The JBL OnBeat Air will revolutionize the way you listen to music. It wirelessly streams your entire iTunes 10.1 library from any Mac computer or PC – or from any iPad, iPod or iPhone device running iOS 4.2 or later – to any room in your house. Now you may stream any song or playlist from any compatible device within range of your Wi-Fi network, with playback control thru an IR remote. But the JBL OnBeat Air is more than just a great-sounding music system. An ingenuous connector with resolute determination docks your iPad, iPod or iPhone for syncing and charging, and lets you position iPod and iPhone screens in portrait or landscape orientation for the best display of video content. With an optional composite cable, it may even send photos and videos to your TV for the whole crowd to receive pleasure from together. Featuring dual JBL Phoenix full-range transducers with computer-optimized DSP equalization, the JBL OnBeat Air will fill your room with a dynamic, lifelike 360-degree soundstage. The JBL OnBeat Air is amidst the most versatile, capable and powerful loudspeaker docks JBL technology has ever produced, with the industry leading performance you suppose of JBL products.
- Brand: JBL
- Model: On Beat Air
- Dimensions: 5.75″ h x 10.81″ w x 5.31″ l, 1.90 pounds
- Dual JBL Phoenix transducers with computer-optimized DSP equalization deliver full range frequency response for legendary JBL sound
- AirPlay music streaming allows you to wirelessly stream your entire iTunes 10.1 music library from your computer or iPod, iPhone or iPad
- Dock connector for iPad, iPod and iPhone appliances that allows iPod and iPhones to be positioned in portrait or landscape orientation for optimal video display
- Video output connection lets you display video content on TV (cable not included)
- Dynamic JBL Weave design offers a distinctive, one-of a-kind look
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent, with a few annoyances.
By I. R. Smart.
First, the good stuff:
1.) Easy setup to your Wifi network. You connect to the On Beat Air from your iDevice or computer over adhoc WiFi, and then set it up to connect to your WiFi network. This took me under 60 seconds. The instruction sheet lays this out perfectly simply.
2.) Once connected to your network, I found the On Beat Air to maintain a very solid connection to my Apple Time Capsule wireless router. Excellent. AirPlay worked flawlessly.
3.) A simple LED lit solid indicates the connection to your network has been made. The connection LED is white, rather than piercing blue, which is much preferred.
4.) The dock for charging your iDevice will fit your iPhone with a case on (I’m sure this depend on which case, but I had no trouble with my Speck Pixelskin HD on my iPhone 4S).
5.) Sound quality is pretty good. While a tad lacking in the bass department, for such a small unit I’m very impressed.
6.) Included remote is a nice touch.
But, as always, the bad stuff…
1.) The included cabling to connect to the wall is hopelessly long. It’s in two parts, with the 100-240v worldwide power brick in one part, and the localized USA cable as the other part. Together they’re just too long for my liking. This may not bother some people, especially if you use the On Beat Air as your alarm clock on your bedside table. However, for kitchen use on a counter it’s just a real nuisance. I don’t think JBL could have pleased everyone here, but still… kitchen users be sure you have somewhere to hide the cables if you’re plugging in above counter. Also, bear in mind the power cable to the dock stick out quite a bit, too, so you need more depth on your shelf than the unit’s actual measurements.
2.) The power button is on the back of the unit. I don’t like to leave WiFi devices running needlessly due to power usage and excessive WiFi radiation in my house, so I like to turn the thing off. And I can’t do that without moving the unit away from the wall and poking round the back to turn it off. The On Beat Xtreme model apparently solves this with a power button on the front side. This would have been preferable. Bizarrely, the connection button for WiFi is on the side next to the volume controls, easily accessible. Why? Put the power button there instead! You’ll use that WiFi button ONLY when you’re setting the device up!
3.) The IR remote, while “cute,” doesn’t have a power on/off button on it, and also needs a pretty direct line of sight to work 100%. The Xtreme model solves this issue, too, with an RF remote.
Overall, I really like the unit. It maintains a great connection to my WiFi network, has quite pleasing sound, a very stable dock for your iPhone or iPad, and was so very simple to set up. It’s a shame some of the On Beat Air Xtreme features didn’t make it to the On Beat Air model (though the Xtreme doesn’t support AirPlay!?), but overall this is one of the best iPhone/iPad docks I’ve used.
4 out of 5.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Great Product Once Wifi Connects
By Dan G. Gibbs II
I purchased this product to use in our kitchen and was excited about the wireless feature of the device. When I received it, I eagerly tried to set it up and followed the supplied simple setup steps. After about 10 tries and ample frustration with the wireless not connected I figured I was going to have to return the item. However, I troubleshooted the problem to be my wireless network password contained too many characters for the device which was causing the error. After changing my wireless network password to contain fewer characters the device connected and has had no problems. The setup should warn that if your password is of a certain length it will not work. I didn’t see any mention of this anywhere and was very frustrating trying to get it to connect. However, now that everything is working correctly we are really enjoying it.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
ideal for Ipod Touch and Iphone, need improvements for IPad
By Patricia L. Brouillette
Let me start with that the sound is great. It works well with the Iphone and Ipod touch. It works well withh Airplay. The remote is cute and handy. I like the fact that the plug is an actually comes with an plug. It does come with two parts, similiar to some laptop plug. I also like the fact that it is long, and I don’t have to keep it right next to an outlet. You can use an usb cord (similar to a printer usb cord, not included), along with an audio out spot.
As for working with the IPad, I would not recommend it. You cant switch it from Vertical to Horizontial with the IPad. You can switch back and forth with an Ipod Touch and IPhone. Also, the brackets that hold the IPad are not very secure. I know that there are speakers out there that are just as good that work better with the IPad. Also, you can’t adjust the tilt, so you can’t adjust it to view it better, if the angle is not quite right.
While using the plug that came with the speakers, the IPad, IPod Touch, and Iphone all charge very well.
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