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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute and practical design, not a no-brainer to operate, unworthy of JBL., December 2, 2012
This review is from: JBL OnTour Micro 3.5mm Aux Portable Speaker (Red) (Electronics)
The thought of a high-quality speaker that's not only ultra-lightweight and compact but designed for easy slippage into a pant pocket or briefcase might understandably cause a listener to give serious consideration to the JBL OnTour Micro (perhaps with a strong preference for the sexy red Siren, which Amazon even has seductively priced compared to other colors of the same speaker). Unfortunately, JBL hasn't hit a home run with this particular speaker--perhaps, not even a single.

The Pros: They're practically all visible--size, measurement, weight, design are more appealing that competitive products.

The Cons:
1. The sound from the single miniature driver is predictably diminutive itself, at least by JBL standards. Moreover, a single driver provides less assurance of a balanced monaural signal than would two smaller speakers.
2. The attached speaker cord's short length makes it suitable for emergency use only (though I must disagree with reviews suggesting that injury to this thin cable would make the speaker useless. Simply running a separate 3' audio cable from the player to the Micro's audio port should prove an equally effective, more versatile remedy}.
3. JBL's instructions--relying primarily on visual images--are entirely inadequate, as I've discovered first-hand. There is no explanation about either charging the device or distinguishing the different meanings of a blue and red light. As the giver rather than the recipient of the Micro, it's the marginal, unhelpful instruction sheet that caused me the most irritation if not embarrassment.

In sum, the Micro sounds only slightly better than competing mini-speakers (no bass, moderate improvement in loudness), and it presents a design that's both more attractive and practical than competing products. Since some similar wired mini-speakers are going for $20 or less, the JBL OnTour is certainly worth no more than a ten-dollar premium. Consider it over-priced at anything north of thirty.
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