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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:46 AM   #1
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JBL Launches First Lightning-Compatible Speaker Docks




Harman today announced the launch of the first two Lightning-compatible speaker docks under its JBL brand, offering owners of Apple's latest iOS devices direct support for the new connector standard for the first time.

JBL OnBeat Micro
The two speaker docks include the OnBeat Micro ($99.95) for the iPhone 5 and other small devices, and the larger OnBeat Venue Lightning ($199.95) supporting the full line of Lightning devices including iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 5, iPod touch, and iPod nano.

JBL OnBeat Venue Lightning
Engadget has a brief review of the new speaker docks:
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Based on a quick listening session, we can report that the Venue LT sounded very full and clear. Even with the optional bass- or vocal-boosts enabled, it didn't seem like the speakers were having trouble pushing out a high level of volume. The Micro on the other hand sounded decidedly tinny, which we're frankly not surprised about given the size. Both systems are compatible with JBL's MusicFlow app as well, giving you some extended options for tweaking the EQ.
Engadget also noted a couple of issues with the Lightning connector itself on the docks, including the observation that the docks will not work with many common iPhone cases and that flexibility in the connector on the docks feels somewhat wobbly, allowing flexibility while docking to lessen the risk of breakage but leading to concerns about stability.

JBL was one of the vendors highlighted by Apple during the Lightning connector's introduction in mid-September as having received advance access to the standard. Other vendors included Bose, B&W, and B&O, which should all be announcing their own speaker products shortly.

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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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Wait until the Bose ones come out.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:50 AM   #3
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That tiny connector seems a bit flimsy to support the weight of the phone.

Seems like a lot of stress on the part
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 11:05 AM   #4
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That tiny connector seems a bit flimsy to support the weight of the phone.

Seems like a lot of stress on the part
The new connector is pretty robust and is probably as strong if not more so than the old 30pin and is definitely a lot stronger than micro USB.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 11:08 AM   #5
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I've not had a chance to use Airplay yet, but will consider getting an Airplay system since it would be a pain to take the otterbox off of my phone each time to hook up to one of these speakers.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 11:59 AM   #6
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That tiny connector seems a bit flimsy to support the weight of the phone.

Seems like a lot of stress on the part
The iPhone 5 isn't that heavy.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 12:26 PM   #7
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That tiny connector seems a bit flimsy to support the weight of the phone.

Seems like a lot of stress on the part
You would think so, but when you actually feel how secure and strong the small connector feels, the worries all disappear!
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That tiny connector seems a bit flimsy to support the weight of the phone.

Seems like a lot of stress on the part
The new phone is very lite. You can't see what additional support is provided. We can't tell if it will work with an iPhone case.

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Remember when apple included docks with our iPhones?

Those were the days... F u apple
Tell us all how and what you really think Radio.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:51 AM   #9
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I prefer speaker systems with airplay.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:52 AM   #10
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:54 AM   #11
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Nice but...

Ill stick with airplay
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:58 AM   #12
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pssst BIG JAMBOX FTW! no need to connect. Connecting is so 2000!
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:53 AM   #13
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why is everyone so hung up on "Docks" when we have much simpler/better solutions available. I've never really seen the appeal of a "dock".
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 12:52 PM   #14
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why is everyone so hung up on "Docks" when we have much simpler/better solutions available. I've never really seen the appeal of a "dock".
Neither have I. Always ugly, often expensive, and never will provide more than mediocre sound quality.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 04:33 PM   #15
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why is everyone so hung up on "Docks" when we have much simpler/better solutions available. I've never really seen the appeal of a "dock".
To simultaneously charge the phone.
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why is everyone so hung up on "Docks" when we have much simpler/better solutions available. I've never really seen the appeal of a "dock".
Completely agree. Networked my SoundDock 10 via AirTunes. Superb. And I can sit in my chair and select what I want.
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I prefer speaker systems with airplay.
While Airplay makes a lot of sense, it's also nice to be able to charge the phone at the same time
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While Airplay makes a lot of sense, it's also nice to be able to charge the phone at the same time
iPhone's come with an AC wall charger, or can be plugged into a PC.
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iPhone's come with an AC wall charger, or can be plugged into a PC.
I realize that
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While Airplay makes a lot of sense, it's also nice to be able to charge the phone at the same time
Personally, I would rather charge with the regular charger and cable and have all the sound/alarm clock/etc connections go through Airplay. This way, I don't have to ever take the case off if it doesn't fit in the dock.
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While Airplay makes a lot of sense, it's also nice to be able to charge the phone at the same time
Your post makes no sense. Airplay makes ALL the sense. It's a completely wireless solution - you can plug the phone into a charger anywhere you well please and you aren't stuck leaving it on the dock. Then pick it up and use it and carry it around the house or wherever and the music still plays. How is that not worlds better?

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One word: Nightstand. If I'm travelling, I'd like to be able to listen to music, but I'd also like an alarm clock and can't expect the hotel to supply one. I could carry speakers and an alarm clock, or I could just carry a travel speaker dock (currently Gear4 StreetParty).

These are not exactly portable, so not for me, despite the better sound quality.
You do realize the phone has a built-in alarm clock...?
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Your post makes no sense. Airplay makes ALL the sense. It's a completely wireless solution - you can plug the phone into a charger anywhere you well please and you aren't stuck leaving it on the dock. Then pick it up and use it and carry it around the house or wherever and the music still plays. How is that not worlds better?
what if you don't have wifi? Or you have lousy wifi in your bedroom? Just because you don't see a need for a dock, doesn't mean they're useless. Obviously, docks sell because they keep making them.
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I prefer speaker systems with airplay.
Agreed. Docking things always seemed unnecessary since one can use AirPlay, Bluetooth, and digital/analog audio.
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The big thing for me (or really my wife) is that we use the alarm clock to charge the phone at night. I also liked using it to play music in our bed room when putting laundry away for example. As it stands now we have a traveling 30 pin to lightning adapter for the 2 docking speaker systems at home, but it's not a pretty solution by any means.
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I prefer speaker systems with airplay.
I just bought the Altec Lansing InAir 5000 speaker from Amazon ($249) and am really loving it--for me, AirPlay is the only way to go.
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