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JBL Pulse 4 Review Rundown

JBLPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Powerful audio with balanced sound and 360-degree sound
  • Attractive design
  • Easy to use
Cons**
  • 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[*] 88%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
Even for a gimmick, the light show offered by the Pulse 4 is impressive. JBL estimates battery life to be roughly 12 hours, but your results will vary with volume levels, and use of the LEDs. On tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife's "Silent Shout," the speaker reproduces some convincing low-frequency depth. For the price, we like the audio output of the JBL Charge 4 and the Sony S-XB32.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful audio performance with deep bass depth and sculpted highs
  • Powerful passive radiator
Cons[**]
  • No EQ
  • No IPX7 build

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 40%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The JBL Pulse 4 has acceptable performance for music. It has a well-balanced mid-range, so it can accurately reproduce vocals and lead instruments. However, it lacks low-bass, and its treble range is slightly underemphasized. While it has to downmix stereo content into mono, it has outstanding directivity, resulting in a wide and open soundstage.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Well-balanced mid-range
  • Wide and open soundstage
  • Outstanding directivity
  • Good build quality
  • Well-baked mid-rhyme
Cons[**]
  • Lacks low-bass
  • No voice assistant support
  • Doesn't get very loud

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Unique design
  • Excellent app
  • Great sound quality
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No aux jack
  • Small woofer

trustedreviews[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The JBL Pulse 4 boasts an impressive wireless range of 80ft. The light show can be personalised through the app, with colour schemes available from a wide pallet. At 20W of output it’s capable of doing a job even in larger rooms. The lack of a built-in microphone is the biggest disappointment.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Attractive design
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No Alexa or Google Assistant support
  • No built-in microphone

References

1. ^ JBL Pulse 4 Review. pcmag. 2019-10-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ JBL Pulse 4 Speaker Review. rtings. 2021-02-19 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ JBL Pulse 4 review. techradar. 2019-10-23 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ JBL Pulse 4 Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. 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.
**. 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.
***. 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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