JBL ships UFO-style iBT Bluetooth speaker

The JBL On Tour iBT is a compact, Bluetooth speaker that's shaped like a UFO. It's now available for $199.99 and comes with an iPad stand.

The battery-powered JBL On Tour iBT includes an iPad stand--but not an iPad--for $199.99. JBL

Add one more portable Bluetooth speaker to the growing list as JBL has announced that its mini UFO speaker, the On Tour iBT, is now available for $199.99.

The On Tour iBT weighs slightly more than a pound, is battery-powered and comes with a tabletop stand to "display an iPad in portrait or landscape mode so it can serve as an impromptu home theater or the audio output to a video conference."

While JBL is certainly eyeing iPad owners as its target audience, the unit works just fine with Android tablets and smartphones, as well as any other Bluetooth-enabled devices (it works with the common A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles).

JBL says the On Tour iBT features four Odyssey full-range neodymium transducers with computer-optimized DSP (digital signal processing) equalization "for richly detailed, 360-degree sound." The unit also has a built-in microphone so it can be used as a speakerphone for conference calls, and it's powered by four AA batteries or an included AC adapter.

A fresh set of those batteries will get you up to 5 hours of playback time at full volume, but it's a shame the unit isn't equipped with a rechargeable lithium ion battery.

While the On Tour iBT doesn't have any sort of dock, it does have a USB port that will charge an iPad, iPhone, iPod, and other smartphones (cable not included) when connected to a wall outlet.

We haven't heard this one yet, so you'll have to wait till we get our hands on a review sample to let you know how it sounds. But feel free to comment on the design in the meantime. Are we digging the speakerphone/UFO styling or not?

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