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Comparing Bose S1 Pro and JBL Boombox

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  • Big sound from a rugged speaker that goes where you do
  • This portable Bluetooth PA system is made for parties, outdoor get-together, and all those times that deserve better sound
  • Wireless Bluetooth pairing and inputs for a microphone or musical instrument such as a keyboard or guitar
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Lowest price found: $399.95
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  • 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
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Top 20 Reviews In this section we summarize top 10 postitive and top 10 negative reviews from consumers.
Keep in mind: below is a summary of top 10 good and 10 bad reviews, but that's not the actual ratio. Good reviews for Bose S1 Pro outnumber bad ones roughly 10 to 1.
Top 10 positive reviews (most commonly praised for)
Top 10 negative reviews (most commonly criticized for)
Keep in mind: below is a summary of top 10 good and 10 bad reviews, but that's not the actual ratio. Good reviews for JBL Boombox outnumber bad ones roughly 16 to 1.
Top 10 positive reviews (most commonly praised for)
Top 10 negative reviews (most commonly criticized for)
Consumer Score
Avg. customer reviews:
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Bose S1 Pro ranks #44 out of 291. It is in the top 10%.
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9.0
Great
Popularity Score
Somewhat popular
Popularity rank: 174 / 334
51%
Consumer Score
Avg. customer reviews:
4.7 Read reviews
In comparison:
JBL Boombox ranks #7 out of 291. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
Popularity Score
Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
51 / 100
Rank: #174 out of 334.
73 / 100
Rank: #96 out of 334.
Professional Reviews and Opinions
Bose S1 Pro REVIEW & SOUND TEST DEMO - Best Speaker
Review by HappyRider Reviews
Very popular! 243K views!
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Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System Overview | Full Compass
Review by Full Compass
Very popular! 207K views!
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Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position PA System - Prepare To Be BLOWN AWAY!!!
Review by Flossy Carter
Very popular! 186K views!
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JBL Boombox REVIEWED - SO XTREME !!
Review by JimsReviewRoom
Crazy popular! 3.3M views!
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JBL Boombox Review : INSANE EXTREME BASS!
Review by Gamesky
Crazy popular! 1.6M views!
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JBL Boombox - first impressions
Review by oluv's gadgets
Crazy popular! 1.4M views!
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Physical Features
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Black
Camouflage
Forest green
Black
Dimensions
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Weight

16 lbs
 

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
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
Yes
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
11 hours
24 hours
Charging Time How long it takes to charge the battery
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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
No
Yes
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
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
Yes
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
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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
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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
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50Hz-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
No
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
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
No
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
Yes
Yes
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
No
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
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
No
No
Additional Features
Additional Features Any other features that make this device unique
Built-in sensors and multiple aiming positions
Voice Assistant integration
Accessories Chargers, cables, cases that come with the device
AC power cord
Power adaptor Cable
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Key features
  • Bose Connect app
  • 11 hours of play time with the rechargeable, lithium-ion battery
  • 30 ft wireless range
  • Rugged design

Bose S1 Pro is a 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 Sonos Play:5 or Bose SoundLink III .

Bose S1 Pro was released in 2018. There are dozens of newer bluetooth speakers on the market. Show newer Bluetooth Speakers

Bose S1 Pro is $541.10 more expensive than the average bluetooth speaker ($57.99).

Key features
  • IPX7 waterproof rating
  • 24-hour playtime
  • Auto-power off
  • Speakerphone

JBL Boombox 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 Marshall Kilburn or Marshall Stanmore .

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

JBL Boombox is $341.96 more expensive than an average bluetooth speaker ($57.99).

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