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JBL Boombox 2 Wireless Speaker

MSRP 499 EURNEX score 57%

Product Overview

JBL Boombox 2 is the company's flagship portable wireless speaker. Being the toughest and most durable in the JBL lineup, the Boombox 2 features a bold, powerful design. Its iconic JBL handle and unique side detailing make the Boombox 2 stand out among wireless speakers.
JBL Boombox 2 delivers 24 hours of playback time on a single charge. Thanks to its IPX7 waterproofing, the Boombox 2 can accompany the owner throughout the day and the night, from the beach to the backyard.
The Boombox 2 can also connect to other JBL PartyBoost compatible speakers (over 100) to for the biggest parties. Last but not least, the Boombox 2 can serve as a USB power bank for charging your smart devices.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful bass depth and high volumes
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great stereo pair mode
Cons
  • Lacks voice assistant support

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 57% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great sound
  • Good battery life
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Powerful bass depth
  • Well-balanced mid and treble ranges
Cons
  • Lacks some low-bass
  • No aptX or AAC support
  • No Bluetooth 5.1 support
  • No speakerphone functionality
  • No EQ
  • No equalizer
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
3.5 mm audio cable, USB
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Battery | Capacity
10,000 mAh (7.26V, 72.6 Wh)
Drivers
2x 20mm tweeter + 2x 4" woofer

Dimensions

Size | Depth
20.1 cm
Size | Height
25.7 cm
Size | Width
48.5 cm
Weight
5.9 kg / 13 lbs

Function

Weather Resistance
IPX7 waterproof

Performance

Battery Life
24 h
Frequency Response
50Hz - 20kHz
Power Output
2x 40W (AC) / 2x 30W (battery)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
>80dB

Production

Debut
2020-01 CES

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

pcmag[1]

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.
Pros
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Powerful bass depth
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • No speakerphone functionality
  • No Bluetooth 5.1 support

rtings[2]

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.
Pros
  • Well-balanced mid and treble ranges
  • Very portable
  • Good battery life
  • Well-baked mid-range
Cons
  • Some compression artifacts present at max volume
  • No EQ
  • Lacks some low-bass

techradar[3]

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.
Pros
  • Great sound
  • Easy to use
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No aptX or AAC support
  • No equalizer

User Reviews

References

1. ^ JBL Boombox 2 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/jbl-boombox-2. 2020-04-30. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ JBL Boombox 2 Speaker Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/speaker/reviews/jbl/boombox-2. 2021-02-12. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ JBL Boombox 2 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/jbl-boombox-2. 2020-06-23. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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