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JBL unveils first two Lightning-enabled speaker docks

Those who bought an iPhone 5 sacrificed the ability to use the new gadget with their existing speaker docks, thanks to the phone's smaller Lightning connector. But fret not, tech-savvy music fans.

JBL audio has announced the first wave of Lightning-enabled speaker docks, compatible with the latest iOS devices, including the iPhone 5, iPad mini, newest iPad, and the latest iPod nano and iPod touch products.

The company has unveiled two products: the JBL OnBeat Venue LT, a tabletop speaker dock, and the more compact OnBeat Micro.

JBL has not announced UK pricing yet, though, on the US version of their website, the Venue LT and Micro are priced at $200 (£126) and $100 (£63), respectively.

First up, there's the OnBeat Venue LT, which offers 30 Watts of amplification and dual full-range drivers for "high definition sound," JBL said. The Venue LT is essentially a Lightning-friendly version of JBL's existing Venue speaker dock.

The device is equipped with Bluetooth, and can be paired with up to eight devices for wireless audio streaming. The device also has a movie button, which activates an extra-wide sound field, perfect for watching films and videos.

The Venue LT actually has a Lightning dock connector on it, so when it is plugged in, it will also charge your device. And it won't just work with the newest iDevices. It also carries an auxiliary input, allowing you to plug in "practically any audio device, including an MP3 player, smartphone, tablet or laptop computer," according to JBL.

Meanwhile, if you're looking for something a little smaller and less expensive, JBL has you covered with the OnBeat Micro, for on-the-go use.

It can operate for up to five hours on battery power, and features a USB port for charging other devices while out and about. With the lower price point, however, you won't get wireless streaming capability, and the dock will not work with an iPad.

Both accessories are "coming soon."

JBL isn't the first company to release Lightning-enabled accessories. Earlier this month, Belkin unveiled a Lightning-enabled car charger and charge-and-sync dock.