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Jbl Boombox 3

Critic consensus
The JBL Boombox 3 is praised for its robust build quality, superior sound performance, and impressive battery life, but criticized for its weight, lack of USB-C connectivity, and occasional connectivity issues with the app.
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🎵 Superior Sound Quality
Reviewers consistently praise the Boombox 3 for its excellent sound quality across various genres.
...It has the most refined sound that spans beyond modern genres... So technically you can use this speaker...also to listen to highly detailed jazz music, rock music, everything that an audiophile would prefer....
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🔋 Impressive Battery Life
The long-lasting battery life of the Boombox 3 is highlighted as a significant advantage.
...You got this battery technology that lasts. Oh, man. I don't know the specs on this thing But i'm thinking about 24 hours or something like that...
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💧 Waterproof and Durable Design
The speaker's waterproof and durable design is frequently noted, making it suitable for outdoor use.
...All the Boombox speakers are resistant to the elements... However, this is more superior because dust is the most dangerous thing that can happen to a speaker....
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🔄 Connectivity Issues
Some reviewers mention issues with app connectivity, affecting the user experience.
...Yeah, this is why I hate apps. Those longing for apps to control something from the earphones, it's horrible, you can see. Everything is going to be prepared, so how long is he fooling around here? ... Maybe they are both interfering with each other, therefore this app mania. Having an app for everything is just... I'm sorry, maybe we can try this later on when I go outdoors, but now it doesn't work....
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🏋️ Weight Considerations
The weight of the Boombox 3 is mentioned as a potential drawback for portability.
...Okay wow it's very heavy. You have the huge logo as you can see very huge logo which I'm not a fan of....
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🌞 Metal Handle Temperature
The metal handle can become uncomfortably hot or cold, which is a minor inconvenience.
...Metal's good in a build until you get out in the sun, then you realize, man, this stuff is hot. So I would advise you, if you're gonna get this speaker, or if you already have it, but haven't had a chance to take it outside yet, don't leave it in direct sun for a long time....
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💸 High Price Point
The high cost of the Boombox 3 is noted, with some questioning the value for the price.
...But for the price of $500, is it worth it? You know, as much as I want to say, yes, the Partybox 310 is only $50 more....
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🔌 Lack of USB-C Connectivity
The absence of USB-C ports for charging and data is seen as a drawback, given its ubiquity in modern devices.
...Another downside, it doesn't have USB-C connection and all phones today have USB-C....
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Review by All Sound Lab
Sentiment: Somewhat positive
The JBL Boombox 3 emerges as an exceptional, albeit not the most portable, speaker choice that delivers rich, expansive sound for audiophiles and party-goers alike, making it well worth its premium tag despite minor connectivity drawbacks. Watch review
...Sounds better than all the Boomboxes before.... Next quote
JBL Boombox 3 Review - The Ultimate Portable Speaker?
5:17
15 Mar 2024
🌟 Refined Sound Quality Across Genres
...It has the most refined sound that spans beyond modern genres... So technically you can use this speaker...also to listen to highly detailed jazz music, rock music, everything that an audiophile would prefer... Watch in video
🎨 Sleek and Modern Design
...It's a slicker design, it looks more modern, it looks a bit more fancy... Watch in video
🔋 Long-Lasting Battery Life
...And the battery, obviously like any Boombox, will hold for 24 hours, will hold on even at the loudest volume from the start to the finish of any party... Watch in video
💧 Superior Dust and Water Resistance
...All the Boombox speakers are resistant to the elements... However, this is more superior because dust is the most dangerous thing that can happen to a speaker... Watch in video
🤝 Easy and Versatile Connectivity
...The speaker is a beast. It just connects right away...you can even use it with two people at the same time... Watch in video
🔊 Powerful Sound System-Like Performance
...Sound-wise, this speaker is not built like a speaker, but it's built like a sound system...it's more refined... Watch in video
🚀 Portability (with Limitations)
...It's portable. You can carry it around town... Watch in video
🤔 🚶‍♂️Limited portability for certain situations
...It's portable. You can carry it around town for a few. However, it's not something you can carry on a hike if you don't have a car. You can get it on holidays, but you can't get it on a one-day short trip... Watch quote in video
🤔 🔌Lacks USB-C connection
...Another downside, it doesn't have USB-C connection and all phones today have USB-C... Watch quote in video
🤔 😕Outdated Bluetooth codec
...When it comes to the Bluetooth codec, many people complain about the slightly outdated Bluetooth codec, but that won't really make any difference to your listening experience... Watch quote in video
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Review by New Stuff TV 2
Sentiment: Somewhat positive
Almost a year later, the JBL Boombox 3 remains a thrilling purchase for its robust, in-your-face sound and durable design, making it a worthy investment for anyone seeking powerful audio performance. Watch review
...Is the Boombox 3 flexin' on it, baby?... Next quote
Buyer's Remorse? JBL Boombox 3 One Year Later
6:35
27 Dec 2023
🎵 Incredible Bass and Sound Quality
...The bass is just, it's just frickin' bass. The mid-range is there. The treble is there. This speaker is way more in your face, and that's what I like about it... Watch in video
🔋 Good Battery Life, Although Not the Full Advertised 24 Hours
...Speaking of battery source, you're gettin' 24 hours that they say you get, but you ain't gonna get all that, man, especially if you jammin' this thing the way you're supposed to be jammin'... Watch in video
🎉 PartyBoost Feature for Expansive Sound
...This thing is PartyBoost capable. So that's why I brought the Charge 5 because I wanted to PartyBoost them... Watch in video
🏋️‍♂️ Durable and Built to Last
...Construction-wise, I've had it for a year, not a scratch on it... because it's made to be durable, man... Watch in video
🔊 Full Range Sound with Good Crossover
...Look, you got this Racetrack Subwoofer that lives behind this JBL logo, then you got these two mid-range drivers, or dynamic drivers, and then you got these tweeters up here. You got full range of sound... Watch in video
🌞 Scratch-Resistant Fabric and Durable Build Materials
...It'll repel a lot of physical damage. But then you got the outer plastic here. It's a nice ABS hard plastic. Then you got this neoprene or rubber on the outside protecting the bass radiators... Watch in video
🤔 🔊 Low end rolls off at higher volumes.
...Let's say about 70%, you start noticing that high end, or not the high end, but the low end, roll off a little bit... Watch quote in video
🤔 🔋 Battery life may not meet official expectations.
...You're gettin' 24 hours that they say you get, but you ain't gonna get all that, man, especially if you jammin' this thing the way you're supposed to be jammin'... Watch quote in video
🤔 🌞 Metal handle can get hot in direct sunlight.
...Metal's good in a build until you get out in the sun, then you realize, man, this stuff is hot. So I would advise you, if you're gonna get this speaker, or if you already have it, but haven't had a chance to take it outside yet, don't leave it in direct sun for a long time... Watch quote in video
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Review by Maxwellectronics
Sentiment: Very positive
The JBL Boombox 3 impresses with its robust design, exceptional connectivity options, and powerful sound quality, making it a worthwhile investment for those who prioritize audio performance on the go. Watch review
...Taking sound to its extreme with JBL Boombox 3!... Next quote
JBL Boombox 3 Review: Sound that Moves You!
11:00
20 Aug 2023
🎵 Superior Sound Quality
...Nini ngiramba wahiti webi zegenga pichumbe... Watch in video
💦 Waterproof and Durable Design
...Waada walikuwa Kwa kilishwe zaidi ya IP67... Watch in video
🔄 Long-lasting Battery
...Sina hufu maraleze kakoo iwanajula zaire... Watch in video
📱 User-friendly Portable App
...Touhouo, sendinga mdana agezie... Watch in video
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Review by New Stuff TV
Sentiment: Very positive
After three months of use, the JBL Boombox 3 impressively maintains its stellar build quality, excellent sound separation, and reliable battery life, solidifying it as a worthwhile investment for those seeking premium, portable sound. Watch review
...Is this speaker still like the bomb?... Next quote
JBL Boombox 3: Three Months Later
11:08
23 Dec 2022
💪 Robust build quality
...I mean, look at the build quality of this thing. The Boombox 1 and Boombox 2 were built pretty much the same with the exception of the handle... this one is exposed metal... Watch in video
🎶 Excellent sound quality over time
...But what do they sound like over time?... it has the two dynamic drivers, and the two tweeters, I should say. So it has all this. It's actually, for all intents and purposes, it is a speaker system... Watch in video
🔋 Impressive battery life
...And at the beginning of the month of December, I actually used it... over that two-day span... And it lasted over that two-day period as far as the battery life goes... I think I've only actually charged this thing... probably twice... Watch in video
🎵 Great sound projection and quality even at low volumes
...Because they were hearing like the mid-tones and the treble... you can hear the bass from way over here. And like I can feel it. I'm leaning up against the wall and I can hear the bass... Watch in video
🤔 🏋️ Weight can be challenging for some, especially with conditions like tendinitis
...This 15 pounds worth of boom right here has actually impacted my tendinitis. So I got to carry it around with my right arm, which is, you know, it's not a big deal, but it is 15 pounds worth of speaker connected to a handle... Watch quote in video
🤔 🌡️ Handle can get extremely hot or cold due to the exposed metal
...The handle is plastic in those other two. I don't know if there's some metal underneath that plastic, but this one is exposed metal, okay? So when you put it out in the sun, it will get hot, too hot to the touch as a matter of fact. And when you put it out in the cold, it will get cold... Watch quote in video
🤔 💸 High price point may be considered a significant investment
...$500 is a lot of money. So you spend it on your Boombox 3, right, or you're contemplating... Watch quote in video
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Review by GYMCADDY
Sentiment: Somewhat positive
The JBL Boombox 3 delivers notably louder sound and more robust bass than its predecessors, complemented by its adjustable EQ and solid build, making it a highly recommended upgrade despite its brighter stock EQ and lack of USB-C ports. Watch review
...Overall, the JBL Boombox 3 is a solid speaker... Next quote
JBL Boombox 3 Review - More Bass More Loud
17:08
8 Oct 2022
🎨 Improved Design with Metal Carrying Handle
...Now looks wise the Boombox 3 now has that huge JBL logo on the front...But something that's also a little different on this speaker is its carrying handle. The carrying handle on the Boombox 3 is now metal... Watch in video
🔋 Robust Battery Life
...The Boombox 3 has the same 72.6 watt hour battery as the Boombox 2... real world use with the Boombox 3 playing at 80% volume its good for about 8 hours of playback time... Watch in video
🎵 Enhanced Sound with Additional Subwoofer
...Now the Boombox 3 still has your exposed dual passive radiators that shoot out its sides, but this speaker now also has a front wood firing subwoofer... Watch in video
🔄 Adjustable EQ Feature
...But thankfully the Boombox 3 has an adjustable EQ which is a new feature for JBL's speakers in general... Watch in video
📡 Seamless Connectivity with PartyBoost
...Now the JBL Boombox 3 is using JBL's Partyboost meaning that you can pair it up to other Partyboost speakers...you can pair up to 100 speakers together... Watch in video
🤔 Bright stock EQ can sound a bit harsh
...Cause while in its stock EQ it is very bright and a little harsh… but when used with the correct EQ the Boombox 3 no longer sounds relatively flat or nasally at higher volumes which was an issue for the Boombox 2... Watch quote in video
🤔 Lack of USB C ports for charging and wired connection
...Unfortunately the Boombox 3 doesn't have any USB C ports on it like with the Xtreme 3 where you can use this USB C port as a wired connection and you can also use it to charge your own devices... Watch quote in video
🤔 No option for a shoulder strap for ease of portability
...Now looks wise the Boombox 3 now has that huge JBL logo on the front which I know some people just aren't a huge fan of. But thats neither here nor there. But something thats also a little different on this speaker is its carrying handle. The carrying handle on the Boombox 3 is now metal.... but I still wish that the Boombox 3 had a shoulder strap like the Xtreme 3... Watch quote in video
🤔 Cannot pair Boombox 3 with older JBL speakers using JBL Connect Plus
...But unfortunately you can not pair a Boombox 3 up to any of JBL's older speakers using JBL Connect Plus. So you can not pair a Boombox 3 up to an original Boombox, or to an Xtreme 2, or to a Charge 4, or to a Charge 3, or a Pulse 3, or a Flip 4... Watch quote in video
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Review by Ezekielo
Sentiment: Somewhat positive
The JBL Boombox 3 impresses with its solid build and powerful, deep bass performance, although its treble can be harsh at high volumes, necessitating further testing and potential EQ adjustments. Watch review
...Wow, very heavy.... Next quote
introducing JBL Boombox 3 with Binaural SOUND TEST!
7:38
5 Oct 2022
🎵 Excellent built quality with sturdy materials
...The grip is made of metal so it feels very solid and sturdy... Watch in video
🔋 Impressive battery life with a large capacity
...For battery life I think you're looking at around 24 hours but that would vary definitely depend on the music and the volume. It's got a huge 10,000 milliampere battery inside... Watch in video
💦 Features IP67 dust and water resistance, making it fully waterproof
...You're also getting IP67 dust and water resistance so this is fully waterproof which is really good to see on a speaker this size... Watch in video
📡 Offers Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity for a reliable and long-range connection
...You are getting Bluetooth 5.3 on this as well... Watch in video
🤔 ⚖️ Very heavy and large.
...Okay wow it's very heavy. You have the huge logo as you can see very huge logo which I'm not a fan of... Watch quote in video
🤔 📍 Battery indicator placement is inconvenient.
...JBL still decided to keep it down here underneath which makes it very difficult to read... Watch quote in video
🤔 💾 Charging time is lengthy.
...It's got a huge 10,000 milliampere battery inside so it's going to take you a while to charge these up. I think around six and a half hours to get fully charged up... Watch quote in video
🤔 🎼 Upper bass and treble quality at high volumes.
...The upper bass, the punch and thump is not really there as I was expecting...the treble at high volumes seems a little bit harsh... Watch quote in video
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Review by DT TechTwins
Sentiment: Very positive
The JBL Boombox 3 is a significant upgrade with its excellent sound clarity, enhanced battery life, and robust build, making it an outstanding choice for anyone in search of a high-quality Bluetooth speaker. Watch review
...The Best Bluetooth Speaker!... Next quote
JBL Boombox 3 Review: The Best Bluetooth Speaker (Unboxing)
10:28
5 Oct 2022
📦 Improved packaging and accessories
...You wanna pick up that cardboard packaging that's gonna be on top of the speaker...It's just a regular one cable that you get with the JBL Boombox 3... Watch in video
🔋 Exceptional battery life
...You charge this thing from the go, and on full, you got like 24 full hours of...battery life... Watch in video
🎉 Convenient PartyBoost feature
...I love, love, love, that's one of the favorite things that I love about it... you can use my JBL boombox 3 and my JBL boombox 2 can be paired together... Watch in video
💪 Durable design with upgraded materials
...They upgraded it to like a metal handle with these silicone grips that's under it, and then they got, they do have a silicone base to it, too... Watch in video
🎵 Superior sound quality with low distortion
...With the JBL boombox 3, there's pretty much little to no distortion...it handles the sound so clearly... Watch in video
💧 Water and dust proof with IP67 rating
...It is dust proof, water and dust proof, you know, IP67. So you can literally take this thing anywhere guys... Watch in video
📲 User-friendly app with customizable EQ settings
...When you connect it to the JBL app, it is an up, you do need to update the speaker...it does have a little equalizer that you can use where you can edit your bass, edit your mids, and then edit the treble levels... Watch in video
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Review by Flossy Carter
Sentiment: Very positive
The JBL Boombox 3 impresses with its enhanced durability, powerful sound that offers zero distortion at maximum volume, and the significant upgrades over its predecessor, earning it a major recommendation for those seeking the best in portable Bluetooth speakers. Watch review
...Is this speaker really worth 500 bucks?... Next quote
JBL Boombox 3 - The Best JBL Speaker Ever?
20:32
2 Oct 2022
🌊 Enhanced Durability with Increased Water and Dust Resistance
...Now the Boombox 2 that's IPX7 water resistant. The Boombox 3 IP67 dust and water resistant. So you're getting more durability... Watch in video
💪🏼 Stronger Build with a Slight Increase in Weight for Better Sound Quality
...Now the Boombox 2 that's 13 pounds. The Boombox 3 is 14 pounds. So it's a little bit heavier... Watch in video
🎶 Improved Audio Setup for Superior Sound Experience
...With the Boombox 3 you got an extra speaker. So you got one 80 watt woofer, two 40 watt mids. And two 10 watt tweeters... Watch in video
📱 Enhanced Connectivity with the Latest Bluetooth Version
...Now with the Boombox 2 you're getting Bluetooth 5.1. With the 3 you're getting Bluetooth 5.3. So better connectivity... Watch in video
🔋 Long Battery Life with Quick Charging
...Now the battery life on this is 24 hours and it takes six hours to fully charge... Watch in video
🔄 Easy Pairing with Multiple JBL Speakers Using Party Boost
...Now you got party boost so you can pair up multiple JBL speakers... Watch in video
🔌 Built-In Power Bank and Auxiliary Input for Versatility
...You got a built-in power bank, a 3.5 auxiliary input for non-Bluetooth devices... Watch in video
📲 User-Friendly Experience with the JBL App
...Now you can use the JBL app to customize all of the settings... Watch in video
🎵 Crystal Clear Sound at Maximum Volume without Distortion
...All right now one of the things that JBL claims about the Boombox 3 is that you could rock this at max volume with zero distortion... Watch in video
🥇 Considered the Best Sounding Portable Bluetooth Speaker in its Size Category
...This is the best sounding portable Bluetooth speaker at this size, period... Watch in video
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Review by The Ascended Tech Ninja
Sentiment: Somewhat positive
The JBL Boombox 3 impresses with its robust build and enhanced sound quality, striking a fine balance between performance and portability, though at high volumes its sound can feel harsh, making it a significant but pricey upgrade for audio enthusiasts. Watch review
...This is nice. It's like a canning.... Next quote
JBL Boombox 3 Unboxing And First Impressions(JBL Partyboost Included)
17:15
29 Sep 2022
🎵 Superior Sound Quality
...The mids are a lot more forward now and then the highs sound a bit more extended... Watch in video
🔋 Impressive Battery Life
...With the advertised battery life of 24 hours... Watch in video
💦 Enhanced Durability with IP67 Rating
...This speaker is rated IP67 dust and water resistance over the Boombox 2 IPX7 water resistance... Watch in video
🎉 JBL PartyBoost Compatibility
...So the Boombox 3 is backward compatible with other Jiva PartyBoost speakers like the Boombox 2, Charge 5... Watch in video
📦 Premium Unboxing Experience
...Okay, all right, all right, so let me go ahead and get up a little bit. Wow, and this is a very nice cloth, but oh this just by holding it, this feels... Watch in video
🎚️ Customizable Sound with EQ Adjustment
...I'm going to play with the EQ while I'm doing so and then if the update does make a difference, I'm going to like have a A-B comparison like in my normal videos... Watch in video
🔄 Updates Improve Experience
...So the software is now on 3.0. It said the first time it was unsuccessful, but it still restarted and during the setup process, I swiped it out by accident and they say it's just fine... Watch in video
🏋️ Heavier, but Premium Feel
...Wow, this is heavy. Good Lord. ... It makes the Boombox 2 feel cheap in the hand... Watch in video
🎈 Fun and Dynamic Sound Stage with PartyBoost
...My chest was vibrating at this point. I'm almost kind of speechless. I mean, yeah, I've heard it louder, but this just sounds so dynamic... Watch in video
🌟 Sturdy Build Quality
...The overall belt quality is, it just feels a lot more sturdy... Watch in video
🤔 🔊 Sound can be harsh at higher volumes
...yes, it does sound harsher at like higher volumes, anything above 60%, you don't want to be too close to the speaker... Watch quote in video
🤔 🎵 Not a huge step up in bass from the Boombox 2
...The bass is not a huge step up from the Boombox 2, but it is at the same time. It's weird... Watch quote in video
🤔 💵 Price might not justify the upgrade
...But for the price of $500, is it worth it? You know, as much as I want to say, yes, the Partybox 310 is only $50 more... Watch quote in video
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Review by EchoX1
Sentiment: Very positive
The JBL Boombox 3 emerges as an exemplary all-around speaker, offering outstanding durability, waterproof features, and superb sound quality, albeit at a premium price point. Watch review
...It's a JBL speaker, for me they're the whole package.... Next quote
JBL Boombox 3 Review and Sound Test - Outstanding!
10:18
17 Sep 2022
🌊 Fully waterproof and durable design
...for starters it's obviously fully waterproof so there's nothing, you don't have to be worried about taking it outside... Watch in video
💪 Built to last with high-quality materials
...it's also very sturdy, built in handle, it's not like on the Sony one I reviewed recently... this is just a built in aluminium... and then on either side you've got, obviously it's got grips on the bottom so it's hard to push as well, but you've got high quality plastic here but then this, where this separates, this is rubber... Watch in video
🔊 Exceptional sound quality with no compromise on battery life
...all the money and all the space in here isn't batteries for the LEDs and stuff like that, it's proper sound and you can really tell because these things sound incredible... Watch in video
🎵 Versatile connectivity with Partyconnect feature
...On the top here like I said we've got our Partyconnect, so to any of the speakers, not the Partyboxes unfortunately, but any of the Boomboxes, any of the Flip speakers, any of the Charge speakers, the Pulse speakers... Watch in video
🏊‍♂️ Floats in water making it perfect for pool parties
...So you can basically just throw it in a pool it will float on it's back, so the water, because obviously the speaker is fire forward, so it will float on it's back and then the sound will shoot up and you'll still be able to hear it all perfectly, which is awesome... Watch in video
🎨 Aesthetically pleasing with a tasteful design
...Obviously they've changed the JBL logo the same as it looked like on the Xtreme and the Charge and the Flip, so it's just kind of like dark with a bit of an orange tint underneath the letters... Watch in video
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Review by New Stuff TV
Sentiment: Somewhat positive
The JBL Boombox 3 impresses with its deep bass and full speaker system clarity, making its hefty price tag feel justified for those seeking high-quality, robust sound. Watch review
...Is this the first speaker worth $500? Let's find out.... Next quote
JBL BoomBox 3 First Impressions
11:00
15 Sep 2022
🎵 Impressive sound quality with high clarity
...the bass and the clarity, okay, the first thing I noticed standing in front of it from the human side of things... You get a lot of clarity... Watch in video
🔊 Full speaker system design enhances audio experience
...instead of doing two dynamic drivers and two tweeters and then these passive radiators. They have done a full speaker system... two dynamic drivers with tweeters on top of them and a dedicated racetrack style subwoofer in the middle... Watch in video
💧 Waterproof and dustproof with added buoyancy
...You got full waterproofing full dust proofing and it floats... Watch in video
💰 Value for money at its retail price
...I felt like this would be the first speaker that I would be willing to pay five hundred dollars for because that's the retail cost… I feel like you're getting five hundred dollars worth of stuff here, man... Watch in video
🔋 Long battery life
...You got this battery technology that lasts. Oh, man. I don't know the specs on this thing But i'm thinking about 24 hours or something like that... Watch in video
🚀 Unmatched bass performance
...the kind of bass... this thing is so low when it comes to those bass notes man full speaker system the clarity the clarity is there... Watch in video
🤔 🎶 Possible Static Distortion in Some Songs
...I do think I hear a little bit of static sometimes... But I think I hear a little bit of staticky distortion in some parts of songs... Watch quote in video
🤔 🔄 Connectivity Issues with JBL App
...Let's get it connected again... As soon as it loads up there you go JBL Boombox 3 sitting right there... Watch quote in video
🤔 🔊 Static Detected Again in Specific Song
...There's that static again, I think. I don't think it's the song because I only hear it on this song... Watch quote in video
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Review by oluv's gadgets
Sentiment: Mixed
While the JBL Boombox 3 shows refined features and a more sophisticated design, its performance, specifically in terms of bass response and overall sound quality, doesn't quite justify its premium price, especially when compared against more affordable competitors like the Tribit Stormbox Blast. Watch review
...massive sound all day long... Next quote
JBL Boombox 3 - first impressions indoor/outdoor
47:15
24 Aug 2022
💼 The JBL Boombox 3's sound is more sophisticated, especially in the upper mids to treble ranges.
...The JBL definitely sounds more open, though it sounds slightly more sophisticated, seems to be better tuned from upper mids to treble... Watch in video
🌟 Improved design and durability with a metal grip, making the Boombox 3 look nicer and potentially more durable.
...Boombox 3, it looks a bit nicer with this metal grip now... Watch in video
🔊 The JBL Boombox 3 offers a more refined sound compared to older versions, with enhancements in the way it processes sound.
...It's larger, heavier, sounds slightly more refined maybe than the old ones... Watch in video
📦 Packing a three-way speaker system, the Boombox 3 promises better sound dispersion and quality, setting it apart from two-way systems.
...Now it's a 3-way system, unlike the old one which was 2-way... Watch in video
🤔 🔄 App connectivity issues with the JBL Boombox 3 were frustrating.
...Yeah, this is why I hate apps. Those longing for apps to control something from the earphones, it's horrible, you can see. Everything is going to be prepared, so how long is he fooling around here? ... Maybe they are both interfering with each other, therefore this app mania. Having an app for everything is just... I'm sorry, maybe we can try this later on when I go outdoors, but now it doesn't work... Watch quote in video
🤔 🔊 Bass quality on the JBL Boombox 3 was seen as lacking, especially in terms of kick and dynamic feel.
...The bass of the JBL seems to be tuned also pretty neutral, so with no obvious bass boost, just some maybe lower bass emphasis, which you won't hear with normal recordings. ... But you can also hear that the Earfun seems to have slightly more kick to the bass, here it's just some hum maybe... Watch quote in video
🤔 💰 Price to performance ratio of the JBL Boombox 3 appeared disappointing when compared to competitors.
...I bought it for 550€, which is quite expensive... So, here it sounds a bit more assertive. ... And I don't perceive it much louder than the 3-bit. I mean, for more than twice the price and also size-wise, I'm actually not that blown away... Watch quote in video
🤔 📉 Multiband compression on the JBL Boombox 3 impacted the mid-bass negatively, making it disappear in certain tracks.
...Here, mid-bass disappeared again. So, they have some strong multiband compression on bass alone. They tried to keep the slower bass by reducing mid-bass, maybe to avoid some distortion. But despite the 3-way system, it still doesn't sound 100% clean... Watch quote in video
🤔 🔊🔧 The bass drum and dynamic range of bass were notably poorer on the JBL Boombox 3 compared to expectations for outdoor performance.
...You would hear them more if setting some room mode, but outdoors I would rather say, that the mid-bass is more important. ... But yeah, I mean, it doesn't sound bad, actually. It's really a nice sounding speaker, so I'm curious to hear them closer to maximum. Let's try this track maybe. Let's try this track maybe... Watch quote in video
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Sonos Move 2
The Sonos Move 2 is lauded for its superior sound quality, extended battery life, and robust design, making it a versatile choice for both indoor and outdoor use, though its high price and size may limit its appeal for some users.
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Tribit StormBox Micro 2
The Tribit StormBox Micro 2 is a durable and waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker with powerful sound, long battery life, and versatile connectivity options.
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Sonos Roam
A great speaker that can be taken anywhere
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