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Comparing Bose SoundLink Mini II and JBL Go 2

Lowest price found: $169
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  • Voice prompts for easy Bluetooth pairing
  • Up to 10-hour battery life per charge
  • Built-in speakerphone
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Lowest price found: $39.95
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  • Wireless Bluetooth streaming
  • 5 hours of playtime
  • IPX7 waterproof
  • Speakerphone
  • Audio cable input
  • Connector Type: 3.5Mm Stereo
  • Power Source Type: Battery Powered
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Consumer Score
Avg. customer reviews:
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Bose SoundLink Mini II ranks #75 out of 292. It is in the top 10%.
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8.7
Great
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Consumer Score
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JBL Go 2 ranks #5 out of 292. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
Popularity Score
Very popular
Popularity rank: 39 / 333
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Consumer score distribution.
JBL Go 2 ranks #5 and Bose SoundLink Mini II ranks #75 in consumer scores.

Customers like JBL Go 2 more

JBL Go 2, the cheaper option, tends to get more favorable reviews than Bose SoundLink Mini II [ 4.7 vs 4.5 ]. In our awesomeness score JBL Go 2 ranks #4 out of 333 and Bose SoundLink Mini II ranks #60 out of 333.

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JBL Go 2 is more popular

It's fairly safe to say that JBL Go 2 is a more popular bluetooth speaker, based on its 4,000+ reviews. In our popularity score JBL Go 2 ranks #38 out of 333 and Bose SoundLink Mini II ranks #92 out of 333.

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Professional Reviews and Opinions
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker - Review
Very popular! 144K views!
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BEST BLUETOOTH SPEAKER! Bose SoundLink Mini II (REVIEW)
Popular! 39K views!
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Bose SoundLink Mini II Review | The Best Bluetooth Speaker I've Ever Owned
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JBL GO 2 - This $40 Speaker Packs a Punch!
Review by Flossy Carter
Very popular! 346K views!
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JBL GO 2 - Unboxing And Sound Test
Review by Sound Unboxing
Very popular! 285K views!
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JBL GO 2 Review: Sound, Water, Mic Test, Unboxing!
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Physical Features
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Weight

1.5 lbs
 

6.6 oz
 
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
No
IPX7 - Immersion up to 1m
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
Yes
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
No
Yes
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
5 hours
Charging Time How long it takes to charge the battery
4 hours
2.5 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
No
No
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
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
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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
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
2 small drivers and front and back radiators
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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
50 watts
3.1 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
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180Hz – 20kHz
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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
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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
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
Yes
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
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
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
No
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
Yes
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
No
radio FM Radio
Yes
No
Additional Features
Additional Features Any other features that make this device unique
Can be amplified with the Amazon Echo Dot with Alexa
Audio cable input
Accessories Chargers, cables, cases that come with the device
Charging cradle, Wall charger, cable, silicone case sold separately
1 x Micro USB cable for charging
Attachments Hook, clip, strap, etc
No
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Key features
  • Big sound
  • Wireless and ultra-compact
  • Built-in speakerphone
  • Voice prompts
  • Lithium-ion battery plays up to 10 hours on full charge

Bose SoundLink Mini II is a 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 Ultimate Ears Megablast or House of Marley Get Together .

Bose SoundLink Mini II was released in 2013. There are a lot of newer bluetooth speakers on the market. Show newer Bluetooth Speakers

Bose SoundLink Mini II is $114.10 more expensive than an average bluetooth speaker ($54.99).

Key features
  • Wireless Bluetooth Streaming
  • 5 hours of playtime
  • IPX7 waterproof
  • Speakerphone
  • Audio cable input

JBL Go 2 is a very popular option on the lower end 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 Tamproad S37 or Anker SoundCore 2 .

JBL Go 2 was released in 2018. There are dozens of newer bluetooth speakers on the market. Show newer Bluetooth Speakers

JBL Go 2 is $15.40 cheaper than the average bluetooth speaker ($54.99).

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