Today JBL announced the first two iPhone 5 speaker docks with Lightning cables available in the U.S., the JBL OnBeat Micro and JBL Venue LT.
The two new speaker docks both feature the new Lightning port, and both fit the iPhone 5, new iPod touch, and new iPod nano. The larger JBL Venue LT also supports the iPad fourth generation and iPad mini.
The JBL OnBeat Micro is the smaller of the two docks, and costs $99. It can only support smaller iOS devices, but it also has a USB port so users can connect and charge any other device to the speaker dock. The iPhone 5 speaker dock can play music for up to 5 hours with its rechargeable batteries, though it will only charge connected devices when plugged into a wall outlet. The small sizes make the OnBeat Micro easily portable.
JBL’s larger speaker dock, the Venue LT costs $199 can support any of the new iOS devices with Lightning ports. Whereas the OnBeat Micro puts the devices above the speaker, the Venue LT puts the iOS devices in front of the speaker which is why it can support the larger devices.
The JBL Venue LT also uses HARMAN’s TrueStream Bluetooth for streaming music. That means virtually any device can easily stream music to the Venue LT even if they’re not Apple devices. The technology lets the speaker dock connect to up to eight devices at once, making it easy to switch between streaming devices.
The larger speaker dock comes with JBL’s free MusicFlow app which lets users create playlists, edit mixes, adjust volume, change EQ settings, and browse album artwork.
Both the OnBeat Micro and Venue LT are available now on JBL.com and through retailers.
JBL is the first company to bring Lightning speaker docks to the market, but others will likely follow suit as soon as they can get the devices ready.