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JBL - Charge 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black-Angle_Standard

JBL - Charge 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Black

Model: JBLCHARGE3BLKAMSKU: 5097501

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 7501 reviews

98%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does a great job for what it's intended to do.

    Posted
    JohnA

    Bought this speaker after the $30 price reduction to $120. I'm a 60- something year old and had zero difficulty making this thing work right out of the box, both from iPhone 7 and Yamaha receiver. Before breaking it in, I played a couple of songs from YouTube. Ick. Low-fi sound through this speaker will not satisfy folks that might be prone to listening too closely. Next, I connected it to a Yamaha RX-A760 receiver using CD files from a 256 gig thumb drive. I played a variety of classic rock and jazz songs through it while it's breaking in. The sound is good for its intended purpose. This is not the speaker you'll sit back with your eyes closed. It is the speaker that you'll be able to put in different locations and get treated to halfway decent sound. Sound is biased towards midrange. No sparkly highs or thundering lows. No three dimensional imaging. No trumpet 'blat', or raspy saxophone. Decent sound. I like the fact that it will play while connected to the power source. I would buy this item again - as long as it was on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this portable speaker!

    Posted
    saint
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    I bought this right when it came out and it was more expensive then. I paid $200+ for it. I have other portable speakers and I really think this is one of the best out there for a few different reasons. The sound quality is really great. Compared to the smaller portable Bose speaker I have (which also has excellent sound) this JBL is louder. I also like the fact that it's waterproof. I rarely have a need to use this feature but I have been out on the golf course (where I always play music) and it's been raining and it got a little wet with NO problems. One of the best things is the battery life. This battery lasts a LONG time. I use it on camping trips and it's really great. Another great feature is you can plug in a USB plug in (like iPhone charger) and you can charge your iPhone or other devices. Again, I use this a lot while I play 5 hour+ rounds of golf. I can charge my iPhone while I listen. The only slight negative is it's bulkier and a bit bigger than other speakers but the sound quality and battery life really make it worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth it!

    Posted
    Bella
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    This speaker definitely does not disappoint. I've had it for almost a month now. I bought it out of impulse and I have not had one ounce of buyer's remorse; it's worth every penny! The battery holds up very well, I can get an entire working day out of it at full volume with no breaks, or about three days if using it for shorter periods at a time at lower volume levels. It also does have a port to charge other items, although depending on the phone you have, it may drain the battery fairly quickly. I don't really use it for that though, but it's nice to have the feature. Can't underestimate its size, as it has amazing sound quality and volume. It has very good Bluetooth range, and you can walk away pretty far away from it with your phone before it begins to lose its connection. I was so happy with mine, I ended up getting another one as a gift for a family member two weeks later. They pair together flawlessly, taking only seconds. If you're considering this speaker, go for it. And just to clarify, I paid for it myself, and this is not one of those sponsored reviews.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than Beats Pill+

    Posted
    Aparpak
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    I love my JBL Charge 3! After watching several Jim's Review Room videos on sound quality tests on several brands of bluetooth speakers, I decided to buy this JBL Charge 3. Even through the YouTube videos, it was apparent to me that this speaker had the best bass in the $150 range class. I received my speaker in the mail this morning around 10am, and as of this writing it is 8:34PM, this speaker is still going at about 50% volume. This speaker packs a lot of punch, definitely gives you more bass than a Beats Pill+ or Ultimate Ears Boom2. This is the second item I have purchased that has outperformed expensive big brand names like Beats and Bose. This speaker deserves its 5-star rating from me. My only complaint on this purchase was the month-long shipping. As an Elite Plus member, Best Buy doesn't always honor its two-day shipping through UPS, USPS or FedEx air shipping services. Instead Best Buy opts to use the ground or parcel shipping method. That's my only complaint of this order, other than that, GO OUT AND BUY THE JBL CHARGE 3!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Let The Music Play!!

    Posted
    Cis4Can
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    I first came across this product when I went to a friend's home. They had the smaller JBL, but the sound and acoustics were very good. I decided to compare this brand towards the Beat Pill, and the majority of reviews I came across favored the JBL. So I decided to buy this and I'm not disappointed. I have a two story home and if I have the volume turned up high enough, I can hear it when I'm upstairs and downstairs depending on where I have it placed. I love the bass and the ability to hear every detail of the song that is playing. I'm a music lover and having the right speaker or headphones matters to me. I would definitely recommend this product to a friend. In fact my friend who has the smaller JBL says he wished he would have purchased this size. The acoustics and sound are better and bolder with this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice little speaker

    Posted
    Anonymous
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    I've had the JBL Charge 3 for about a week now and it's a nice little speaker. It's larger than the Bose SoundLink Mini which I've had for a few years now. Compared to the Bose, it sounds clearer at higher levels than the Bose does. The Charge 3 does not have the base sound that the Bose does, so if you listen to hip/hop that might be an issue, I myself do not listen to hip/hop but I do like my music with a little bit more base. It does have the option to connect to another charge 3 so that you can get a nice stereo sound if you so wish. I use this in my garage for background music and it works well for what it is. I'm only giving it three stars because I feel that the sound quality could be a little better, but all in all I'm still happy with my purchase and if you can get it for $99 it's not too bad a deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      JBL Support

      Thank you for your review, our sincerest apology for the inconvenience. Your feedback will be communicated to the proper department to improve our current and future product line. We would like to work with you directly, please submit a case request at www.jbl.com/support-contact.html and the Customer Service team will be more than happy to further assist you. JBL

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, great battery duration

    Posted
    MHickey
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    I wanted something to use with my iPad to listen to blogs in the large room where I work. This fit the bill nicely. I can play it as loud as I like and the sound is clear and free of strain. I also like that I can stream music to it from my phone or iPad in my car. It's a decent substitute for the expensive car stereo setup that I just can't justify. I tried out the Bose Soundlink 3, but it wouldn't connect to my TV. I like playing the TV to the JVC while I use my treadmill so the sound isn't drowned out by the noise of the treadmill (I can put the JVC right next to the treadmill). Actually, I'm glad it worked out that way. I like the sound of the JVC at least as much as the Bose, and at half the price I regard it as a great value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best quality Bluetooth portable speaker

    Posted
    HoggHead
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    Very good quality sound and nice size definitely recommend for someone looking for more sound in your room. Also the ability to charge devices like your phone if it’s going dead you can hook it to the USB port it comes with and charge it with no problems of loosing battery life. Absolutely love this Bluetooth speaker it’s not too big or too small just the right size. JBL speakers are the kings of Bluetooth portable speakers their worth the price tag you pay for them and also works with a app you can download to adjust different sound settings that it has. And being waterproof just makes it that much better. Get this if you want a nice speaker for your bed side table that can blast waves of sound through rooms but the main positive things about it are the sound quality by far. The ability to charge devices for on the go and being waterproof!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound

    Posted
    Digiman1946
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    I had compared the online reviews of just about all of the bluetooth speakers that I could find and I can assure you, there are MANY! I decided on the JBL Charge 3 because of its frequency range, sound quality, and of course, price. You really need a set of good earbuds or headphones to analyze what you are listening to. My iPhone earbuds worked great for me. If you purchase this speaker, it must be used with a good equalizer app to appreciate its amazing sound and clarity since it does lack in the upper frequency ranges without equalization. I had not looked at anything this small for any type of music and one day while visiting my 14 year old grandson i heard some which sounded enchanting. He had the original Bose Soundlink and after experiencing that, I decided to look into this area of audio myself. It took a few days to make a decision and Best Buy's price matching helped me choose the JBL Charge 3. It is hard to believe that much beautiful sound can be coming from something that small!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, great features

    Posted
    AVProfessional
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    This speaker has a lot of really good features which all work very well. I was deciding between this and the Bose color cube and decided to keep both of them. However this JBL Charge 3 speaker has the best sound quality and is the best overall value. One of the most surprising features that I didn't know it had is the speakerphone. Excellent quality on a Conference call instead of your iPhone. The built-in microphone is very good at picking up my voice and the callers can hear me well. I use it for business phone calls to bring to Customers sites. The sound is rich and clear at all volumes when listening to music or speech. The only slightly negative things that I can say about this is the weight and size but it's worth the trouble of bringing it along. I also bought a carry case accessory for traveling. I plan to buy another one to use the iPhone app to make a stereo pair which is a feature that not many others have. My kids are very jealous and I've got a feeling I'll be buying more of these as Birthdays and Christmas coming along.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don’t hesitate to buy the Charge 3!

    Posted
    Twinsfan
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    After watching and reading several reviews that compared JBL with other big brands I pulled the trigger on the JBL Charge 3. The differences between the Charge 3 and Charge 4 were not great enough for me to pay the extra money for the Charge 4. Sometimes you have to compromise between bass and clear mids when purchasing a portable speaker. That is not the case here. The mids are crisp and clear with good deep base. The IPX7 rating makes this a great speaker for the pool, beach, and on the boat. I am anxious to run my own test to confirm the 20 hours of playback time. Even if it is a bit short, this is ample time for my needs. Finally, I own a UE Boom 2 and Sony SRS-XB31 and this has better overall sound than both. I was so pleased with this speaker I purchased another 3 days later. Happy listening!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great little speaker - love the red!

    Posted
    Shan
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    This is a great little speaker. I wanted something that I could use on the tennis court when I play with a friend (recreation-ally) so we could both hear the music at opposite ends of the court. I had purchased the " JBL - Xtreme Portable Bluetooth Speaker" and it totally did what I wanted, but it was rather heavy in my bag. (I would guess around 5 pounds.) So I purchased this speaker instead. When you are that far away from the speaker, there was no discernible sound degradation. We could hear the music well enough, make out the lyrics and yet still yell/talk to each other across the court. While at a volume where we could hear the music well enough, yet still talk/yell to each other across the court, there was only a few clicks left until its volume was maxed out. At this level, playing (alternative rock) I did not notice any extreme degradation in the music quality. Maybe a tiny bit, but it was so loud, you couldn't stand there and talk and truly notice it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers, not a great as previous model

    Posted
    Napnod
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    Praises - These are wonderful speakers, providing better battery life from previous model (20 hours for charge 3, 12 hours from the Charge 2+) These speakers also reach a higher volume than the Charge 2+ (more robust hardware). The design is much more aestheticastheticly pleasing in my opinion and the waterproof body is a well appreciated correction to the previous model (there was a design flaw in the Charge 2+ in which there was no seal on the ports, leaving them open to the environment). Critiques - The software equalizing the treble and bass at higher volume is not as well designed as the Charge 2+. The body is also teetering on the edge of being a tad too large for my preference in a portable speaker. Also, it would be nice to have a button for moving forward and backward through songs. Overall - I am pleased. Just recommend a better audio quality design update to the software, if possible. After that, 5 stars all the way for me!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal ambient sound

    Posted
    scottkatz
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    I purchased this Bluetooth speaker while traveling in California recently. I am absolutely thrilled with the phenomenal ambient sound that it produces. The speaker is easy to use and the charge allows for several hours of listening pleasure even when away from a power source or the charging cable. I opted for this speaker over a smaller more portable speaker because it has an AC power cord instead of only a USB cable. So often, I don’t have my laptop with me, and the USB cable charger of the smaller model speaker would prove to be a limitation. The AC power cord on this model allows me to charge it just about anywhere there is a standard electric outlet. I am thrilled with the speaker’s performance and output.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    JBL Charge 3 Rocks

    Posted
    PickyBuyer
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    Very good performance from Harman JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth wireless speaker. Simple to pair with iPhone and android products. Powerful enough to fill most any room with music in the house or office. This model was new in 2016, I listened to newer portables including those from JBL and to me this was the best choice. Bass and mid-range audio are excellent, the high notes might be a little better on the newer models, but overall the Charge 3 sounds really good. I listen to this nearly every day and only have to charge weekly. Also has a USB charge port for on-the-go charge for other devices. Two Charge 3's can be linked together if needed for outdoor use. Quality audio product from JBL reasonably priced.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bang for the buck

    Posted
    Arkayem
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    JBL always makes great sounding audio devices. My last speaker was the SRS XB31 by Sony and the Charge 3 sounds leagues better. The XB31 can reach lower subs than the Charge 3 but the lows sound tighter and cleaner. The definition in the mids and high mids is incredible with no honkyness or anything. The highs provide great detail and brilliance without being overly harsh. The only drawback is the stereo spread but who is going to be sitting directly in front for that to matter. It gets loud enough to fill a room with minimal distortion as the onboard DSP gradually rolls off the high energy parts of the eq spectrum the higher you crank it. Best at moderate volume with rock and metal music, beast with house and hip hop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker at a phenomenal price

    Posted
    Chuck
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    I bought this on sale for $99 during the Christmas season. I have it on a shelf in my bathroom. I bought it for my wife who likes to listen to music while showering, doing her hair, or hanging clothes in the closet. I charged it a couple of weeks ago and both of use it for about 15-20 minutes a day. It's still has at least 75% charge. The default volume was already plenty loud with the bluetooth connected device at 50-75% input volume. Bass is fairly deep and responsive. I am very satisfied with the overall audio quality. It's perfect if you like to take long hot showers because it's waterproof. So the steam shouldn't be an issue. I thought about putting a shelf in the shower to make it more accessible, but found there's no real need to do so.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Worth for the money

    Posted
    NetandTechGuy007
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    i am going to be honest here, i am a BOSE fan and head Soundlink 2 for 4 years and the battery started to drain slowly and this particular JBL speaker had some good reviews and was on sale and i thought i would give it a try and purchased it. It is not a bad speaker at all, it is a very loud speaker. If you don't care about sound quality this is a very budget friendly speaker and yes i still have it and will bring it to the beach with me, since it is water and dust resistance. The reason i brought up BOSE sound quality is because they are amplified so it sounds better thats all. So, after all again JBL charge 3 is not a bad speaker and i kept it and will use it for outdoors. Hope this review helps!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      JBL Support

      Thank you for your review, Your feedback will be communicated to the proper department to improve our current and future product line. If you encounter problems with your product, please submit a case request and so we can assist you at www.jbl.com/support-contact.html . JBL

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Boom boom WOW

    Posted
    LucyLoo
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    I've been eyeing over this speaker for months since a Best Buy sales member took special care explaining pros and cons of this and other speakers in the same category. Jbl sounds much better than its competitors, especially Charge 3 with its bass. However, I waited until it went on sale because I felt like the original price was too high. Bass is most important to me as I've downgraded from owning Sonos system Play 5. I wanted to stop having my sound library limited to an Internet-based system. I wanted to be able to use Bluetooth without any restrictions or workarounds. Now, bass on Charge 3 isn't as dramatic as it is on Sonos. However, it's as enjoyable as blasting tunes in my car with the windows rolled down on a hot summer day. The best way to enjoy bass with Charge 3 is to place it diagonally next to a corner so that the bass on each side of the speaker is near a wall. This will increase its boom boom wow!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very powerful. Battery not so much. Overall great

    Posted
    EGray01
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    While Sony makes the best wireless headphones, probably the greatest wireless speakers are made by JBL. I started out with a Flip 4 because everybody was bragging about it. And they were right, I loved it. Resistant to rain, powerful bass, and very clear sound. Superior to Sony speakers. I upgraded to a Charge 3 for the need of more volume and bass, and to charge my usb devices. The battery don't last as long as they say, and that is without using it as a power supply, using it on medium settings i get 8 hours at the most. While it's supposed to be more that 10. That is my only complain, but other than that it don't disappoint. Excellent product

    I would recommend this to a friend