JBL OnBeat Xtreme

85
Global
Score
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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JBL OnBeat Xtreme review

Summary

If you’re looking to throw down some coin on a Bluetooth-enabled dock, this bad boy delivers superb sound quality and no-fuss connectivity.

from $399.99+
Pros
  • Stellar sound qualityStylish designFast and easy-to-configure wireless connectivity
Cons
  • Top panel is a fingerprint- and smudge-magnetTardy response from on-board controlsSelecting EQ modes can be frustrating
JBL OnBeat Xtreme review

We've been following the onslaught of AirPlay / Bluetooth speaker systems in recent months, carefully combing through the prospects to find the true contenders. We were recently impressed by Klipsch's Gallery G-17 Air and now we've given the JBL OnBeat Xtreme a testdrive. This beast is step up from the regular ol' OnBeat dock, both in stature and cost. Priced a cool $500... it's sandwiched between the pricey B&W Zeppelin Air and the more modest iHome iW1. So is the JBL dock extreme enough to warrant a purchase? We've been blasting beats through this bad boy for a fortnight, so read on to find out if you should snatch one up for yourself.

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Breakdown

Audio quality
9.0
Design and form factor
7.3
Durability
8.0
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Specs

OnBeat

Type
Speaker dock (iPad)
Power output
120(max) W
Connections
3.5mm stereo, Bluetooth
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Specs

OnBeat

Type
Speaker dock (iPad)
Power output
120(max) W
Connections
3.5mm stereo, Bluetooth
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