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iPod docks might have al­most killed the mu­sic sys­tem, but an iPad dock is still a rar­ity. JBL hopes to change this with its on­Beat Xtreme. And when they say Xtreme it is no mar­ket­ing gim­mick. This is an ex­treme ma­chine, right from the de­sign to its sound.

The de­vice can play from an iPod or an iPhone—the dock ex­pands to hold an iPad ver­ti­cally, and flips over to a hor­i­zon­tal po­si­tion if needed. The sec­ond po­si­tion is what we pre­ferred for it is ideal for watch­ing movies on and even bet­ter to just surf from the desk­top. The dock ac­tu­ally frees your hands for a lot of other things while us­ing the iPad. For in­stance, you can watch a movie while you lean back on a chair, or have a Skype chat with the en­tire fam­ily in front of the dock.

Be­fore you start playing mu­sic through the dock, down­load the JBL On­Beat app from the App Store. It is def­i­nitely not bet­ter than iTunes, but is still good to just flip through the songs. The app also lets you select whether you want to play the songs through air or phys­i­cally through the port on which the iPad is im­paled. The se­lec- tion can also be made from the but­tons on the right side of the dock—the source but­ton changes colour to show where the mu­sic is com­ing from.

But the best fea­ture of this de­vice has to be the sound. Do not even dream of playing the 120W dock at full vol­ume, un­less you are hav­ing a wed­ding at home. We re­ally like the bass in the de­vice, set at a level where a Jagjit Singh melody and TubThump­ing sound the same. And the sound stays the same even if the iPad is in the next room. And the shape of the speaker with four am­pli­fiers fac­ing dif­fer­ent sides is such that the sound throw is al­most 360 de­grees. There is also a handy re­mote to con­trol the mu­sic, as well as the iPad from wher­ever you are. There is an aux­il­iary in port to play from other de­vices.

The price can be bit of a put-off, but re­mem­ber this is one-stop mu­sic shop for all your de­vices, prefer­ably of the Ap­ple kind.


Best iPad dock, su­perb sound


JBL ON­BEAT XTREME Price: 24,990


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