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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 7499 reviews

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really a 4, but it's waterproofed so 5

    Posted
    Bigesup
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    First off I'd like to say I bought the original charge when it came out. It still works to this day and I really could tell you how, I love that little guy, I think it was built better. I like the mettle grill and size and shape, it's the perfect bike speaker because it cup holders well. It's come out on a bike ride and was run over just slit ly by a car Tire, hit another car and went down the road a good forty feet, passing me up going down the road but you know what, it never stopped playing living dead girl. Must have been Rob Zombie magic but it survived, I picked up out of a puddle of wate. It's been dropped many times and still works with all the character scares to boot. I love that little radio. Most recently it took a swim in the Gulf of Mexico in a backpack that held water till I got to shore and dumped it all out. It stayed in salt water for a good 20 minutes and even then I just shook it a couple times, threw it in the car and caused about it. I sat it on the shelf at home as a relic, a trophy of its own amazing longevity and ability to take my destructive abuse that the last couple years has seen it. I bought the new charge and I like it, I hope to fall in love but it's hasn't happened yet. It sounds amazing but it's way bigger than the original so I'm going to have to get the smaller module for the bike. Or will I? You know that SOB Charge one still Flipping works. I still can't get the sand off of it but I tried it for the heck of it and dang Thang worked, and I swear it sounds better than it did. Buy a charge one, it doesn't have as much bass but it's louder and apparently bullet proof, although I'm not shooting it. Okay, the charge 3. That's what you want right? It's a great speaker, I like it a lot and it's a nice looking, solid feeling speaker. It's got good tone and I really like the way it fills the room, it's not quite as loud as I'd like it for outdoor use and that really where I need it to shine. I think that I'd have been happier with a smaller unit with the waterproof rating but I'm not mad it this one. Like I said, I need more time with it to fall in love but with the good service I got out of the last speaker I'm hoping for the same with this one. The one thing I don't like about this unit is the passive bass, idk, speakers on the ends. I see this exposed soft area the place where it will fail. I'd have liked it better if it had a little more protection there. And the clothe cover to the rest of it I just know I'm going to mess up in no tile.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best portable bluetooth speaker!

    Posted
    VictorV
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    Before I get into reviewing the JBL Charge 3 I want to point out that I have TRIED the Bose Soundlink mini 2, Fugoo XL, UE Boom, UE Roll, Beats Pill+ So im going to touch bases with the factory specs.. I was able to get 14 hours (+/-) at 70% volume and it took 3.5 hours (+/-) to fully charge with factory charger. Bluetooth connection was instantaneous and had no problems connecting to my iPhone, iPad, Macbook. IPX7 waterproof testing was done in my pool for only 20 minutes, did not want to try and reach the claimed 30 minutes in fear of damage. Speakerphone function work as advertised, person on the other line will hear some echoing, your typical speakerphone.. just do not use it for calling your bank, doctor, etc.. to conduct business. So... why did I chose this over the others? I wanted something portable and rugged and this fits, it didnt take much room in my backpack and it didnt weight me down. Battery life is a win! having LED indicators and charging through standard USB is a bonus, I can basically charge anywhere. Ok ok.. so for the sound this gave the Bose, both UE, Beats a run for its money, well balance sounds.. clean highs, mids, with bass you can feel. The JBL was a mismatch with the Fugoo XL, but to be fair the Fugoo XL should be compared to the JBL Xtreme. So there you go.. if you want something portable with excellent sound and good battery life? The JBL Charge 3 is a win! Go get one if you have been waiting for a solid all around speaker you can take with you on the go. So what were my reasons of turning my back on the other speaker? Fugoo XL - Its BIG and HEAVY - mediocre battery life - lacking highs and mids - not portable - battery meter was shown in series of flashes - must use Fugoo charger - rattles when in its sleeve - did not connect to my Macbook even after update UE Boom - lacks bass - no battery meter - not sturdy when put on its side (lay flat) UE Roll - lacks bass - no battery meter - sound is always shooting upwards unless strapped to an object - low battery life - does not float Bose Soundlink Mini 2 - not loud ( Bose 100% = JBL 70%) - low battery life - not waterproof - flimsy grill and easy to ding, scratch body Beats Pill+ - sound is not true ( a lot of digital processing happening) - flimsy grill and easy to ding, scratch body - not waterproof

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stunning Sound!

    Posted
    RedOmen
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    If you are looking for bluetooth speakers with full, vibrant, heavy bass with depth, that are also capable and responsive enough to handle a virtual EQ, look no further than these, as all roads lead to this JBL speaker with impeccable sound quality. I was browsing bluetooth speakers at bestbuy when I came across the sony cube, which impressed me enough to do some research on bluetooth speakers on the market in general. A few youtube outdoor sound-test videos later, I found myself enamored with the JBL Charge 3 and decided I had to have it. Crazy part is that as good and convincing as the sound test were online, they were NOTHING in comparison to the actual sound of these speakers once I got them home and used them in person! The absolute clarity and power of these speakers will blow you (and anyone else who hears them) away, as it did with my family and friends at our new years eve gathering. The sound could easily be mistaken for an actual full stereo system with woofer, and when you add in the fact that they are waterproof and provide about 20 hrs. of entertainment per charge, there is absolutely no reason to refrain from getting these. You can also pair it with another JBL if you want even more intense power from the system. This was one of the best purchases I've made (next to a bluetooth Sony headphone set with Extra Bass) and I was able to get them for $82 . Do yourself a favor and get these ASAP! I Highly and Enthusiastically Recommend these speakers to all music lovers! JBL completely outdid themselves with this one!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better then Charge 4

    Posted
    ComputerGuy86
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    This review is coming from someone who bought a Charge 4 and was actually disappointed with it. JBL is really pushing this whole race track, oval speaker thing. Well there's two issues with this. One the driver is off center which creates an interesting issue in that it gives the impression the speaker isn't working right. Two the sound stage is now compressed into one driver, the Charge 3 by comparison has a more open sound stage and honestly a better overall sound signature. Even though the stereo effect is hardly noticeable the stereo effect of having two drivers playing left and right fills your listening area with a more natural and open atmosphere that makes for a more enjoyable experience. The Charge 3 also has a speaker phone which is big plus, the Charge 4 does not. Instead the Charge 4 just stops playing music when a call comes in. Lastly the Charge 3 comes with a charging adapter which the Charge 4 does not.....really JBL? So overall the Charge 3 is a great speaker, the Charge 4 is a nice attempt at being different, but it fails. If the Charge 4 had say two smaller oval speakers playing in stereo then sure that would be fine. But mono isn't cool especially the way it's been implemented with the Charge 4, the off center driver was a poor design choice. So again buy the Charge 3 while you can. Somtimes having the newest device isn't the right way to go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this speaker

    Posted
    JohnH
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    I got this speaker as an upgrade from the 808 thump that I originally got to just test the waters with. I never dreamed I'd use it as much as i do. From streaming music on my patio while I grill out to podcasts I'm listening to inside, this speaker is great. The sound quality is fantastic. I stream mostly classic country music and 80's rock outside on my patio. At half volume I get crystal clean sound that sounds great as much as 20 feet away outdoors. It will get a little distortion at full volume but i can't see a reason to run it that loud. Bass is full and has good tone for the kind of music i listen to. Battery life is great also. I haven't actually kept an exact log of hours played on a charge but i used it quite a bit on and off for over 2 weeks before i decided to charge it and it was only down to 2 bars out of 5. Speaker phone function is ok. Have only used it twice when someone called in while i was listening to music. But it seemed to work fine and went back to my music on it's own after the call was over. I have not used it to charge my phone with yet so i can't comment on that. But i dont know why that could cause any issues other than it obviously using up some of the speakers battery life. I got mine on sale labor day weekend, but if I had known then what i know now after using it, i wouldn't have hesitated to pay full price for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding speaker

    Posted
    George
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    This is a great speaker in terms of sound quality, loudness, battery life, and look. I have purchased two to listen in the stereo mode. That is the first portable speaker of such a small size that I can actually enjoy when listening to the music (tried different brands & models - all sound tinny and/or distort heavily). Sound quality wise, I would prefer JBL Extreme (they have separate tweeters, and high frequencies sound much crisper & cleaner), but Charge 3 is still acceptable for music listening given the small size. Occasionally, the stereo connection is unstable, but that problem isn't too bad, so it's not a deal-breaker. The only BIG CONS / AREA FOR IMPROVEMENT that I've found so far is that the speakers auto-shutdown after several minutes when aren't in use, after which they wouldn't wake up when the Bluetooth signal appears again, and you can't control this feature - you need to physically press the Power button again to turn them on and reconnect. I wish they would wake up via Bluetooth or, at least, there was a way to turn the autoshut down feature ON/OFF from the app or to set the auto shutdown timer. Also, an equalizer in the app would add much value to the product. Overall, excellent product. I hope they will last.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    rockin' waterproof blue tooth speaker and charger!

    Posted
    thecopydude
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    This awesome JBL Charge 3 is so worth every penny! It is waterproof and will even float in the pool (I don't float it being scared it will get water inside) but it sits on our pool ledge and gets splashed all the time. It is rechargeable and has a very long play time. It also has a built-in USB port for charging your phone and blue tooth to connect to your phone for music and also a speaker phone to make or receive calls and my kids absolutely LOVE IT!!! Plus this thing sounds amazing to boot and can connect up to 5 devices at once so all the kids in the pool can play their own play list of music! I highly recommend this and I am ordering another one as they can be linked together for even more sound but mainly so my kids don't ask to use it at the pool when I am using it! We own a cheer/gymnastics academy and take this to our car wash fundraisers and rock the parking lot and it gets wet and we've never had a problem as the USB port is sealed when not in use of charging. Plus we use it for an additional USB charger in our cars for phone charging. You won't be disappointed by this purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not some tinny little speaker

    Posted
    RonJ
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    My Christmas gift to me this year was something I've wanted for awhile. I'm a bit of a music buff and my first Bluetooth speaker was small and kind of tinny (poor bass response). Trying to bring my music to even a small gathering was rather embarrassing. My new JBL has an incredible range and comes thru clear even at full volume. It has independent volume control, connects by Bluetooth as well as wired so even my old school devices can be connected. The battery on board runs for hours and can even charge your decice for you. Things I did not test: Water proof/resistance. The three ports on the back for charging and connecting non-Bluetooth devices, are covered by a rubber door that seals in place by pressing it closed. It must be closed if the speaker gets splashed or submerged or bye bye speaker. Multi Speaker connection. Just what it says. Apparently you can connect these to others with the same feature. Multiples or just one I don't know. This speaker is bigger than a can of tennis balls but smaller than a 2 litre soda bottle. It's sound rivals that of my home speakers and is loud enough to get me the "look" from my wife. I do with there was was a carry handle or maybe a harness as an accessory. It would make hanging it up out of the way easier.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sound, Great Value

    Posted
    Mark34
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    After much research, I ended up getting this unit over the newer Charge 4. These were on sale, so I decided on this one over the newer Charge4. I am not disappointed. I purchased two, one for my wife and one for me. I love that you can connect them both together and get true stereo sound. Or you can chose party mode to have them play the exact same things together. Note: There is a software update, DO NOT UPDATE if you plan on using the stereo mode. The update changes the sound (for the worse IMO) and eliminates the stereo ability. I actually tried the update, and returned the first one I purchased because of the worse sound (you can not switch back to the previous software). The update does allow you to connect to other NEWER JBL speakers, but I dont need that function. Awesome sound, and waterproof ability (I will use while kayaking) is what sold me on these. Also, some reviewers claim the Charge3 sounds better than the Charge4. I have not compared them, but I am totally happy with the Charge3. Get them while they are still on sale/available!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bigger and better than the old models

    Posted
    NFiNiTi316
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    First I would like to express the disappointment I had of best buy because I ended having to get this speaker from target because they had them at least a week before. Nonetheless, I will review it here since I'm a more frequent customer at best buy. I've owned the first generation of these speakers and I loved it! It was very loud and the bass hit hard for a small speaker. Of course being 1st generation it had flaws, distortion at low volumes, and the design was to round. It would fall over easy. Now I have the new generation.. To my surprise the cost was the same but with more features. First obvious is the fact that it's waterproof! Never really worried much about this before but now I can use it where I thought I couldn't. Second is the size, its bigger in size but, I feel the old version had better bass. Good news also, there isn't any distortion when played at low volume. I've noticed that it is louder to. Overall I love this one more. I love that it looks like a mini extreme and of course the waterproof is a huge plus! Definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a speaker of this kind, that sounds great and isn't very expensive!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Speaker

    Posted
    Zach
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    I purchased the JBL Charge 3 after using and returning the UE Boom 2, almost 2 months ago. After having hands on experience and using both speakers, the JBL Charge 3 is by far one of the better portable speakers that you can buy, especially for the price and size. I live in a lake community with a beach, and I take it down to the beach to listen to while I swim and play volleyball, and nobody down at the beach has a problem hearing the speaker. It gets decently loud for a speaker of it's size, it is pretty impressive. The bass in the speaker is also very good, not something you can really hear when using it outside, but when using the speaker inside, you can really hear and feel the bass in it. I have thrown the speaker both in the lake, and in the ocean in Florida to test it's waterproof capability, and it is waterproof and does still work after multiples dunks in the water. The battery life is also very good. I have used it on full volume, down in the sun for 5 hours or more, two days in a row back-to-back. 10 hours of battery life, especially being on full volume and being in the sun is very impressive. Overall, I would recommend anyone should buy this speaker because it is an awesome speaker, and I plan on buying another one because I was so satisfied with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing all around performer

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    MeMyselfAndI
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    I like all kinds of music, soft acoustic folk to 80's hardcore to early 70's reggae and funk. Most smaller form speakers I've owned had a decent time handling one or the other style of music that was thrown at it but not the lot. If acoustic sounded balanced and full it had no oomph for reggae bass lines and drums. This speaker has handled all I can throw it's way and more. It has a wonderful, balanced and very full sound while experiencing no breakup at higher volume. Now if you slam Slayer through here at 10, you'll likely have some fuzzing, that's probably to be expected. It provides ample bass, a well balanced middle and enough highs to satisfy my ear. Battery life has been spectacular, in fact, I've yet to charge it again after the initial charge and after many hours of listening at mid volume.....very impressive. All around a very solid sounding, well built and easy to operate speaker, well done JBL

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than expected

    Posted
    NotATypicalHuman
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    I just received the JBL Charge 3 an hour ago or so. 1. It got here exactly when they said it would arrive! 2. It's not big, its medium size, which I like. Doesn't take too much space and has great sound. 3. The moment I turned it on to pair it with my phone and my Echo dot, it BLEW my mind! It was loud! So right there my expectations were met pretty much. I don't have a long time with it yet since I literally just got it right now, can review yet about battery life, but loudness so far it's very crisp! And loud! The bass is on point honestly! I listen to all types of music, so i still need to try it out with different types of genres, but so far it is worth every penny! Totally recommend, and i don't think it's such a big speaker honestly. It's a medium size speaker. I will probably give an update once I have tried the speaker a bit more, but so far, it is what I expected. It really is as if I bought a stereo for my room, it is pretty loud.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent JBL Sound Quality as usual

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    mikeb275
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    This is my 2nd JBL CHARGE speaker, I bought this and the charging cable/ charging block was not in the box However I used my other to charge this AWESOME BEAST I love these speakers, I love Metal and hard rock and these sound AWESOME Price is very Spot on, blows away any BOSE or BEATS, BEATS is just a fad and a name cause oh it's Apple now, oh I have to go and spend so much money just to be cool, oh look at me I have a 300.00 BEATS PILL that my Mommy bought for me so I can be Johnny COOL, KOOKY hipsters ruin everything, forget about it, JBL and SONY are way better . Just do the right thing, buy it for the sound, not the HIPSTER COOL factor, I thought hipsters did there own thing, not follow everyone of them Anyway, enough about conforming LIB Hipsters buying APPLE stuff, maybe next they'll put a Pabst Blue Ribbon label on one, wouldn't that be cool?? Hipsters would go crazy over those, Apple are you listening?? Anyway, you won't be disappointed with this AWESOME BEAST Oh, and a side note: I emailed JBL about my missing wall plug and USB cable the day I got it, they overnighted me one!!! Who does that?? Would Beats or Bose?? Doubtful, highly

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • 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!!

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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, great battery duration

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    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