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JBL On Tour Pocket-Sized Speaker System (Battery or AC power mini-jack connectivity)

by JBL
4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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  • High performance pocket-sized sound system
  • Connect to your iPod, MP3 player, laptop or other music source
  • Runs on 4 AAA batteries or with an AC adapter
  • Touch sensitive controls
  • remembers your last volume setting even after the system shuts down

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 3.5 x 8.8 cm ; 399 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 798 g
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  • Item model number: ONTOURBLKU
  • ASIN: B000HXD4VC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 April 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The JBL On Tour is a compact, lightweight, high performance portable sound system. Connected to your iPod®, MP3 player, laptop or other music source, the JBL On Tour will provide hours of clean, powerful sound. JBL On Tour runs on 4 AAA batteries or with an AC adapter. With a protective cover and compact size, you can easily go on the road and let your iPod® or MP3 player rock out in your room.

Compatibility – The stereo mini jack connection allows you to enjoy high quality audio from a variety of devices such as iPod,® iPod mini,® MP3 and CD players, desktop computers (all platforms), laptops and most portable devices.

Easy-to-use Touch-controls – Touch Volume Control – Just a touch increases or decrease the volume. A touch on both pads mutes or un-mutes the system. JBL On Tour also remembers your last volume setting even after the system shuts down.

Additional Features – Integrated protective Cover and Stand. The sliding cover protects your sound system and serves as a stand when open. The 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.

Advanced Technology – The JBL On Tour combines many proprietary technologies to provide the highest quality sound and playing time. The JBL On Tour will provide astonishing bass and clear accurate sound from a pocket sized system.

Digital Amplifier Technology – The Class D digital amplifiers provide clean, powerful sound while extending battery life.

Odyssey™ Transducers – The two aluminum domed transducers are driven by powerful Neodymium magnets. This design provides a full rich frequency response from the lowest bass to the highest highs.

COE (Computer Optimized Equalization) – The JBL On Tour system equalization was computer optimized to provide a rich, complete sound stage.

AEMS (Advanced Energy Management System)
– The JBL On Tour system has an automatic battery saving shutoff. The AEMS will automatically put the system into sleep mode when the cover is closed or when there is no audio input. The JBL On Tour awakens with just a touch and resumes at the same volume level when the cover is opened or the input resumes.

Battery Powered – The JBL On Tour is designed to use most types of AAA batteries. Four fresh AAA batteries provide over 24 hours of continuous play at normal to high listening levels. An amber LED flashes when the battery protection circuit senses the batteries are low. JBL encourages the use of rechargeable types of batteries (i.e. NiMH and Lithium). These batteries reduce waste and help the environment.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I bought the jbl creature speakers last xmas and was so impressed with them that I couldn't resist buying the "On Tour" ones for taking on holiday.

The sound quality is absolutely fantastic for such a small item, particularly compared to some of the rivals! I was totally amazed. I like music with a lot of bass and even turned up loudly there appears to be no distortion. You can control the volume of the speakers themselves without having to rely upon the volume of your MP3 player.

The speakers themselves are small and compact - they also don't weigh much, even with their batteries (or you can run them off the mains). They are also very stylish with the sliding cover. They come with their own carry bag which is pretty handy and the battery life seems to be very good.

I would definitely recommend these speakers to anyone.
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After quitea bit of researching and auditioning of other small protable speaker systems owned by friends, I was drawn to the 'on tour' speakers after reading their reviews on Amazon's site. I wasn't able to find any friends who had them so bought them 'blind'.

I've had them 2 days now and have thrown just about every type of music through them to see if I could find any weakness in their output quality. In short, I'm staggered at how well this small speaker unit has coped with everything from Pat Metheny to Joe Bonnamassa and Royksopp to Scott Matthews.

The sound quality is full of clarity and depth. I expected them to be a bit tinny by virtue of the 1" speaker size, but no, the sound is rounded and well balanced with a surprising amount of definable bass.

If you are looking for a very high quality, neat, robust, and excellent value for money speaker unit that would be a joy to have on your travels - look no further! You will have stunning music quality no matter where you are.

Incidentally, my audio source was a 30Gb iPod Video.
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When my old Creative Travelsound speakers stopped working, I started trawling the internet for replacements. I found that most portable speakers were dedicated for the iPod (I neither own an iPod nor want to get one until Apple decides to improve the sound.) I was looking for a unit that didn't look incomplete without an iPod. Hence my choices were limited.

Creative's speakers had terrible reviews. I tried a few others (including the X-Mini speakers) but was generally not happy about the sound, portability or some other feature.

Finally decided to get the JBL On Tour speakers. As soon as I unpacked the unit, the clip on the battery compartment broke (mentioned in other reviews). Returned the unit for a replacement and the next one had metal connector instead of plastic on the slide locking mechanism and seems to be more robust. The build quality otherwise is very good.

As soon as I plugged in my mp3 player, I was very surprised at the sound quality coming from this little unit. Although it doesn't have a ground thumping bass, it's better than anything else I've come across. In fact the overall sound is so good, I am thinking of buying another unit just as a spare.

As another reviewer mentioned, don't look any further. This is an excellent choice for travel speakers.
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By Dr. D. E. Goldwater TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 July 2007
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I have taken delivery of this speaker system yesterday.

I am bowled over.

First of all they are on special offer in a certain cut priced audio retailer for £50 so the price is very very good.

They are fantastic. They look really cool and come with a soft pouch to protect the shiny case. They feel really sturdy. The sound is fantastic and really quite powerful with little distortion. The base does not kick enormously but how could it in a unit this size.

It took me half an hour to work out that they do not have a power off botton and the only reference to switching off is on the cardboard packaging which states that it has auto power-off to conserve battery power which is also very good.

After an evening listening to music, I am really really pleased.

Recommended +++
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I did quite a bit of research on the net before I opted for these speakers as I wanted s good quality set of speakers for travelling, but which were compact and light enough to fit the bill.

I settled on these speakers and I've never regretted the decision. They are lightweight, nice to look at and for the size, deliver unbeatable sound.

I'm very happy with them to the extent that they now live in the kitchen and mean I don't have to cart out my Bose sound dock from the living room anymore. Recommendations don't come much higher than that!
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For such a small bit of kit and especially as it only has 2 x 1" speakers the sound quality is really good. Bass is obviously limited by the speaker size but if placed on a solid surface this helps the bottom end out enormously. Clarity is good but remember rubbish in = rubbish out.

Well built, beautifully finished, good value, what more do you need?
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When my Creative travel speakers packed up (the glasses-case sized one) I bought this as I already have some brilliant JBL speakers for my computer. I am amazed by the amount of good-quality sound these produce without distortion. They don't sound at all tinny and they make enough sound to certainly do damage to your hearing if both your mp3 player and the speakers are at maximum volume! It also looks pretty sleek and when the cover is slid back over the speakers, is very neat and compact. The only things that could possibly be improved, although these are minor: the battery cover is a bit annoying as it's a bit fiddly to get off and put back on, but then one doesn't need to do that often. Also,the bass could be even better than it is, although it's not bad at all. Great value and perfect for travelling.
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