Bring funky back … to the future

These speakers are small in size, big in sound

Justin Timberlake claims to be bringing “sexy” back, but JBL Inc. may have already beaten him to the punch. The audio maker’s JBL Spot multimedia speaker is a sleek, futuristic-looking trio that features clear, noise-free audio from one end of the spectrum to another. BE tested the device with an iPod Nano, a tablet PC, and a Mac iBook G4.

The 2.1 channel speakers are easy to set up. (We don’t really think you need the eight-step photo guide, but you never know.) And at 6 watts per channel, they’re perfect for those who need great sound in a small home office or gaming environment. Priced at $129.99, the Spot features volume controls that are deceptively easy to use–a gentle tap, rather than “pressing” as the instructions suggest is all you need. As a bonus, the product ships with a set of “wrappers” (white is the standard topper for the black speakers and subwoofer).

But there is one drawback: The Spot had us weaving a tangled mess of cords–four in all–which, at times, made it a bit difficult to reach the power button. However, despite the potential entanglements, the JBL speakers hit their mark.

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