When it comes to selecting the best speakers, we have to talk about JBL. With speakers that always produce crisp audio and rich bass, they are always a brilliant choice to go for. When you factor in the array of smart features as well, you end up with some reliably excellent speakers.
There's a solid variety of JBL speakers for you to choose from. Whether you want to connect multiple together for the ultimate party experience or want a long-playtime powerhouse to amp up your beach day, JBL has you covered.
The best JBL speakers at a glance:
• Best travel JBL speaker - JBL GO 3
• Best playtime JBL speaker - JBL Charge 5
• Best value JBL speaker - JBL Clip 4
• Best all-rounder JBL speaker - JBL Flip 5
• Best party JBL speaker - JBL Pulse 5
• Most powerful JBL speaker - JBL PartyBox110
One of the best features that all JBL speakers have is some degree of waterproofing. If you're a frequent traveller or want to blast your music on the poolside, beachside, or anywhere nice outdoors and don't want to worry about water damage, then you'll want one of these.
With so many JBL speakers to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what's the best one for you. Luckily, we're here to help, as we've gathered our picks for best ones.
1. JBL GO 3
Best travel JBL speaker
Whether you're a frequent traveller, want to liven up a social gathering, or just want some tunes
- Compact and lightweight
- Handy loop
- So-so battery life
2. JBL Charge 5
Best playtime JBL speaker
If the playtime of the previous speaker was underwhelming to you, then we think you'll appreciate
- Amazing battery life
- Great selection of designs
- On the heavier side for a portable speaker
3. JBL Clip 4
Best value JBL speaker
The JBL Clip 4 is a solid pick for those wanting rich audio quality at an affordable price. At a
- Quite durable
- Fantastic value
- Colour options are quite basic
4. JBL Flip 5
Best all-rounder JBL speaker
For the ultimate JBL jack-of-all-trades, go with the Flip 5. The sound controls are responsive and
- Great audio and volume controls
- Very durable
- Only available in black and grey
5. JBL Pulse 5
Best party JBL speaker
Get the best combination of excellent audio and stunning visuals with the JBL Pulse 5. As expected
- Colour changing
- Easy-to-use companion app
- Takes a while to charge
Most powerful JBL speaker
If portability isn't a concern, then the powerful JBL PartyBox110 packs some serious auditory
- Very powerful
- Easy to adjust the gain
- Not the most portable
What to look for in a JBL speaker?
JBL speakers all tend to have roughly the same level of excellent audio quality, and any dips in battery life tend to match the size. Where you can find an actual difference, however, is in the waterproofing. For that, you just need to consult the impress protection rating.
Most ratings will appear as "IPX" and then a number, however, many JBL speakers are "IP67". As a general rule of thumb, the higher the number, the better. Here is roughly what each number represents for waterproofing:
IPX4- protection from splash and sprays from any direction
IPX5- protection from low-pressure jets
IPX6- protection from high-pressure jets
IPX7- can be submerged for 30 minutes at less than a metre
For IP67, it has the same protection as an IPX7, for water, but the 6 represents its strength against solids- so it's another great protective option!
How to connect PartyBoost JBL speakers?
One of the best ways to step up your audio experience is to pair up multiple JBL speakers together, but without wires, you may be a bit confused about how to go about it. Luckily, it's quite a simple process once you know how.
Connect to one of the speakers on your phone, test a bit of music on it, and then just press the connect button for all the speakers you want. To make the process even easier, and give you a bit of extra control over the speakers, the JBL companion app is super helpful.
Kyle Purves is a Commercial Content Writer for What’s The Best, with an avid interest in all things gaming and tech.
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