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Harman Intros 1st JBL iPad-Docking Tabletop Speaker

Stamford, Conn. – Harman
International Industries unveiled its first JBL iPad-docking/charging tabletop
speaker, due in March for $149.  

The OnBeat loudspeaker
docking station, which can be used with any iPad, iPhone or iPod device,
enables users to stream Netflix, watch YouTube, and Skype. However, users cannot have Skype or Facetime audio
conversations when the iPad is docked, a Harman spokeswoman told TWICE.

“Currently, Apple does
not use the dock connector as an option, and there is no microphone on the
OnBeat,” she added.

Features include dual
Phoenix full-range transducers with computer-optimized DSP equalization, a universal
connector that lets an iPod or iPhone screen to rotate to portrait or landscape
mode, and an IR remote.

A composite cable can be
connected to the OnBeat to view content on a TV, and it also has a USB
connection for syncing and charging, and a 3.5mm aux input.  

The OnBeat’s design,
described by Harman as the JBL Weave, features brackets to attach the iPod,
iPhone and iPad to the dock, and it can charge the device while docked. It is
not AirPlay compatible.