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JBL OnBeat

Powered speakers system with iPod®/iPhone®/iPad® dock (Black)

8 Reviews

Item # 109ONBEATB

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Our take on the JBL OnBeat™

One size does fit all
Which Apple device do you have? An iPod? iPhone? iPad? Whichever you have your music on, you still want to enjoy it with great, room-filling sound. And with the JBL OnBeat, you can.

One size does fit all
Which Apple device do you have? An iPod? iPhone? iPad? Whichever you have your music on, you still want to enjoy it with great, room-filling sound. And with the JBL OnBeat, you can.

The system's universal dock can handle just about any flavor of i-device. A sturdy support arm holds your iPod upright. But you can also swivel it 90° to hold your iPod touch or iPhone horizontally so you can watch videos or just use Apple's Cover Flow interface. When the dock arm is upright, a provided attachable brace lets you dock your iPad securely at an easy-to-view angle.

Get great sound from your player
Inside the base of the OnBeat is a remarkable compact speaker system. Carefully optimized digital signal processing allows the twin full-range JBL speakers to deliver your music with plenty of detail in a spacious, 360° soundfield.

Video, too
Want to enjoy our player's videos on the "big screen?" The OnBeat has composite video output so you can connect it to your TV. Watch a movie from your iPad on the TV, while playing the soundtrack through the OnBeat.

From the review JBL OnBeat — A simple system, a simple pleasure

"The JBL OnBeat is a simple, stand-alone iPod/iPhone/iPad docking speaker system that delivers on sound. Based on my experience, I think it would be a good addition to a den, office, or bedroom. If your i-Device is looking for a home, the JBL OnBeat just might be for you."

— Ralph, Crutchfield Blog Editor and A/V Writer

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with docking iPods, iPhones, and iPads
  • compatible with iPad and iPad 2
  • two JBL Phoenix SE full-range speakers
  • automatically charges player while 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
  • remote
  • AC power adapter
  • 10-13/16"W x 5-3/4"H x 5-5/16"D
  • 1.9 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • iPod/iPhone/iPad speaker dock
  • AC power adapter (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (with installed 3V CR2025 lithium battery)
  • iPod/iPhone adapter clip
  • iPad adapter clip
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty sheet
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Offer sheet for free iPod 2 bracket

JBL OnBeat™ Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

JBL OnBeat™

Anonymous from Staunton, VA on 5/10/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent quality sound.



Wont Charge

Superbee from Centre,Al on 1/18/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased my unit in 2011 and it sounded great however after about 8 months the unit would not charge our I Pad so Crutchfield replaced it. Crutchfield was no problem and fixed the unit no questions asked. Now the new unit is doing the same thing as the first one and it is now considered out of warranty. I tried to have the unit repaired through JBL but they were of no help and in fact quite rude about it. I would say the unit sounds good and you will enjoy it for less than a year. Not sure if it is worth the money.

Pros: Great Sound and very portable

Cons: Unit has issues with charging the attached IPad

Great JBL product!

Karl F. from Ocean City, NJ on 5/30/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a great sounding, nice-looking JBL speaker / dock unit.... we are very pleased with it. It's just what I expected from the JBL name and, of course, a highly recommended retailer such as Crutchfield.

Pros: Appearance, size, sound, value for the $$$.

Cons: Power supply cord/transformer pack does take up some space.

Love love this little gadget

Angelnet from Winter haven, Fla on 4/2/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I absolutely love this speaker it's perfect for what I'm using it for, and everybody that sees it wants one. I read a review that it does not charge the iPad/iPhone it does mine, at any rate I am happy that I purchased the JBL speaker for my iPhone and iPad. So kudos to the maker

Pros: It does what is expected

Cons: None

Pretty good

Jonny from Irvine, CA on 2/28/2012

Great little dock for the money. I really like it!



Great dock!

JulieS from Cleveland on 2/27/2012

So simple and easy to use. Super portable with good sound. Great for the money!



Great dock for the money

Gary J from Boston, MA on 2/22/2012

I love this dock. Simple, to the point, good sound quality and not a lot of money. Perfect!



Great Sound, but does not charge I-Pod

DJ from KY on 10/13/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sound for a great price and JBL quality. But the one feature I liked it does not perform, it does not charge my I-Pod as indicated when docked, so I have to make sure its fully charged before heading down to the firepit.




Hands-on research

Product Research


Overview: The JBL OnBeat is a high-performance loudspeaker system for the Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The JBL OnBeat delivers realistic, high-output sound from your Apple device via dual Phoenix full-range transducers with computer-optimized DSP equalization for a richly detailed 360-degree soundstage. A universal dock connector firmly docks your iPod, iPhone, or iPad, and lets you rotate iPod and iPhone screens to portrait or landscape orientation for the best video display. The JBL OnBeat docking station features an IR remote that puts you in full control of system functions and music navigation from across the room. The included AC power supply keeps your Apple device charged when docked. With an optional composite cable (sold separately), the JBL OnBeat system can even send video content on to your TV.

Compact Design: The JBL OnBeat dock is compact enough to fit just about anywhere in your home or office. The docking system measures only 10.875" (w) x 5.75" (h) x 6.25" (d), and weighs 1.9 lbs.

JBL Phoenix Transducers: The JBL OnBeat docking system is a great-sounding home entertainment system in the JBL tradition. Dual JBL Phoenix full-range transducers with 7.5-watt x 2-chanel amplification and computer-optimized DSP equalization deliver impressive frequency response (70Hz - 20kHz) with minimal distortion, even at high output levels. You'll hear your favorite music with accuracy and detail you wouldn't have thought possible from a system this size.

High-Output Digital Power: The JBL OnBeat docking station features a powerfully tuned digital audio path. The clean digital amplification delivers high-output, crystal-clear sound.

Apple Device Dock Connector: The JBL OnBeat'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 11/6/2012):

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 1.3 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
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 1.3.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
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
6th* 1.01 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 5.1.1 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
4th 6.0 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
5th* 6.0 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 5.1.1 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
4 6.0 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
4S 6.0 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
5* 6.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
iPad 1 6.0 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
2 6.0 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
3 6.0 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
4* 6.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
iPad mini 1* 6.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
  • *The iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5, iPad 4, and iPad mini will require the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter or Lightning to 30-pin cable (both, sold separately) in order to dock with this system.
  • 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 speaker dock includes two adapter clips: 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.

Note: There is an offer that comes with the JBL OnBeat for a free iPad 2 bracket.

Rotating Dock: When an iPod or iPhone device is docked in the JBL OnBeat 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.

Note: You cannot rotate the dock when an iPad device is docked.

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 speaker dock, its video output will automatically be set to Off, even if it was turned On before you docked the device.

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.

Side-Panel Volume Controls: Convenient side-panel controls let you raise or lower volume ,and mute or un-mute the system with just the press of your finger.

Note: The Power button is located on the rear-panel.

USB Port: The JBL OnBeat 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 sold separately.

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.

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

Note: The JBL OnBeat 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 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 speaker dock.

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