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JBL Boombox 2 Review Rundown

JBL | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of JBL Boombox 2
  • Powerful bass depth and high volumes
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great stereo pair mode
  • Lacks voice assistant support

Summary

The Boombox 2 is JBL's second take on the portable speakers that became status symbols in urban areas during the 1980s and 1990s. The driver setup mirrors that of the original, with two 4in woofers and two 20mm tweeters. You can use the Party Mode feature to pair your speaker with another JBL speaker to amplify the sound across large rooms. There's also a stereo pair mode, which lets you link two JBL speakers to create a more immersive stereo sound.
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

expertreviews[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The JBL Boombox 2 is JBL's second take on the portable speakers that became cultural status symbols in urban areas during the 1980s and 1990s. It's no-frills in terms of what it offers: there's no Wi-Fi streaming or voice assistant, just Bluetooth connectivity and big sound, especially in the bass department. The tweaks JBL has made provide an improved user experience overall but a couple of surprising omissions hold it back from true greatness.
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Pros[**]
  • No-frills design
  • IPX7 certification
  • Waterproof and waterproof
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The JBL Boombox 2 is a big, portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers powerful bass depth and high volumes. The speaker's boosted bass and sculpted highs likely won't appeal to purists, but fans of a big sound will enjoy its robust output. The included power supply is bulky, but ships with a cable cinch to keep the wire slack under control.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and sculpted highs
  • Compatible with Bluetooth 5.1, AAC, and AptX
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

rtings[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 51%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The JBL Boombox 2 is a mid-sized speaker that's suitable for most uses. Its battery lasts almost 24 hours, and it has an IPX7 rating for water resistance. This speaker can get quite loud, although there are some compression artifacts present at max volume. Consider the JBL Xtreme 2 if you're looking for a speaker with voice assistant support.
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Pros[**]
  • Good sound quality
  • Long battery life
  • Good stereo pair mode
Cons[**]
  • Soundstage can be perceived as narrow
  • Doesn't have voice assistant support

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The JBL Boombox 2 was unveiled at CES 2020 and was released in April. It retails for $449.99 / £399.99 (around AU$650) Using a different Bluetooth transmitter means JBL had to cut loose some of the original model's compatibility. There's no equalizer or any way of tweaking the audio output to adjust how the speaker sounds.
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Pros[**]
  • Loud, clear sound
  • Easy-to-use app
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ JBL Boombox 2 review: A beast of a Bluetooth speaker. Expertreviews. 30 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ JBL Boombox 2 Review. Pcmag. 30 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ JBL Boombox 2 Speaker Review. Rtings. 12 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ JBL Boombox 2 review. Techradar. 23 June 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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