We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

JBL OnBeat Xtreme iPod speaker is a real contender

AirPlay and Bluetooth

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. 

IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

LED vs Halogen: Why now could be the right time to invest in LED bulbs

IDG UK Sites

Christmas' best ads: See great festive spots studios have created to promote themselves and clients

IDG UK Sites

Why Apple shouldn't be blamed for exploitation in China and Indonesia