x 8.5 x 9 inches
Item model number4955-TOUR
Connectivity Technologywireless
Number of Items1
  
Additional Information
ASINB0002SAE56
Shipping Weight3 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableNovember 20, 2005
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: JBL
  • Model: 4955-TOUR
  • Color Name: White
  • Speakers Maximum Output Power: 3 Watts
  • Depth: 3.5 inches
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Product Description

Product Description

The JBL On Tour is a compact, lightweight, high performance sound system. Connected to your MP3 player or other music source, the On Tour will provide hours of clean, powerful sound.

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Share your music while on the road with the Harman JBL on Tour portable speaker system, which features an integrated protective cover that slides open to reveal a pair of full-range speakers. The slightly curved chassis measures 7 by 1.4 by 3.5 inches (W x H x D) when closed. When open, the cover shifts focus to serve as a stand, pointing the speakers upward to produce optimal sound on a flat surface. The system is compatible with most portable audio players thanks to its stereo mini-jack connection, which hooks up to such devices as the iPod, iPod mini, and a variety of other MP3 players, CD players, desktop computers, and laptops. The JBL on Tour is also easy to control, with a touch volume pad that both manages the volume and mutes the sound when desired. The speakers also remember the previous volume setting once the system shuts down.

Unlike many portable speaker systems, the JBL on Tour prides itself on its steady bass and clear, accurate audio. The device employs Harman's digital amplifier technology and Odyssey aluminum-domed transducers to deliver a full, rich frequency response that extends from low bass notes to high-end tones. In addition, the system uses computer-optimized equalization to improve the soundstage and an advanced energy management system that keeps the unit from wasting battery power during use. Additional features include gripping rubber feet below the speakers, an audio input cable, and a universal AC adapter. When used as a portable system, the JBL on Tour provides more than 24 hours of continuous play on four AAA batteries. The device also includes a low battery alert.

What's in the Box
JBL on Tour speaker system, audio input cable, AC adapter, user's manual.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Great design and the sound is amazing for for such small speakers.
Humberto P. Charles
Mids and Highs are very clear, and the bass, while not strong, is enough to balance out the sound.
Brian E. Kotek
Good for filling a midsized room or even for some small group outside parties.
Ricardo Carreon Quinones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

133 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Tom D VINE VOICE on October 14, 2004
Impressive sound compared to other portables. I have a set of Wharfedale Loudman's used for 2 years. They're good value for the $40 I paid, but the "On Tour" has much more "depth" The sound is pure, rich, "on" I've listened to some of the more expensive portable alternatives and didn't think they beat the LoudMan's so didn't buy. Took a chance on these based on a review and the brand name. Doesn't have boom box volume, won't blow you out of the room, but there's plenty of volume without setting on max. And even on max setting, there's no sense that you're on the edge of distortion.

They're heavier than I expected, just less than 14 oz, exceptionally well made, sized more like a hip flask than the 'glasses' case described in one review. This isn't for your pocket, but OK for a brief case or tucked in the corner of a suitcase. I use mine in small group meetings and on travel.

The folks who designed this created a winner.
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105 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Carreon Quinones on December 3, 2004
The OnTour speaker system from JBL is a very nice set of portable speakers. It's best suited in combination with an iPod or other popular MP3 players in the market.

Pros:
* Nice sound, much better than other truly portable and small sized options in the market place.
* Simple, elegant design that is in tune with the regular iPod.
* Can be powered by a a wall outlet or by a set of AAA batteries.
* Good for filling a midsized room or even for some small group outside parties.
* Can be fed from the earphone jack of your iPod or (better) if you use its cable in conjunction with the iPod cradle, which provides "line" output.

Cons:
* The cover slides back and there is no way to fix it so it stays open.
* The typical price of $99 at Apple stores is a bit steep.
* The bass is not as rich as with other larger speaker systems.

Recommended usages:
* In conjunction with your iPod you can easily transport your music within rooms in your house.
* It can help you provide background music to indoor or outdoor parties. Can work independently of a wall plug.
* It can be very easily stored in a suitcase or laptop case to take it on the road.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel C. Moffat on February 28, 2006
The flask-shaped JBL on tour combines attractive design with accurate sound in a grab-and-go form factor.

The top of the case slides open to reveal two aluminum-domed speakers with metal grilles and accent rings separated by a JBL logo (the logo is visible through a clear window when the top is closed). To the right are two small LEDs between two volume push buttons. There's also an audio jack (cord included) and a plug for the power supply (also included). Sliding a button underneath the unit releases the front panel, which covers the 4 x AAA battery compartment. The underside of the unit has grippy rubber strips running its length.

Overall build quality is good, with nothing cheap-feeling or looking about the device. The only obvious flaw is that the detent needed to hold the cover open isn't deep enough and it's easy to knock the case halfway shut over the speakers.

HOW DOES IT SOUND?
Unless you are hopelessly jaded, you will be impressed hearing these speakers for the first time. They create a spacious sound field and are happily free of the gross defects common to most small accessory speakers.

Where they really get things right is in the midrange, where most music happens most of the time. They are quite neutral (or "flat" - it's a good thing) from the upper bass to the lower treble. My listening notes indicated a shallow dip somewhere just north of 500 Hz, and measurements with warble tones and SPL meter indicated it's more like 800 Hz and indeed shallow.

The excellent midrange segues to fairly balanced treble. There's some emphasis in the 5 kHz-8 kHz region, which can make for a slightly zingy (though not unpleasant) sound character in near-field listening (sitting very close to the speakers).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Bierly on June 18, 2006
When you're dealing with small speakers, somethings gotta give. You can't have full bass, great tone, tight construction, and a decent price. These speakers offer very little bass, but very good midrange and high end. There are never any rattles. This alone is a miracle for small speakers. The price is a little high, but very good when compared to other speakers of this quality.

I have used these speakers for music and podcasts in my house, in a meeting room and in the middle of a park. Since I'm not trying to blow out the windows, they pack more than enough power. With a set of rechargable batteries they make a take anywhere alternative. I have packed them in the inside pocket of my jeans jacket, but they're really a little to heavy for that. A backpack is a far better method.

All of these comments show a balancing act, that was done very well. There are however a couple things that could be changed without having any effect on quality OR manufactoring price. My biggest pet peave and it is not only on this product but on every product with an auto-off feature. When you have an auto-off it does not mean there doesn't need to be an off button. The only way to definately turn off these speakers is to close the case. This means dissconnecting the wires. The auto-off doesn't always work. I come back the next day and the batteries are dead because it was on all night when my iPod shut off after forty seconds. It should be made so that when you turn the volume down all the way it shuts off.
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