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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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Volume, Lights, and Clarity

    Posted
    Omnias

    As a person who has worked with the demos of the JBL and Jambox brands, as well as others such as Logitech, Bose, and HMDX, I can verify that for the money this is the best speaker for the price if you are lucky enough to find out about it. My experience with JBL first started with our demo JBL Charge vs the demo Jambox. I must say, the JBL not only had much louder volumes (say 2-3X), but also much better clarity. Not only was the Jambox pitifully quite in the store when maxed out, other people complained that the sound was horrible due to the distortion and that the Jambox sounds like it was about to die. Jambox has had many reliability issues such as with Bluetooth, and the Mini that was tempting due to its metal frame was so unreliable I have never yet found a working demo of the Jambox Mini in BestBuy, Microsoft Store, or Target. The Charge is completely different than the more popularly known Jambox, with a sound that rivals the Bose Soundlink Mini and the Logitech UE Boom. As I was debating about whether to buy a Jambox Mini for its durable, colourful, and portable frame, or a JBL Charge Shadow, I found out about the just released JBL Pulse. With the same sound profile as the JBL Charge but with better bass response and wattage for higher volumes, and a Price similar to the Soundlink Mini but better sound, the answer was clear. I promptly ordered one for in store pickup, and it was definitely the best value I have gotten on Audio Equipment. It is so loud that not only does it completely fill a 2000+ square foot house (tested at friend's houses) with less than half volume, but also it can still be clearly heard at volume level 1-2 in across a quiet bandhall or other large room. There is no doubt that you can fill up an empty gymnasium with this guy. The lightshow has decent options, the Musicflow app is where the real magic is though. With many more colour options and speed options which are remembered by the device and switch instantly and fluidly when selected, my only wish was that the customization would go more in depth such as 64-bit colour customization or 8x8 custom pixel art images (as it uses a 8x8 grid of leds). The pixel style imparted by the fabric and grille works very effectively, and only occasionally can you tell that there are just 64 individual leds. It plays for a great amount of time when the lights are off, of course the point is to play with the lights on which has a more limited play time. It can still make it through a school day with battery still left, but it is a close cut. The lack of carry sleeve is a minor complaint but I just use my Sol Republic Master Tracks carry pouch. The use of the lights for volume indication is also very nice too. If you are looking for a portable speaker and are considering options such as Bose or Jambox, don't. Instead, get the JBL Pulse

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    This speaker is awesome, but a little pricey

    Posted
    peterfn216

    I got a jawbone mini jambox earlier in the day and was very disappointed in the sound quality so I exchanged it for the JBL Pulse and it blew me away. The JBL Pulse was $80 more, but it was worth it. The sound is great even with songs turned all the way up there is no distortion. This speaker easily fills a room and the bass is pretty nice. I got my girlfriend the beats by dre pill for xmas and have not had a chance to try it out and compare it to the JBL Pulse, but even if the sound is slightly better with the beats by dre pill I would still prefer the pulse over it because the light show is very cool. You can even install an app on your iphone/ ipad to edit the light settings. I got this on Black Friday for $179 and the Beats by Dre Pill for $149, both run about $199 MSRP. I admit that this is more than I usually would spend on some portable speakers, but I'm hoping I get a lot of use out of it and overall I am very happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    LED feature isn't very dynamic, sound is mediocre.

    Posted
    Ridwreck
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    I bought this on impulse after reading that the LED lights are customizable via an app. While that is true, the customization just involves choosing some pre-defined settings within the app itself. You cannot program the LEDs yourself as I had hoped (such as mimicking traveling down a road with yellow dotted lines or even define my own color spectrum to shift through.) Also disappointing is there were I my two pre-defined settings that react to the music being played. So the main feature I'd this speaker is alread lackluster in my opinion. The sound, is even more so. The most frustrating thing with the sound is the lowest volume setting is still too loud. I tris changing the volume via both the speaker itself and the playing device, but it wouldn't go down any further. The highs are tinny sounding, and the bass is almost nonexistent. After trying out this speaker and afterwards trying out the Bose SoundLink Mini, I regret buying the Pulse. I usually think Bose is just an overpriced marketing powerhouse, but the SoundLink Mini is the same price, but has superior battery life (14 hours!) and far superior sound and amazing bass.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    Posted
    Jordan31

    I got the beats pill for Christmas, and found that it was a piece of overpriced plastic. It didn't work well at all. Couldn't play at high volume without distortion, very bad bass cracking let alone a good bass in general. I returned it to where my grandmother bought it (not at best buy) and did some more research and fell in love with this product. It's great. It sounds 100x better than the beats pill, costs the same price, and even has the LED lights going almost all the way around it. I brought it home and was instantly mesmerized by the lights and the quality of the sound. For the price, this is the best and most entertaining wireless Bluetooth speaker you can buy. I love this thing. The service at best buy was great and the transaction was easy too.

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding buy in this price range - get it!

    Posted
    NashvilleNeko
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    I used to walk past the JBL Pulse on purpose every time I shopped at Best Buy, just to play with it. This habit became a joke - "Hang on, I've got to go visit my speaker." So everyone knew that's what I wanted... and surprise! One day I opened a box, and there it was. I immediately plugged it in, linked it to my iPhone and downloaded the app to choose customizable light patterns. Since then, it's been in constant use and I love the beautiful visual effects. Most importantly, the JBL Pulse excels at the main purpose of a speaker - producing great sound with full bass, low signal to noise ratio and good frequency response range. I already had the Flip, so was familiar with JBL's good value and high quality - another reason for obsessing over this particular speaker. Fulfilled all my expectations and more -I didn't know about the customizing app before!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as expected

    Posted
    Nellek

    So I purchased this $200 speaker for my wife for Christmas. She saw it in Best Buy one day and fell in love with it, so I figured I'd get it for her. The Bluetooth works great!! However this is nothing more than a $40 speaker (at best) with a $160 light show. The sound quality is on par with a set of Altec Lansing desk speakers I have from the '90s and that quality is far from good. I see others compliment the 'bass" this speaker produces, but I have yet to hear it. Sure its loud, but its not quality!!! My neighbor has a $30 Bluetooth speaker from amazon and it sounds just as good as this JBL. I wish I would have thrown in an extra $100 or so and got one of the Bose systems for streaming music that blow this out of the water. All in all the wife loves it, because of the light show, so I guess I cant complain to much. To anyone seeking quality sound, do not buy this speaker.

    No, I would not 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good Bluetooth Speaker!

    Posted
    anotherBB
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    JBL is probably one of the last good brands emerging in this market. They are doing pretty good on electronics and sounds. Those speakers speaks by itself, they are very good, have a good sound quality and you don't have to spent a lot of money compared to Beats or Bose. The new feature compare to others is the LED lighting and this is not only for fancy. The LED also tell you when the device get connected, the volume level ... It's a feedback to yours operations. The LED patterns can be changed, you also have controls to turn ON/OFF, volume and lights that tell you the battery charge status. So far I used for more than 10hours without charged. Super recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A nice portable speaker unit

    Posted
    Mully
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    Overall the speaker is of decent quality and can provide the listener with better than adequate sound for a portable speaker of this size. There is still a need for less tinny highs and a deeper sounding bass but that is inherent in most all the portable sized and reasonably priced units on the market to date. For the money this unit performs as well if not better than most others. The light display is a fun and entertaining feature. The battery life could be better at around six plus hours of continuous play before plugging in or recharging becomes necessary.Overall it is a pretty decent and functional product for its price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing portable speaker!

    Posted
    Samantha
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    I bought this speaker a little over a month ago and I'm in love! I haven't had a portable speaker before and I for sure wanted one that was going to be great for my first one. The sound that comes from this thing is amazing! It doesn't need to be turned all the way up for me to hear it throughout my whole house and I love that! The sound is super clear and crisp. Of course the bass isn't going to be mind blowing on a portable speaker but it is good enough. It doesn't really take away from the music though so that's good. As for the lights they are bright and colorful and look so nice in a dark room. I absolutely love this speaker!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING!

    Posted
    Austin

    I am a picky person when it comes to anything that produces sounds. I like a balance between bass, trebel, and clarity at any volume and this speaker meets it. I've heard other Bluetooth speakers that my friends have and those sound like oversized head phones. I researched this speaker while staring at it in the store and I can say I am very impressed. It's incredibly loud and it produces a powerful sound. The LED lights are also a great addition for any occasion and it is a great conversation starter. I will recommend this to everyone.

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    This speaker is bomb!

    Posted
    Crystal
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    I love it so much. The sound is great it gets pretty loud and the light show is just a fun feature for a night out at the beach or a campfire or any dark setting it makes it more fun to look at. But for a day time event you can keep the lights off which is great cause then it kind of resembles the beats pill except that it's not as rounded and thin as the pill. But it's still a portable gadgets that's worth having. There's even a jbl app you can load to change the settings on your speaker while playing music you don't even have to touch it. How great is that?!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING by JBL

    Posted
    Jake
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    I use this speaker in my massage therapy studio. It connects to the music device very simply, either through Bluetooth or plug. I can provide my client with a color choice for lighting. The lighting effect in a darkened room is very therapeutic. I have also taken this device from the studio and used at a dinner gathering for ambient music. The various lighting styles provide a nice conversation peace. The battery life has exceeded all dinner parties this far. I own both the Pulse and now the Charge! I'm glad I went back to add the Charge. It's been a very reliable purchase as well as effective.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound & Visual Effects

    Posted
    Jay120712
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    BestBuy Manager aided me in selecting a mobile sound speaker that would produce real loud tones. He was right. It wirelessly connects to any device via bluetooth and plays really loud similar to that of your car speakers set to max. Its visual effects are easily adjusted with an phone app which is free to download that provides options to change visual effects in conjunction with the music of choice. It does hold up a charge, I believe 4 to 5 hours. All changes such as volume control, visual effects can be manually adjusted onto the speaker system or via phone app.

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great buy, it impresses

    Posted
    Charlie
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    The JBL Pulse is an outstanding light show that the user can customize to the finest detail. Also the great App lets you do it all via Bluetooth from your phone. The Aux plug comes in handy if I have alternative music sources and also gives me the option to use it instead of Bluetooth if I want to save my phone's battery. All my friends faces light up when they see the light display! There is no other portable speaker that has such a impeccable great sound while delivering such an entertaining light display. I LOVE IT!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend