Comparing JBL Boombox and Sonos Move

Lowest price found: $399.95 (used) Show listings
Lowest price found: $399 Show listings
Consumer Score
In comparison:
JBL Boombox ranks #1 out of 271. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Sonos Move ranks #28 out of 271. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing

Experts prefer Sonos Move over JBL Boombox

On 3 Aug 2022 (6 days ago) we went through 106 Bluetooth Speaker expert endorsements .

Currently, Sonos Move received 7 endorsements from TechRadar (26 Jul 2022), TechHive (26 Jul 2022) Rtings.com (10 Jun 2022) and 4 others. Meanwhile, JBL Boombox did not receive any endorsements this month.

Rank Change Price Bluetooth Speaker
TechRadar
TechHive
Rtings.com
Digital Trends
SoundGuys
What Hi-Fi
WIRED
Popular Mechanics
PCMag
Tom's Guide
1
- $399
Sonos Move
7
3
1
8
2
-
4
-
-
10
N/A N/A $400
JBL Boombox
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-

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About our ranking methodology

Endorsement summary:

  • On 26 Jul 2022 TechRadar ranked Sonos Move as #7
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    #7 out of 12 Sonos Move
    The Bluetooth speaker for premium sound
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  • On 26 Jul 2022 TechHive ranked Sonos Move as #3
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    #3 out of 9 Sonos Move
    Best outdoor Bluetooth speaker
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  • On 10 Jun 2022 Rtings.com ranked Sonos Move as #1
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    #1 out of 5 Sonos Move
    Best Bluetooth Speaker
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  • On 29 Jun 2022 Digital Trends ranked Sonos Move as #8
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    #8 out of 9 Sonos Move
    A multi-use Sonos speaker
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  • On 7 Apr 2022 SoundGuys ranked Sonos Move as #2
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    #2 out of 5 Sonos Move
    Best Smart Speaker
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  • On 24 Jun 2022 WIRED ranked Sonos Move as #4
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    #4 out of 16 Sonos Move
    Best for Home
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  • On 6 Jul 2022 Tom's Guide ranked Sonos Move as #10
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    #10 out of 13 Sonos Move
    The best Bluetooth speaker for outdoors
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, Sonos Move is mentioned by key experts in Aug 2022, while JBL Boombox is not.
Rank Change Price Bluetooth Speaker
TechRadar
TechHive
Rtings.com
Digital Trends
SoundGuys
What Hi-Fi
WIRED
Popular Mechanics
PCMag
Tom's Guide
1
- $399
Sonos Move
7
3
1
8
2
-
4
-
-
10
2
- $179
Sonos Roam
1
4
-
2
-
15
2
-
-
3
3
+2 $150
JBL Charge 5
5
5
-
-
1
5
-
-
3
7
4
-1 $84
UE Wonderboom 2
8
-
2
7
-
9
5
5
-
5
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.

Expert reviews [12]

82
Total expert reviews: 12
  • with a score: 7
  • without a score: 5
Highest score by Techaeris
96
Average score based on 12 reviews
82
Lowest score by Gadgets Now
70

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20

Expert reviews [22]

85
Total expert reviews: 22
  • with a score: 15
  • without a score: 7
Highest score by The Guardian
100
Average score based on 22 reviews
85
Lowest score by SoundGuys
78

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20
From Seller:
  • Wireless Bluetooth streaming
  • 24 hours of playtime
  • IPX7 waterproof
  • JBL Connect plus
  • High-capacity battery
  • Connector type: 3.5 millimeter stereo
  • Power Source Type: Battery Powered
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From Seller:
  • The durable, battery-powered smart speaker for outdoor and indoor listening
  • Easy to use - Setup takes minutes, and control is simple with the Sonos app, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, and your voice
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth - Stream over Wi-Fi and connect Move to the rest of your Sonos system at home. Switch to Bluetooth when you're away and offline
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Video Reviews Most popular unboxing/review videos.
JBL Boombox - Blown Away!
Review by Flossy Carter
Very popular! 973K views!
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JBL BoomBox Review || It's BIG & Black
Review by Jared Busch
Popular! 81K views!
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JBL Boombox 1 Review - Large and Loud Bluetooth Speaker
Review by Lon.TV
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Sonos Move 1 Year On: What We Know Now!
Popular! 78K views!
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Sonos Move Lowdown: All You Need To Know In Under 5 Mins
Popular! 33K views!
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Sonos Move: What Sonos Didn't Tell You (in-depth review)
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From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0050036338165, 0050036342766, 0050036345927, 4968929025169, 6925281932960, 6925281932977
UPC Numbers: 050036338165, 050036342766, 050036345927
Model Numbers: JBLBOOMBOXBLKAM, JBLBOOMBOXGRNAM, JBLBOOMBOXSQUADAM, MAIN-40911
EAN Numbers: 0840136800620, 0878269008880, 8717755776761
UPC Numbers: 840136800620, 878269008880
Model Numbers: MOVE1UK1BLK, MOVE1US1
Physical Features
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Weight

12 lbs
 
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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
IPX7 - Immersion up to 1m
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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
Yes
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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
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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
24 hours
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Charging Time How long it takes to charge the battery
6.5 hours
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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
Yes
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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
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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
Yes
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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
4-inch woofer x 2, 20mm Tweeter x 2
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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
60 watts
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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
50Hz-20kHz
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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radio FM Radio
No
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Additional Features
Additional Features Any other features that make this device unique
Voice Assistant integration
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Accessories Chargers, cables, cases that come with the device
Power adaptor Cable
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JBL Boombox is a very 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 Harman Kardon Aura Studio 2 or Sony SRS-XB41 .

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

JBL Boombox is $445.63 more expensive than an average bluetooth speaker ($83.37).

Sonos Move 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 Bose Portable Smart Speaker or Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 3 .

Sonos Move is $315.63 more expensive than the average bluetooth speaker ($83.37).

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