Intro to the JBL Xtreme Wireless
Right away we noticed that this portable speaker has great style. It has a circular shape and comes wrapped in a tough fabric that is splash proof.
We also immediately noticed that it’s a larger size than some other top 10 wireless Bluetooth speakers. It has a sporty look and is meant to sit horizontally when in use given its embedded plastic stand. It’s obvious to us that JBL put a lot of thought into the design with its many small details, including the convenient top buttons for Bluetooth pairing, power, JBL connect, volume, and play or pause.
JBL Xtreme Review: Specs and Best Features
This JBL wireless speaker has dual 63mm woofers, two 35mm tweeters, and a pair of passive radiators to build up the bass. It has a 70Hz-20kHz frequency response too, which is more than a lot of other portable speakers.
The JBL Xtreme’s top 3 features are:
- Great Bass
- Clear Phone Calls
- Sturdy Design
The black device weighs 4.6lbs with a 126mm height, 283mm width, and 122mm depth. It runs continual music for as long as 15 hours on the built-in Lithium-ion battery.
Sound Benefits of the JBL Xtreme Speaker
The Xtreme has amazing sound quality, as many online reviewers agree. It is a must-have at a house party or outdoor gathering, especially since when you up the volume it won’t distort the sound very much. Also, several different music genres sound good on this device, from rock to pop to classical. Given that some songs have more bass than others, not all of them might sound good on a single device, but such is not the case for this JBL speaker as it can emit various levels of bass intensity easily. Its high frequencies have great precision and detail, and there is a warm mid-range.
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The Xtreme model’s bass sounds richer than the smaller JBL Charge 3. While the Charge 3 has quality sound, it can’t deliver the same booming bass. At a bonfire or pep rally, it’s this awesome bass that will take the event to the next level of fun or excitement.
Who Would Like This Bluetooth Speaker?
Right away we think of all serious audiophiles. These users demand great music quality, no matter the genre of the song. JBL’s Xteme device delivers in this regard and ups the bass as needed for full enjoyment of the tunes. Also, its black color will appeal to someone wanting a sophisticated-looking unit rather than being a bright color like the Charge 3.
The JBL Xtreme’s Pros and Cons
The Xtreme Wireless can answer calls in speakerphone mode using the play button. Just press that same button to end the call. In addition to being easy to use, it also has great sound clarity when on a phone call, thanks to the Echo-cancelling speakerphone.
Another advantage of the Xtreme Wireless Speaker is its splashproof casing. This feature gives you peace of mind that it won’t short out if it’s by the pool edge and gets a bit wet or if there is a bit of rain. It is also easy and fast to connect the portable device to Bluetooth, can charge your phone, and connects as many as 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker for the ultimate playlist.
But our JBL Xtreme review must also point out a few minor limitations, including that it is not a speaker that can survive a total submersion in water. In other words, it can be splashed with water and still operate but is not fully waterproof. Also, the Xtreme is in the higher price range of portable Bluetooth speakers. But with a great bass boost that the Charge 3 simply doesn’t have, the Xtreme speaker is worth every dollar with its delivery of sound in any music track the way that the recording artist intended it to sound. Plus, this great music quality will liven up your party and impress those who attend it.
How is the JBL Xtreme More Unique than the Charge 3?
The Xtreme has a zipper to conceal its sensitive parts, which is more creative than the rubber piece that most other speakers use, including the JBL Charge 3. Within the Xtreme’s secure zippered compartment are two USB ports, power in, aux in, and a micro USB port. The Charge 3 only has one USB port. We like the creative thinking of the JBL team in using a zipper.
Also important to note in our JBL Xtreme review is that it is bigger and heavier than some other speakers, so it’s less mobile. But the portable speaker makes up for this aspect by coming with a shoulder strap that makes it easier to carry, and a built-in hard plastic stand at its bottom ensures it sits securely on the ground, table or another surface. It also feels sturdier in the larger size than the Charge 3, which we think is a good quality when it comes to electronics, especially if you’re heading outdoors.
JBL Xtreme Review Conclusions
The Xtreme portable Bluetooth speaker provides top sound quality, even when tunes are playing at higher volumes. While not everyone can afford the Xtreme, we feel it offers a better sound experience than the JBL Charge 3 that can take your next gathering to the next level. It also looks sleek and tough in black and doubles as a crystal clear speakerphone. We believe the Xtreme to be a great choice of Bluetooth wireless speaker.