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CES 2013: JBL Charge and JBL OnBeat Rumble on display

Sections: iDevice Accessories, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, iPod, iPod Accessories, iPod Docks and Speakers, iPod touch

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As you surely know by now, CES 2013 kicks off in Las Vegas next week, and JBL will be on hand  with the new JBL Charge and JBL OnBeat Rumble. Both devices are compatible with your iDevices in one form or another, but it’s the OnBeat Rumble that deserves immediate attention; it’ll be compatible with the Lightning dock of the iPhone 5, fourth gen iPad, and iPad mini.

JBL OnBeat Rumble

This room-rattling loudspeaker for the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and fourth-generation iPad will be unveiled at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. The Rumble speaker dock pumps out 50 watts of power with booming bass, thanks to an oversized, down-firing subwoofer.

The JBL OnBeat Rumble includes HARMAN’s exclusive TrueStream™ technology to guarantee the highest-quality sound when streaming audio from an Apple product or another smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth® connection. The forceful speaker dock combines a 4-1/2-inch (114-milllimeter) subwoofer with proprietary Slipstream port technology to deliver pounding bass with low distortion, so there is no unwanted boominess to the sound whether the music source is docked or streamed. The loudspeaker charges Apple Lightning products when they are docked.

For more fun, a DJ mixer app lets iPhone and iPad users scratch, stream and mix their favorite playlists for a music party.

The JBL OnBeat Rumble speaker dock has a suggested retail price of $399 and will be available this spring.

JBL Charge

JBL ChargeThe cylindrical JBL Charge features a built-in bass port and digital sound processing to create room-filling lows combined with accentuated highs. The JBL Charge is a stereo speaker with two 1-5/8-inch (40-millimeter) full-range drivers and a 2 x 5-watt amplifier. A built-in 6000mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery provides 12 hours of playback from a single charge, making the JBL Charge ideal for beach parties, family camping trips, neighborhood picnics and everyday use around the house.

The portable stereo speaker was built for durability and active lifestyles, as it features a rugged exterior and grille, plus rubber end rings and a rubber cap for the USB port. A visible LED light informs users when the battery needs to be recharged as well as when the speaker is in Bluetooth listening or pairing mode. The JBL Charge also includes a standard 1/8-inch (3.5-millimeter) stereo mini jack to use with older devices not equipped with Bluetooth technology, and it ships with a Neoprene carrying pouch. It will be available in several colors, including black, blue and green.

The JBL Charge has a suggested retail price of $149 and will be available from select retailers or JBL.com during the first quarter of 2013.

If you’ll be at CES anytime between January 8-11 and want to check out JBL’s new lineup, visit the HARMAN booth in the Central Hall, booth number 10431.

See Appletell’s full CES 2013 coverage.

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