JBL Xtreme 2: high power and clear sound
The first generation JBL Xtreme was already one of the best speakers of its time, with rich bass and detailed highs. But at the same time, at a high volume level, the speaker had to deal with an unpleasant roar. In JBL Xtreme 2, this phenomenon has disappeared, and the sound of four drivers and two bass membranes has become even better. The former deliver well-defined and detailed high frequencies, while the latter provide deep and rich bass. Generally speaking, in any musical genre JBL Xtreme 2 produces a clear and balanced sound.
Another advantage of the model was the extreme volume (two speakers of 20 W each). JBL Xtreme 2 seamlessly covers large rooms and easily drowns out all ambient noise — even outdoors. In addition, with the help of a free application, you can combine two speakers into a stereo pair and thus make the sound even louder. This feature works not only between JBL Xtreme 2, but also with first generation models, as well as with JBL Pulse 3.
Equipment JBL Xtreme 2
In terms of equipment and mobility, JBL offers several chips. Although it is a rather heavy Bluetooth speaker weighing 2.4 kg, it is easy to carry thanks to the practical strap. The model received protection against water according to the IPX7 standard. This means the speaker can be submerged in water up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes — perfect for pool or beach parties.
Unlike the previous model, the interfaces are now located not under an inconvenient zipper, but in an easily accessible place under the flap on the back. There is a USB charging port for smartphones and tablets, a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones and a power supply socket for charging the speaker.
The JBL Xtreme 2’s 10,000 mAh battery takes approximately three hours to fully charge, with an actual battery life of 21 hours. For comparison: most of the other speakers from our rating run out of energy in 10-15 hours.
As a result, JBL Xtreme 2 can be described briefly and clearly: 2.4 kilograms of concentrated sound power. During the test, the cylindrical Bluetooth speaker outperformed the competition thanks to its loud, but rich and balanced sound. In addition, it is an extremely durable model with a waterproof case and a long battery life (21 hours). The cost of the column, however, bites — about 12,000 rubles.
clear and rich sound
long battery life
hands-free and power bank functions
no aptx support
Alternative: Dockin D Fine+
The Dockin D Fine+ is minimally smaller and lighter than the JBL Xtreme 2, but offers great sound nonetheless. This is the merit of full-fledged aptX support, which, with appropriate sound content, provides a particularly detailed sound. With a battery life of around 16.5 hours — although that’s a lot less than the JBL Xtreme 2 — it’s good enough for a party or a trip. The column costs about 13,000 rubles.
For music lovers:
- Fiio M9 audio player review: moving to a new level
- Bose QuietControl 30 headphones test