Why Buy JBL?

JBL Sound System Overview

08 September, 2022

JBL speakers:

Intro

JBL is the name of all-rounder that manufactures everything from portable party speakers to speakers for car or professional use. You can find everything from ‘light’ to ‘serious’ kind from this brand. The cost of portable speakers makes them quite famous if you need something for the road. This brand excels in making unique aesthetics with eye catching color and shape.

JBL focuses on making things fun and simpler. It includes wireless portable speaker, wireless rear and subwoofer for home theater. This makes setup and installation much easier with less cables. JBL Charge 5 or Flip 4 as outdoor Bluetooth speaker. if you are a basshead and want a professional speaker then the JBL PartyBox 1000 is best.

For home theaters, JBL 5.1 or 9.1 will deliver engaging and satisfying performance. There are speakers for other use cases like professional use, car audio, etc. No matter what your needs are, JBL comes up with a solution at a reasonable cost.

 

JBL speaker review:

JBL has speakers for every budget, every room size and quality. In most cases, they work pretty well out of the box and has few options to tweak the audio.

 

  • Portable speakers

JBL portable speakers are colorful, affordable, lightweight and speaks of quality. Some are futureproof and works with app.

1.  JBL Go 3 https://www.amazon.com/JBL-Bluetooth-Built-Waterproof-Dustproof/dp/B08KW1KR5H

Specs:

  • Output power: 4.2W
  • Bluetooth version: 5.1
  • Frequency range: 110 Hz - 20 kHz
  • IP67 rating
  • Dimension: 3.4 x 2.7 x 1.6”

JBL Go 3 has a unique design and is one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers under $30. If you want something attractive to take with you in the gym, hangout with friends or mostly anywhere, then it is worth buying.  IP67 rating makes it ideal to take it on the sandy beach, pool parties, bathroom, in the rain or anywhere.

 

It will take around 2.5 hours to charge and in return will give you double the battery life. The Go 3 has a rectangular shaped design with curved edges and a built-in handle. Controls are large and you can feel and change without looking. It is an improvement over JBL Go 2 but loses the speakerphone. Rubberized and rugged enclosure make it a compact and strong portable speaker.

The only way to play through Go 3 is Bluetooth. you won’t get any ports for wired connectivity. In terms of audio, this speaker delivers clear vocals, and has a decent playback. Loudness is average and so is bass. It is a powerful little speaker that is performs better than the cost.

Best for: JBL Go 3 is the best cheap portable speaker. It is best for users who seek extremely lightweight speaker, don’t need any mobile app or feature to connect several speakers. It is good for you if you only need Bluetooth and don’t need any speakerphone.

2. JBL Charge 5 https://www.amazon.com/JBL-CHARGE-Portable-Bluetooth-Waterproof/dp/B08X4YMTPM

Specs:

  • Output power: 30W
  • Bl v5.1
  • Frequency range: 60 Hz - 20k Hz
  • IP67 rating
  • JBL partyboost
  • Dimension: 8.7 x 3.76 x 3.67

JBL Charge 5 has 52 mm x 90 mm woofer and 20 mm tweeter. Along with these, it has two passive radiators. It delivers rich and detailed audio. balanced audio profile makes it ideal for any type of music content. Similar to Go 3, you won’t find any speakerphone feature. Wrapped in woven fabric cover, it gives a rugged feel.

It can produce clear and loud vocals. Measured SPL is around 88 dB so the loudness is good. Pair it up with another speaker to make it powerful. Soundstage is decent and sound directivity is good. It takes 4 hours to charge and can run up to 20 hours. Control knobs are large and sit firmly on the speaker. But you can also use the JBL Portable mobile app for adjustments.

The mobile app can be used to customize sound by changing settings.  In terms of connection, you can connect two devices at the same time. It has built-in power bank with which you can charge your phone. In party mode, the speaker will play in mono. Choose the Stereo mode if you want the speakers to produce stereo sound.

Any PartyBoost compatible speaker like JBL Flip 5, Pulse 4, Boombox 2, Xtreme 3 with work. It sounds much better than several other competitors like the Bose Soundlink Mini.

Best for: JBL Charge 5 is best for music. It is a must have if you want mobile app for control, PartyBoost to connect several speakers, and prefer the IP67 rating. It has high battery life and is best for kayaking or any outdoor activities.

3. JBL Flip 4

 

Specs:

  • Bl v4.2
  • Output power: 2x8W
  • Frequency response: 70Hz – 20KHz
  • IPX7 rating
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 80dB
  • Dimension: 6.8 x 17.5 x 7.0 cm

 

JBL Flip 4 has 2 x 40mm drivers.  It is one of the best JBL Bluetooth speakers under $100. The speaker is made of high-quality fabric and has rubber housing. It has two bass radiators. IPX7 indicates it is waterproof and can be submerged 1m under water up to 30 minutes but it will not float. Use the removable carrying strap to use it on the go.

In terms of performance, bass is average and that’s ok because we don’t expect room shaking bass from it. It has neutral sound profile, the vocals and instruments coming through the speaker is loud and clear. Loudness is pretty good and there isn’t major distortion at max volume. Soundstage is good and decent. The sound might be engaging as it can play stereo content.

Sound is similar to the Flip 3 but there are few differences. If you already own a Flip 3, then you are good to go. It has battery life of 12 hours and takes around 3.5 hours to charge. Similar to Charge 5, it can connect two devices at once. It has JBL Connect+ feature which means it will work with other Connect+ JBL speakers but not to any PartyBoost supported speakers.

The noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone confirms crystal clear phone calls.  You can use the speaker to access voice assistants on your phone via the JBL Portable app. With this model you won’t have the scope to customize settings to alter the sound.

Best for: JBL Flip 4 is the best waterproof speaker. It doesn’t have dustproof rating like the other models. It is must have if you need speakerphone and voice assistant.

 

  • Party speakers

JBL manufactures outstanding party speakers that can get very loud, has chest thumping bass and has LED lights.

1. JBL Partybox Encore Essential https://www.amazon.com/-/es/JBL-Partybox-Encore-Essential-visualizaci%C3%B3n/dp/B09VMPBBY5/ref=pd_lpo_3?pd_rd_i=B09VMPBBY5&psc=1

Specs:

  • Output power: 100W
  • Bl v5.1
  • Frequency response: 50 Hz - 20 kHz @ -6 dB
  • SNR >80dB
  • Dimension: 10.87 x 12.87 x 11.54"

JBL PartyBox Encore Essential features JBL Original Pro sound. Designed for parties, the party mood is boosted by the ring LED light that syncs with the beat. It takes 3.5 hours to charge and gives a battery life of 6 hours. Along with playing via Bluetooth, you can use USB or aux port as playback source. it weighs around 13 pounds and has built-in handle.

It has two 1.75" dome tweeters and one 5.25" cone woofer. Overall, the performance in outstanding. Whether you party or play games, the speaker will deliver punchier bass. Use the bass boost to enhance the low ends. The rear-firing port can increase bass when the speaker is placed against the wall. It can get loud enough to engage audience in outdoor parties.

It has IPX4 splashproof rating so sudden splashes or accidental spills won’t give you a heart attack. But then again, it is not exactly designed for beaches or outdoor activities. With True Wireless Stereo technology, you can connect multiple speakers. You can connect it to another Encore, JBL 110, 310, or to a 710 model.

Although there are controls on the top of the speaker, it is much easier to use the JBL PartyBox app. Use it to tweak settings, change light color and effect.You can adjust bass, treble, echo and bass boost through the app. You can choose from five different light modes: Flash, Rock, Flow, Cross, or Ripple.

Different sound effects are also available: Horn, Clapping & Cheering, Booing, DJ Scratching, Dog Barking, etc.

Best for: JBL Encore Essential is best for large parties. Portability and outstanding performance make it popular.

2. JBL PartyBox 710 https://www.amazon.com/JBL-PartyBox-710-Built-connectivity/dp/B09CW9WXML

Specs:

  • Output power: 800W RMS
  • Frequency response: 35Hz – 20kHz (-6dB)
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: >80dB
  • Bl v5.1
  • Dimension: 15.70" x 35.60" x 17.20"

The PartyBox 710 has Dual 2.75" tweeters and 8" woofers. It has bass reflex port that can boost the low ends. This large speaker brings on party mood with RGB rings that syncs with the sound. Music with lights create a concert-like or nightclub environment. Similar to Encore Essential, it has IPX4 rating. It has handle and wheels that allows you to move it from one place to another.

The speaker has guitar and two mic ports. Along with playing music, you can play guitar or sing with your friends. Although it might look a bit costlier, the aesthetics, features and performance are worth it. It can deliver room shaking performance even at around 60% volume. Go wireless with Bluetooth, use the JBL mobile app to easily control.

Unlike other battery powered JBL speakers, this model doesn’t have one so you will need continuous power supply. Bass and treble are present and works together creating rich and detailed playback. Vocals and instruments sound loud and clear. Loudness of sound is impressive and can fill up large rooms or spaces.

Best for: JBL PartyBox 710 is best for bassheads. It is best for users who don’t bother to have a battery powered speaker.

3. JBL PartyBox 1000 https://www.amazon.com/JBL-PartyBox-Premium-Wireless-Bluetooth/dp/B07TJXHG14

Specs:

  • Total output power: 1100 RMS W
  • Frequency response: 30Hz -20kHz(-6dB)
  • SNR: 80 dBA
  • Bl v4.2
  • Dimension: 15.6 x 41.3 x 15.4 in

If budget isn’t an issue, you can have a look at this expensive JBL party speaker. The PartyBox 1000 shines with JBL Signature sound. PartyBox 1000 has 1 12” Subwoofer, 2 7” Mid-range and 1 Compression driver. This massive speaker doesn’t have any battery so you need to plug it in power supply always.

It gives an amazing light show with different color and effects. There are six mini strobe lights but you can completely turn them off as well. It has few additional features like the DJ pad. With this you can play drums, guitar or piano. You will also find mic and guitar ports. You can connect multiple speakers with TWS or RCA. If you need you can connect and charge devices via USB port on the speaker.

This is a large and heavy speaker but it is easy to move due to handle and wheels on the speaker. Build quality is impressive, a metal enclosure keeps the drivers safe. Along with Bluetooth, you can play MP3, WMA, and WAV file formats from USB. It can get very loud and delivers rich sound. audio accuracy is excellent and the bass is satisfying.

Bass Boost is available so you can always improve it. there is an Air Gesture Wristband that you can wear. You can use it to control the speaker. rotate your hand clockwise or anticlockwise to change the light pattern. You can perform other gestures like clap two times to select sound effect 1 or shake your wrist 4 times for effect 2.

Best for: JBL PartyBox 1000 is one of the best PA speakers that excels in performance.

  • Home theater

JBL has some of the best affordable home theater systems. Wireless subwoofer or rear speaker make it easier to install.

1. JBL Bar 2.0

Specs:

  • Total speaker power output: 80 W
  • Frequency response: 70 Hz - 20 KHz
  • Bl v4.2
  • Dimension: 24.17” x 2.28” x 3.54”

JBL Bar 2.0 has two racetrack drivers. It uses JBL Surround sound to improve sound of any type of content. Dolby Digital ensures you hear cinematic sound. if you don’t want to watch TV, then you can listen to music through the bar via Bluetooth. Use HDMI ARC or optical connection to connect the TV to the bar. You can place it under 40” or 55” TVs, and you can also place them under gaming monitors.

If you have the US version, then you can use the USB port for playback. Build quality is good as it is made of high-quality plastic and perforated grille protects the drivers. Along with physical controls, a remote control is available. It is neat and has very few buttons. With HDMI-CEC, you can also use the TV remote for the bar.

 It is a simple bar with basic settings. You can tweak Audio Sync option and there aren’t any advanced settings. Select the Smart Audio Mode while watching TV for improved performance. The bar can get loud, it is definitely an improvement over TV audio. Bass is average and the soundstage is good. Overall, it is one of the best JBL soundbar under $150.

Best for: JBL 2.0 soundbar is best for small rooms.

 

2. JBL Bar 5.1 https://www.amazon.com/JBL-5-1-Channel-Soundbar-Wireless-Surround/dp/B075SKB4TF

Specs:

  • Total speaker power output: 550W
  • Frequency response: 34 Hz - 20 KHz
  • Bl v4.2
  • Soundbar dimension: 40.1”x 2.3” x 3.9”

Let’s say you want at least decent audio performance and a basic soundbar doesn’t meet your needs, this is when you need a 5.1 JBL soundbar. Home theater is not complete without a subwoofer. The bar has 5 racetrack drivers, 2 1.25” side-firing tweeters and the subwoofer has 10” driver. This soundbar has plastic body with metal grille.

HDMI is the best connection type and is suggested to pair TV through it. If its not available, go for optical. In case you want to connect other digital device, then connect TV to the bar via HDMI. After that connect external device into the HDMI In of the bar. It supports Wi-Fi and you can have access to Chromecast and AirPlay.

 

The soundstage is wider than the bar and it can get loud enough to fill large spaces. You can choose between Smart Mode or Standard mode. It can play Dolby Digital contents. The bar comes with a basic remote control, there is no option to use mobile app. with Multibeam technology, the surround sound becomes prominent. Room correction option enhances the sound performance.

Dedicated subwoofer ensures punchier bass. This 5.1 JBL home theater system gives theater-like experience and is works well with movies and music.

Best for: JBL 5.1 is best for medium rooms.

3. JBL Bar 9.1

Specs:

  • Total power output: 820W
  • Frequency response: 34 Hz - 20 KHz
  • Bl v4.2
  • Soundbar dimension: 34.8 x 2.4 x 4.7 inches

JBL bar 9.1 soundbar has 4 racetrack drivers, 2 up-firing full-range drivers, 3 0.75” tweeter. The two detachable speakers have up-firing full-range drivers and 0.75” tweeter each. There is a 10” driver inside the sub. These detachable wireless speakers can be connected to two sides of the soundbar or, you can use them as rear speakers.

They have built-in batteries that can last up to 10 hours. You can take advantage of AirPlay2 and Chromecast. Remote control has few yet helpful buttons. If you are worried about speaker placement, have a look at the suggested image below. If you want a cleaner look or have space issues, you can also wall mount the bar and rear speakers.

Use HDMI or optical connection for TV. This model supports Dolby Atmos, so the height effects in movies will become prominent. This will result in cinematic movie watching experience. Once you place the speakers, perform sound calibration to get better results. Use the remote, press and hold the HDMI button. Wait until you see 1-calibration on the soundbar. Once calibration is complete, 1-Done will be displayed on the bar.

In this way find the best place for the rear speakers. Press on the ‘Rear’ button to select between high, middle or low. There are several adjustment options: bass, rear, smart and standard mode. It is best for movies as it can deliver clear and loud dialogues. Atmos support helps in boosting movie effects as well. Overall, it has a neutral sound profile. Low ends are punchier due to dedicated sub.  

 

Best for: JBL bar 9.1 is one of the best Dolby Atmos soundbar.

  • Professional grade

JBL manufactures outstanding professional grade speakers used by musician, DJs and live performances.

1. JBL JRX225

Specs:

  • Frequency response: 62 Hz - 13 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 100dB
  • Suggested amp power: 500 W to 1000 W into 4 ohms
  • Dimension: 43 in x 18.3 in x 16.8 in
  • MDF enclosure

JBL JRX225 has two 2.5” diameter (15”) LF drivers, JBL 2414H-C 1” compression driver. With ‘Quasi-3way’ this speaker delivers excellent bass. The speaker uses advanced technology and engineering like improved network topology, SonicGuard HF Protection, etc. All these works together to improve efficiency, frequency response, and minimizing distortion.

It produces rich and deep sound. it is capable of delivering powerful audio engaging audience. DJs or musicians look no further because this JBL Professional speaker delivers reliable performance. If you want affordable model for podcasting or blogging then JBL 306MKII is best for you. 

Best for: JBL JRX225 is best for DJs

2. JBL Eon 712

Specs:

  • Power Rating: 650W continuous
  • Frequency Response Hz (±3 dB): 60 - 20,000
  • Maximum SPL (peak dB): 127
  • Bl v5.0
  • Dimension: 26.4x15x12.9in

JBL Eon 712 speaker has 12” woofer size made of Ferrite and 1” Neodymium tweeter. It has 16GA perforated steel with acoustically transparent black cloth backing grille. It delivers powerful sound with tight bass. It has built-in 3-channel mixer. Use the JBL Pro Connect app to easier controls. It has 8-band output EQ. The speaker can produce crisp and clear sound.

Best for: Best for overall use.

 

  • Car audio system

JBL also manufactures car subwoofer or speakers. Ease of installation and perfect fit into the car body is a must have in car audio system.

1. JBL 11" Passive Spare Pneumatic Subwoofer https://www.amazon.com/JBL-Stadium-BassHub-Passive-Subwoofer/dp/B0911QDJGC

Specs:

  • Power handling: 600W RMS
  • Sensitivity: 90dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 150Hz
  • Dimension: 14-3/16” x 6-1/2”

JBL Basshub stadium subwoofer has 11” woofer cone delivers tight and deep bass without any coloration. Die-cast aluminium ensures performance with maximum efficiency. It won’t take up any space in the car. It has plenty of power to produce punchier bass and will shine when installed in cars.

Best for: JBL Basshub Stadium is one of the best subwoofer for car audio.

2. JBL Stage 36427 https://www.amazon.com/JBL-Stage3-Two-Way-Audio-Speaker/dp/B07P67WWTL

Specs:

  • Power Handling: 35Wrms
  • Sensitivity: 91dB
  • Frequency Response: 75Hz – 20kHz

This speaker has edge driven dome tweeter. The polypropene cone design enhances efficiency by 2dB. It has vented basket frame that ensures longer lifetime. Installation fits accurately without any hassle. Audio is detailed and when music is turned on, it becomes lively.

 Best for: JBL Stage 3 6427 is the best speaker for car audio.

 

Parting word

JBL speaker are available in different models. Which one is best for you? Well, there are some series that are simply an upgrade like Flip 4, Flip 5, etc. The difference mainly lies in output power, addition of few advanced features like speakerphone, etc. So, you need to have a budget in mind, then figure out your use case.

Then choose the best JBL speaker as per your need like, longer battery life, built-in Chromecast or AirPlay, speakerphone, high-end music, etc. Professionals like musicians, guitarists, DJs can choose from wide range of speakers. They have mixers, pads, guitar and mic inputs. With higher power, the sound will be powerful and can fill up large spaces.

Whether you seek portable Bluetooth speaker, home theater system or professional speakers, JBL has got you covered. It is quite popular both among newbies and audio enthusiasts, and belongs to Harman Kardon. Harman Kardon makes speakers as well. JBL definitely brings on party mood. Build quality is good, usability is quite easy and so is installation.

FAQ

Is JBL a good brand?

JBL is undoubtedly one of the best brand manufacturing fun, smart yet affordable speakers. There are several competitors to JBL like, Sony, Bose, etc.

Are JBL headphones good?

Along with speakers, JBL excels in manufacturing headphones. It has over-ear and on-ear headphones so you can choose as per your need.