Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - —BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

The JBL OnBeat Xtreme was the best iPhone/iPad dock that we laid our hands on last year. This year, the com­pany has launched the OnBeat Rum­ble wire­less speaker dock, aimed pri­mar­ily at the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini with the light­ning con­nec­tor dock. Other de­vices can also hook up, but wire­lessly. JBL has launched a good Mu­sicFlow app for you to play the files, but it is not a ne­ces­sity. While the de­sign of the Rum­ble is trendy, it is also minimalist. There are but­tons for power, source, vol­ume as well as Bass and Club modes. There are no nav­i­ga­tion but­tons on the de­vice and this means to go up and down the playlist, es­pe­cially when you are play­ing from a USB or us­ing the Aux­il­iary port, there is just the re­mote. Rum­ble uses HAR­MAN’s TrueStream tech­nol­ogy and this en­sures a loss­less play­back while stream­ing mu­sic from a phone or tablet. We think you will be us­ing the stream­ing more than the dock with this de­vice. The sound is full and you wouldn’t need to up the vol­ume be­yond 50 per cent if there is no party at home. If there is a party, you can up the vol­ume and press the Bass and Club but­tons to cre­ate the best at­mos­phere. This de­vice is a bit par­tial to bass, but the down-fir­ing sub­woofer re­duces dis­tor­tion. We felt it does cre­ate a rum­ble at the higher vol­ume lev­els. Though ideal for play­ing Shaggy’s Boom­bas­tic, the Rum­ble is not found want­ing with Jagjit Singh ei­ther.

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