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

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We ran an exhaustive meta-analysis on Bose’s Bluetooth speakers, and what  major European and American consumer organizations had to say about them. We also took into account the commentary from all sorts of audiophile critics and tech bloggers. Which is best for whom among the Bose Soundlink Revolve, the Bose Soundlink Mini II, or the …

The JBL Xtreme, Xtreme 2, and Xtreme 3 speakers offer an excellent, portable, rugged route to serious bass oomph and to getting a quite loud outdoor party going. While these not the most refined choices among the largest, loudest Bluetooth speakers we review, we do think that for people who party a lot outdoors and …

The JBL Boombox 2 was released in spring 2020 as as an update to the original portable outdoor party companion, the JBL Boombox. Both of these are at the larger, and more outdoorsy end of the biggest, loudest portable speakers we’ve reviewed. And they’re expensive. In this article we go through what all reliable critics—not …

In the current bluetooth speaker market deluge, three models consistently float to the top of reviewers’ lists. These are all excellent speakers, and depending on your priorities, any one of the three might be the best for you. Our exhaustive bluetooth speaker meta-review suggests that the UE Boom 2 offers the best combination of sound …

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 …

Stuck in a decision between the Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 and its smart-speaker close cousin, the Megablast? We’ve done a thorough analysis of both speakers, including how they sound and the small differences in features that might make one better than the other. We’ve got a full side-by-side comparison below, followed by a meta-analysis of critical …

We’ve run a full comparison of the JBL Link 10 and JBL Link 20 to see how these two speakers compare. As usual, we’ve taken into account reviews and criticism from around the world from audiophiles, customers, and consumer organizations. These are currently two of the best-sounding smart speakers on the market, and yes, as …

We ran our usual, exhaustive meta-analysis on the new Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth speaker, comparing what the best audio critics had to say about it with their comments on the well-known (and quite fêted) other Bose speakers, especially its close cousin the not-quite-as-small Bose Soundlink Color II. We’ll also share how these stack up against the other …

Torn between the old and the new versions of the deservedly loved Marshall Kilburn? The Marshall Kilburn II is getting lots of praise, but for now the original is still on sale and often discounted. So which should you get? We’ve done a thorough meta-analysis of the reviews for both, and these are speakers that …

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 …