Main Content

Customer Ratings & Reviews

JBL - Pulse Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black-Front_Standard

JBL - Pulse Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black

Model: JBLPULSEBLKAMSKU: 1902243

Customer rating

Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 417 reviews

96%
would recommend to a friend

Customer ratings & reviews

Filter:
Page 1, showing1-20 of 316 Reviews
  • 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: 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: 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding buy in this price range - get it!

    Posted
    NashvilleNeko
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good Bluetooth Speaker!

    Posted
    anotherBB
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing portable speaker!

    Posted
    Samantha
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    This speaker is bomb!

    Posted
    Crystal
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    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: 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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Flashy with GREAT sound for a small Product - JBL

    Posted
    UnklNobo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    So.. What else would you expect from a JBL Product? Great sound, plenty of volume and low end with great low volume quality sound, solid construction, and easy to set-up user instructions. Unique appearance, with remote free phone app controlled light shows and music selection over Bluetooth. My daughter is the hit of the gathering! I bought her a telephoto lens case to carry it around in, which will easily pay for it'self the 1st time (of many) it gets dropped... Love this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    Austin
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    whats great about this is it's "surround sound" with the cheaper models as soon as you move away from being directly in front of the speaker you use 75% of the sound NOT with this one. 360 degrees sound is the SAME. It lights up which is great for parties and looks cool. Very happy with sound quality also once the thing is charged take it where ever you want. I put this speaker in my kitchen and you can hear my music throughout the entire house. My only complaint at $200 dollars its pretty exspensive

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Music

    Posted
    TechMom
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought this as a gift for my son. He and his roommates didn't have external speakers for their music, and this little speaker was just the trick. It is surprisingly loud for its small size, and the lights are a nice addition. My daughter tried it, and she was impressed with the sound quality. If you are looking for a compact speaker with excellent sound quality, this is a great speaker for the price. It is easily paired with electronic devices via bluetooth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Inexpensive Bluetooth Speaker

    Posted
    BabySquirrel
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    We bought this speaker in July, so we haven't had it that long, but it works great. It syncs easily to both of our phones, and we can switch playing between the both of them with no issue. We wanted a portable speaker to use while cleaning or having a get-together and this completely fulfills our needs and wants. You really can't beat the price for the sound quality and the volume. Our house is 2300 sq ft and we can hear it in every room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Huge deep sound from a small package!

    Posted
    HitecRednec
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    My wife saw this first in a Verizon store so I told her lets go to best buy so we could compare it to other makes and models cause ONLY Best Buy presents products demos side by side. So we went to Best Buy and Wow !! Boomin Sound Quality Simply amazing !! and Saved an additional $70.00 off what Verison was asking we only spent $199.99 Thank you Best Buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The perfect party speaker

    Posted
    Dave
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The sound is amazing on my JBL Pulse! I wanted a Bluetooth portable speaker that would sound great in my room. I was skeptical at first due to the small size and for the fact that the sound and lights are dispersed through the same area.(I've never seen this in a speaker before, Cool!). And to my surprise, not only does the sound(and lights) turn a room into a party, this JBL Pulse can be heard throughout my house on high volume. Great buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So Cool!

    Posted
    NickelsWorth
    • My Best Buy® Member

    We got this for my daughter to use with her iPhone and it works great! I want one for myself now. It has you download a JBL app to use with the speaker, but it is not necessary to have and it was somewhat complicated to figure out how to use the app correctly too. But after pairing it to the phone, all you need to do is connect and use it as your speaker with iTunes, Pandora app, etc. Like I said, it is so cool!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best small speaker I've purchased

    Posted
    TMTenn
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought a couple of Bluetooth speakers before finding this one. Each time there would be something about the speaker I hated & would end up returning. But I absolutely love this one! I bought it to listen to music off my iPod and it sounds great-you can take this speaker anywhere and the battery life is great! Plus it puts on an awesome light show :). Nice to take outside on the patio at night during summer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The pulse is oftened compared with the bose mini.

    Posted
    thebeatgoeson714
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I have both of the blue tooth speakers. For sound I would chose the bose ....for the light show plus a lesser sound quality I'd pick the jbl pulse. The jbl pulse is also lighter and easier to take on the go then the bose. Which is a bit heavier. Yes charge life is less with the light show, but the WOW FACTOR is awesome. Sound is not so deep and rich as the bose, but is what I'd expect is this price range.

    I would recommend this to a friend