JBL Horizon black: http://amzn.to/1Jadwp3 (Amazon Germany)
JBL Horizon white: http://amzn.to/1T0dENy (Amazon Germany)
Spinido iPhone Dock: http://amzn.to/1T0dF48 (Amazon Germany)
The JBL Horizon is a multi-functional night stand accessoire. Its main purpose is a bluetooth speaker system (2 x 5W with 70Hz – 20kHz) with dual USB charging ports. However, it is also capable of being an alarm clock, an FM radio tuner and a wake-up light. In my opinion, this is the exact order its features should be looked at.
Talking about audio quality: the acoustics are quite good for being that simple and small, it has a strong hint of bass in its equalizer settings, but is still clear enough to be clear in voices. A similar characteristic that is known with Bose products. The dual charging ports are capable of powering a smartphone and a tablet (iPhone 5S and iPad mini 4), but I’m uncertain what its maximum ratings are. Its alarm clock features are limited to the most basic of all: manual time settings, manual daylight savings time (however, with a very elegant and simple switch on the bottom) and a battery to keep the time data when affected by a power outage. You have a few different acoustic alarm tones to choose from, besides the common buzzer or FM radio. You can also use your bluetooth audio to wake you up. Though I’d suggest having played music the night before and have it automatically turned off by the sleep timer to make sure that the connections are ready to be used the next morning for the alarm. Its last feature is the wake-up light that is integrated into the alarm clock. It’s pretty much just a simple light on the back, which isn’t all that bright to compare it to a sunrise, and way too quick to be such thing. Having had experienced the Philips Wake-Up Light, I know what’s possible and the JBL is far from being one. I’m using the JBL as my personal alarm clock (or night stand speaker?) now and it does wake you up gently – though as gentle as it can be within 15-30 seconds of it starting, whereas the Philips takes its time to very gradually increment its brightness and audio levels across a timespan of 5-10 minutes before actually being noticeable.
Overall I think this product is good if you want a nice bluetooth speaker that replaces your old alarm clock with a bonus of an indirect light. If you are expecting it to be more, then you are most likely to be disappointed. My favorite feature is the USB charging as it makes it very easy to get some power for your phone over night. By combining it with a neat little dock, it actually looks well organized. (Doesn’t matter if it’s a smartphone, smartwatch or tablet.)
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