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The Best JBL Portable Bluetooth Speakers: A Side-by-Side Comparison, Mini-Reviews, and FAQ

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The largest portable speakers from the often-awesome speaker-crafting company Ultimate Ears are the Megaboom 3 and the Hyperboom. We like and recommend both, but for different reasons and different folks. The Megaboom 3 fits handily in one hand; the Hyperboom is easy enough to lug with one hand via its carry strap. The obvious difference …

Alrighty, let’s bring trademark audiophile obsessiveness into explaining the differences between the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 and its more powerful big sister, the Megaboom 3. Both portable speakers are excellent. In our opinion they’re the top-choice speakers out of the Ultimate Ears lineup and for most people’s uses they’re the top rough-and-tumble, take-anywhere speakers, period. …

In the hundreds of speaker reviews and comparisons we’ve done around here, it’s often easy to choose which to recommend. Comparing the JBL PartyBox 100 vs. Ultimate Ears Hyperboom presents a more difficult choice however; it depends on your outdoor-dance-party priorities, and even then it’s not so clear-cut. To be blunt, the JBL Partybox 100 …

The JBL Xtreme 2 is a step up from the previous version JBL Xtreme in just the right areas that made this speaker stand out in the first place: bass oomph and outdoor party convenience. While this is not the most refined choice among the largest, loudest Bluetooth speakers, we do think that for people …

We’ve analyzed everything said by consumer organizations, tech sites, and audiophile bloggers for the three greatest portable Bluetooth speakers out there. These three speakers are all about the size and shape of a tall beer can, and can deliver powerful, balanced, detailed audio for inside use or out in wet, noisy environments like the beach. Our exhaustive meta-review of …

We’ve taken a hard look at the differences between these top portable Bluetooth speakers and all of the commentary from the leading critics. Which is better for you? It depends if you’re carrying tunes around the house, to the beach, or on a whitewater rafting trip — here’s a look at which speaker of these …

As we analyzed every single published review of the largest, loudest Bluetooth speakers, we discovered two that were consistently at the top of critics’ lists in terms of sound quality: the Marshall Kilburn and the UE Megaboom. Each of these portable speakers has advantages over the other — here we’ll discuss the contrasts and how we’d decide …

We’ve examined the Bose Soundlink Revolve and Bose Soundlink Revolve+ to run a full comparison looking at the reviews, audiophile blogs, and costumer reviews they’ve thus far received. This is in the same spirit as our complete meta-review of the best travel Bluetooth speakers. Both the Revolve and the Revolve+ have so far gotten great reactions, …

We’ve run our usual thorough analysis on JBL’s two most convenient and portable Bluetooth speaker options: the JBL Flip 4 and JBL Charge 3. Either are excellent for travel, beach use, patio parties, picnics, camping, etc. Which one is right for you largely comes down to how big of a speaker you’re willing to carry …

We’ve run a thorough investigation of UE’s foremost smart speaker, the Ultimate Ears MegaBlast, and compared it to the company’s similar critical darling, the UE MegaBoom. Both speakers are excellent portable outdoor options; frequently people want to know which has better bass, which is louder, which sounds better, and if the small price premium of …