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Thursday, Nov 15, 2012 12:03pm
JBL shows first iOS speaker docks DUPE
Harman, JBL's parent company, has just introduced two new speaker docks, touting the new Lightning connector found in the iPhone 5, iPad mini, the fourth-gen iPad, and the new iPods. The OnBeat Micro and OnBeat Venue LT can both accommodate the smaller iOS devices with Lightning connectors but only the latter can dock the new tablets. Either will charge the devices as well as play back multimedia content contained therein.

The smaller of the two uses full-range drivers with 30W of total power for music playback and costs $100. It can connect to other source devices through Bluetooth, a USB port, or a 3.5mm stereo jack. It can run on batteries for up to five hours or an AC source. A Movie button widens the sound field for watching movies.

The larger OnBeat Venue LT costs $200 and also has 30W of total system power. As for the rest of the specs, they seem to be identical to the Micro, though the speakers are larger, there are two tweeters and the design allows for docking Lightning-connected iOS tablets. Harman's TrueStream Bluetooth technology can connect up to eight Bluetooth devices. It also trades battery power for component video outputs to a TV set. It also gets equalizer settings.

Either is now shipping and are compatible with JBL's MusicFlow app for creating playlists and other adjustments.