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Should You Buy the JBL Boombox?
I bought the JBL Charge 3 before ordering the Boombox, but I ended up returning the Charge 3, because I didn't like the sound quality. I like the compact size of the Charge 3 for portability, but I wanted a speaker with fuller, louder sound. I watched several sound comparison videos on the Internet before settling on this one.
I use this bluetooth speaker mostly as a work radio. The sound quality is noticeably better than my Makita work radio that I've used for many years, which isn't bluetooth. My overall experience with the JBL Boombox is very positive, but I'll share my likes and dislikes.
Awesome Sound and Bass
The bass sound from the two 4-inch woofers doesn't disappoint if more bass is what you want. Rock music sounds good on this bluetooth speaker, but rap and bass-heavy music sound the best. The sound is very clear and balanced. The bass doesn't cause crackling, or sound distortion at high volume.
My one dislike is that the speaker doesn't have an equalizer to separately adjust the treble and bass, but instead includes an outdoor and indoor setting. These two settings don't provide much of a difference in sound, except for the outdoor setting sounding a little louder with slightly more bass, but that's about it.
The sound is louder when turned all the way up while plugged in. JBL says the speaker produces 60 watts when plugged into a power source and 20 watts when listening to music using the battery alone. It's loud enough for a small outdoor party, but it won't fill out a large yard. I use mine in my garage a lot, which is more than enough. Using the outdoor sound setting helps increase the sound and bass in an open space.
The JBL Boombox is big and heavy. I knew this before buying mine, but it's important to know that the weight is 11 lbs. I wouldn't want to lug this around outside on a walk. Mine stays in one place when I listen to music. One of the smaller JBL bluetooth speakers are best if you want a portable radio.
While the carrying handle is fine, JBL could at least include clips on the sides of the radio for a shoulder strap connection. This would make it easier to carry. The heavy duty plastic and rubber on the bottom add to the weight, but the material does feel very durable.
Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
The Boombox is waterproof and submersible down to 3-feet for those who care. This feature wasn't all that important to me when choosing a bluetooth speaker, but it's definitely nice not having to worry about water damage when using it near a lake, or pool.
I don't plan on throwing mine into a swimming pool, but apparently this heavy weight speaker floats. The rubber flap on the bottom of the Boombox must be kept closed to keep water out.
Longer Battery Life
JBL says the battery lasts 24-hours, and while the battery definitely lasts longer than the smaller JBL speakers, the length depends on the volume. High volume drains the battery faster. I'm able to use mine at work for three days before the battery needs charging, which takes around six hours to fully charge.
Blasting music will drain the battery faster, but at normal volume, you can expect 20 to 24 hours of battery life, which is pretty good. I charge mine overnight.
One of the cool features I really like about JBL blueooth speakers is having the ability to connect multiple speakers with a simple push of a button. With the Boombox, you're able to connect up to one hundred JBL speakers at a time. I don't think anyone is connecting that many speakers, but it's nice being able to connect more than one. My friend connects his Charge 2 to my Boombox when we have parties outside.
I'm very happy with this product, but at full price it's $400, which isn't exactly cheap. I feel like the Boombox is a little overpriced, considering it doesn't include an equalizer either, but I do find the sound quality to be very good, even without one.
You can buy this bluetooth speaker on sale if you shop around. I bought mine for around $350. I also bought the carrying case, which is sold separately. The carrying case was worth the purchase for me because it protects the speaker from dust and damage while transporting it in my work truck.
Is the JBL Boombox Worth Buying?
I've owned my black JBL boombox now for a few months, and so far, I'm very satisfied with the sound quality and bass this speaker delivers. I used a cheaper work radio by Makita, but the sound quality of my new JBL blows that one away, and I don't use my Makita radio anymore.
This is a good party radio with solid bass and a battery that lasts longer. I gave the Boombox four stars mostly because the price is a little steep, but I do feel with the longer battery life and quality sound, there's value there. An equalizer would also be nice instead of only the two settings for either indoor, or outdoor use, which don't impress me.
One of the radios I looked at first was the Xtreme. The Xtreme is slightly smaller than the Boombox, but the sound and bass is noticeably better than the Xtreme, and the Xtreme is only splash proof if it matters.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Matt G.
Matt G. (author) from United States on August 28, 2020:
Thanks for the clarification.
Crix on August 28, 2020:
Its actually 40 watts on battery (2x20) and indeed 60 on the net (2x30)