Harman Intros 1st JBL iPad-Docking Tabletop Speaker

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Harman International Industries unveiled its first JBL iPaddocking/ 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.


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