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JBL OnBeat Venue LT

Bluetooth® powered speaker system with iPhone 5®/iPad mini® Lightning™ connector dock

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Overview

Our take on the JBL OnBeat Venue LT

If you're the proud owner of an iPhone 5, iPad mini, 4th generation iPad®, 7 th generation iPod nano®, or 5 th generation iPod touch®, then you already know — the Lightning connectors of these Apple portables are incompatible with the standard 30-pin docks of older speaker systems.

A new system for new Apple devices

If you're the proud owner of an iPhone 5, iPad mini, 4th generation iPad®, 7th generation iPod nano®, or 5th generation iPod touch®, then you already know — the Lightning connectors of these Apple portables are incompatible with the standard 30-pin docks of older speaker systems.

The JBL OnBeat Venue LT solves that problem. It features a Lightning connector in its dock. Your brand-new Apple portable can charge up while you play your music through this powerful sounding speaker system.

Bluetooth wireless streaming

With the Venue, connectivity's not an issue. Sure, the built-in dock will only accommodate Lightning connector Apple portables, but any Bluetooth device can pair with this speaker system for wireless music playback. So older iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches can stream music to the Venue. And so can Android™ smartphones and tablets — as well as Bluetooth-compatible Mac® and PC laptops.

Get great sound from your player, docked or wireless

The Venue LT features two full-range speakers that deliver clear, full sound. Bass ports in the cabinet reinforce the low tones. Sophisticated electronics ensure the system reproduces your Bluetooth-streamed audio with the best possible sound. And with 30 watts of amplification, you'll get plenty of sound to fill just about any room.

Movie button

Streaming music from your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth is a great way to listen hassle-free. With the Venue LT, streaming the soundtrack from the video you're watching or game your playing is just as handy. The system's Movie button switches the speakers from normal stereo to a much wider sound field that makes your viewing experience even more engaging.

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What's in the Box:

  • Lightning Connector + Bluetooth speaker dock
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 58" DC cord)
  • 59" AC power cord
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

Product Highlights:

  • Lightning connector dock works with iPhone 5, 4th generation iPad, iPad mini, 5th generation iPod touch, 7th generation iPod nano
  • compatible with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets, portable game consoles, and computers
  • automatically charges player while docked
  • system power: 15 watts x 2
  • 2 full-range speakers
  • bass ports reinforce low frequencies
  • auxiliary stereo minijack input
  • AC power adapter
  • 16-3/8"W x 5-3/16"H x 7-7/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Overview: The JBL OnBeat Venue LT powered speaker features an integrated Lighting-Connector dock to connect the latest iPods, iPhones, and iPads; as well a built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from your smartphone or tablet, and a 3.5mm auxiliary input to connect almost any portable audio device with a headphone output. You can also download the free MusicFlow app for your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad in order to enjoy a more custom user experience.

Powerful JBL Sound: The JBL OnBeat Venue LT features two full-range transducers powered by a 30W digital amplifier to produce room-filling sound with clear highs, detailed mids, and punchy bass. Proprietary Slipstream port technology in the JBL OnBeat Venue LT gives your even more powerful, great-sounding bass with lower distortion. The unit offers Bass Boost to enhance bass performance, and Movie Mode which creates an extra-wide sound field. The powered speaker has a frequency response of 60Hz to 20kHz.

Lightning-Connector Dock: The JBL OnBeat Venue LT powered speaker is fitted with a retractable and flexible Lightning Connector (8-pin) Dock which supports connection of Apples iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5, iPad 4, and iPad mini. The unit provides audio playback of music stored on your compatible Apple device, as well as music apps downloaded to your compatible Apple iOS device. Your compatible Apple device's battery will charge while docked and the powered speaker is turned on. You will continue to use your Apple device to control your music and view song/artist information. Its recommended that you disable the "Shake to Shuffle" feature on your iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5, iPad 4, and iPad mini before docking it to this unit.

Note: The JBL OnBeat Venue LT does not support the docking of Apple iPods, iPhone, and iPads with the earlier 30-pin dock connector.

Built-in Bluetooth A2DP: The JBL OnBeat Venue LT supports Bluetooth A2DP for wireless audio streaming from a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device; such as your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, or computer/laptop. You can wirelessly stream music stored on your Bluetooth-enabled device or music apps downloaded to your device to the JBL powered speaker. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device for music control and metadata display. With Secure Simple Pairing (SSP), you can easily pair your Bluetooth-enabled device to the JBL OnBeat Venue LT without having to enter pin codes or go through complicated settings (use "0000" if your device requires a pairing code).

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 speaker system.

JBL MusicFlow App: The free, downloadable MusicFlow app from iTunes lets you customize your listening experience from your Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (iOS 4.2 or later). You'll be able to create custom playlists, edit mixes, adjust volume and EQ presets, and browse album artwork. EQ presets include Movie, Rock, Jazz, Basic, and Gaming. Your compatible Apple device can be connected via the Lightning Dock connector or Bluetooth.

iPod Compatibility Chart: The JBL OnBeat Venue LT is "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible & supports the following iPod, iPhone, & iPad model features (as of 12/17/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Connection Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Lighting Connector Bluetooth A2DP Audio Video Unit Apple Device MusicFlow App Song/Artist Text Track Info
video 5th 1.3 N N N N N N N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 N N N N N N N N N N
120GB 2.0.1 N N N N N N N N N N
160GB 2.0.4 N N N N N N N N N N
nano 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 N N N N N N N N N N
3rd 1.1.3 N N N N N N N N N N
4th 1.0.4 N N N N N N N N N N
5th 1.0.2 N N N N N N N N N N
6th 1.1 PC N N N N N N N N N N
7th 1.01 PC Y Y Y N N Y N N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 N N N N N N N N N N
2nd 4.2.1 N Y Y N N Y Y N N N
3rd 5.1.1 N Y Y N N Y Y N N N
4th 6.0.1 N Y Y N N Y Y N N N
5th 6.0.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 N N N N N N N N N N
3G 4.2.1 N Y Y N N Y Y N N N
3GS 5.1.1 N Y Y N N Y Y N N N
4 6.0.1 N Y Y N N Y Y N N N
4S 6.0.1 N Y Y N N Y Y N N N
5 6.0.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y N N Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 N Y Y N N Y Y N N N
2 6.0.1 N Y Y N N Y Y N N N
3 6.0.1 N Y Y N N Y Y N N N
4 6.0.1 Y Y Y N N Y Y N N Y
iPad mini 1 6.0.1 Y Y Y N N 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 wait until a newer software update is available.

Auxiliary Input: The JBL OnBeat Venue LT is fitted with a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of non-Lighting Connector and non-Bluetooth devices. The unit's 3.5mm auxiliary input will work with most any portable audio device with a 3.5mm headphone output.

External Power Supply: The OnBeat Venue LT operates off of standard household current using the supplied AC power adapter and cord.

  • Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz, 1.5A (max)
  • Output: 18V - 2.5A

Auto Standby: When the OnBeat Venue LT is on, it will automatically enter the standby mode after 10 minutes of inactivity (no audio input and no user-control operation).

Firmware Upgrade: You can upgrade the OnBeat Venue LT's firmware from within the JBL MusicFlow App that is installed on your docked iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. When your compatible Apple iOS device is docked in your JBL OnBeat Venue, tap the "Firmware Upgrade" button within the app and it will compare the OnBeat Venue's firmware version with the latest version available on-line. If a newer version is available, the MusicFlow app will notify you that a firmware upgrade is available.

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Updated dock and outstanding sound

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 12/27/2012 3:01:00 PM

The JBL OnBeat Venue LT features a Lightning connector dock, making it one of the few (at the time of this writing) speaker systems you can dock an iPhone 5 to. But the Venue does more than provide a home for your 2012 or later Apple portable. It also provides some great sound, too.

The Venue's simple enough to use right out the box — which was fortunate. We had a pre-release version to try out in the Lab, and there were no instructions with it! Controls are minimal, with just power, source selection (aux in, dock, or Bluetooth®), bass boost and movie mode.

The overall sound is nice and full as is. With the Bass Boost my music really packed a punch. And Movie Mode performed as I expected. It was easier to make out dialogue. The system was easy to pair with a Bluetooth device. In the Labs it took but a few seconds for our Android™ tablet to find the Venue and start streaming audio to it.

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