Great sound, but I expected more from JBL Harman
Amazing sound, however Bass is so low that it is not always needed. Once you work out how to actually cancel the extra bass, which happens to be standard mode, it will only remain that way until you turn the power off then reverts back to heavy bass again. JBL Harmon do not even bother to let you know what other functions the control buttons do. You need to find it online somewhere and hope for the best. I was expecting so much more from what could be one of the best portable boomboxes on the market. JBL, how about including this information IN your Quick start guide.
Purchased in March 2021.
Good sound, good battery life
Bought this about 3 months ago. Good aound, good bettery. But started having issue with power button. Couldn’t fixed by company’s technical people and replaced. Now Thinking to get money back. Took 3 weeks to sort this out.
Purchased at Harvey Norman for $549.
Best boombox bar none
Excellent boombox!!! Sounds great indoors or out. This is the best sounding boombox on the market bar none. The music sounds smooth and not aggressive in your face with outstanding bass. Don’t hesitate to purchase.
Purchased in August 2018.
This is the perfect music system I can’t live without it
Lives up to being the most powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker, I’ve tried lots of them in store and at home. The JBL Boombox delivers monstrous sound along with the hardest hitting bass. Easily lasts for the 24 hours it claims without missing a beat, sometimes I forget it even requires power to operate. The Waterproofing, double USB chargers and other features are a huge bonus.
Purchased in June 2018 at The Good Guys.
#1 Product in market, no comparison
This is so far the world's best party and portable speaker . Super quality. water proof. Ultimate bass and sound, Quality of sound is awesome.
I am a huge fan of JBL now . but this speaker has solved the purpose for all scenarios. Let it be party, movie, music, songs etc. this is always handy and useful.
It comes with so far best battery backup which is like continuous 24 hours.
I charge it once and if I listen to 1 hour daily, still it works for more that 20days and feel like I haven't charged it in ages.
If any one is looking for portable , party and bluetooth speaker. Then this is it.
Purchased in January 2019 at Harvey Norman for $399.
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Don't be fooled by 24hr playback!
I bought this product a month ago with 2 years extended warrantee, overall its not a bad portable/waterproof bluetooth speaker. Although the sales person told me I would get 24hrs playback on full blast, so I made a purched based on that.
The first work day I took it out on the boat it covered over 10hrs on full blast which got me through my shift. The second time out on the boat with a full charge I got less than 10hrs playback, on indoor music mode setting for bass clarity.
I've mentioned to a store representative who gave some time to rese...arch, found that on outdoor mode this product is able to get longer playback. I'll try this next time out on the boat and report back with my findings. In summary, dont be fooled by JBL's marketing catch phrases of "Epic sound. All day long. Rally the crowd with monstrous sound and hard-hitting bass" or "Enjoy music for 24 hours without missing a beat" or even "Imagine playing your favourite beats from sunrise to sunrise on a single charge". If I had known this product is only capable of 10hrs playback on fullblast, I would not have bought it. Good luck.
Purchased in March 2019 for $480.
I tried to only give it 4 stars but it honestly is perfect!
Well, I had the JBL Xtreme and I loved it! There was nothing wrong with it but I mean bigger is better right? So, I decided to go and buy the JBL boombox from Bing Lee online, without seeing the unit before I might add, and within a few days, this massive box was delivered! The size of this unit is a huge difference between the Xtreme and thus is the weight! I was instantly impressed with the sheer bulk of the unit and although I did mention the weight just before, it’s not actually ridiculously heavy, I would expect it to be the weight it is! ...With all my Battery powered items, I let it fully charge before I powered it up and it charged pretty quickly, I already had the JBL app and so once charged I connected my phone, checked for updates and then I tested the sound and FAR OUT! The sound is so immense, deep, clean, clear and crisp for battery powered speaker! Yes, this also runs on mains power but I don't take the charger to work with me and most the time I use this as a full wireless speaker! I have a wide range of music I listen to and for all genres of music I listened too the Boombox handled everything well, everything from wicked games by Chris Issac to 7 rings by Ariana Grande. With the Xtreme, I wanted for more emphasis on the higher notes, I felt that it could not quite give me the treble I wanted, however, with the Boombox, this was not an issue in the slightest, There seems to be an equal amount of low, mids and highs! There is a button on the back that switches from an “outdoor” to an “indoor” mode and to be honest, I normally use it on outdoor mode as I feel it turns the bass up just a little more. Now, it is important to note that this is not a 2.1 system and doesn’t have a dedicated subwoofer thus it can’t reproduce some of the deeper tones that a stand-alone subwoofer can, however, I was never wanting for bass and we have to remember that this is a fully portable, splash proof, shock resistant blah speaker and not an indoor Bluetooth speaker! This thing is designed for life and life's parties, it's just as comfortable inside as it is next to the pool getting splashed or if you're like me, sitting in the bathroom while you're enjoying a bubble bath! Now, there was a review done on these by someone on some site that claimed that it had no way to control song selection and this is not true! If you press the play button quickly twice it will skip to the next song, however, you need to download the JBL app to program the speaker to do that as its default is to open Siri or whatever personal assistant your phone has! From the app, you can also change the name of your speaker and check for updates etc so its worth having anyway! The battery on this unit really does live up to expectations, I have never had a flat battery and I only charge it ever 2 weeks. I use this unit for 4 hours 3 times a week at work plus when I am mowing (Sorry neighbours) or if I am doing a huge amount of cooking in the kitchen. At work, I obviously don't have it turned up loud but it is worth mentioning that I would in a shed and not in an office so, even with just the use at work I am still getting more than the 24 hours quoted by JBL. There is also 2 charge out ports so you can plug your phone cable into the speaker and charge your devices. I have not done this yet as I have never needed to but its pretty self explanatory. I normally do not give 5 stars as nothing is ever perfect, this unit though, for the price, is absolutely on key and amazing! Could it be better? Probably, I don’t know how but I'm sure in the next model we will see!
Purchased in January 2019 at Bing Lee Online store for $399.
Brilliant bluetooth speaker!
Purchased this speaker a little over a week ago, it produces very good, clear sound with excellent bass. There are several simple buttons on the top for Bluetooth pairing, volume up and down, power on/off, JBL's connect+ (to connect to other JBL speakers with the same function) and a play/pause button which also doubles as a fast forward & phone speaker activation button. It has an outstanding built in battery which, with average use (no heavy partying) will give you well over a weeks worth of use. I use the speaker everyday, from playing my mu...sic via bluetooth to listening to the radio via internet streaming. It has a bit of weight, but this is understandable considering it's size, and the size of the internal battery, which by the way can charge two external devices (smart phone/tablets) via two type A USB ports. There is also a 3.5mm AUX in port to attach an external device (TV, music players, etc) using a 3.5mm stereo cable of course. There is another small port but it is for firmware upgrades only. All these ports are protected behind a thick rubber type door which keeps the ports water tight, as the speaker is water proof to around a meter deep. So rain etc isn't an issue. Also on the back are two buttons to switch the speaker from indoor to outdoor modes, I haven't used them much but apparently, according to other reviews the outdoor button expands the sound some more. On the front, down low are five battery indicator lights. This speaker is rated at 24 hrs of play time with the volume at around 50%. It is very well built and will take a bit of punishment and you can use it as a speaker phone with your smart phone. There is an app available, but the functions are basic, but still useful to have on your device to control the speaker with. Some reviewers I have seen online have complained about an odd sound when you turn the speaker on, but it is only an intro type sound effect which can be turned off via the JBL App. Also some reviews have mentioned buzzing sounds when the Boombox battery gets really low (around one or two lights on the indicator) but I have run mine to the last battery indicator light, and thus far no noises at all. Mind you, these reviews were all around the time the speaker was first released over a year ago and JBL may have well updated the speaker's firmware since, resolving any "noise" issues when the battery is low. Also I need to mention the JBL App is apparently able to update the speaker's firmware should JBL release any future updates, so that's another good reason to install the App. So to sum up I highly recommend this speaker as I think it will satisfy most people's musical tastes. It is IPX7 water resistant and will float if it falls into the water. Strong sturdy build and overall great sound. Can be a bit pricey so shop around and watch out for any specials/sales, but if your in the market for a great sounding, solidly build water resistant bluetooth speaker...get this one!
Purchased in March 2019 at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores.
Compact but awesome sound quality
I love my JBL BoomBox! I take it everywhere.. parties, the beach, park etc. The sound quality is brilliant, quick to connect to Bluetooth devices. If your phone rings it automatically rings through the speaker. It's lightweight and solidly built. My new favourite toy!
The only thing I found a tad annoying is when you receive any notifications it'll turn the music down to sound the notification momentarily.
Great sounding portable speaker with great battery life.
I purchased this speaker after searching for a speaker that ticked all the boxes for me: It has big sound, it's waterproof, it has big battery life and it has big bass when needed.
Prior to purchasing this speaker I owned the Bose Sound link Mini. It was a truly awesome speaker for it's size but it always felt like it wasn't rugged enough despite having great build quality. That and the battery life was not quite enough and it relied on tricks to produce bass such as missing fundamentals.
This one can get pretty low in the frequencies wit...h the 2 x 4" woofers and passive radiators on the side, I'll admit to me it did sound a little strange at first because it seemed like the bass and mid/high were playing from different devices but after some loosening up through playtime it seems fine now. Sometimes I would say it's a little too heavy in the bass and it'd be nice to have an option to switch it to a more "stealthy" mode to not annoy sleeping people. I do realise though it was never designed to be that, after all it's a party box. It's also loud enough to be heard over hydraulic presses/conveyor belts at work but barely over my forklift but that's understandable. At max volume you'll probably get around 10 hours with bass heavy music in outdoor mode (cuts the lows a bit and saves power). At a normal volume I can see this thing easily doing the advertised 24 hours or more in indoor mode.
What a BOOM!!!
If your looking for that extra bass punch and loudness for a portable speaker then you have to get this JBL BOOMBOX !!! It is the best bluetooth sound system i have ever owned and believe me when i say nothing compares to this. Not with sound or battery life. I have had mine on at just middle level now for well over 48 hours without re-charging it. This is the best in its class in every aspect.
Questions & Answers
Would anyone like to swap a boom box for a boombox2? I have compatibility issues with the one I have.
Hi just purchased the waterproof boombox switched it from house to outside once now the button doesnt want to change it back have you had issues with the switches only got it today also have the boombox 300 which is awesome
From the box speaker will power up and turn straight off. Very frustrating
Maybe try charging it completely overnight. If this is still happening, take it back to the retailer as you are entitled to a DOA exchange if it was purchased less then 7 days ago.
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|Connectivity Options||Bluetooth and USB|
|Charging Time||6.5 hours|
|Battery Size||20,000 mAh|
|Dimensions||254 x 495 x 195 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
|Colour / Finish||Black, Green|
|Replaced by||JBL BoomBox 2|
- GTIN12: 050036338189
- MPN: 3677584, JBLBOOMBOXBLK and KHJBLBOOMBOXBLK
- GTIN13: 6925281927447
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