Harman International Industries has announced two JBL speaker docks built to support the new Apple iPhone 5, iPad fmini, new iPod models and the revised iPad with Retina display. The JBL OnBeat Micro (US$99) and JBL Venue LT ($199, right) include the new Apple Lightning connector, the small, reversible, all-digital connector that allowed Apple to create thinner and faster iOS® devices.
The two JBL speakers are the first in the market with the new Lightning connector. The JBL OnBeat Micro (top photo) is battery powered. It provides up to five hours of playback when used with batteries and charges the iPhone 5, the iPod touch 5th generation and the new iPod nano when used with the included AC adapter. The portable speaker also includes a built-in USB connector to power and play other portable devices. The JBL OnBeat Micro includes a free, downloadable JBL music app to create customized playlists, adjust volume and browse album artwork.
The JBL OnBeat Venue LT is a tabletop speaker dock featuring dual full-range drivers and Slipstream port technology for “powerful bass and a remarkably wide soundstage,” says Sachin Lawande, executive vice president of Harman and co-president of Harman Lifestyle and Infotainment. It also provides TrueStream Bluetooth wireless streaming technology for connecting with up to eight devices
Both models are available through select retailers and online at JBL. For additional information, visit JBL.com.