A Cheap, Splash-proof Bluetooth Speaker that Delivers a Solid Audio Experience

One of the best sounding compact Bluetooth speaker in today’s market

JBL Charge 2 might not look much different from the earlier model, but there are some important differences that set it apart from the previous JBL generation. To start off, its impressive audio quality, pool and outdoor-friendly design with added splash-proof exterior sets it aside from the previous generation of JBL portable Bluetooth speakers. It maintains the cylinder-shape that has become a standard for JBL’s products. It weighs 540 grams, which makes it very easy to carry around, and it even fits in your hand perfectly like a small can. It has a rubberized surface which feels comfortable to hold, along with a sturdy metal grill covering the front and back of the speakers.  The power switch, Bluetooth, volume keys, player button and call button are placed at the top on a silicon band with LED lights that turn on when in use. All the buttons responds well with just a slight press.  Furthermore, the USB port, micro USB charging port and the auxiliary port are conveniently placed at the back of the device.

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IN COMPARISON

The huge difference between the previous styles is the modification applied on the side firing woofers. These passive radiators on the ends of the speakers are one of the coolest things that I’ve seen on a portable speaker so far. These sound woofers fire some heavy bass sounds which can be clearly felt and seen as the radiators are held together by a rubber lining, leaving vibrations visible to the naked eye. A word of caution though—while the speakers can be placed vertically since the JBL Charge 2 was built with rubber stand for stability, this may end up obstructing the radiator. Yes, there is a flaw in the cylindrical design; based on my experience with this brand I found out that it is better placed lying downwards with the JBL logo facing you, and you’ve got to be careful because the speakers might roll away from you as you touch the buttons.

 

SOUND QUALITY AND OTHER FEATURES

JBL is focused on delivering intense strong bass and accurate sound with its twin passive radiators. You can evidently feel and hear the pumping bass along with some rich sounding vocals and numerous instruments which are well defined. The only disadvantage is the sound volume. It can’t quite fill up a big group, and at higher volumes it tends to distort a little bit. It is hence more optimal for a small room, or a small group.

On the other hand, the speaker houses a large 6000 mAh battery with a remarkable 10 to 12 hours of usage at high volumes. The JBL charge 2 can also be used as a portable charger for any devices hence the name. It’s a very handy and light-weight speaker, so you can charge your phone on the go or if you are in a fix. It is not the first time that I’ve seen such a feature in portable speakers but it’s certainly an additional benefit if your cellphone battery is running low. It is also has a social play mode that allows three devices such as cellphones to be connected at the same time so users can play alternately without much hassle. Even more impressive, it even has an additional call function that lets you take calls without touching your phone and built-in noise cancelling and speak options making it really convenient sound equipment for the user.

FINAL THOUGHTS

With all that I’ve seen in the new features of JBL’s Charge 2, I think that this new model will go on with quite a number of fans for the design, sleekness, waterproof and its portability. Although the additional call and social features are great, it is not going to be loud enough to be the life of the party.  Still, for one of the most reasonably priced Bluetooth speakers, it is perfect for those who are looking for compactness, portability and functionality over anything else.