November 15, 2012 by Rachel Cericola
That iPhone 5 has everything you’d ever want in a portable—except its own speaker dock. Well, Harman is changing that, unleashing a pair of iPhone 5-friendly speakers, with prices starting at a mere $99.
The JBL OnBeat Micro and the JBL Venue LT both have the new Apple Lightning connector. That means that you can dock your iPhone 5, as well as the iPad Mini and the latest iPad with the Retina display.
With an MSRP of just $99, the JBL OnBeat Micro is designed for on-the-go use. It’s battery powered, promising up to 5 hours of playback with batteries. It also comes with an AC adapter, if you want to juice up your portable during that playtime. Small enough to fit into a backpack or purse, the JBL OnBeat Micro also has a USB connector for another power option, as well as the option for connecting other portables.
The speaker even has its own free app, so users can create customized playlists, adjust volume and check out album artwork.
The JBL OnBeat Venue LT, on the other hand, is built to live on the desktop. It has two full-range drivers and Slipstream port technology, which boasts nice bass and a wide soundstage. It also tucks that Lightning connector right behind the JBL logo. Promising high-quality sound via TrueStream tech, the JBL OneBeat Venue LT has Bluetooth support to connect to up to eight devices and an MSRP of $199. This tabletop unit can also charge up your portable and is compatible with the free MusicFlow app. That also allows for playlists, volume control and cover art, as well as mixing and EQ settings.
Both of the above speaker models are available right now.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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