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JBL Pulse 2

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Review by Julie 1 0
The JBL Pulse 2 is a portable speaker with a sensational sound and a spectacular light show. It successfully sets the atmosphere for an exciting night and it is an amazing supplement for your favorite... Read full review
Review by Yaroslav 0 0
Strikes a perfect balance between portability and sound quality! We mostly listen to music at home, so the speaker usually sits in one place for weeks/months, producing great sound to work or dance to... Read full review
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Physical Features
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Silver
Black
Dimensions Length x Width x Height
3.3 x 7.7 x 3.3 inches
Size Variations Mouse over a size variation for a picture
Weight

1.7 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
IPX4 - Splash proof
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
Yes
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
No
Battery

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
10 hours
Charging Time How long it takes to charge the battery
5 hours
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
Stereo
speaker_group Number of Drivers To understand the inner-workings of a Bluetooth speaker, look first at the number and type of drivers. Drivers are the cones or horn-shaped objects inside the speaker box. The number of drivers tells ... Show more
2
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
No
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
Two full-range drivers
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
16 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
85Hz–20 kHz
wifi_tethering Connectivity
Bluetooth Range If you can find it, you should always check the Bluetooth range of your speaker. You won’t realize it isn’t long enough until it stops working for you! Bluetooth range is important for a couple of rea ... Show more
33 ft
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
Yes
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
No
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
Yes
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
No
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
Yes
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
No
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
No
radio FM Radio
Yes
Info at a Glance
Brand
JBL
Model Numbers Mouse over a model for a picture
Release Date
September 2015
Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
89 / 100
Details
  • Elevate your music experience to another dimension with the JBL Pulse 2 a portable Bluetooth speaker that offers sensational sound with an interactive light show
  • Bring your music to life with glowing multi-colored visuals and transform wherever you are into a Party
  • Take full Control of your Pulse 2 light show using JBL Prism color sensor lens. Just point and shoot the lens at the color you want and watch the Pulse 2 amplify the colors of life
  • The splashproof design enables the Pulse 2 to light up any stage or show with high-quality stereo sound for up to 10 hours of playtime thanks to its built-in 6000Mah rechargeable li-ion battery
  • Pulse 2 also features a noise and Echo cancelling speakerphone for Crystal clear calls
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Additional Features
Accessories Chargers, cables, cases that come with the device
USB Adaptor, Micro USB Cable

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Key features
  • Portable Bluetooth speaker
  • JBL Prism color sensor lens
  • High-quality stereo sound
  • Noise and echo cancelling speakerphone

JBL Pulse 2 is a very popular and one of the more expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling bluetooth speakers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as UE Roll 2 or Altec Lansing LifeJacket .

JBL Pulse 2 was released in 2015. There are a lot of newer bluetooth speakers on the market. Show newer Bluetooth Speakers

JBL Pulse 2 is $33.91 more expensive than an average bluetooth speaker ($59.99).

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Questions about JBL Pulse 2

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Is JBL Pulse any good?
Related: JBL Pulse 2, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Yaroslav 116 days ago
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Hi, I had a JBL Pulse 2 for over a year and so far it's been excellent. Very portable and good sound.

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The JBL Pulse 2 has a lot of cool features. It has two full-range drivers with a 16W power output, a 10-hour battery life, is IPX4 water resistant (splash proof), and has a resilient design. It features a noise, and echo-cancelling speakerphone, which will keep your phone calls nice, and clear. It offers sensational sound with an interactive light show, and its splash proof design enables the JBL Pulse 2 to light up any event with high quality sound.

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Which is louder and delivers good sound... The jbl pulse 2 or UE boom 2?
Related: UE Boom 2, JBL Pulse 2, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by NIck 183 days ago
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They actually both deliver great sound, but when it comes to louder, then we go into its db level. The UE Boom 2 has an output level of 88 db, and the JBL Pulse 2 has an output of 80 db. Bottom line, the UE Boom 2 has the capability of producing a louder sound. It also has a 15 hour battery life, while the JBL Pulse 2 only has about 10 hours. Both have 2 full-range drivers, but you may find that the UE Boom 2 will not have sufficient bass production unlike other speakers similar in size.

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JPL pulse 2 or JBL Charge 3?
Related: JBL Charge 3, JBL Pulse 2, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 321 days ago
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Depends on what you'll be using it for. The Charge 3 can be submerged in water without getting damaged, and it's a little smaller and more portable. The Pulse 2 light show is really cool for parties, and it can get rained on, but it can't be fully submerged. Both are really durable and have excellent sound quality. I have the Pulse 2 and I love it! (I mostly use it at home and at the beach).

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It depends what you’re going for in terms of detail. The JBL Pulse 2 is IPX4 water resistant (splash proof), has 10 hours of battery life, two full-range drivers, and a power output of 16W. This device comes with a noise, and echo cancelling speakerphone, and JBL prism color sensor lens. This is definitely the sort of device you want if you trying to light up a party with cool colors. A few issues with the speaker itself is that it could use more high frequency presence, and the illumination is not synchronized with the rhythm of the music being played. The JBL Charge 3 has IPX7 water resistance, 20 hours of battery life, is dust proof, and has a power bank to charge devices on the go. It is equipped with two 50mm transducers, and has a power output of 20 watts. This is a fantastic device to have if you want the luxury of having a speaker that can efficiently charge other devices while you’re on the go in you’re everyday life.

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Which speaker is louder clear with base, Pulse 2 or UE Boom 2
Related: UE Boom 2, JBL Pulse 2, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 342 days ago
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I believe you'll find louder bass clarity with the JBL Pulse 2. It has a lower frequency response than the UE Boom 2. They both have similar drivers, but the JBL Pulse 2 has a low frequency range set to go as low as 85Hz, where as the UE Boom 2 has a range of 90Hz (the lower the Hz, the stronger, and juicier the bass). The UE Boom 2 does have a higher dB level output, but I think you'll find the JBL Pulse 2 will have a stronger bass.

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I'm looking to buy a portable bluetooth speaker. I'm not experienced with audio speakers, so I'd like some help. A friend recommended the JBL Go and from looking around on Amazon, I thought the Oontz Angle 3 is good. Can you tell me your opinion please? Thanks!
Related: Cambridge Oontz Angle 3, JBL Pulse 2, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 515 days ago
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The JBL Go is indeed a neat device if you want a very small, lightweight device (4.586 ounces). It has one 40 mm transducer, a 5-hour battery life, and a power output of 3W. This is sort of on the lower spectrum of wattage, but its signal to noise ratio is amazingly 80 dB. The Cambridge Oontz Angle 3 has a 12-hour battery life, two precision neodymium drivers, a bass radiator, and a power output of 10W. I believe you'll get much better sound quality from the Cambridge Oontz Angle 3 at the cost of it weighing about 4 ounces more than the JBL GO. I noticed you also listed the JBL Pulse 2 in related, and I should point out this is a much heavier device in comparison to the others, but also has much more power. Not only does it give you cool colors for parties, but is equipped with two full-range drivers, at a 16W output. All in all, if you want something to party with that can get loud, and produce lights then the JBL Pulse 2 would be a great choice. If your looking for something as small as you can go then the JBL GO would be the right choice. If you want to sort of meet in the middle then the Cambridge Oontz Angle 3 would definitely be a wise choice.

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What is the best Bluetooth speaker Bose Soundlink Revole, UE Boom 2 or a Fugoo Sport. I want a good Bluetooth speaker and these are the three that come up the most on most reviews.
Related: UE Boom, Bose SoundLink Revolve, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 21 days ago
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They all have their pros, and cons, so it ultimately boils down to what is right for you, and your needs.

The UE Boom is a great choice if you want a bluetooth speaker with an exceptional battery life (up to 15 hours). It features two 1.5 inch full range drivers, has a power output of 3 watts, and is IPX4 splash proof. This is not a speaker if you seek to go to loud volumes, as it only offers a 3 watt output, but definitely a great speaker if you want a relaxing volume level, and a quality durable build.


You will find the Bose SoundLink Revolve is IPX4 water resistant (splash proof), has a durable design, a 12 hour battery life, and dual passive radiators. This speaker can reach louder volumes and is a nice choice if you want something that's built to last The exact watt output is unknown because bose tend to never list the watt output (and thus they cannot be exactly compared), but it's a safe bet it will not disappoint in terms of volume and clarity, as this is what the brand is known for.

The Fugoo Go Anywhere Speaker (Fugoo Sport) is very affordable in comparison. It has an IP67 water resistant rating (meaning that it can be submerged). a 12 watt output, a 10 hour battery life (40 hours at half volume), and dual-full range drivers, along with dual bass radiators. This is an ideal choice if you wish to save some money, but still want a decent power output. It’s compact, easy to carry around, and reaches about 95 decibels. However, note that at high volumes the Fugoo speaker tends to distort the sound and will not sound as clear.

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I am more of a bassy songs listener , i loved the design of marshall But looking at the price difference and extra feature of being as a powerbank by xtreme is very cool. which one should I buy
Related: JBL Xtreme, Marshall Kilburn, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 41 days ago
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Both speakers have exceptional sound quality, however you’ll find that the Marshall Kilburn is able to go louder. It has a 70 watt power output in comparison to the JBL Xtreme’s 40 watts. That does not mean the JBL Xtreme can’t get very loud, it just means the Marshall can probably handle higher volume levels. That being said, the JBL certainly has a lot more features than the marshal, such as its power bank feature, water resistance, and its hands-free speakerphone functionality.


So, it’s really about what’s more important to you. Both have subwoofers, and decent drivers. The xtreme has 2 subwoofers, but they’re smaller than the kilburns 4 inch woofer. The xtreme is definitely a good choice when it comes to money value, and what you’re getting out of it. If you plan to be out, and on the go with your speaker then I believe the xtreme would be the better choice. If you want something strictly for home use then I would suggest the Marshall Kilburn.

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Which is having more performance
Related: SoundBot SB571, JBL Flip 3, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Joobin 44 days ago
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It ultimately depends on what type of performance you’re aiming for. Are you looking for something with better bass? Or perhaps something that has a lot of features? 


The JBL Flip 3 is a great choice if you want something that has a well-rounded assortment of features, and a larger scale of use. It's significantly more expensive than the soundbot, but with fair reason. It has dual 1.57in transducers, with a 16 watt power output. It has IPX4 water resistance (making it splash-proof, and a great pool party option), a 10 hour battery life, and a very durable design. It has the option to connect to other speakers, and multiple devices.


The SoundBot SB571 has a well-rounded sound quality. It has two 40mm premium drivers, and a passive subwoofer, with a 12 watt power output. The battery life on it is slightly better than the JBL Flip 3, but this is not an ideal device if you plan to take it to areas where it may get wet because it has no water resistance. It lacks a few of the other features the JBL Flip 3 offers, but you may find that the SoundBot SB571’s sound quality (especially its bass) will sound exceptional, and can easily match if not exceed the jbl’s sound at a much lower cost.

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Which of these two has clearer sound at high volumes, especially when listening to pop, hip hop, and dancehall?
Related: VAVA Voom 21, Anker SoundCore, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Gilda 47 days ago
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I believe you’ll find that the VAVA Voom 21 will have better sound quality at higher volumes. It has a 20 watt output, 2 drivers, and a subwoofer. The Anker SoundCore is also a great bluetooth speaker, but its power output is significantly lower. It has a 6 watt output, dual high-performance 3 watt speakers, and a subwoofer. This means you’ll see higher decibel levels at maximum volume on the VAVA Voom 21’s side, not to mention cleaner sound quality. The downside is that the vavavoom 21 will cost more than twice what the Anker SoundCore does.

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Anyone recommend a good speaker under $100 ?
Related: Anker A3143, Beats Pill+, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Kevin 59 days ago
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The VAVA Voom 21 would be a great choice to consider. It meets your price range, and has an outstanding sound quality. This speaker features two passive radiators, a 10W subwoofer, and has a 20W power output. The downside to this speaker is that it’s not an ideal choice if you plan to be around water in any sort of fashion because it has no water resistance.


The Cambridge OontZ Angle 3 Plus would be another great bluetooth speaker to take into consideration. It has an impressive 1 day 6 hour battery life, has two precision neodymium drivers, a bass radiator, and a power output of 10 watts. This would be a great choice for pool parties because it has IPX5 water resistance (protection from small water jets), but don’t put it inside the pool, it is not built for that.


The two speakers you listed are decent as well. The Anker A3143 is very affordable considering it has a 20W output, and has a decent battery life of 10 hours. This bluetooth speaker is equipped with dual 10W drivers, and 2 passive subwoofers. Its downside is that it has no water resistance, nor does it have NFC capability (near field communication).


The Beats Pill+ is another great choice that you listed. It has a cool design, a 12 hour battery life, and a 12W output. Its volume may not go as loud as the others mentioned, but it has a lot of features, such as being able to connect to other speakers, and has hands-free functionality.

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