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JBL Boombox

Lowest price found: $399.95
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General Specifications
Maximum music playing time 24hrs Output power (W) 2x30W
Dimensions (cm) 25.45 x 45.85 x 19.55 Dimensions (in) 10.01 x 19.48 x 7.69 Weight (kgs) 5.25 Weight (lbs) 11.57
Bluetooth v4.2 Bluetooth transmitter power 0-9dBm Bluetooth transmitter frequency range 2.402GHz-2.480GHz Bluetooth transmitter modulation GFSK, 8DPSK, π/4DQPSK
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Consumer Score
In comparison:
JBL Boombox ranks #1 out of 289. It is in the top 10%.
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Popularity Score
Very popular
Popularity rank: 49 / 331
Critic consensus:
Overwhelmingly, experts recommend this speaker for pool and outdoor parties - it's waterproof, has great battery life and deep bass. Frequently mentioned downsides are the price tag, substantial weight and lack of an equalizer app, that is to be expected in this price range.
Opinion Breakdown
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Praised for [15 points]
Criticized for [12 points]

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Expert reviews [12]

Total expert reviews: 12
  • Reviews with a score: 7
  • Reviews without a score: 5
Highest score by techaeris.com
Average score based on 12 reviews
Lowest score by gadgetsnow.com

Score distribution:

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86 / 100
Rank: #49 out of 331.
From Seller:
  • Made to be the most powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker, JBL boom box delivers monstrous sound along with the hardest hitting bass
  • Enjoy music for 24 hours without missing a beat. Battery charging time (hours) - 6.5
  • Use the massive 20,000 mAh battery and dual charge out to charge your external devices anytime and keep music rocking
  • Rugged enough to handle your wildest tailgate party, the JBL boom box is IPX7 waterproof, which withstand any weather and even the most epic pool parties
  • Incorporated four active transducers and two JBL bass radiators, JBL boom box delivers monstrous sound along with hardest hitting bass that you will not only hear but also see
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Review by JimsReviewRoom
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Physical Features
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12 lbs
Water Resistance

Speakers range from not being able to handle even a drop of water to being able to be fully submerged in water for several minutes. Do you plan to take your speaker outside? To the beach? To the pool? In the shower? Then you definitely need to verify the level of water resistance before purchasing. You can tell the water resistance by the IP rating—the higher the rating, the more resistant the speaker is to the elements. For reference, the first digit refers to dust protection and the second digit refers to water protection. It reads as: IP68. Anything higher than IP66 will be dust- and splash-proof, meaning it can handle some contact with water, but cannot be fully submerged or soaked.

Water Resistant IPX rating if applicable
IPX7 - Immersion up to 1m
Rugged Design Bluetooth speakers can be durable, rugged, shockproof, dustproof, armored, splash-proof, water resistant and waterproof - all of which can be overwhelming and confusing. In order for a speaker to be c ... Show more
Dustproof Dust is a difficult element to combat, since it accumulates naturally and you have very little control over its ability to clog up your speaker. Dust and electronics just don’t get along very well. A ... Show more

Battery life for Bluetooth speakers is measured in milliampere hours (mAh). Manufacturers will report the battery life of a speaker in the average number of hours it takes to empty from a full charge. Keep in mind this number is based on medium levels of usage. If you play the speaker on full volume, it will drain the battery faster. Some specialty features like using the speaker to charge your phone or casting an LED light show will also drain the battery faster. The manufacturer reported number is just an estimate, and may be slightly different based on your usage.

It’s also important to consider is the type of battery. Rechargeable lithium-ion (LI-ion) batters are ideal, but some speakers only take standard or rechargeable AA/AAA/C/D batteries. You may even find Bluetooth speakers that recharge via solar power—great for outdoor use!

Battery Life
24 hours
Charging Time How long it takes to charge the battery
6.5 hours
battery_charging_full Power Bank This refers to the speaker’s ability to act as a charging station for your device. In addition to input power (which charges the speaker), some speakers also come with output power, meaning it can cha ... Show more
Sound Quality
speaker_group Sound System A speaker’s sound system is described as either mono or stereo. Mono speakers play audio from a single channel, giving the impression that the sound is coming from one direction. Stereo uses two or mo ... Show more
wifi_tethering Subwoofer Having a separate speaker driver dedicated to the lower frequency tones gives your speaker a more robust, rounded out sound. It allows the other drivers to focus on the sounds that they’re best equipp ... Show more
Speaker Breakdown Use the speaker breakdown to better understand sound quality based on the makeup of the speaker. Manufacturers will often report additional details on the speaker drivers, such as the shape (cone or d ... Show more
4-inch woofer x 2, 20mm Tweeter x 2
Total Output Power Also known as “power handling,” a speaker’s total output power is recorded in wattage. A watt is a measure of electrical power. Thus, higher output means more powerful (or louder) speakers. When deter ... Show more
60 watts
graphic_eq Frequency Range Measured in Hertz (Hz), frequency response range describes how high and low a speaker can play. The larger the range, the better the speaker will be at reproducing the audio being played. As a frame o ... Show more
wifi_tethering Connectivity
Hands-Free Function If you plan on using your speaker to make and take calls, it needs to come equipped with a built-in microphone and speakerphone. To make a call, you can use voice-activated dialing or key in the numbe ... Show more
device_hub Connects to Multiple Devices In most cases, your Bluetooth speaker will connect to one device at a time and your device will connect to one Bluetooth speaker at a time. Some speakers come equipped with a feature that allows you t ... Show more
settings_input_composite Aux Cable Port While Bluetooth is a quick and easy way to connect your device to a speaker, at times you may want to use a hardwired connection instead. You would do this through a 3.5mm headphone or auxiliary jack. ... Show more
phonelink_ring Remote / App Control Apart from the controls on the speaker itself, some Bluetooth speakers may come with a remote to turn the speaker on or off, activate Bluetooth scanning, turn volume up or down, or respond to calls. I ... Show more
speaker_group Connects to Other Speakers Generally speaking, Bluetooth speakers aren’t usually meant to connect to other Bluetooth speakers unless they come equipped with a hub or transmitter. In those situations, your device connects to the ... Show more
nfc NFC Near Field Communication (NFC) is a new technology that allows you to connect devices by simple tapping them together. To use it, your device (phone, tablet, computer, etc.) and your speaker must have ... Show more
AirPlay AirPlay is a feature for Apple products that offers another way to connect your devices to Bluetooth speakers. The speaker must come equipped with AirPlay in order for you to connect your Apple device ... Show more
radio FM Radio
Additional Features
Additional Features Any other features that make this device unique
Voice Assistant integration
Accessories Chargers, cables, cases that come with the device
Power adaptor Cable
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Key features
  • IPX7 waterproof rating
  • 24-hour playtime
  • Auto-power off
  • Speakerphone

JBL Boombox is a very popular and one of the most expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling bluetooth speakers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as JBL PartyBox 300 or House of Marley Get Together .

JBL Boombox was released in 2018. There are a lot of newer bluetooth speakers on the market. Show newer Bluetooth Speakers

JBL Boombox is $343.96 more expensive than an average bluetooth speaker ($55.99).

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