JBL OnBeat Venue Lightning

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Take your iPhone 5 or iPad mini into a new realm. Meet the JBL® OnBeat Venue™ LT, an amazing, wireless, Bluetooth®-equipped loudspeaker dock for the latest Apple devices. Equipped with the Lightning connector, the JBL OnBeat Venue LT lets you experience true JBL® high-definition sound for music, movies, videos and games on your iPad mini, iPad (4th generation), iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation) or iPod nano (7th generation). It also wirelessly streams music from any Bluetooth-enabled device. And don’t worry about signal strength; HARMAN TrueStream™ technology guarantees the best possible wireless performance.
At a Glance:
  • Connects with iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPod devices; wirelessly streams music from any Bluetooth® device
  • Dock your iPad mini, iPad (4th generation), iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation) or iPod nano (7th generation) so it’s always charged and ready to go
  • AAC Bluetooth® streaming and HARMAN TrueStream™ technology ensure high-quality wireless audio streaming
  • 30 watts of amplifier power
  • Lightning connector for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini
  • Wireless audio streaming
  • HARMAN TrueStream technology
  • Powerful JBL drivers
  • Slipstream port technology
  • Dock charger for Lightning-equipped devices
  • Auxiliary input for additional source devices
  • Movie button
  • Up to 20kHz frequency response
What's in the box:
  • 1 JBL OnBeat Venue LT loudspeaker dock
  • 1 AC power adapter
  • Quick-start guide
We’ve designed the JBL® OnBeat Venue™ LT entertainment system to bring you the best from the latest devices. The first wireless speaker equipped with the Lightning connector, it docks and charges the latest Apple devices, including the iPad mini, iPad (4th generation), iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation) and iPod nano (7th generation). It also gives you the freedom to listen to music wirelessly from any Bluetooth®-enabled device. With the HARMAN TrueStream™ guarantee of the best possible Bluetooth performance, the JBL OnBeat Venue LT provides high-quality streaming for all your audio. This sleek, compact loudspeaker also features a pullout dock, fits neatly in any room and comes in colors that match your iPhone 5 and home décor. The most important feature of all, though, is the famous JBL® sound: the precise, naturally articulated audio that JBL engineers have installed in cinemas, arenas and recording studios worldwide.
Product Features:
  • 30 watts of amplifier power
    Small box. Big sound. No doubt. Since this little powerhouse is a JBL speaker system, you know that it will deliver great JBL sound. The JBL OnBeat Venue LT offers 30 watts of amplification – enough to get your party bouncing.
  • Lightning connector for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini
    This powerful loudspeaker includes the new Lightning connector, so it docks – and rocks – the iPad mini, iPad (4th generation), iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation) and iPod nano (7th generation). With exceptional JBL bass and the latest Apple functionality, you get both thunder and Lightning.
  • Wireless audio streaming
    Enjoy your music with high-quality AAC Bluetooth streaming. We’ve designed the JBL OnBeat Venue LT to dock your iPhone 5, but it also works with the iPad and virtually any other audio player that uses Bluetooth technology.
  • HARMAN TrueStream technology
    HARMAN TrueStream tech guarantees the best possible listening experience when you stream audio wirelessly via Bluetooth technology. Our products always use the most current, most advanced connectivity option to ensure the highest-quality sound, no matter what application or source device you use.
  • Powerful JBL drivers
    The JBL OnBeat Venue LT’s four transducers (two low-frequency and two high-frequency) provide you with room-filling sound. Experience clear highs and mids, plus exceptional bass – the true JBL sound that you’ve come to love.
  • Slipstream port technology
    Proprietary Slipstream port technology in the JBL OnBeat Venue LT gives listeners powerful, great-sounding bass with low distortion. Whether your entertainment source is docked or streaming, you’ll experience bass that you can really feel.
  • Dock charger for Lightning-equipped devices
    The JBL OnBeat Venue LT works seamlessly with your iPad mini, iPhone 5 and other Lightning-equipped Apple devices. The sliding dock also charges the device, which means that when you’re ready to undock and take on the day, so is your favorite listening device.
  • Auxiliary input for additional source devices
    Whether your device is Bluetooth-enabled or not, the JBL OnBeat Venue LT allows you to take full advantage of its incredible sound, thanks to its auxiliary-input (aux in) connection. You can plug in practically any audio device, including an MP3 player, smartphone, tablet or laptop computer.
  • Movie button
    Press the JBL OnBeat Venue LT’s Movie button to activate an extra-wide sound field that’s ideal for when you’re watching films or other video media. Press the button again to restore the normal stereo sound.
  • Up to 20kHz frequency response
    No matter where you place the JBL OnBeat Venue LT in your room, it delivers the full-range frequency response associated with exceptional sound.
Aux Connection

Auxiliary-input (aux in) connector allows you to plug into practically any audio device.

Recharges your Media Device

This speaker charges your device so you can listen longer and be ready to go at a moment's notice.

Bluetooth Connectivity

Allows you to wirelessly stream music through any Bluetooth enabled device.

Apple Lightning Connector
Supports docking functionality with every Apple Lightning 8 pin device.

HARMAN TrueStream™
HARMAN TrueStream™ brings the best possible listening experience when you stream audio via Bluetooth.

Manuals & Downloads:
Device Compatibility:
Apple Lightning
General Specifications:
Power Requirement
Input:100V-240V 50/60Hz; Output:12V 2A
Power Consumption
24W maximum, 1W standby
Amplifier Power
15W x 2
Audio Specifications:
Input Impedance
(aux) 8 ohms
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
S/N @ 1W output 75dB; S/N @6.5W output 80dB
Frequency Response
20Hz – 20kHz (EQ flat)
Speaker Specifications:
2x JBL Full-range transducers
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JBL OnBeat Venue Lightning is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Please Change ONE thing!! I have found this problem with all iphone 5 docking stations... the male port is too short (go ahead, insert joke here!!). Anyone who buys an $800 cell phone is surely going to have some kind of nice cover on it and the male charging unit ALL iphone 5 docks, including this one, cannot connect to the female receptor without removing the cover. Aggravating to take the cover on and off every time I want to dock the phone. The sound and bluetooth capability make up for it, but barely. So please JBL, create a manual mechanism where the user can extend the length of the male charging unit so we can stop removing the cover when we want to dock the iphone 5.
Date published: 2013-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durable, awesome sounding product I bought one of these back in 2013 (almost 4 years ago), and it's still an amazing piece of hardware. By the time I bought it Apple was still using the 30 pin connector, so this only feature is outdated. However, its other features, like bluetooth, cable connection and incredible sound quality are still rocking! If I were to give you all an advice, this is a must have for your living room, bedroom, or anywhere you want to listen to good music with an outstanding sound quality. I've had it for almost 4 years now, and this little box will be rocking for many more years to come!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound Pro: It has an aesthetically pleasing design, 30 watts fills a good size room (Quality Lab), with multiple conversations going on, without being over-bearing, (and that's at Volume #3). Great bass response, BT pairs cleanly across room, even when switching devices or when line of sight is interrupted by bodies. Con: I wished it had a remote for control when iPod/iPad is docked, so we use BT to give us control from our desks with speaker in middle of room. I've not used it docking with an iPod, so I don't know about the auto-timed shut-off others have mentioned here, as I'm not using it this way due to lack of a remote.
Date published: 2012-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sound, Terrible Bedside Dock The sound is wonderful but my intention was to use this at my bedside to charge my phone and to allow me to use my phone as an alarm clock, but for some weird reason somehow someone at JBL never thought anybody would want to do that, so apparently they have the speakers turn off after a short time of not being used so they won't activate in the morning when the alarm goes off. They are however kind enough to absorb my audio output so that the phone's own speakers won't play my alarm music either, so there's no sound at all in the morning so I apparently can't use this thing the way I wanted to. It would appear that there is some kind of firmware update possible so perhaps they will read this and fix the problem. Until then I have a kind of useless charging stand with really great speakers. What do you say JBL guys?
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Speaker I picked up the JBL OnBeat Venue about 2 months ago and I am very pleased with how it performs. It has a lot of power for its size and the audio quality is superb. I use it with my iPhone 5 and iPad mini both wirelessly and through the lighting connector. The build quality far exceeds other speakers I've seen for this price range. If you love listening to music like I do and want a great speaker that's affordable I would highly recommend this!
Date published: 2014-08-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tragic Flaw in the First Lightning Speaker Dock. Received the first Lightning compatible iPhone dock, the JBL OnBeat Venue Lightning today and it makes me sad. I love the way it sounds, unfortunately, it was too hastily released. The flaw in this speaker / dock relates to the operation of a "radio stream" from the iPhone 5 and the power saving timer JBL seems to have designed with a serious flaw. Bluetooth works perfectly from both my MacBook Pro and my iPhone to the dock, with no timeout issues. Unfortunately when connected to the lightning dock and playing a stream from a radio app (RadioSeven), the speaker turns itself off every few minutes. Further, I attempted to work around this flaw by using the dock to charge only, and streaming audio over Bluetooth. This does not work. I have my phone set to not lock the display, so I know that the command is coming from the JBL device. I am reasonably certain it is due to the way that streaming apps output audio through the lightning connector v. the ipod function of the phone. This still could have been corrected prior to release. There is really no excuse for using customers as beta testers, especially when there are literally three lightning compatible devices. This testing should have been completed at the expense of JBL, not an unsuspecting customer expecting a quality product from a company that used to pride itself on quality. I have several rather high-end systems in my home and expect quality from my audio products. I understand that a $200 speaker is not high-end per se but it should work. I am not expecting $15k worth of performance here, just simply a product that works and sounds decent. So the options are: 1. Run to the OnBeat Venue Lightning every few minutes to turn it back on. 2. Don't use radio apps. 3. Buy a dock from another manufacturer who does not incorporate faulty design into a product for release. JBL: I am very disappointed. If you need beta testers please ask, don't expect me to pay for your product and then test it for you.
Date published: 2012-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Already Broken There must of been a rush to market. After a couple times using it, the speakers lightning connector is defective and will not pass music to the speaker. It did sound nice the couple times it worked. Really hoping I just got a defective unit and JBL quality has not slid that much to cash-in on the holiday shopper.
Date published: 2012-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect For my Kitchen Just picked this up, only streaming plus dock for my new ipad...so cool, but the audio is the best part......get this quick
Date published: 2012-12-11
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