Harman Kardon JBL On Stage; A little powerhouse with great sound from a speaker shaped like a doughnut.
The JBL On Time really stands out from the pack of iPod speakers. It looks like a Zen shrine to the iPod which, when docked, becomes framed by a halo of speakers. It’s in a class of its own, anyway, because it’s as much an alarm clock as it is a speaker system.
Imagine if Apple released a budget version of its iPod that didn’t have a clickwheel – and cost around £60. That may not be Apple’s style, but that’s the approach Pure Digital has taken with its One DAB radio.
It won’t come as a shock to learn that Apple takes an individual approach with its AirPort Extreme Base Station. The least surprising aspect is the shiny white styling that looks very similar to the Apple TV unit, while the external power adapter looks like a giant iPod Shuffle.
Pure Digital’s version of the portable DAB manages to be bigger and better than many rivals, this despite the fact that it doesn’t allow MP3 playback.
Its black styling makes the WinTV-HVR 900 stand out from the usual USB stick tuner crowd, ensuring that it attracts attention wherever you go. On the practical side, it accepts an ordinary antenna cable directly and comes with a portable aerial, too.