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Side-by-side listens to some of our favorite speakers

Not all Bluetooth speakers actually improve in their new additions — though most do. We’re excited to take a peek at the JBL Pulse 4 and see if it’s a worthy follow-up to the Pulse 3. The JBL Pulse 4 was released in September 2019 and Pulse 3 in January of 2017, so we wouldn’t …

The Bose Portable Home Speaker, released in September of 2019, is just a big bigger and heavier than the Bose Soundlink Revolve+, and looks similar. But it’s important to be aware that the new speaker has a whole different set of features. The Revolve+ is the largest of Bose’s portable offerings, and was released in …

JBL currently has three mid-sized cylindrical speakers that sound great: the Pulse 4, Flip 5, and Charge 4. Those names aren’t all that evocative of actual speaker features, so it can be a bit confusing to decide between them. Thus we’ve put together this quick guide to their contrasts, advantages, and disadvantages. They’re all excellent …

We’ve done in-depth reviews of all JBL Bluetooth speakers, understandably you folks don’t want to read all that. So here’s a quick side-by-side table with mini-reviews and an FAQ to help you choose the right JBL sonic portable buddy for you. JBL makes great-sounding, well-regarded portable Bluetooth speakers that are durable and road-worthy. Any of …

The first version of the Marshall Stockwell got overall praise from reviewers, though it certainly didn’t please everyone. The features and design changed quite a bit for the Marshall Stockwell II, so we were immediately curious to see how they compare in terms of performance. Would the new Stockwell II be worth upgrading to? Should …

There are some major differences in the range of portable Marshall Bluetooth speakers to be aware of, even if the Stockwell II, Kilburn II, and Tufton do have the same outward design and similar sound profiles. (Note that there is no such thing as a Marshall Tufton II; the recently released Tufton is the newest …

JBL has released a new speaker; for the latest, see our comparison of the new JBL Pulse 4 vs Charge 4. But if you want to know about the previous JBL Pulse 3 and how it compares to the Charge 4, you can certainly read on… JBL has long had the best lava-lamp-cum-speaker on the …

Newer is not always better; we’ve seen this sometimes even with JBL’s speaker designs. So we were curious to unravel the differences between the JBL Charge 3 and the newer JBL Charge 4. First of all, let’s be honest. If you already have the JBL Charge 3, you do not need to upgrade to the …

JBL has two mid-sized cylindrical speakers that are waterproof, super tough, and just light enough to be carried outside anywhere for a party or barbecue. But the company’s own pages on the JBL Charge 4 and JBL Xtreme 2 don’t do much more than make it clear that models like to lounge next to them …

The Riva Arena and Riva Concert speakers appear quite similar, but were released at different times and with slightly different marketing, so it can be difficult to untangle what are real contrasts and what is just confusing, useless hype. We’re here for you. The speakers are actually quite similar; both offer fantastic, room-filling sound from …