My boyfriend got the iHome iBT84 Bluetooth speaker which inspired me to look into options for myself. I watched several video reviews on YT and was blown away by the Pulse 3! I set it up as soon as I got home, which was very easy to do, and I was blown away by the sound on this thing. Believe it or not, the quality of music coming from this speaker is actually richer than from my $1000+ 4K Samsung TV. Truly. I was listening to Spotify from the Pulse 3 in my bedroom and when I went out to the living room I decided to switch it to the TV. My reaction was “oh ew...” and I immediately switched it back to the Pulse. Even though it was coming from *another room!*
The app is a lot of fun to play with in switching between light shows, adjusting the brightness, etc. The volume buttons on my iPhone control the speaker volume, and the adjustment is visually indicated by rising/falling lights on the speaker, then once you’re done adjusting, it goes back to the light show. My only gripe is that there is no way to turn the device on/off from the app, nor is there a way to turn the lights off from the app. You can only switch between different light shows. So for example if you are listening late at night and still want to hear the music, but want the lights off, you have to get up and manually hold the Lights button in for like 2 seconds. The lights turn off and the music continues. Kind of weird that you can use the app to switch between ALL of the lighting options except “off” ... but that is more of a complaint about the app than the device itself, I suppose.
Also a word of caution... I had the iPhone 6s when I first bought this and wasn’t overly impressed with the sync between music and rhythm of the JBL lights. It looked more like random light movement than crisp reactions to the music. My phone had been freezing and lagging in general so I ended up upgrading to an iPhone 8 like a week later. The JBL speaker performs *significantly* better now. The lights are much more rapid and crisp movements, perfectly on beat, rather than laggy and seemingly random. So make sure you have a device that can actually do this thing justice or you’ll be missing out on what it can really do.