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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:46 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, 09:47 AM   #2
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Wait until the Bose ones come out.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:50 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, 09:51 AM   #4
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I prefer speaker systems with airplay.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:52 AM   #5
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Nice !
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:53 AM   #6
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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, 09:54 AM   #7
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Nice but...

Ill stick with airplay
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 09:58 AM   #8
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pssst BIG JAMBOX FTW! no need to connect. Connecting is so 2000!
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:03 AM   #9
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Why do they still make these with docks, I don't get it, use bluetooth and everything will work. Then just put a usb plug on the back incase people want to charge their device. Doesn't make any sense to make it proprietary. But I guess people will buy whatever without thinking.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:03 AM   #10
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All these dock type implementations should use the headphone jack as an additional stabilizer, since it's right there on the bottom.

Even if it wasn't an active passthrough (and just part of the stand) ... that being said, making a simple physical passthrough seems like a simple and handy design too.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:04 AM   #11
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This just doesn't make any sense to me... why not just have a wireless connection where you don't have to worry about the connection fitting or not.

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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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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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This just doesn't make any sense to make... why not just have a wireless connection where you don't have to worry about the connection fitting or not.
some people want better sound guys

blutooth music bitrate isn't the greatest. 128kb but correct me if im wrong.
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This just doesn't make any sense to make... why not just have a wireless connection where you don't have to worry about the connection fitting or not.
Charging while docked...
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:08 AM   #16
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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, 10:09 AM   #17
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Definitely thinking of getting the OnBeat Venue LTE to replace my trusty old JBL that is now redundant thanks to the old 30pin connector.
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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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If you did then your first post makes even less sense
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:24 AM   #21
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Just to let you know...

If i'm right the JBL Venue also supports Bluetooth connection and... the dock is like a drawer... push it and it comes out and vice versa...

I even believe the bitrate of Bt is optimized to a higher standard on this item too.... Not sure though...
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but your point is moot. plug it in and stream. Now its charging and playing AT THE SAME TIME. woa.

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To me it makes complete sense to still have a dock. If I am going to be sitting at home enjoying music, I would most likely want to have my phone charging. Having a dock is a much cleaner option than running a cord from the back of the unit, or plugging it in elsewhere in the room. A dock is great just for simplicity. I agree, bluetooth and Airplay are not bad options. I simply prefer to charge my phone while listening.
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Charging while docked...
You'd think this would be common sense...
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some people want better sound guys

blutooth music bitrate isn't the greatest. 128kb but correct me if im wrong.
I thought BT would allow higher throughput than that [for music]? Doesn't A2DP (over BT) specify 320kbps for stereo?

I do know the OOTO BT max bitrate on OSX is craptacular, but there's a simple fix (made a huge difference on our Supertooth speaker).

Though to your point: that's a big perk of using the proposed Airdrop-like tech on audio devices, massive amounts of bandwidth vs. BT (plus far better range).
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