I’m a huge proponent of Sonos.  It’s the premium in home wireless streaming music system, though there in lies the rub; it’s for home use only.  So if you’re still seeking an iPhone 5 compatible speaker solution, you might want to look at JBL’s latest offerings, which includes the Venue, and now the just announced OnBeat Rumble.

Packing 50-watts of power, and a built-in 4.5-inch sub, I’m relatively confident this speaker system will pump out some decent sound.  Like the Venue, there is a Lightning dock to charge and playback tunes, though JBL has also packed in Bluetooth in the mix for those still sporting a 30-pin device or a non-Apple handset.  HARMAN, which owns JBL, has also folded in their TrueStream technology when you’re streaming audio from a wireless device, but that said, don’t expect to find WiFi or Airplay support.  I can only assume the JBL OnBeat Rumble sports an AUX input as well as a USB input, especially since its costs a whopping $399 – $200 more than the Venue – sometime this Spring.

I’ll try and score a hands on at CES.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."