JBL Xtreme 3 Review Rundown

JBLPublished on 08 Jun 2021Last Edited on 23 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*


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Neoscore* 73%
  • Powerful sound signature
  • PartyBoost lets you pair with other JBL speakers to create a surround sound-esque environment
  • Easy-to-use companion app
  • Bass can be fuzzy at higher volumes


JBL's Xtreme 3 speaker delivers robust bass depth in a rugged, waterproof build. It's a fantastic Bluetooth option for outdoor settings and parties or a single speaker system for, say, a smaller apartment. At top volumes, the DSP thins the bass out a bit, but at all volumes it delivers a robust, powerful sound signature.
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[*] 82%
Reviewers from Gizmodo have found the following[***]:
The JBL Xtreme 3 is a nearly perfect Bluetooth speaker, particularly for outdoor use. It has four drivers and two JBL bass radiators packed into its football-shaped design. Music sounds great across the board on this speaker, though at the absolute highest volumes your mileage may vary.
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  • Powerful bass for its size
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great for outdoor use
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The JBL Xtreme 3 boasts two 20-millimeter tweeters and two 70-mm woofers. It is IP67 rated, which means it can be submerged up to 1 meter in water for 30 minutes. The speaker also doubles as a power bank and comes with a USB Type-C power adapter.
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  • Powerful audio
  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • Works with JBL PartyBoost speakers
  • Battery life could be better


Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The JBL Xtreme 3 has dual 25-watt woofers and 0.8-inch tweeters. It's waterproof and can be submerged up to a meter for 30 minutes without issue. At top volume levels, the DSP (digital signal processing) kicks in and prevents distortion.
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  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass depth and sculpted highs
  • Easy-to-use app for Android and iOS
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 49%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The JBL Xtreme 3 is a medium-sized portable speaker with built-in hooks. It lacks an EQ to help customize its sound, and while it can get fairly loud, there are compression artifacts present at max volume. This speaker has a dedicated 'PartyBoost' button so that you can connect with multiple PartyBoost compatible speakers. For a speaker with a more balanced sound profile, check out the JBL Boombox 2 or the Harman/Kardon Onyx Studio 6.
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  • Great battery life
  • Good sound quality
  • Supports Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Sub-par controls
  • Lacks EQ


Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The JBL Xtreme 3 is one of the best-sounding pure portable speakers. It offers superior bass depth, which is great for electronic music and parties. JBL's change in tuning seems to come with reduced upper bass and low mids. There's careful bass handling, making this speaker sound more ‘high-end' than the Amazon Echo Studio.
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  • More balanced audio than the Xtreme 2
  • Water-resistant to IP68
  • Nothing in particular


  1. 1. ^ JBL's Xtreme 3 Is a Nearly Perfect Portable Bluetooth Speaker. Gizmodo. 2021-02-19. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ JBL Xtreme 3 review. Laptopmag. 2021-05-31. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  3. 3. ^ JBL Xtreme 3 Review. Pcmag. 2021-03-17. Retrieved 2021-03-18.
  4. 4. ^ JBL Xtreme 3 Speaker Review. Rtings. 2021-01-19. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ JBL Xtreme 3 Review. Trustedreviews. 2021-03-30. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
  6. *. 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.
  7. **. 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.
  8. ***. 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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