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JBL OnBeat

JBL OnBeat
alaScore 90

161 reviews

Sep, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analysed 2 user reviews of JBL OnBeat from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other iPod Docking Speakers on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: JBL OnBeat, JBLONBEATBLKEU

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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...

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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.


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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...

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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

There are just two controls on the OnBeat dock itself, two volume buttons that sit on the right edge. The rest of playback and navigational commands are delivered using the tiny bundled remote, which also lets you sift through your iPod's library.

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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

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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.

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Excellent product for the money


I have been using this system in my office and love that I can use my iPhone or iPad with it. It has great sound and doesn't take up a lot of room.

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Waste of money


Good sound, the thing is temperamental when it will work though. Bluetooth has poor range and is sporadic at best. Frustrates the out of me, wish I had taken the time to return it. Definitely won't be buying another JBL product.

Good sound for a garage radio-when it works

Bluetooth is spotty

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Does not always work for non Apple products


Was sold to me by Salesperson who specificied that it wasn't an Apple specific speaker and would work with any Bluetooth connectivity. This is not true. If your phone cannot download JBL easyconnect or JBL music flow app, you will have issues with the...

Sound quality for the price

Bluetooth connectivity for non-Apple products, requires Apple product to update firmware

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This was absolutely amazing, something so small sounds so great. Never knew the sound would be powerful, clear, and the bass is great.