Around 6 months ago I hooked up the JBL On Stage 400p ($250-ish) music dock in my kitchen… named the “On Stage” due to the fact it looks like your music player is on a stage.  Because of my home’s floor-plan the kitchen, living room & dining room are all one big open area.  I spent quite a long time looking for the perfect dock to play my music loud enough to fill the entire area all at once… but with clarity and compatibility for our iPhone/iPod collection.  Obviously, I’m a die-hard researcher when it comes to my purchasing decisions, and after a month-or-so of really checking it out (which included pissing off people at Best Buy with migraine inducing sound… yes, i was “that guy”) I settled down with the 400p.  Not to toot my own horn too loudly (as if this blog isn’t loud enough)… but I made one hell of a great decision!!!

This system (even though it’s compact and all-inclusive, I still feel it necessary to call it a “system” considering it’s output) has held its own against many of the units I’ve received as “testers” since, and I have never once thought maybe I can trade up… because I have, in my opinion, one of the best.  I bang this thing out time and again for parties, and gatherings, without fail (and with great compliment); often smooth over the room on nights when the Misses and I are in the mood; set the tone many evenings while eating dinner with the family; and even crank up the noise while bashing skulls with a little COD4: 2 (a great adrenaline booster!).  All-in-all, this little speaker NEVER disappoints!  Along with the intense sound it seduces me with, the On Stage has a very subtle design to it that keeps it modest and helps it blend in with the surroundings.  Not to forget the bitchen little remote that comes with it… a great accessory for the large room.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this awesome.

Final word: quit being stupid and buy it bitches

Here are some technical specs, for that little geek in you:

Product Features

  • Compatible with iPhone, most docking iPod models, MP3 and CD players, game consoles, desktop and laptop computers (all platforms) and satellite radio.  (I’ve personally tested nearly all iPod models, and it does include the iPhone 4).
  • Digital amplification and DSP (digital sound processing).
  • Includes an RF remote with full iPod navigation.
  • Evercharge topology charges iPod when this system is switched off.

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: JBL
  • Model: OS-400PBLK
  • Power: 2 x 15 watts Subwoofer: 1 x 30 watts
  • Drivers: One AtlasTM neodymium transducer and four Odyssey® transducers
  • Inputs – Main connection: docking connector for iPod and iPhone. Auxiliary connection: 3.5mm (1/8″) stereo mini-jack.
  • Width: 14.3 inches
  • Depth: 3.7 inches
  • Height: 7.2 inches
  • Weight: 3.7 pounds