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JBL Boombox 2 Review Rundown

JBLPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Powerful bass depth and high volumes
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great stereo pair mode
  • Lacks voice assistant support


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.



Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Boombox 2 is compatible with Bluetooth 5.1, but supports only the SBC Bluetooth codec, not AAC nor AptX. There's lots of boosting in the lows and highs, with far less in the way of midrange presence. Purists won't be pleased, but for all the boosting and sculpting, it delivers a relatively balanced, crisp, rich performance that doesn't lean too heavily on the lows.
Find the original article here.
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Powerful bass depth
  • Easy to use
  • No speakerphone functionality
  • No Bluetooth 5.1 support


Sentiment Score[*] 28%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The JBL Boombox 2 has a well-balanced mid-range that can clearly reproduce dialogue. It can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, but it doesn't have an EQ to let you tweak its sound profile. Although it can get quite loud, there are some compression artifacts present at max volume. Its soundstage is also somewhat directional, so audio is perceived as a bit narrow.
Find the original article here.
  • Well-balanced mid and treble ranges
  • Very portable
  • Good battery life
  • Well-baked mid-range
  • Some compression artifacts present at max volume
  • No EQ
  • Lacks some low-bass


Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Boombox 2 doesn't support the two best codecs using it: aptX and AAC. It's a beast for its size, and we appreciated that it shrugged off distortion when we turned up the volume. The soundstage is essentially the same, and it does the job of filling more than a room. We also liked using it with tablets to watch content on YouTube and other streaming apps.
Find the original article here.
  • Great sound
  • Easy to use
  • Good battery life
  • No aptX or AAC support
  • No equalizer


1. ^ JBL Boombox 2 Review. pcmag. 2020-04-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ JBL Boombox 2 Speaker Review. rtings. 2021-02-12 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ JBL Boombox 2 review. techradar. 2020-06-23 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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