JBL are first out with Lightning supported speaker docks

Speakers docks sporting Lightning connector support have been far and few between so far (in fact i have not come across any), but JBL is now bringing out two new speaker docks that both feature support for the new Lightning Connector found on the iPhone 5, latest iPod models, and the iPad Mini / iPad 4.

The two new JBL models that both feature Lightning dock are the JBL OnBeat Venue LT and the JBL OnBeat Micro.

JBL OnBeat Venue LT Lightning speaker dockJBL OnBeat Venue LT

Features a fairly classic speaker dock design with a retractable Lightning dock at the base of the unit. The OnBeat Venue LT is also a wireless system, offering bluetooth based streaming using the Harman TrueStream technology that allows for up to 8 devices to be connected to the speaker. It also boasts 30W of power output from four transducers (two low frequency and two high frequency). Expected to become available towards the end of the year retailing at around £200.

JBL OnBeat Micro

The small and portable solution that can also operate on battery power (AA batteries), allowing you to take the unit with you wherever you go to dock your iPhone 5 or new iPod with its top Lightning dock. It also comes with USB port for connecting other non-lightning port devices. The JBL full range transducers promises a full room sound from this small unit. Here in the UK the OnBeat Micro is expected out in early December at around £80.

JBL OnBeat Micro lightning speaker dock

While it is great to see speaker docks that support the new Lightning Connector entering the market, there are still options for those that already have an older model iPod speaker dock, including bluetooth wireless dock adapters.


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