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JBL Pulse 4 Review Rundown

JBLPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of JBL Pulse 4 Wireless Party Speaker with LED Lighting
Neoscore* 77%
  • Powerful audio with balanced sound and 360-degree sound
  • Attractive design
  • Easy to use
  • Not as powerful as other Pulse 4 speakers

Summary

JBL's Pulse Bluetooth speaker line has always felt a little gimmicky, but the latest Pulse 4 is genuinely impressive. JBL has added a button that controls the LED lights as well as a PartyBoost button that links the speaker with other Pulse 4s to form either a stereo pair or a multi-room system. While the JBL Pulse 4 isn't cheap, it offers unique looks, an excellent app, and balanced sound quality.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 87%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The JBL Pulse 4 has a rounded cylindrical build, measuring 8.2 inches tall by 3.8 inches around. At 2.8 pounds, it's heavier than your typical portable speaker. It's available in black or white models, but of course, the real star of the show is the LED panel.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful audio performance for its size
  • Powerful LED lighting
  • Waterproof build
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 52%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The JBL Pulse 4 is a small and portable speaker with a unique design. It has customizable RGB lights around the speaker's body, as well as a transparent plastic exterior. The speaker has a balanced mid-range that can accurately reproduce vocals and lead instruments, though it lacks low-bass and can sound a bit dark. While it can't get very loud, there isn't much compression present at max volume, so the sound remains clean and pure.
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Pros[**]
  • Stylish design
  • Good sound quality
  • Supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Cons[**]
  • Low-bass and treble range
  • Lacks low-bass

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The JBL Pulse 4 follows the excellent Pulse 3 wireless party speaker. The Pulse 4 retains the same balanced sound and 360-degree sound but ditches the microphone. The speaker's controls are located on the top ring and the buttons are big and easy to use. For $50 more, you can get the more powerful and feature packed Sony SRS-XB501G.
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Pros[**]
  • Stunning new design
  • Great sound quality
  • Easy to use controls
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Small woofer can't keep up with the volume

trustedreviews[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The JBL Pulse 4 is the latest in the company's range of party speakers. Its unique selling point is the light show feature, which runs the entire length of the device. The device has an impressive wireless range of 80ft, and is IPX7 waterproof. However, playback was a bit garbled for a good 20 minutes following a dunk.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive sound quality
  • Light-catching LED lighting effects
  • Easy-to-use app
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ JBL Pulse 4 Review. Pcmag. 09 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ JBL Pulse 4 Speaker Review. Rtings. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ JBL Pulse 4 review. Techradar. 23 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ JBL Pulse 4 Review. Trustedreviews. 24 January 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  6. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  7. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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