Portable audio docks have been around and docks designed specially for Apple’s iPod, iPhone and iPads have been in plenty. JBL has a ton of these docks and we’ve reviewed quite a few of them. Apart from a few features here and there, they are almost identical. There are a few things that make the On Air Wireless a little different.
The most prominent and important feature of the JBL On Air Wireless is its ability to use Apple’s AirPlay technology. The technology works over any Wi-Fi router and it lets users stream music from iPods, iPhones, iPads and also Macs to the speaker. We setup the On Air Wireless with a Buffalo router without any issues. The installation was straightforward and it took place without any glitches.
Stylish and available in two colours
The menu on the dock is simple to understand. The Settings menu allows you to select the router you wish to connect to. Once that’s done, the same needs to be done on the device you’re playing the music from. Selecting the output device on the Apple device is the last step of the process.
Very little difference from other JBL docks for Apple devices
The display on the dock is used for navigating through the menus of the dock, but also to display album art, once you start streaming music from the docked player or even wirelessly.
The JBL On Air Wireless is rated with a frequency response range between 20 and 20kHz. The dock has a pair of 7W channel speakers. The Wi-Fi module on the dock supports 802.11g, which means theoretically, it has a bandwidth of 54Mbps. Even with obstructions, it should be able to stream music fine.
USB port, meant for the firmware upgrades
There’s FM radio support as well. An external port for connecting the bundled antenna is present at the rear of the dock. The dock also doubles as an alarm that you can place right next to your bed. There’s a large snooze button at the top of the device, so you don’t have to scamper around to find it.
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