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JBL Launches First Lightning-Compatible Speaker Docks

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  1. macrumors bot



    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:
    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.

    Article Link: JBL Launches First Lightning-Compatible Speaker Docks
  2. macrumors demi-god


    Wait until the Bose ones come out. :cool:
  3. macrumors 68020

    Mr. Gates

    That tiny connector seems a bit flimsy to support the weight of the phone.

    Seems like a lot of stress on the part
  4. macrumors 68040


    I prefer speaker systems with airplay.
  5. macrumors 6502


    Nice ! ;)
  6. macrumors 68020

    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".
  7. macrumors regular

    Nice but...

    I´ll stick with airplay
  8. macrumors member


    pssst BIG JAMBOX FTW! no need to connect. Connecting is so 2000!
  9. macrumors regular

    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.
  10. macrumors 68040


    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.
  11. nazaar, Nov 15, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    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.
  12. macrumors 6502


    While Airplay makes a lot of sense, it's also nice to be able to charge the phone at the same time
  13. macrumors 6502a

    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.
  14. macrumors 68000

    some people want better sound guys

    blutooth music bitrate isn't the greatest. 128kb but correct me if im wrong.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Charging while docked...
  16. macrumors regular

    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.
  17. MRU


    Definitely thinking of getting the OnBeat Venue LTE to replace my trusty old JBL that is now redundant thanks to the old 30pin connector.
  18. macrumors 603


    iPhone's come with an AC wall charger, or can be plugged into a PC.
  19. macrumors 6502


    I realize that :rolleyes:
  20. macrumors 68020


    If you did then your first post makes even less sense
  21. macrumors newbie

    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...
  22. Koodauw, Nov 15, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012

    macrumors 68040


    but your point is moot. plug it in and stream. Now its charging and playing AT THE SAME TIME. woa.
  23. macrumors regular

    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.
  24. macrumors 6502

    You'd think this would be common sense...
  25. macrumors 68040


    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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