There are now 16 different speakers in the JBL portable Bluetooth speaker range including three OK Google voice-controlled LINK speakers. GadgetGuy has become quite a fan of the JBL sound signature.

No, JBL does not sound for ‘Just Bloody Loud’. Its native sound signature is a warm and sweet (bass/mids boosted, treble recessed). What that means is fatigue free listening, warm upper-bass, solid-mids, and little treble harshness.

It is the native signature many brands try to achieve (but usually fail) especially from a portable speaker or headphones where software EQ is not available.

GadgetGuy has not yet reviewed the new Go 2, Clip 3 and Extreme 2 speakers. But based on JBL experience this should be their signature too. Something that is not easy to do in a portable speaker, much less a waterproof one.

JBL Portable Bluetooth speaker

Sound Signature 101

Surprisingly there are only six native sound signatures

  1. Analytical: (bass/mids recessed, treble boosted)
  2. Balanced: (bass boosted, mids recessed, treble boosted)
  3. Bass: (bass boosted, mids/treble recessed)
  4. Mid: (bass recessed, mids boosted, treble recessed)
  5. Warm and Sweet (bass/mids boosted, treble recessed)
  6. Bright Vocal (bass recessed, mids/treble boosted)

 

JBL Portable Bluetooth speaker

 Go 2 has

JBL Portable Bluetooth speaker

  • 5 hours of playtime. 730mAh battery requires 5V/.5A for a 2.5-hour recharge
  • 1 x 40mm 3W speaker with 180Hz-20kHz frequency response and 80dB volume
  • IPX7 waterproof
  • noise-cancelling speakerphone
  • audio cable input
  • 2 x 86.0 x 31.6 (mm) x 184g
  • Website https://www.jbl.com.au/JBL+GO+2.html
  • $49.95.

Clip 3 has

JBL Portable Bluetooth speaker

  • 10 hours of playtime. 1000mAh battery requires 5V/.5A for a 3-hour recharge
  • 1 x 40mm 3W speaker with 120Hz-20kHz frequency response and >80dB volume
  • 137 x 97 x 46 (mm) x 210g
  • Tough built-in carabine
  • IPX7 waterproof design
  • Noise-cancelling speakerphone
  • Website https://www.jbl.com.au/JBL+CLIP+3.html
  • $79.95

 

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Xtreme 2 has

JBL Portable Bluetooth speaker

 

  • 15-hours of playtime. 10,000mAh battery requires 19V/3A for 5-hour recharge
  • 2 x 20mm bi-amp speakers with 55Hz-20kHz frequency response and >80dB volume
  • 2 x JBL passive bass radiator
  • 136 x 288 x 132mm x 2.39kg
  • IPX7 waterproof design
  • Noise-cancelling speakerphone
  • JBL Connect+ it can wirelessly link more than 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers
  • Website https://www.jbl.com.au/JBL+Xtreme+2.html
  • $349.95

GadgetGuy’s take. JBL Portable Bluetooth speaker range has something for everyone.

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