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Not worth the $ unless you need the voluime
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2017
This still sounds pretty good overall and gets loud, but lacks midrange presence. Bass is among the best at low volume compared to other speakers. It's huge, you will need a case to carry it. I got one and still gave it to a family member 3 months after getting it at full price $110. This was competitive against several generations ago of JBL bluetooth speakers. Battery life is not bad at all.
I did not replace it because it sounded bad (the lack of midrange presence did bug me, as I really like mids, but not enough to return it earlier on). The reasons I replaced it are: it's far too large to carry, Requires a specific charger (it obviously can't be usb charged if it provides a usb power bank
- great feature but one i never used). Gets a quieter when battery lets lower, which is obvious when you plug it in because it gets much louder, if the battery is almost dead. Body is made of metal so it's cold to hold against your skin. The buttons on top can be pressed easily if you lean on the speaker, which i did surprisingly much. Lastly it is not as smart as my new JBL speaker at automatically connecting to certain devices (most devices i need to manually connect to the 3XL even if the device recognizes it, whereas the JBL will automatically connect itself and start playing.)
I replaced it with a Flip 4 which i did not get on amazon but at a local store for $99. It brings back the missing midrange presence, fits in one hand or a pocket, and provides a more cohesive sound at very low volumes, as well as filling less space with sound than the 3xl without sacrificing actual perceived volume (very important for dorms or apartment owners) I would not buy it again unless i was not going to be carrying it or wanted the louder maximum volume. However, even though you can link two 3XL together, you can link something like 100 jbl's together, so i guess it's a moot point. In the end get what you need.