This year at CES 2018 in Las Vegas brand JBL by HARMAN showed the long-awaited successor to one of its most powerful wireless speaker Xtreme 2. We thought that after JBL Boombox have been no surprise, but to meet new decided: not in vain all in the wording of a house at least one device of this brand. Let’s see what JBL was surprised by his army of fans this time.
JBL Xtreme 2 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that effortlessly delivers a powerful stereo sound via four active transducer and two visible emitter low frequencies. A nice addition to the new steel column 15 hour battery life and USB output for charging. One of its features microphone features noise cancellation for calls. And with the JBL Connect can be combined into a wireless network several columns that support this feature, and thus to enhance the acoustic of the listening experience.
It is immediately evident that the design of the speakers became more bold and aggressive. Design Xtreme 2 is stronger in comparison with the first generation to get the same updated for fastening the belt or protection for ports, which is effortless to open difficult. The cover is made of durable fabric — its practical advantages are quite obvious. First, the plastic well collects scratches, which appear immediately on the body after the first fall. And secondly, this coating provided a column protection standard IPX7, meaning it is completely dustproof and able to withstand up to 30 minutes under water at a depth of 1 meter.
In the middle flaunts the JBL logo, and under it — the led charge indicators. Rubberized feet column to column does not slip on wet and unstable surfaces.
Under the rubber plug hidden all ports — power connector, service port, micro-USB, regular USB connector for charging (the same iPhone or iPad) and 3.5 mm audio Jack to listen to music not only via Bluetooth but also via cable.
Fastening belt is very powerful — you can easily secure it and to always carry a column where necessary (to the belt even a bottle opener). Of course, weighing more than 2 pounds carrying a little more complicated, but the manufacturer was able thus to increase the battery life to 15 hours.
Side view JBL knowingly placed an exclamation point, as in Xtreme 2 has added new 3D-bass drivers and the updated driver that allow you to not only hear the powerful sound that fills the room, but physically to see and feel it. We have tried to include a track with a powerful bass and was pleasantly surprised, as the radiators are moving in time with the music. Woofer 50.8 x 70 mm can on a solid five.
- Woofer: 50,8 x 70 mm
- Tweeter: 2 x 20 mm
- Rated power: 2 x 20 watt RMS, bi-amplification mode (AC)
- Frequency response: 55 Hz – 20 kHz
- Signal/noise: > 80 dB
- Battery: 3.7 V / 10,000 mAh
- Charging via the USB port: 5 V / 2 A
- Dimensions (h x W x d): 136 x 288 x 132 mm
- Weight: 2 393 g
The column was the increased power, this means that you will be able to shake the countryside even more impressive sound. And to do this will be as much as 15 hours (at medium volume is slightly larger). The battery capacity remained the same 10,000 mAh, but thanks to successful experimentation with its chemical composition engineers HARMAN was able to increase the battery life.
The sound quality, the JBL speakers have never disappointed, Xtreme 2 was not an exception. In fact, even the sound became even better, because it increased the supported range of frequencies from 55 Hz to 20 kHz. Bluetooth is also updated and is now available in version 4.2, which is not good. To control playback you can still use buttons on the top of the device.
Even if you connect this speaker via Bluetooth to your iPhone and start to stream tracks from Apple Music, it pleasantly surprises with a deep sound. Xtreme 2 supports wireless connection of up to 2 smartphones or tablets, giving everyone the opportunity to take turns to put favorite songs. At a party or while relaxing outdoors this feature is very useful.
An important feature Xtreme 2 — support JBL Connect+. This feature allows you to connect to hundreds (!) more speakers and support JBL Connect+ in one powerful audio system without wires. Even if you connect only two speakers, the effect is incredible, like being in the concert of your favorite band. And speakerphone technology with echo and noise cancellation ensures the connection during calls is crystal clear under any conditions.
As you can see from our review, JBL Xtreme in the second iteration became more attractive and is one of the favorites in the race contenders for the title of best portable speaker solution. Now we use it as office speakers, and thanks to the good music and excellent sound, the content creation process a lot of fun.
The only thing that can stop a potential buyer, is the price: official store JBL column JBL Xtreme 2 on sale for 15 990 rubles. Cheap it is unlikely to be called, but if you happen to at least a couple of hours to become the owner of this product, you will understand that the ratio of price and quality it is just perfect.