While most audible aspects of the JiveBox are positive, there are some minor flaws. Firstly, we noted some muddiness in the mid range: guitars sounded occasionally less prominent and snares lacked the attack they enjoy on other systems. Due to the speaker drivers all being so close together, separation between the left and right channels borders on non-existent.
Also, the sub's radiator is rather inconveniently integrated. It sits only millimetres from the base of the unit and there's nothing protecting it from accidental damage when being carried. A warning printed on the radiator itself explicitly advises you not to touch it. This wouldn't be much of an issue, but also underneath are inputs for power, audio and iPod cables, meaning hands and fingers may often come into contact with it.
Finally, be sure to pick up a cloth if you invest in a JiveBox -- it picks up fingerprints like an astute forensic investigator.
If we spent £129 on this system, we wouldn't feel cheated. It's loud, it sounds good and it's got looks to match. While it suffers certain flaws, such as a slightly muddy mid-range, we're confident 95 per cent of people in the market for speakers like this won't be disappointed.
If you want more separation between your audio channels and almost equally good sound, check out Griffin's Amplifi. It's larger but remains one of our favourite iPod speaker systems and it's £50 cheaper than the JiveBox, too.
Edited by Jason Jenkins
Additional editing by Shannon Doubleday