Conclusion: A top performer, the JBL OnBeat Xtreme is a very powerful wireless Bluetooth streaming speaker system with the ability to dock, charge, and sync iPads, iPods, and iPhones.
Pros: Streams audio wirelessly via Bluetooth. Strong audio performance. Powerful bass response with no distortion at high volumes. Docks iPad in vertical or horizontal mode—also docks iPods and iPhone. Acts as a speakerphone for incoming calls on iPhone. Syncs iOS devices with USB connected computers.
Cons: Expensive. Visual design isn't for everyone. EQ settings are unnecessary, can't be turned off.
Excerpt: Like the Bayan Audio 7, JBL's Onbeat Xtreme speaker dock pumps out 120W of thumping tunes from your iPhone or iPad, but you can use other devices too, courtesy of a built-in Bluetooth connection. Which should you go for? Check out what we made of them both in the group test video above.
Excerpt: Here's a product that had three strikes with me before I ever heard it. First there's the name, which seems more appropriate for a Frito-Lay product. Then there's the lineage: JBL's smaller, less-expensive docks never impressed me. Last, Maroon 5 appears in the ads. What, I ask rhetorically, would the creators of "Moves Like Jagger" know about sound quality?
Conclusion: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme may look funny, but it is the best all-around iPod speaker dock we’ve tested to date. It offers the best combination of features, sound quality and ease of use, making it a little easier to get over its odd shape and design. We feel this speaker dock sets the bar for the $500-$600 price class, and gladly give it our Editor’s Choice award.
Pros: Fantastic sound quality both docked and wireless, Easy Bluetooth pairing, Excellent remote, Solid build quality, Landscape mode for iPhone or iPod
Cons: EQ options are not necessary, JBL “OnBeat” app not necessary, Speakerphone sound quality not great
Excerpt: Yes, there’s something kitschy about the 1990’s-style “xtreme!” name, but OnBeat Xtreme is otherwise a sophisticated evolution of JBL’s earlier iPod and iPhone audio systems, with enough extra polish and class to match its price tag. As a considerably larger and more powerful version of the previously-released OnBeat , OnBeat Xtreme uses the same X-like “weave” industrial design and rotating central dock as before, but is so much better executed across the board that it...
Excerpt: The JBL OnBeat Xtreme sets itself apart from other similar iPod , iPhone and iPad speaker docks by not only by sporting a much heavier price-tag but by also providing excellent audio performance.
Excerpt: Vid en första anblick kan JBL:s nya iPhone/iPad-docka med tillhörande högtalare se lite underlig ut. Tittar man igen förändras inte nödvändigtvis det intrycket. Men det är först när man packar upp den rätt bastanta tingesten som man inser att den egentligen är rätt snygg. Och lätt att installera är den också.