JBL Xtreme Speaker: Enjoy high-quality audio at the poolside without worrying about getting this splash-proof speaker wet. Dual USB ports let you charge your USB devices for flexibility, and Bluetooth simplifies connectivity to your compatible mobile devices.
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Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Posted by: LHutton510 from: on
TL, DR: No doubt the best money you will spend. Impossible to not love the speaker unless you get a lemon.
I have tried the UE Megaboom, UE Boom, UE roll, Jbl Charge 2+, the Beats Pill, Bose Soundlink. All of the other bluetooth options I had available to me I didn't bother testing them out because the ones listed above were supposedly the next best speakers in their class. So while researching I found out that the JBL xtreme was sure to not disappoint and it will be the best 300 you will spend on a speaker.
So I decided to give the speaker a chance and make sure I keep my receipt in my wallet because I thought for sure I'm taking this back.
I am glad that this speaker probed me wrong. The bass sounds completely balanced and hits like a mini subwoofer. Not tinny or overly punchy as pill, but just right. The highs are extremely clear and even at full volume I didn't hear any distortion whatsoever. I use my Samsung Galaxy S6 and my Itouch 5 when using this speaker and most of the songs I'm playing are from YouTube, which sometimes isn't the best quality and Pandora. To never here distortion is perfect.
The cons of the speaker which may bother some but not me is that when playing songs off of your ipod, the speaker sometimes skips the first second or half a second of the beginning of the song. Other reviewers said something about DSP, but I don't really know how that works so I won't speak on it. The other issue is the when playing the speaker in its normal position, it sounds as if the places the tweeters near the bottom of the speaker making it fire towards whatever the speaker is sitting on (desk, mantle, table etc). Again, this doesn't bother me neither because if you tilt the speaker back you will hear the fullness of what this speaker offers.
As most may know, I currently work as a courier in a very loud diesel truck and I needed something that was going to offer durability if it drops, semi waterproof for rainy days or accidents, and definitely long battery life. I'm only work about 6+ hours a day and I played the speaker at about 75% and I only one light from the battery went off. Even with all the rap, house, trap, and jazz bass going on, this speaker lasted. I've only had for a week so I can't speak on the long term, but I will say I have gladly thrown my receipt away because this speaker will be with me for a very very long time.
If you read all the way down to this point then you for sure are just like me when it comes to audio and I thank you for reading my review. If you still are on the fence check out the youtube reviews on this. I usually check Jims room or clavinetjunkie for sound tests.
47 out of 53 found this review helpful.
Great Sound, But Too Expensive
Posted by: Gizmo from: on
Just bought this last night and played around with it for about 2hrs once I got home. Sound quality is great, but I wish there was more bass sound. I worry about the bass reflex response on this unit and how it will hold up over time. It's neat to see it from a side view, but if anything comes in contact with this unit while at maximum volume, you can kiss your bass goodbye! The Harman Kardon Onyx and Onyx Studio 2 has a greater bass response/woofer and is also $100 cheaper. The only reason I returned the Onyx unit and opted for the JBL Xtreme was for the portability and it's Splash proof design. The Onyx, you can not fold the legs which makes it cumbersome to travel with, and it would not make a good poolside/beach speaker since it lacks a splash proof design. Other than these 2 reasons, I would have kept the Onyx. The JBL Xtreme also has about 15hrs of playback time, and can charge 2 devices simultaneously. I guess you have to weigh out your options and what you are looking for. If you are going to leave this speaker out in your room/house and not travel with it, go for the Onyx or Onyx Studio 2. If you are going for portability and still want great sound with the option to recharge your device, go with the JBL Xtreme. For those of you who don't know, Harman Kardon owns JBL, so no matter which product you buy, you will definitely be satisfied.
45 out of 53 found this review helpful.
Best out there
Posted by: TECHNICAL from: on
Wow, JBL has done a fantastic job with this bluetooth speaker...its amazing and by far better in sound than any Bose speakers I have owned. Love it!!!
20 out of 24 found this review helpful.
Best in its class
Posted by: ThoriumRocks from: on
Excellent performance and superior design make this Bluetooth speaker my favorite for many reasons.
I've been using the Xtreme for about a month now, and use it at least 4 or more hours a day. I listen to Spotify, podcasts, and iPad movies on it.
I found my android phone has some minor connection issue that makes the audio drop out for only a fraction of a second. Most people don't even notice this little glitch until I point out. When the Xtreme is playing a signal from my iPhone, or iPad, the signal is flawless. I'm very sure the problem is with my android phone and not the Xtreme.
I can't say enough about the design of the Xtreme and why I think it's the best Bluetooth speaker in its class.
I spent 6 months reading reviews and watching videos about Bluetooth speakers, and this one always came out on top of all the ratings and reviews.
Battery life, sound quality and overall design are the best I've ever seen.
The sound quality is a well balanced blend of mid range and highs with a smooth distortion free base kick that is clean at all levels. If any distortion was found, I notice it was in the sound file itself.
Comments from strangers in public places have been amazing.
A few weeks ago I took the Extreme on a hiking trail. About 2 miles into my hike I encountered two young men looking in the bushes near the trail. When I asked what they were looking for, they said there was a car down in the bushes. "Listen", they said. "You can hear the car stereo". That's when I realized they couldn't see the Xtreme slung under right arm. When I told them what they were hearing, and showed them, they busted up laughing, and said they thought it was a car stereo.
I've been having fun experimenting with the Xtreme in various places that actually add to the sound quality. Caves, warehouses, cars and trucks. It's all fair game when it comes to sharing the music I love.
I'd really like to see a unit of the same design but about twice the size. Not that I don't like this size, its just that, sometimes, I like to frap peoples bones.
If your looking for a.better price on the Xtreme, I don't think you'll see it for at least 8 months, or after Christmas, if your lucky. It's just too new, and too hot right now.
15 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Jesse from: on
This is the best bluetooth speeker I have ever had. Bought a bose for my dad and compared to this it is junk! Worth the money spent. wish I could have two and play both at the same time. Rock da house.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Xtreme, Xpensive, Xpansive, Xpected More
Posted by: Baller from: on
At $300 this thing packs a punch both soundwise and hardware-wise. I mean look at it, it looks like a missile. It's heavy too but the attachable strap is a very nice touch and makes it more portable. It definitely doesn't feel cheap to the touch. The sound is where it's a bit uneven. Now please know, I understand music over Bluetooth has its limitations, it just does. That being said the bass is amazing for being a Bluetooth speaker. At times the bass tends to overwhelm the mids and highs. Download an app with a good equalizer if that really bothers you. Now the 2 big issues. As big as this thing is you would think it would be ridiculously loud. Sadly it's not. (I noticed it plays louder when plugged in to power vs when running on battery) My Big Jambox was louder and sounded better. My other beef with this speaker is it eats the first 2 to 3 seconds of the beginning of each song. One thing that gives me hope is the software can be upgraded on this thing. So I'm hoping future software upgrades will make this thing louder (it just has to get louder, it's too big not too) and eliminate the issue with the beginning of each song.
15 out of 18 found this review helpful.
JBL makes amazing audio products
Posted by: CoreyJ from: on
This thing has enormous power, bass and clarity for it's size. It will fill a very large room with significant acoustics and sound. The output of this unit actually is more enormous than the Pill XL, which I thought was one of the louder units.
11 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Eric from: on
I think tested every portable Blutooth enabled speaker set in the store and Jo concluded that this was the best bang for your buck. Other than maybe two others that were priced significantly higher, this had the best sound. After having it at home for a few weeks now, I'm not disappointed. It fills my one bedroom apartment with rich, deep sound.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great highs and big bass
Posted by: CMike from: on
This was my 4th JBL bluetooth speaker purchase...I have an original charge, a flip2, and a charge2+, I am obviously a big fan of the JBL product...I bought the extreme to be my permanent living room speaker and free up my charge 2+ for my basement and travel...my living room is pretty big and when people are hanging out and talking the charge 2+ got washed out. I wanted a speaker that I would have to turn down rather than keep trying to turn up with no more available volume...the JBL Extreme delivered this, the bass cranks, and the highs match and don't get washed out, nor do the highs wash out the bass, so the sound output is a well balanced mix.
Again I wanted a speaker that I would have to turn down because it was just to loud, and that's what I got, when this speaker is going full tilt people will say "that's to loud"...perfect!...my next purchase will be a flip 3 that I can pair to the extreme and place them corner to corner from each other..
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Awesome backyard speaker
Posted by: Fred from: on
This speaker absolutly rocks the house. The bass is spot on and it has minimal distortion at max volume. With everything you have a downside. This one is a little big and too heavy for toting around in a backpack. If that's your purpose of buying I recommend the JBL charge 2 plus. But if camping or just a backyard family gathering is your reason of buying you will be extremely satisfied with the Extreme.