JBL Radial Dock Powers Up iPod Sound

By Lisa Johnston On Sep 4 2006 - 6:00am




Designed with audiophiles in mind, JBL's Radial is an entertainment dock for the iPod that is meant to deliver powerful high- and mid-frequency sound, and ample deep and distortion-free bass, in a single device.

Available in either black or white, both with chrome accents, it offers 60 watts of total power and includes four aluminum-domed Odyssey full-range drivers. The low-frequency driver is reportedly capable of peak-to-peak travel of nearly one inch, and the Radial also includes such proprietary technologies as Computer-Optimized Equalization for producing a rich soundstage, and Optimized Compression Topology for clean and accurate sound at high-output levels.

The included JBL Radial RF smart remote gives users full iPod control, said the company in a release, allowing them to change tracks, browse through libraries, adjust settings, and scroll through extras. It also charges the iPod even if it's not connected to a computer, or if the system is in off mode. Additional features include touch volume controls, additional cables for connecting it to other devices and an extra connector on the rear that allows syncing a docked iPod with iTunes on the computer.

Currently available, the Radial is designed to be compatible with all docking iPods, including the 5G iPod and iPod nano, and comes equipped with a mini stereo jack connection for use with other devices like digital music players, personal CD/DVD players, and laptop and desktop computers. It has a suggested retail of $299.

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