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Harman announces Lightning-compatible docks for latest-generation iOS devices

Just in time for the holiday season's official kickoff, audio giant Harman has announced the addition of two Lightning-friendly speaker systems to the lineup of its JBL brand.

First up is the OnBeat Micro, which is designed primarily for portability and can be powered either by an external power adaptor or by four AAA batteries; the latter, according to the manufacturer, will give you approximately five hours' worth of play time.

Despite its diminutive size, the OnBeat Micro is geared for big sound, and uses digital sound processing to power its two full-range transducers to project high-quality sound that can fill its surroundings. In addition to a Lightning-friendly dock connector, the speaker set also comes with a 3.5mm stereo input and a USB connector for compatibility with other devices.

If you're looking for bigger sound and a few more checkmarks in the functionality column, the OnBeat Venue is the Micro's desktop-sized cousin. It features 30W of power--enough to get your party on--and is capable of streaming audio wirelessly with a high-rate AAC Bluetooth connection, using Harman's TrueStream technology to ensure the best possible sound quality at all times. In addition to Bluetooth, the speakers also include a Lightning dock capable of charging your latest-generation iOS device, along with a wired stereo input.

The Venue's larger size affords it a dynamic range up to 20kHz, and the four onboard transducers (two low frequency and two high frequency) give the ability to output excellent surround sound at all frequencies, including bass, where Harman says its SlipStream technology helps reduce distortion and increase fidelity. The device also features a special "movie button" that attenuates the surround effect in order to help you better enjoy dialogue-rich videos.

Both devices can be purchased directly from the JBL Website. The micro sells for $100, while the Venue can be had for $200. For a limited time, Harman is offering free ground shipping on both devices throughout the continental United States.


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