JBL Xtreme - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives

JBL Xtreme

JBL Xtreme
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The JBL Xtreme is technically a portable speaker, but it’s quite heavy and too big for most bags, so it's not ideal for taking with you on trips. It is wrapped in a durable fabric and it comes with a ... Read full review
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Key features
  • Dual external passive radiators
  • Splashproof
  • Noise and echo cancelling speakerphone
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 15 hours of playtime
  • Wireless
  • Bluetooth

JBL Xtreme is a very popular option at the top of the price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling bluetooth speakers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Cambridge OontZ Angle 3XL or JBL Pulse .

JBL Xtreme was released in 2015. There are dozens of newer bluetooth speakers on the market. Show newer Bluetooth Speakers

JBL Xtreme is $89.96 more expensive than the average bluetooth speaker ($59.99).

Physical Features
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Dimensions Length x Width x Height
5 x 11 x 4.8 inches
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4.7 lbs
Water Resistance

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. 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. 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
Dustproof Other than water resistance level, dustproof is one of the most important features of a speaker’s build. Dust is a difficult element to combat, since it accumulates naturally and you have very little ... 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
15 hours
Charging Time How long it takes to charge the battery
3 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
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
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
Woofer 2 x 63 mm, tweeters 2 x 35mm
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
40 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
70Hz – 20kHz
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
30 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
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
Info at a Glance
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Release Date
July 2015
Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
97 / 100
  • Hear the bass, feel the bass, see the bass. Dual external passive radiators demonstrate just how powerful your speakers are
  • Splashproof means no more worrying about rain or spills; you can even clean it with running tap water. Just don't submerge it
  • Take Crystal clear calls from your speaker with the touch of a button thanks to the noise and Echo cancelling speakerphone
  • Built-in rechargeable li-ion battery supports up to 15 hours of playtime and charges devices via dual USB ports
  • Wirelessly connect up to 3 Smartphones or Tablets to the speaker and take turns playing earth-shaking, powerful stereo sound
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Additional Features
Accessories Chargers, cables, cases that come with the device
Power adaptor
Attachments Hook, clip, strap, etc
1 Year Electronics Warranty
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Questions about JBL Xtreme

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I am planning to Buy one JBL xtreme and two JBL Flip 3 to listen synchronously movie sound by keeping JBL xtreme in front and JBL flip 3 at backside (L/R).
So Anker speakers are better than JBL and Can anker speaker synchronize with each other like JBL?

The Anker speakers listed have a much smaller watt output the JBL Xtreme's setup. The JBL Xtreme has two 63mm woofers, and two 35mm tweeters. Unless you're trying to listen to all your music at very low volumes, then none of them would match up to the JBL Xtreme in terms of the power the speakers can pump out. The highest watt device on that anker speaker list is about 20 watts with the Anker A3143. So I would say, no, they are not better than the JBL Xtreme's speakers. As for whether the anker speakers can synchronize with each other, the answer would be no. None of the anker speakers listed in your related section have the ability to connect to other speakers like that.

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Hi there,
Is the JBL Xtreme worth the difference in price to the JBL Charge 3?
Why is it so much more expensive?
Related: JBL Xtreme, JBL Charge 3, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 204 days ago
The reason that the JBL Xtreme is so much more expensive is because it is much larger and more powerful than the Charge 3. It's difficult to see in pictures, but the Xtreme is more than twice the size of the Charge 3 and requires a shoulder strap to carry around.
If you're looking for a huge booming speaker for a party or something, the Xtreme is a great choice, but because of its size it's not nearly as portable as the Charge 3 (which is also very durable and waterproof).

The JBL Xtreme is definitely worth the difference in price if you are looking to hit very high volumes. It has two woofers that are 63mm each, two tweeters that are 35 mm each, and a power output of 40 watts. the JBL Charge 3 has two 50mm transducers, and has a power output of 20 watts. That means the JBL Xtreme has twice the power output, thus can get much louder.

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Is Vava Voom 21 anywhere close in bass and loudness to JBL Xtreme?
Related: JBL Xtreme, VAVA Voom 21, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 295 days ago

You'll find that the VAVA Voom 21's goes sufficiently loud for most scenario's, and the bass is exceptional. The device has two 5W drivers, two passive radiators, and a 10W subwoofer. It does only have half of the power output that a JBL Xtreme has, so you'll find the JBL Xtreme can reach much higher volumes before sound degradation takes place. The JBL Xtreme has been reported to have 80 dB, while the VAVA Voom 21 has been reported to have 78 dB. In terms of how much louder a difference of 2dB is, if you compare 70 dB to 80 dB it's about double the loudness.

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Regarding Bluetooth specs, JBL Xtreme state four ft, does that mean you have to be in a 4-foot range?I'm confused...
Related: JBL Xtreme, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 299 days ago

Hi there, I think you maybe perhaps mean the Bluetooth version? Bluetooth 4.1 (used for this item) is able to offer a reliable connection to up to about 30 ft (10m) away from the targeted streaming device, as long as there aren't any barriers like walls in the way.

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Can you tell me the top ten Bluetooth speaker, and also I have a bose sound link III can you tell me of Bose is better or JLB xtreme is better.
Related: JBL Xtreme, Bose SoundLink III, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 330 days ago

Unfortunately the top-ten bluetooth speakers would be a list formed solely on opinion. Every device has its unique pros, and cons. It helps to know what attribute about the bluetooth speaker you require - what is the best speaker for other people may not be the best for you! For example, narrow your search to the top ten loudest bluetooth speakers, or the top ten bluetooth speakers with great bass, etc.

As for whether the Bose SoundLink III is better than the JBL Xtreme, it also depends. They both essentially have a large power output, and have great sound quality.

 The Bose SoundLink III weighs 3 pounds, has four drivers, two passive radiators, and a frequency range of 45Hz-22kHz. The JBL Xtreme is IPX4 water resistant (splash proof), has a rather large design, weighs 4.6 pounds, is equipped with a power bank, two 63mm woofers, and two 35mm tweeters, with a power output of 40W, and a frequency range of 70Hz-20kHz.

I think if you want something for days at the pool then the JBL Xtreme would be the wiser choice since its water resistant, but if you want something for more of a home use, then the Bose SoundLink III would be a fine choice..

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Which speaker is better between Bose Soundlink III and JBL Xtreme ? Which has the better Wattage and Bass ?
Related: JBL Xtreme, Bose SoundLink III, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 437 days ago

It is hard to say which one is outright better since they both have their pros, and cons. As far as bass, and wattage goes the JBL Xtreme has 2x 63mm woofers, 2x 35mm tweeters, and has a power output of 40 watts (20W-low, 20W-high). The Bose SoundLink III has 4-drivers, and two passive radiators, but unfortunately do not provide information when it comes to how many watts it is. Bose SoundLink III uses AC (alternating current) instead of DC (direct current), so in order to find the watts one would need to know the rms-current, and rms-voltage to calculate the power. They both have 4-drivers, which make them similar in that aspect, but you’ll find the Bose SoundLink III can hit 90 db, while the JBL Xtreme only hits 80 db. This means the sound can go louder on the Bose SoundLink III. The Bose SoundLink III has a frequency range of 45hz-22khz, and the JBL Xtreme has a range of 70Hz-20kHz. This means that the Bose SoundLink III can have the potential for juicier bass because it can go to a lower frequency that is well into the sub-bass range. So you'll find the Bose SoundLink III is more powerful, and has better bass.

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I would really like something that will produce decent atmos quality without going above 300.00
Related: UE Megaboom, Harman Kardon Onyx Studio, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Matthew yesterday

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I would like to get best Bluetooth speaker under 50 dollars.
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I'm looking at these 3 speakers. I was wondering which one has the best sound quality

The Altec Lansing LifeJacket is designed more for its water resistance. It can float on water, and is very durable, but it’s rather huge and heavy. It has two subwoofers, two neodymium woofers, two tweeters, and two passive radiators. Unfortunately even with that many drivers you may find some issues with its sound quality once you pass half of its maximum volume level. The digital signal processing used by the Altec Lansing LifeJacket is not very subtle. It tries to prevent distortion upon reaching high volume levels by limiting the dynamic peaks of louder sections within the tracks, particularly tracks with lots of bass. This causes the sound to dip in volume when things are loud, and rise drastically during quiet moments. The JBL Charge 3 has a more “all around” sort of quality to it because its easy to carry around, water resistant, and charges other devices. It has two 50 mm transducers, and has a power output of 20 watts. Its sound quality is actually quite impressive, and you wont find the same sort of volume dips with this device. The Anker SoundCore is overall a much less powerful device, but also small, lightweight, and economical. It has dual high-performance 3W drivers, and a power output of 6W. Unfortunately, it has absolutely no water resistance. All in all, I would say when it comes to sound quality, you may find the JBL Charge 3 to have the richer, higher quality sound.

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Is JBL Pulse any good?
Related: JBL Pulse 2, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Yaroslav 26 days ago

Hi, I had a JBL Pulse 2 for over a year and so far it's been excellent. Very portable and good sound.


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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I am looking for a portable speaker that is loud for parties and yet still has a clear good sounds. What would you recommend?
Related: UE Megaboom, VAVA Voom 21, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Rhonda 35 days ago

It sounds like the perfect speaker for you would be the VAVA Voom 21. It has a 10W subwoofer, two 5W drivers, along with two passive radiators, which will work fantastic for parties. It is also aptX enabled, so you will have the ability to stream high-quality audio without compromising the integrity of the sound.

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