JBL On Air Wireless Test

JBL On Air Wireless Test

Since the introduction of Airplay functionality with iOS 4.2 by Apple, many manufacturers have given themselves the word in order to offer their solution for broadcasting multimedia multimedia content wirelessly. One of them is none other than JBL, a company belonging to the Harman group.

The idea is to be able to “play” the titles of the iTunes library via the airwaves, by reproducing them on the speakers present in his home. A technology which certainly has the wind in its sails, and which is likely to hit the mark with our homes.

JBL has kept the ergonomics of its legendary “On Time”, with a captivating sound, strictly the image of its circular design. This technique seems to have proven itself and it is through this that the manufacturer presents its latest jewel to date, capable of detecting and reproducing any frequency from iTunes, iPhone, iPod or even of the iPad.

Of course, it is always possible to place your iDevice there, thanks to the appropriate “dock”; but it is also possible to amplify the music of its directory, wirelessly, thanks to Airplay and provided that one is in possession of a device equipped with an iOS 4.2 at least, or a version of iTunes of the very latest generation.

The time has come to present you this new machine of all lusts and which intends to seduce you, but not at any price …

The main features

– Thanks to Airplay, wirelessly streams all music from the iTunes library (Mac / PC), iPhone, iPod, or iPad; from iOS 4.2.

– Thanks to the central position of a color LCD screen, the information (cover – title) is displayed throughout the listening.

– Ensures controlled playback either via the integrated control panel, or via the remote control provided, or via the “music” application of your iDevice.

– Recharge the iPhone or iPod when the latter is inserted in the docking station.

– Embeds an FM radio with RDS.

– Legacy “On Time” requires, a clock with double alarm is also integrated.

– Device certified to European CE standards.

The contents of the packaging

The JBL On Air Wireless base station The adapter (iPhone / iPod) placed on the usual 30-pin connector The FM antenna cable for optimal reception of radio stations The remote control with battery The power supply connects to the electrical network (110-240v compatible) The manual in 3 languages ​​including French

The review in detail

Put the brand new JBL On Air Wireless (left) next to your old brother JBL On Time (right), the urge was too strong for our writing.

We quickly notice a most astonishing resemblance; essentially combines this 360 HALO (Horizontal Acoustic Level Optimization) design capable of producing the most beneficial sound spatialization, thanks to the three transducers hidden under the rounded grid, and which had already proven itself when it was introduced in 2006 on the “On Time. "

The first thing that jumps out at you: this large central screen that displays the time when there is no other programming. A comfortable "display" that will dim depending on the brightness (adjustable) in the room.

A short press on one of the contextual keys (menu) and it is all the main functions of the machine which are seen scrolling on the screen.

The rear connector, which can supply the dock with 12v via the AC adapter, insert a USB key to perform device firmware updates, or connect the supplied FM antenna cable.

Still like its year “On Time”, we find the exact copy of this standard upper button which has only one and only function linked to the alarm if the latter is programmed (a short press and the reminder of alarm will be active; a long press and the latter will be deactivated).

The multiple possibilities to listen to your music

JBL On Air Wireless allows listening from different sources. Classic modes that are no longer present such as AUX mode (via the 3.5mm compatible mini-jack plug) or radio mode, thanks to the integrated FM tuner.

Among the usual modes, it would be a shame to skip the listening function via the dock (iPod mode), well known to everyone, and which allows simultaneous recharging of their iDevice.

Finally, and all the honor goes to this great novelty present within the device, it is obviously about the use of technology signed Apple and which is no longer present: Airplay.

You just need to select the chosen source from your iDevice and make sure that the JBL station is “connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

The song, but also the cover of the song will be displayed on the respective screens, throughout the music listening.

And if by chance, you want to take control of “AirPlay” distance while the latter is already in full use via another source, everything is planned and you will only have to wait your turn …

Before concluding…

Specifications in figures:

Audio streaming (Airplay technology) compatible with iTunes 10.1 and higher, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch and iPad Compatibility with Wi-Fi networks using 802.11b / g2 speakers for bass / medium and 1 loudspeaker for the “aige” range Nominal power: 2 x 7w RMSConsumption: <2W (standby); 22W (maximum) Dimensions: 238mm x 280mm x 198mm Weight: 1.69Kg Available in black OR in white

The big plus:

– An unusual 360 design, which will look great in all good thatched cottages.

– An omnipresent sound in the room where the musical station is contained, thanks to this sound spatialization, linked to the 3 speakers (transducers) provided in a studied manner all around the arcade of the craft.

– Quick installation of the assembly and connection to the family Wi-Fi network without head socket.

The minuses:

– The price of 349: far too high for a music dock that only delivers 2 x 7w RMS and that we generally find with similar performances (excluding Airplay) for half the price. Would the simple addition of Airplay functionality have given the importer wings?

– A good quality of sound reproduction which does not entail a prime edge. In frequencies, we would have liked a better presence at the bass.

– Slight jerks stand out when listening to streaming. A disadvantage that we hope to see rectified thanks to a firmware update of the machine (which it is possible to carry out via the USB port or via Wi-Fi (OTA – Over The Air).

In conclusion :

JBL On Air Wireless, a product that is against the emergence of new clean Apple features, and which may prove to be a solution perfectly suited to today's world, where the use of wireless technologies is becoming ubiquitous .

The device has more than one trick up its sleeve to seduce, not only through its new functionalities, but also by its particular design which attracts at first glance, thanks to its atypical design. hope to see corrected in a more or less near future by the manufacturer, and which we have mentioned in the previous section.

And if you are one of the “early adopters” who want to take advantage of it as quickly as possible, know that the device is available for sale since the beginning of this summer in all the good brands. However if you have a little patience, and As is the case some time after the launch of the “On Time” model, it will certainly be possible to get it for a much more “rikiki” price in the coming months.

Product: JBL On Air Wireless Importer: Harman Recommended retail price: 349.00 Availability: It can be found at Media Markt, Cora, Colruyt, Trafic, Fnac, Krefel (Auchamps and Cactus in Luxembourg) as well as all good dealers and resellers.