It is amazing to see how many different brands and models of Apple iPhone and iPod speaker docks have emerged in the last couple of years. The numbers are staggering. Altec Lansing, Samsung, Pioneer, Behringer are among the widely popular competing brands vying for consumer attention. The JBL name is among the most revered in the audio marketplace. Its Rumble is the latest to join the ‘embrace Apple’ crowd, offering a great combination of features, sound quality and ease of use. If you are looking for a blast of sound that will easily fill a room on a budget, the Rumble is definitely worth a consideration. That is because it gives your Apple iPhone 5 or iPad mini the power to play it loud.
Basically, the Rumble is a wireless speaker dock featuring a built-in 4-1/2-inches (114 mm) sub-woofer and Lightning connector dock for iPhone 5 and iPad mini. It has a price tag of R19,990. New to the Apple Lightning connector, let me explain a bit here. With the introduction of the iPhone 5, Apple has left its proprietary 30-pin connector behind and introduced a new 8-pin, dynamic connector, code-named Lightning. Like the 30-pin connector, the Lightning connector is used for charging the device as well as syncing content and data and audio and video output. The new devices come with a USB 2.0-to-Lightning cable. It’s 80% smaller yet sturdier, and it’s reversible, so you don’t have to worry about which side is the top or bottom when you connect. More on it later.
Back to the Rumble. This JBL innovation does look to be a pretty great speaker, packing 50 watts of power and an oversized, down-firing sub-woofer. Like all good modern docks, the Rumble connects via wireless to your mobile phone or tablet for Bluetooth streaming. However, what sets the Rumble apart is Harman’s TrueStream technology to guarantee high quality sound.
Let’s face it, most of our audio devices are Bluetooth-capable. And we are not using them just for music; we are watching movies, playing games and accessing social content. Using advanced Harman TrueStream wireless technology, you can connect your Bluetooth-enabled devices such as your tablet, phone, MP3 player and laptop to get the best possible wireless sound quality from all of your audio, not just your music. And it automatically switches to the Bluetooth system when your audio device is connected and playing.
Out of the box, the entire package