Mini audio system are likely to get an outsized quantity of consideration within the
audio panorama. That is as a result of individuals have a tendency to love extremely moveable audio system that ship comparatively huge sound for his or her tiny dimension however do not price an excessive amount of. JBL’s Xtreme 2 ($300, £250, AU$350), the subsequent technology of the corporate’s well-regarded jumbo moveable
Bluetooth speaker
, is a complete different beast.

Whereas the Xtreme 2 is not fairly as huge as the everyday boombox of yesteryear (JBL’s even bigger Boombox is), it is designed to place out practically as a lot sound. JBL has upgraded the drivers within the Xtreme 2 so the speaker has larger, fatter sound with much more bass than its predecessor. And now it is absolutely waterproof.

The Xtreme 2 does sound higher than the unique, although you may discover the distinction extra indoors than outdoor. It additionally sounds very very similar to a JBL speaker. By that I imply it is obtained some good kick within the bass — it goes fairly deep — and that little little bit of treble push, typically known as “presence enhance,” to deliver out the element. The midrange can sound subdued (the vocals are a contact recessed and never fairly as pure sounding as one may hope), however general this can be a moveable Bluetooth speaker that delivers huge sound in a medium-sized bundle. It is nicely suited to listening to immediately’s pop and hip hop music. 

A part of the rationale it sounds higher is that is it is merely larger. It weighs in at 5.28 kilos (or 2.four kilograms), which is greater than what the unique Xtreme weighed (four.66 kilos or 2.1 kilograms). Not solely does it play louder, however the sound holds collectively (refrains from distorting) at greater volumes. The presence enhance offers the sound a slight edginess, which comes out extra at greater volumes, so I typically stored the quantity beneath 75 % — 60 % is definitely a lot loud. There is a quantity management on prime of the speaker together with a pause-play button.

It seems like a mini bongo drum with the strap hooked up.

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With a removable carrying strap and 10,000-mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery that is rated for 15 hours of playback at modest quantity ranges, the Xtreme 2 is designed to be moveable, though you possibly can definitely use this as a house speaker in a small to medium-sized room. Because of the dimension of its battery, it comes with its personal AC adapter and does not cost by way of microUSB like smaller moveable Bluetooth audio system do. You will discover an audio enter beneath a gasket together with a USB out for charging units (you provide the cable). It additionally has speakerphone capabilities.

In contrast to JBL’s Hyperlink sequence audio system, the Xtreme2 does not characteristic Wi-Fi audio streaming by way of
Google Chromecast
. Neither is it voice enabled, by way of Alexa or Google Assistant. That is strictly a Bluetooth speaker, though you need to use the JBL Join+ app to wirelessly hyperlink to as much as 100 JBL Join+-enabled audio system to enhance the sound. I had no downside pairing it with an
iPhone X
($1,000 at Cricket Wi-fi) and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus — and it retains pairing with two units concurrently, too.


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