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JBL - Pulse Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black

Model: JBLPULSEBLKAMSKU: 1902243

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 417 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not quite 5 Stars

    Posted
    jnelly96
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    The lights on the JBL Pulse catches everyone's eye at first, but they've also been impressed by the sound. It can get pretty loud, but the bass isn't great. This can easily be solved by placing it near a wall or in a corner to get the sound to bounce off it. All of the controls are easily accessible on the top of the speaker (in a vertical position). You can turn on Bluetooth, cycle through the different light shows and colors by simply sliding your finger over the buttons. If you download the JBL Pulse app, you can control it from your phone as well as play music installed in your phone. The battery life seems to be pretty good, but not as long as described (I think 10 hours). That might be the case if you kept it on, then turned it off and used it again without charging, but I don't think it'll go 10 hours straight. You can turn off the lights to preserve batter life so that's a good option. It can still run for a good 3 hours straight, which is more than enough for a small house party. It can play and charge at the same time, but don't let it drain all the way because it may not have enough juice to connect to your phone and play music even when it's charging. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase, considering it was $50 off when I bought it. For the price point of around $150 and the quality, I say it's a good buy and better than spending $200 to $300 for the latest JBL or Beats Pill. The lights alone separates it from those and it's also cheaper.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound Indoors and outdoors

    Posted
    Trailblazen
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    Sound quality to include Bass is great whether inside a room or outside at a BBQ or sports field. Lights are pretty cool as well as the app that manages it. Pairing is extremely easy with an NFC enabled device, I just turned NFC and Bluetooth on my Samsung Galaxy S4 and it paired within seconds(there is NFC lettering at the bottom of the speaker you place your device chip against). Unfortunately did not see the sale on BestBuy.com so paid full price in store. Sales person at first told me not to get it since I had an Android device and there was a logo that said made for Apple. I looked at the JBL website while in-store and found it supports android 1.5 to 4.4 kitkat so if you are concerned it will not work with any android device never fear. My Samsung Galaxy S4 and my wife's S3 both connect with zero issues and there is a JBL app on google playstore.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker for A Younger Person

    Posted
    GrapeApe
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    This speaker was purchased as a Christmas present for our 15 year old, to listed to music when he's out and about, such as the beach, soccer fields, etc. We currently own a JBL Charge and love that speaker, especially the convenience of being able to plug in a phone to the USB port to charge the device. The Pulse is sound is just as good as the Charge, but with the addition of the "light show", which is actually kinda cool. The user can switch through various light show modes, or even turn off the lights to increase the battery run time. This is also handy if you were to use this to listen to music at night in bed, as the lights are enough to be distracting if one was trying to fall asleep to music. Sound is decent from a speaker of this size. The highs are "decent" as is the bass. Don't expect sound like you would from a bookshelf speaker, as the drivers are small. The only feature I wish it has was the USB charging port like the Charge. So JBL, maybe a Pulse 2?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for a small package.

    Posted
    Derick
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    If you are looking for a speaker that has great surround sound, this is it. However, the battery is not designed to last the whole night. I use it to help me fall asleep watching it's disco lights (with different modes) while listening to soft music. But, I guess 5 hours maybe a good enough time (if you are playing straight music). I don't know of anyone who will just sit around for 5 hours doing nothing. I am happy and satisfied with this product. I bring it with me in my back back while biking. It is light weight is a bonus and doesn't add much to my bag. Charging time may take longer than just an hour, so if you are planning to bring it with you on a trip, charge it before going to sleep at night or day for that matter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound

    Posted
    Jimbo750
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    Great sounding speaker. Easily pairs up with any of our devices. Originally thought we had an issue when her ipod kept popping up saying there was software required. It was just to control the light effects and volume on the speaker itself instead of using the controls on the top. We only use the app to control it if using one of our android phones, but works well. Her iPod is an older touch and has some issue's with sound quality if it gets to far from the speaker. All of the newer devices have sounded great from farther away.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome speaker, poor battery life!

    Posted
    LaurenF28
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    I love everything about the JBL Pulse speaker, except the fact that the battery life seems to be pretty short. I've had other speakers that I rarely have to charge and I usually have to charge this one a couple times a week when I only use it in increments of about 30 minutes a time. It's more than likely because of the extra power it requires to run the LED light display. Other than the battery issue, this speaker is great! The sound quality is wonderful and the lights are so fun, I just wish I didn't have to charge it all of the time!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun speaker!

    Posted
    Ginger
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    Recently bought this speaker as a gift for my daughter. She uses it with her ipod touch. If you are looking for a speaker to entertain a large crowd, this probably would not be a good buy. However, she has used it in her room as well as in the family room when friends come over. She has even used it outside (during good weather - this is not water proof). Sound is pretty good and the lights are very entertaining. She loves it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker

    Posted
    Audrey
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    To be honest I purchased this speaker because the light themes that pulse with the music but I got surprised with the good quality of sound that it has. Is really easy to use with the bluetooth, I didn't have problems with my microsoft tablet neither with the ipod. I completely recommend the speaker if you are in love with the lights if not I will try to find a cheaper one with the same sound quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    KILLER LIGHT SHOW

    Posted
    Whatever928
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    So I bought this for my friends birthday. After me jabbing owned a beat by dr dre PILL I wanted to take a look at something different. And boy this item does not disappoint. It is very loud. Sounds great for the out doors when camping or any out door activity. The lights are awesome but have to be dark to enjoy it to its full potential. Would recommend this to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Much better than expected

    Posted
    Alphawolf728
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    My wife bought me this as a gift. It is GREAT! Everything about it is powerful, the volume, the bass, the sound quality. The light patterns are ok, but not quite as distinct as you're lead to believe. That being said, the free app that's available is a must. It allows pattern change, and more control over the speaker itself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fits my needs

    Posted
    Rich
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    I've been using this product for about a few months now and it's proven to be reliable and of good quality. It's also been very easy to use, but as with many small speakers, it has some distortion if I turn the volume up too high. However I don't usually listen to music that loud. There also isn't much bass. But for my regular listening levels it does a nice job.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sometimes it has an attitude

    Posted
    GMoney123
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    I bought one for myself and one for my teenage son. We both enjoy this speaker. It's convenient and fun. I haven't used it at the beach or near any pool so I'm not sure how that will go. So far it's good. I bought it over 3 months ago. Use it about everyday Lights are cool. Could use a few different patterns tho. Even with the update.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound

    Posted
    SistaP
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    I bought this on a whim and I am disappointed. The sound from my phone and IPad is sweet music now. I tried hooking up to my TV but no success yet. Other than that, the purpose I bought it for is well served. I have now used the aux. port and connected it to the head phone jack on the portable DVD player and it works well. Good purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very nice portable speaker.....

    Posted
    Bizmark
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    I got this for Father's Day and we have used it a ton since then. It has great sound quality and clarity, and the light show is a great added feature. There's a free app u can download n sync with it, allowing u to change color schemes n patterns, along with downloading new patterns to use on it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Something Different

    Posted
    Exonexo
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    Syncs great with the iPhone App. Love that I can change the light modes thru my phone. Just need to be careful with the electrical plug on the speaker. It feel once with it plugged in and it got loose and wont charge unless I mess with it. Otherwise, excellent sound and nice light show.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    Posted
    Dano
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    This is a fun product that adds an extra layer of entertainment to otherwise normal audio functionality. The light effects are extremely customizable and can be controlled by my iPhone and iPad. Volume is pretty loud but sound quality doesn't compare with similar sized Bose products.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool & functional

    Posted
    Misi
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    Saw this on display & it caught my eye. Wasn't there looking to buy a speaker, but it was so cool looking that it drew me in. The shelf was marked on sale but it rang up higher at register. Mentioned to clerk who verified the sign & adjusted the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun for 9 year old

    Posted
    51magill
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    Our granddaughter loved the Bluetooth speaker. All of the colors and pulses were very fascinating. She uses it with her i pad and just loves it. Her mother (our daughter) uses it with her phone and is very pleased with the results.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sounds

    Posted
    Novtech
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    Bought for Daughter but I have one also. If anything like mine, has plenty of sound but the charge is a little suspect. Might last a couple of hours. Daughter says she enjoys the light show also. Random lights or with music.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great all around speaker

    Posted
    Dadtheman
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    I love this speaker. I can take it all over my house. The only thing is that I wish it had a little bit more bass and that the bluetooth range was longer. Other than that, its a great speaker! Love how it lights up too.

    I would recommend this to a friend