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JBL OnBeat

JBL OnBeat
alaScore 87

257 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 257 reviews of JBL OnBeat. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other iPod Docking Speakers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other iPod Docking Speakers the JBL OnBeat is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of JBL OnBeat from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other iPod Docking Speakers on

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: PC Magazine (

JBL OnBeat


Built for iPads, iPhones, and iPods. Quality audio performance at moderate volumes. Charges docked device even when powered off. Video output for television viewing.

Distorts at high volumes. iPad sometimes blocks IR sensor for remote. Dock arm supports horizontal viewing for iPhones and iPods only, not iPads.

There aren't any masterpieces in the affordable iPad speaker dock category just yet, but the JBL OnBeat is better than the thin competition, despite some irksome flaws.

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: Taimoor Hafeez (

JBL OnBeat Review


A small dock with a big heart.

Pleasant design; Plug & Play operation; Supports all iOS devices; Vertical and horizontal orientation; Fast charging

Audio breaks at high volume; Underwhelming bass at high volume; iPad tilts downwards in horizontal orientation

There are no equalizer settings for the full-range transducers, so you might want to change that setting on your device itself. For playing Trance, Indie and regular pop I found the ‘Electronic’ EQ on the iPhone 4 to be the best for the JBL OnBeat.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Spencer Dalziel (

JBL OnBeat Review


JBL's OnBeat speaker dock may lack AirPlay audio streaming like its more advanced sibling OnAir, but it still provides plenty of ways to enjoy your tunes. There's an iPod dock that also comfortably accommodates iPhones and iPads, plus a 3.5mm input on...

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Rossi Fernandes (

JBL Onbeat - Offtrack From Excellence


Audio docks for the all so popular iPod and iPhone range of products have been around long enough. Most of the lifestyle brands are the ones focussing on them.

The JBL Onbeat isn’t a flawless iPod dock. It’s natural sound signature is good to have but the lacking punch in the lower frequency range is bound to be a problem. We wished it wouldn't have distorted at higher volumes. Price wise, it’s not very cheap...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

JBL OnBeat


A little throne for your iPhone, iPod or iPad.

Good build quality, Coherent design, Will hold an iPad

Bass falls apart at high volume

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: (

JBL OnBeat


As a speaker for watching video, it?s fine ? but as a serious hi-fi dock? Sorry, no dice

Smart design; simpler material sounds well organised; works with Spotify

Weak sound; not nearly enough bass; harsh treble; loses cohesion easily

Expert review by: Matthew Powell (

JBL OnBeat


The JBL OnBeat looks great and sounds pretty good at a moderate volume. Just don't ask too much of it.

Very stylish to look at ; Produces very nice sound at moderate volume ; USB port allows syncing with your computer while the iPad is connected

Up close it feels flimsy ; Sounds awful at higher volume

Other bells and whistles include a USB port, so that you can connect it to your computer and actually sync the iPad while it's charging — a very nice touch that's not included by many manufacturers.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Philippa Clark (

JBL by Harman OnBeat loudspeaker dock


Compatible with iPad, iPod and iPhone, £150. Also in white.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Gerald Lynch (

REVIEW: JBL OnBeat iPad / iPod speaker dock


iPhone/iPod docks are two-a-penny these days, but iPad docks? Even more than a year after the tablet's launch, they're still a relative rarity. JBL's latest speaker dock, the JBL OnBeat, could well be your one-stop-shop dock when it comes to blaring...

The JBL OnBeat sits at the top of the iPad dock pile, but that's not a particularly hard feat considering how few there currently are on the market. Not being able to place an iPad in landscape mode safely will frustrate users looking to add a little...

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: Melbel (

Fantastic gift!


My future son-in-law is getting this as a Christmas gift to use with his Ipad. I know he will be very pleased.

Compact","Durable","Easy to Use","Reliable


Oct, 2012