JBL Pebbles 2.0 Speaker System, Silver/White(2 Pieces)
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|Connectivity Technology||USB, Auxillary|
|Surround Sound Channel Configuration||2.0|
|Audio Output Mode||Stereo|
About this item
- Easy, USB Plug And Play
- Amazing, Best-in-class Stereo Sound
- Compact, Iconic Design
- Aux-in Port For MP3 And Mobile Devices
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|Color||Silver/White||2.0 USB-A Speaker (White)||Black||Silver|
|Connectivity Technology||USB, Auxillary||usb||Bluetooth, Wired, Auxillary||usb|
|Item Dimensions||9.13 x 8.11 x 6.38 inches||9.57 x 4.96 x 4.96 inches||—||3.94 x 2.6 x 2.88 inches|
|Item Weight||2.95 lbs||1.40 lbs||—||1.43 lbs|
Easy, USB Plug and Play Amazing, best-in-class stereo sound Compact, iconic design Aux-in port for MP3 and mobile devices
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USB powered and small, pack up easily with great cable management to take anywhere.
Clever design, I love the cable management and the volume knob thing. I love the aesthetics going on here.
Sound: Great open soundstage with great dispersion (yes, even compared to the bipole Incline's), surprisingly good stereo imaging, they can outright disappear into the soundstage with a good recording. Fairly neutral sound but there is a slight lower midrange/upper bass emphasis. Off axis response is quite good except for the very upper treble.
Detail is also quite good, particularly the midrange and lower treble. Bass is also well defined, quick, but not quite punchy, not just one-note bass like many 2.1 systems. I don't know what DSP magic JBL used on these, but they're wizards for getting a 2" full ranger driver to sound this GOOD overall while also having as much bass as they do.
Speaking of... Bass: yeah, I know, it's a 2" driver, but with a frequency sweep I had some output at 50Hz, and I'd say usable extension goes down to about 60Hz as a -6dB point. So that 70Hz rating is pretty conservative (I was honestly going to be happy if they even managed 80Hz).
Max volume is pretty weak, but for nearfield it's... adequate.
There's a resonance around 80-85ish Hz that can be annoying on some songs, but in my experience so far that's been all of maybe 3 songs.
Aux in is on the front of the speaker, which, though convenient, is bad for aesthetics if you're not using them via usb in my opinion.
While the bass and midrange are way better than I expected, the upper ranges are a bit harsh when pushed hard and have a pretty steep roll off when you're off axis >30 degrees (which should surprise no one for a 2" full range driver).
Since they're USB they count as a separate sound device and don't tend to play nice with whatever sound card your comp may have if you were looking to do anything fancy with them (as in adding them as surround speakers/center channel to an existing setup or adding a subwoofer), on that same note an aux out would have been nice for headphones.
*No included AC adapter, hasn't affected me but worth mentioning.
Overall, at $30, or even full price, these are excellent. Yes, I nitpicked the hell out of them and made a massive con's list, but if I were in the market for USB speakers, I'd but these again in a heartbeat. I'd love if JBL would develop a slightly larger version with a legit two way design and/or include a sub output.
These are probably some of the best sounding computer speakers available for under $100, usb or not. Will others play lounder? Yes. Will others play lower? Yes. Will they sound as good while doing either of those things? Not in my experience.
TL;DR If you want USB speakers with way better than average sound that look great with some clever design, buy these.
1) Works with both Mac and Windows in exactly the same way.
2) USB wire connects to PC, and one wire goes from left to right speaker nothing else, minimal wiring/clutter, simple setup.
3) Volume control on the right speaker controls volume in computer.
4) Sound quality exceeds my expectations for the small speakers. The low frequencies are nicely handled, you here reasonably deep base without artificial "popping" of particular base frequencies.
5) If there is one negative about sound quality - the very high frequencies are a bit too loud and they are "harsh". However, you can rotate speakers to re-direct twitters away from directly facing your ears. I also suspect that it just take time to get used to this particular color of the sound, or, as they say, "you need for speakers to burn in". Some people like this sound coloration, as it gives extra "clarity" to the sound, I personally not so much. At the same time do not expect too much quality from these speakers. They are too small and relatively cheap. But in this price and size range, I doubt you can do better.
6) When you connect them first time, you may not hear the sound from them (at least on Mac). You have to select the output device in sound properties. After that, computer remembers the selection - you can disconnect/reconnect them while music is playing, the computer switches back and forth between previous output and these speakers.
7) They turn off when your computer (including Mac) goes to sleep. It saves battery life for the laptops which would keep USB output on when sleeping.
8) There is only one blue LED that goes on and off when speakers are working or not. Very important for those like me for whom extra light may bother at night. They are completely dark if computer is sleeping.
9) They look nice. You can chose the ones that fit into your desktop environment. Mine are silver (for silver MacBook Pro and Mac Mini)
10) No headphone output on them, but you can still use the headphone output of the computer, since they are not connected to it.
11) They are a bit larger than you would guess from the picture. The largest size (from side to side) is 6 inches.
12) They do not rely on soundcard of your PC. Meaning for most laptops the sound quality is better, since they are themselves are sound card performing digital to analog conversion and amplification of the signal.
Overall, outstanding speaker when you take into account size and price. I do recommend them for the laptop users, and even for most desktop users. However, for desktop users who wants good quality of the sound, you may want to spend extra money and buy "proper" speakers, which are a bit larger but give more balanced sound. And you would need separate soundcard for your PC, not the one on the motherboard. Although, my main use of these speakers is going to be with mac mini (which is desktop computer), and I found the quality quite acceptable when I browse internet and listen to the music at the same time.