JBL Pulse 4 Review Rundown
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
- 1. ^ JBL Pulse 4 Review. Pcmag. 09 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 2. ^ JBL Pulse 4 Speaker Review. Rtings. 19 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 3. ^ JBL Pulse 4 review. Techradar. 23 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ JBL Pulse 4 Review. Trustedreviews. 24 January 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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