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JBL On Time iPod clock radio

At a Glance
  • JBL On Time iPod clock radio

    Macworld Rating

(The following summary refers to both the iLuv 177 and the JBL On Time; see our full review of both at the link below.)

Both the iLuv i177 and JBL On Time are nice clock radios, and each has strengths and weaknesses. In short: If it's an alarm clock you want, the iLuv i77 is the best choice and includes nice extras such as a remote and an iPod shuffle port. If you desire something more akin to a small stereo, with the added benefit of a clock and alarm, go with the On Time. Overall, I found the iLuv to be a better value, while the On Time had far superior sound. Yet, while I would highly recommend the iLuv -- as an alarm clock -- I can't say the same about the On Time; although it performs well as both a clock and a stereo, it doesn't truly excel at either. --Mathew Honan

At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    Pros

    • Weekend and weekday alarm settings
    • Excellent sound quality
    • Charges and syncs iPod while docked
    • Subwoofer out

    Cons

    • Large for a clock radio
    • Somewhat confusing interface
    • Expensive
    • Can’t set iPod to wake to same playlist or song every day
    • No remote
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