Harman has today announced the launch of two speaker docks designed to support the new Apple Lightning connector which is now found on the iPhone 5, iPad mini, fourth-gen iPad and the newest iPod. JBL says that the JBL OnBeat Micro ($99) and the JBL Venue LT ($199) are the first speakers on the market to be compatible with the Lightning connector. The portable JBL OnBeat Micro is battery-powered and ideal for those of you who want great performance on the go, whereas the JBL Venue LT is a robust tabletop speaker dock with dual full-range drivers and Slipstream port technology for powerful bass and a wide soundstage. The Venue LT speakers also include Harman’s exclusive TrueStream guarantee of the highest-quality sound when connecting any Apple product or other smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Both sets of speakers also have the advantage of charging the connected Apple device when docked.
Source: Harman“JBL was among the very first audio companies to build a docking station for the Apple iPod, and we continue our leadership as we are first in the market with new Lightning connector docking products. These powered speaker systems match the flexibility users want while providing a high-quality performance,” said Sachin Lawande, executive vice president of HARMAN and co-president of HARMAN Lifestyle and Infotainment. “The JBL OnBeat Venue LT offers high-quality, proprietary driver technology and advanced digital audio software; it will deliver a truly robust listening experience to owners of the new iPad Mini and refreshed iPad. The JBL OnBeat Micro goes wherever you go, a feature increasingly important in our mobile society. With either model, music fans will hear the truth.”