CES 2013: JBL’s lineup includes Lightning-equipped speakers

Christina DesMarais, TechHive
7 January, 2013
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JBL will be rocking CES 2013 with new audio gear for Apple hardware that sports new Lightning connectors as well as several high-end AV receivers aimed at audiophiles.

The JBL Charge (pictured right) is a Bluetooth wireless speaker that not only charges smartphones and tablets via a USB port, but also includes a bass port, two 1-5/8in drivers and a 2 x 5-watt amplifier. The cylindrical speaker runs for up to 12 hours, is housed in rubber for durability and incorporates a standard 3.5-millimeter mini jack so you can use it with older non-Bluetooth devices. The JBL charge comes in black, blue and green, is priced at US$149 and will be available sometime in the first quarter of 2013.

The JBL OnBeat Mini is one of many new devices we’ll probably be seeing at CES that works with Apple’s 8-pin Lightning connector used on the iPad mini, fourth-generation iPad, iPhone 5 and new iPods. The speaker plays for up to five hours on battery, acts as an AC charger for Apple’s latest slew of mobile devices but also can power and play non-Apple devices thanks to a built-in USB connector. Available in black and white, the JBL OnBeat Mini is priced at US$149 and will be available in March.

The JBL OnBeat Rumble is a loudspeaker that lets you connect wirelessly using Bluetooth or via Apple’s Lightning connector. Also serving as a charger when Apple’s new line of devices are docked to it, the speaker puts out 50 watts and makes use of a 4-1/2in subwoofer for deep and palatable bass sound. Priced at US$399, the JBL OnBeat Rumble will show up at select retailers in the autumn.

Two new Harman Kardon audio/video receivers are coming, as well. The AVR 2700 and AVR 3700 include multizone features so you can play two different audio sources in different zones of your house, as well as wireless connectivity that enables AirPlay playback from Apple iOS devices, vTuner internet radio to pick up thousands of stations as well as DLNA 1.5 Certified connectivity to stream from compatible devices on a home network. Both devices offer multiple HDMI inputs and 4K compatibility. The AVR 3700 also includes Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Harman Kardon AVR 2700 is priced at US$799 and the AVR 3700 will go for US$999. Select retailers will begin selling them in the first quarter of 2013.

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