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JBL OnBeat Xtreme

Bluetooth® speaker system with iPod®/iPhone®/iPad dock

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Our take on the JBL OnBeat Xtreme™

Two high-performance tweeters produce clean, clear highs, while JBL's Hercules woofers live up to their name and give you brawny midrange and bass. All four speakers are regulated by a computer-optimized digital signal processor, ensuring accurate and natural sound reproduction. And it all comes at you with 120 watts of power, giving you room-filling sound and then some.

Unique style, outstanding sound

The distinctive X shape of the base is your first indication that it's no ordinary iPod speaker. And as soon as you hear the OnBeat Xtreme in action, you'll know that looks are only part of the story.

Two high-performance tweeters produce clean, clear highs, while JBL's Hercules woofers live up to their name and give you brawny midrange and bass. All four speakers are regulated by a computer-optimized digital signal processor, ensuring accurate and natural sound reproduction. And it all comes at you with 120 watts of power, giving you room-filling sound and then some.

JBL OnBeat Xtreme

Bluetooth for wireless variety

Wirelessly stream music from virtually any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, PDA, tablet or computer and get great sound. The OnAir Xtreme uses Bluetooth A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) for less distortion and more accurate and detailed sound from your player.

And remember: you can enjoy more than just the music stored on your device. Get the full impact of the movie you're watching on your tablet, or hear all the sound effects in the game you're playing on your smartphone. Listen to your favorite Internet radio station or music service. If you can hear it on your device, you can hear it better through the OnBeat Xtreme.

Convenient phone conversations

Is that a call coming in on your smartphone? No problem — the OnBeat Xtreme has a built-in microphone so you can carry on conversations through the system while your Bluetooth phone stays docked.

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Flexible docking options

Whether you have an iPod nano®, iPod classic, an iPhone, or an iPad, the OnBeat Xtreme can handle it. And the cradle rotates to hold your player in either a vertical or horizontal position. The system comes with a detachable adapter for an iPad, and holds your tablet securely.

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with docking iPods, iPhones, and iPads
  • compatible with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets, portable game consoles, PDAs, and computers
  • Bluetooth A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) for wide audio bandwidth and low distortion
  • talk button for hands-free calling with Bluetooth-enabled phones
  • built-in microphones for hands-free wireless speakerphone and conference calls
  • wireless range: 30'
  • two JBL Ridge tweeters and two Hercules woofers with computer-optimized equalization
  • 120 watts total system power
  • automatically charges your player while it's docked
  • sync docked player through USB input (mini-USB-to-USB cable not included)
  • dock swivels to orient player horizontally or vertically
  • detachable support brace for iPad
  • auxiliary stereo minijack input
  • composite video output
  • AC power adapter
  • 17-1/4"W x 9-1/2"H x 9-5/8"D
  • weight: 13.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • iPod/iPhone/iPad speaker dock
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (CR2032 3V lithium battery installed)
  • iPod/iPhone bracket
  • iPad bracket
  • 48" USB cable (with a USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Limited Warranty

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best system for the price. just wish JBL supports the new Apple Lighting connector. I use a adaptor and it works fine. Bluetooth sounds really really good too.

the Light, Salem OR


JBL OnBeat Xtreme™ Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(12 Reviews)

Great system

the Light from Salem OR on 12/21/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

best system for the price. just wish JBL supports the new Apple Lighting connector. I use a adaptor and it works fine. Bluetooth sounds really really good too.

Pros: great sound

Cons: for the older iPhones, new iPhones need adaptor

SImply amazing

Allen N from Long Island, New York on 3/26/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As an audiophile on a serious note, you can not go wrong with JBL ONBEAT XTREME. I tried almost all the docks of the same price range and cadre ( Bose, Sony, Harman Kardon, iPhone, etc) and none pleased me like the JBL ONBEAT XTREME. The bass, the treble and twitters are well equalized. Sound quality passed my expectation. The design is one of a kind and could pass as one of the decorations in the room. JBL used very strong durable material to build this. It serves well in a large room and I have been using it non- stop now in my second living room for two week sometimes at the highest volume.Bluetooth connection and docking of I phone, iPod or iPad is a breeze. For the fact that the voltage is 110 - 240 makes this a must travelling system since you don't need any step down. I am taking this on vacation to Europe and Africa without worrying about the electric current. Of course there is no better place to get this than at Crutchfied because of their Excellent services and support; I strongly doubt that you will return this product to Crutchfield even after 60 days. I plan to keep mine forever.


Cons: I don't think this could be powered with batteries otherwise it will be a plus.

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SteveC from US on 12/27/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Damn what a sound!!! Read the reviews, didn't want to beleive them, but this is the best dock I have heard! The clearity is crystal clear, at full volume, absolutly no destorstion. Prety spendy but "You get what you pay for".

Pros: Huge sound from small speaker

Cons: Stero speration

Xtreme-ly Good Speaker System

Spartacula on 12/9/2012 from Philadelphia, PA on 12/9/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Strange configuration but truly provides most bang for your bucks! Simple to set up & use. Versatile iProduct. Amazing clarity regardless of volume. Though the sound is room filling, there is a 'sweet spot' to recreate the soundstage. Great example of getting what you pay for. Highly recommended!


Cons: None observed at this time.

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Wallace from Cary,NC on 8/9/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product and blows away all others. Bluetooth works great and system is very loud. System sounds much larger than it is with great clarity and base.

Pros: Everything

Cons: None but a little expensive. But you get what you pay for.A

Little Power House

Joe from Foster City, CA on 7/17/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The reviews on the crutchfield website are all spot on. The room filling sound that comes out of such a small box is astounding. The clarity is superb, the tonal balance is buttery smooth. Blue tooth connectivity takes 30 seconds right out of the box and works in the next room 20 feet away through walls. You would be hard pressed to find a better iPhone/pad/pod dock for the price, let alone one so stylish, outstanding job JBL!

Pros: Size, style, bass, balance, SOUND.

Cons: There is a bit of hiss (feedback) at the highest volumes when listening to classical music, but I find it infrequent and tolerable.

HUGE sound for a small unit!!

alaskabigfoot from Anchorage, Alaska on 5/24/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The size of this unit may at first fool you, smaller table top unit=small table top sound? Not at all! Once the music'll see what I mean!!!! AMAZING!!!! Someone made a comment to me that it sounds better than their $2000.00 car stereo set up and even better than their Bose system!! I can't say enough good about it!!

Pros: Well worth every penny spent!!


Awesome for iPad

geoborg from Tampa Bay on 3/27/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sound. Whether using Bluetooth or connecting to the dock for charging purposes, great great product.

Pros: Great sound. Very versatile.

Cons: It could cost a little less but hey.....


Geroge M from Seattle on 2/29/2012

This product is fantastic! I can't believe the sound quality and wow the reviews are spot on. I really like it and am happy with it. Bluetooth connection is easy and when connected you can even use it as speakerphone? Wow!



In a word, WOW

George from Lawrence, MA on 2/28/2012

This thing sounds RIDICULOUSLY good! Bass is incredible, setup is easy and love the bluetooth. Best dock out there, period!



Love this!

JulieS from Cleveland on 2/27/2012

This can fill an entire room full of sound! So happy with my dock purchases, all of them. The bass on this thing though FAR exceeds anything I've heard. This thing is truly remarkable and the bluetooth works great too



Best dock out there at this price!

Michael G from Minneapolis, MN on 2/22/2012

For the money, you can't beat the sound, it's incredible! Classic JBL engineering and performance at it's best. I'm very pleased with this. The bluetooth connection is genius and works flawlessly with a super simple setup.




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System Overview: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme speaker dock provides high quality sound for your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or other Bluetooth-enabled device. Built-in Bluetooth technology lets you play and control your music wirelessly from anywhere within a 30' radius. You can wirelessly stream high-quality audio and even handle phone calls. The JBL OnBeat Xtreme's rotating dock connector lets you orient your iPod, iPhone, or iPad device with its screen in portrait or landscape mode. The included USB cable connects the JBL OnBeat Xtreme dock to your computer so you can charge and synchronize your iPod, iPhone, or iPad device with your iTunes library.

High-Output Digital Power: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme docking station utilizes a powerfully tuned digital amplifier rated at 15W x 2ch (tweeters) + 30W x 2ch (woofers), for high-output, crystal-clear sound.

Two-Way Speaker System: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme employs two JBL Atlas woofers and two JBL Ridge tweeters for accurate, detailed sound. The speaker system has a frequency response of 47 Hz to 22,000 Hz.

EQ Settings: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme dock has 5 equalizer (EQ) modes that adjust the tone quality to suit different types of programs. You can choose from Music, Movies, Chat, Internet Radio, or Game.

Built-in Bluetooth: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (ver. 2.1 + EDR). The JBL OnBeat Xtreme system is compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices; including music players, cell phones, and laptops. Enabled with Bluetooth A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile), and HFP (Hands-Free Profile), the system can stream high-quality sound and serve as a speakerphone.

  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming (A2DP/AVRCP): The JBL OnBeat Xtreme supports Bluetooth profile (A2DP/AVRCP) for wireless audio streaming from a compatible Bluetooth enabled device. You can now listen to music store on or streamed to your Bluetooth enabled device through the OnBeat Xtreme speaker system. The OnBeat Xtreme provides Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip Next/Previous control for your streamed music.
  • Bluetooth Speakerphone (HFP): The JBL OnBeat Xtreme also supports Bluetooth profile (HFP) for hands-free communication between your iPhone or other Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. The OnBeat Xtreme features a built-in microphone, plus Answer/End button so you can use the OnBeat Xtreme as a hands-free speakerphone. During an incoming call, the speakers will automatically mute any music playing. To make a call, you will still need to dial out from your mobile phone.

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JBL OnBeat Xtreme.

Apple Device Dock Connector: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme's integrated dock lets you play and control music directly from many docking versions of iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The JBL OnBeat supports audio playback, video output, menu navigation, and charging of select iPods, iPhones, and iPads. You will continue to use your iPod, iPhone, or iPad's LCD screen to view song/artist information and Album art (the JBL OnBeat has no LCD screen). The JBL OnBeat has been certified "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone/iPad model functions (as of December 2011):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Out Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd n/a N N N N N N N
4th n/a N N N N N N N
mini 1st n/a N N N N N N N
2nd n/a N N N N N N N
video 5th n/a N N N N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
nano 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
3rd 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
4th 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
4 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
4S 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
iPad 1 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
2 5.0.1 Y Composite Y Y N N Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

iPod Adapter Clips: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme speaker dock includes two adapters; one for an iPod touch/iPod classic/iPhone device, and another for an iPad device (the iPod 5G and iPod nano models do not require an adapter clip). The adapters allow you to dock units with or without 3rd-party skins attached.

Rotating Dock: When an iPod, iPhone, or iPad device is docked in the JBL OnBeat Xtreme speaker dock, you can rotate the dock either a Portrait mode or Landscape mode. To rotate the dock to the landscape mode, turn it 90-degrees counterclockwise. To rotate it back to the portrait mode, turn it 90-degrees clockwise. The dock will hold in place at the portrait and the landscape positions.

JBL OnBeat App: The JBL OnBeat application is downloadable for free from the iTunes App Store. It features a music browser, an alarm clock, and EQ functions that lets you select the best sound for your music, movies, game, chat, or Internet radio.

Composite Video Output: A rear-panel composite video output displays video content stored on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad onto your connected television. Composite video cable sold separately.

Note: When you dock your iPod, iPhone, or iPad device on the JBL OnBeat Xtreme speaker dock, its video output will automatically be set to Off, even if it was turned On before you docked the device.

Simple Controls: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme features side-panel controls and includes an IR remote control for simple operation.

  • Side-Panel Controls: Convenient side-panel controls let you power on the system, select source type, raise or lower the volume, and answer/end Bluetooth phone calls.
  • IR Remote Control: The included IR remote control navigates iPod, iPhone, and iPad menus from up to 15 feet away. Using the included IR remote control, you can navigate your songs, playlists photos and videos, change tracks and system settings, and much more.

Note: You can also continue to use your iPod, iPhone, or iPad's clickwheel/touchscreen controls.

USB Port: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme is equipped with a rear-panel USB (type-B) port which allows you to connect the iPod, iPhone, or iPad to your computer and sync the device to iTunes; without ever having to remove it from the speaker dock. USB cable included.

Note: Before attempting to synchronize your iPod/iPhone/iPad device with your iTunes library, be sure that both your iPod/iPhone/iPad device and your iTunes library are updated to the latest software version.

Firmware Upgrade: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme has upgradeable firmware that lets you take advantage of new features and improvements as they become available. Go to for more information about checking the unit's firmware version and instructions on upgrading to a newer firmware version.

Auxiliary Input: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme also features a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external audio source, such as your iPod shuffle or other portable MP3 player. Audio cable sold separately.

Note: If you play audio through a docked iPod, iPhone or iPad device and an audio source connected to the Auxiliary In connector at the same time, you will hear both of their outputs mixed through the JBL OnBeat Xtreme speaker dock. To hear only one source, you will need to turn off the other source (the one you do not want to hear) manually.

Evercharge Topology: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme charges your Apple iPod or iPhone device while docked. When plugged into AC power, the JBL OnBeat Air dock will charge your iPod or iPhone without a computer connection, even when the system itself is turned off.

Note: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme speaker dock may not charge a docked iPad device via the USB connection to a PC. If the iPad device charges when it is connected directly to the PC via USB, it will charge while docked on the JBL OnBeat Xtreme speaker dock. If the iPad device does not charge when it is connected directly to the PC via USB, it will not charge while docked on the JBL OnBeat Xtreme speaker dock.

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Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

Xtreme Supreme

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 12/30/2011 10:08:00 AM

This is a big system with big sound. The Xtreme has a nice, spacious soundfield. For the music I played, the sound was especially strong on the low end.

Although you can dock an iPhone or an iPod to the OnBeat Xtreme, it's really made for the iPad. Those smaller handhelds look really dinky perched on the Xtreme's dock. The system's size is a real advantage for the iPad though. It provided a rock-solid base, whether I had the iPad in portrait or landscape orientation. And did I mention the sound?

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