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There is no doubt that JBL is one of the best brands out there in the speaker market, however they have many different models out there which makes it hard to choose. That’s why, we decided to review the 5 best JBL speakers based on recommendations from Reddit users. Let’s get started with the list.
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5. JBL Boombox
JBL has delivered a wide number of speakers throughout the years, and it has established itself as one of the most popular brands in the market, that delivers excellent Bluetooth speakers. Each of the company’s speakers has been great and very attractive to the buyers, and it is no surprise why their sales have been booming.
If you want the best bass speaker from their lineup you have to opt for the retro-styled JBL Boombox. It may not be the most portable Bluetooth speaker in the market since it is pretty large and heavy, but it reminds of the old boomboxes of the 80s and 90s. The device does not just look either since this speaker delivers tons of performance, it has large enough drivers, delivering pretty balanced soundscape with amazing bass, while it is not the cheapest option in the market it is a great investment.
This Bluetooth speaker has the classic boombox design with its huge cylindrical body and the large handle on top for transportation, or if you want you can go full retro and put it on your shoulder. This device is expensive and large, however, it is also very durable as it has an IPX7 rating, meaning that it is water and splash-proof, you can also submerge it in water, and rain will not affect it. Inside the device, there are a pair of 20mm forward-firing speakers, and on the sides, you will locate the 4-inch woofers. The whole device weighs about 11.6-pounds and on the front, you will spot the playback controls and the Connect+ button to recreate a full system with JBL speakers. On the back, you will spot the connectivity ports, and they are covered with a waterproof flap.
The battery life of the JBL Boombox is lengthy at about 24 hours, however, it will also depend on your usage. The companion app delivers plenty of modes, and first I tested the indoor mode to test it in the office. It delivered amazing bass power and depth, with great volume, and even at the highest volume, no distortion was apparent. This is made possible thanks to the digital signal processing technology that thins out the lows at high levels, and throughout the volume range, the bass will be punchy. It is a great speaker for parties and it thrives when you play mainstream tracks that are sub-bass heavy or hip-hop tracks. I found that the vocals were pretty good too, as you could hear it clearly and excellently, and I didn’t notice any bleeding between ranges.
If you are a bass head and want loud volumes for your parties the Boombox has you covered.
4. JBL GO
Mini speakers are generally very underpowered, delivering pretty small sounds, however, the JBL GO delivers plenty of power from its small body. This small box designed Bluetooth speaker has an attractive design, but its not just a pretty face since this speaker was able to pump out some thick sounds, with good bass and a balanced soundscape that was pretty surprising to see. For its price, you cannot find anything equal to it.
In the design department, this device has a very simple but attractive design with its blocky shape that measures 3.3×1.3×2.7, meaning that it is extremely compact and portable weighing just 4.6-ounces in total. This amazing boxy design comes in different finishes including, Black, Blue, Gray, Orange, Pink, Red, and Yellow, all of which are extremely attractive and you can comfortably choose the one that suits most your style. On the side, it has a built-in strap hook for portability, and since it is very lightweight you can strap it to your backpack. On top of it you will find the controls which include, the power, Bluetooth, volume and call receive buttons, and on the right-hand side, you will find the USB port and the 3.5mm audio port.
This device is equipped with a 600mAh battery that is excellent for its size, and in Bluetooth mode, it lasted about 15 hours, and I suspect that it could fare better with aux connection, very surprising to see from a small device like this one. It is worth mentioning the Bluetooth connection that was solid throughout and it had a pretty good range, on top of that the controls of the device work pretty good and you can comfortably take calls with the device.
The frequency range of the JBL GO spanned from 180Hz to 20kHz, and I was sceptical about the performance of the mid-range since it couldn’t go low enough. However, to my surprise, it was pretty good at pumping out thick bass sounds, and mid-bass was excellent. The mids were very clear, vocals and stringed instruments were extremely detailed, and the highs were excellent. For its size the volume was great since it has a 3watt power output, however, at higher volumes, the sound quality was not as good.
If you want a mini Bluetooth speaker this is it.
3. JBL Xtreme
The JBL Xtreme is perhaps one of the most iconic with its amazingly stylish design, delivering amazingly loud sounds in the process. It is also very durable since it is splash-proof, and has very long battery life. However, it is very expensive and heavy, but if you want thick sounds for your parties and gatherings, this is one of your best options, without any doubt.
The JBL Xtreme has a pretty strange design with its large cylindrical shape, and as its name suggests it is an extreme tool. This device measures 11.1×4.9×4.8-inches and weighs a hefty 4.7-pounds. While it is branded as a portable Bluetooth speaker it is pretty large, however, the company has included a strap that attaches on each side for easy carrying, it was a relief to see that. It is covered with a mesh cloth grille throughout, and on each end it has hard rubber, to absorb impacts. The device is available in different colours including Blue, Black, Camouflage, and Red, all of them look excellent. Te controls of the device are classic JBL and you also get connectivity ports, that include the power adapter port, two USB ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack port, and the best part is that these are covered with a zipper.
The pairing process of the JBL Xtreme is pretty simple and you can do it in an instant, and what is even more interesting, you can pair three mobile devices at once, which was a pleasing party trick. The devices will also re-pair automatically once you turn on the device. The battery life of this beast is about 15 hours, which may not seem a lot, but the sound coming out of it will surprise you.
The biggest selling point of the JBL Xtreme is its amazing sound performance especially in the volume department, which could get extremely loud without distorting the sound of your song. The bass and sub-bass content was especially good, and the response was thick and punchy, the mids were also pleasing and rich, while the highs were pretty decent. Overall I was impressed with the sound performance, and I would recommend this for those that want their parties to be loud.
2. JBL Charge 3
JBL’s Charge series has been one of the most popular and one of the most iconic products in their lineup since they deliver a perfect balance between portability and amazing sounds. Charge 3 is no different and this time around the device has plenty of nice qualities such as waterproofing, punchy sound, amazing quality build, lengthy battery life and can also function as a portable charger.
As a true and classic JBL Charge, the third instalment as well rocks a cylindrical design with a mesh grille on around it and on the sides you will receive rubber to absorb shocks. This device is on the largest but not the smallest either measuring 9.1×3.5×3.5-inches in total and weighs about 1.8-pounds, meaning that it is not the lightest, however, this device has a battery life that will pump out 20 hours of music non-stop. On top of all this, the JBL Charge 3 is waterproofed, coming with an IPX7 rating, meaning that you can safely submerge your device for 30 minutes up to a meter of water before it will give up. On top of it, you will also find the buttons for control that include the Bluetooth, power, the JBL connect button, and the playback controls.
This speaker is equipped with a pair of external passive radiators that deliver a nice visual effect for bass-heavy tracks, and even if they seem like a weak spot on the design they are very well protected and you can easily place the device vertically.
The sound experience and performance of the JBL Charge 3 were pretty good, as it delivered some rich sounds around the room I was testing it in, filling it instantly. It fared extremely well with a wide variety of genres, but it was excellent for party music, hip-hop and contemporary pop, delivering better bass performance and clear highs, however, the highs were a little dull, but overall still pretty good.
With its waterproofing and amazing sound performance, you can easily take the JBL Charge 3 to your pool parties and just have fun with it.
1. JBL Charge 4
At the top of our list, we have the latest JBL Charge 4, which should not come as a surprise considering the amazing performance of its predecessor. This makes some interesting improvements on the already excellent Charge 3, bringing amazing and better sound to the table which the former struggled with a little. This device has the same waterproofing and better design in my opinion, which is more streamlined, and for the money, it brings out plenty of sounds.
If you saw Charge 3, Charge 4 will be familiar to you and it is pretty hard to find differences in the design department if you don’t know what you looking for. However, in my opinion, the design of the JBL Charge 4 is a little more refined and streamlined, as it comes with confidence, its side woofers are still exposed, but they are safer than from its predecessor. The controls are still the same, as on its predecessor and you will the connectivity ports are covered with a flap that keeps them waterproof, and the ports include a 3.5mm audio, USB Type-C, and USB type-A port, meaning that you can recharge your phone from the device.
While it has a pretty directional sound, thanks to its loudness, this device can fill out a room without any problem and if you want a better bass response, I found out that placing the device vertically can help with the issue, as it perfectly radiates the bass.
The biggest improvements come in the sound performance, this speaker comes with an ultra-balanced sound that is very pleasing to the ear and will work excellently with every single genre. Unlike its predecessor which had a lacking treble performance, this one delivers pretty sharp highs and is the definite best speaker in the JBLs lineup.