JBL is building on the success of its OnBeat iPod dock by launching a bigger, beefier new model that looks set to square up to the mighty B&W Zeppelin. The Apple Airplay-compatible JBL OnBeat Xtreme offers 90 Watt output and can be controlled via a bundled remote control or by a free app created for iPhone, iPod and iPad users. A rotating dock allows the iPad to be used in either portrait or landscape orientation. It goes onsale in the UK in October and will cost £450.
The OnBeat Xtreme sports separate tweeters and dual Atlas bass drivers. It can be paired via Bluetooth to any Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player or smartphone, as well as offering native support for the iPhone and iPad. Support for A2DP and AVCRP Bluetooth allows for interference-free playback with speech and action seamlessly synchronised. This feature means the unit is also suitable for video calling and video conferencing (giving gadget fans a nifty business angle to use as the perfect excuse to stump up for the powerful speaker). It offers hands-free calling through both Skype and Apple FaceTime.
The recharging dock OnBeat Xtreme is optimised for the iPad and iPad 2 but can also be used with an iPhone or iPod Touch. A 3.5mm input jack and a USB port allow other music sources to be connected.