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JBL Charge Portable Indoor/Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Built for durability With the JBL Charge speaker, strength isn't limited to audio performance. From its rugged case and grille to the rubber end rings and a rubber cap for its USB port, the JBL Charge has the durability that your active lifestyle demands.
- Bluetooth® Portable speaker includes 6000mAh Li-ion rechargable battery.
- Charge your Smartphone or tablet with integrated USB port.
- Wirelessly Streams Stereo Music From Any Bluetooth Device
- Take with you anywhere in convenient NeopreneTM carry case.
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|Item Dimensions||—||4 x 8.5 x 6.75 in||3.43 x 9.09 x 3.48 in||4.5 x 7.5 x 3.88 in||3.9 x 8.35 x 6.54 in||3.9 x 8.35 x 6.54 in|
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Cast a shadow that brightens up a party. The black and silver design is a striking pairing of sophistication from an already attractive speaker. Get ready to experience unsurpassed portable audio performance with wireless Bluetooth streaming. Durable and ultra–portable, the JBL Charge features a 6000mAh Li–ion battery that can recharge your mobile devices via a built–in usb port, a 5 watt per channel amplifier, and delivers over 12 hours of music playback. The Charge can sync with all Bluetooth enabled devices and will automatically try and connect to the last device it was paired with when turned on. Listen and lose yourself in the full–range sound of JBL thanks to two 1–5/8–inch (41mm) full–range drivers and built in bass port. A portable music powerhouse, the JBL Charge is ready to go wherever you need music. Just slip the Charge into the included carry case and away you go! Bluetooth® Portable speaker includes 6000mAh Li–ion rechargable battery. Take with you anywhere in convenient Neoprene™ carry case. Charge your Smartphone or tablet with integrated USB port.
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I continued to search for a JBL Charge in store near me and was excited to see that Best Buy just began carrying it. I went to the store and gave it a listen. It sounded pretty good but I'm not one to crank up the volume in store so I purchased it and figured I would compare it to the Soundlink II at my home. I was willing to live with the bass heavy Soundlink II if the maximum volume was noticeably louder than the JBL Charge. I turned both of the speakers up to full volume in my home and began listening to the Charge. Wow, it was louder than I expected, but it couldn't be as loud as the Bose Soundlink II, could it? I switched over to the Bose and although the Bose may have been louder, it wasn't by a substantial amount.
My initial reaction to the JBL Charge was that the vocals were much more natural sounding to my ears (once again, an opinion). Sure, the bass isn't as deep, but that doesn't bother me as much as having too much bass. I continued to switch back and forth between the Bose Soundlink II and JBL Charge to try and pick apart what I did/didn't like about each. I would notice that when I would switch from the Soundlink II to the Charge I would be somewhat disappointed that the bass wasn't somewhat stronger on the Charge, but after listening to the Charge for a short time I didn't notice anymore. I would then switch from the Charge to the Soundlink II and would be disappointed that the voices were somewhat muffled and overpowered by the bass of the speaker. Again, after listening to the Soundlink II for a short time the bass became a normal part of the listening experience for me.
Having said that, I personally prefer the sound of the JBL Charge. I think the best way for me to validate this is that when I initially turn on the JBL Charge (going from silence to music) the music sounds natural to my ears. The vocals sound clear and as I expect. Yes, the bass is not nearly as powerful as the Bose, but I don't want it that powerful. I would much rather have more natural sounding vocals than bass. In addition, the JBL is much more portable and I have much less fear of taking it outside or traveling with it. It seems less likely to get damaged and I am more likely to use it in a variety of circumstances (during home remodeling projects, camping, parties, at a park, internet, and so on). I also appreciate the longer battery life, the ability to charge the speaker via USB or plug, and the ability to charge other devices via USB by plugging them into the speaker.
When I initially turn on the Soundlink II I always catch myself thinking that it doesn't sound quite right. The vocals sound a little muffled and unnatural. Granted, I eventually get used to the sound and enjoy it, but when push comes to shove I prefer the JBL Charge. If I spend $300 on one product and always feel that something isn't quite right while I spend $150 on another with no issues the decision becomes a no brainer for me. I feel the $150 price point is much more in line with value where the $300 may lead to a feeling of dissatisfaction especially when the sound quality doesn't measure up to the dollar amount (once again this is an...you guessed it...opinion!!!).
Some people may not feel that the Soundlink II and the JBL Charge are an apples to apples comparison, but these were the two speakers I was debating between and this is the review I wanted when researching bluetooth speakers. I am not an audiophile by any means, but I have a preference to how my music sounds as well as a desire to get the most for my money. When I placed the speakers side by side and before I did my initial sound test I was expecting to return the Charge. I thought that as much as the Soundlink II's vocals sounded muddy to me before it was going to go up against the inferior and half price JBL Charge and bury it. I thought I would have an epiphany, a moment of clarity, where I would say to myself "oh, that's why the Bose costs $300" and I would repackage the JBL for a return visit to Best Buy. This didn't happen and I couldn't be happier. I will instead pack up the Bose Soundlink II, return it to the store, and come out $150 ahead.
The one area I have noticed a very slight issue with the Charge is that on rare occasions the sound seems to fade in and out ever so slightly. This doesn't happen very often at all and when it does I question if I am actually hearing it or imagining it. It isn't enough to negatively influence my review of the JBL Charge as I would still take it over the Bose Soundlink II.
In closing, Bose makes a very good speaker and many people probably prefer the sound quality of the Bose over JBL, but I don't. I know I can get an equalizer for my phone and adjust the settings to possibly make the speaker sound better to me but that doesn't appeal to me. If I can spend $150 on the Charge and get a speaker that sounds more natural to me and comes very close in maximum volume output I don't feel the need to spend an additional $150 for the Soundlink II that I am going to have to play with an equalizer to get it to where I want soundwise. All in all, I feel the JBL Charge is a much better value as a bluetooth speaker and serves it's purpose exceptionally well.
*Battery life is amazing. The 6000mAh battery will drive this thing for hours and hours
*Charging of other devices. The Charge has battery life to spare and will probably outlast your phone's battery life, so you can charge your phone while you stream music to the speaker
*Loud with good bass. The sound quality of this speaker is pretty amazing. I listen to everything from country to electronica and this speaker sounds great for all of it
*No NFC capabilities, so repairing when I switch from my phone to my laptop is a minor inconvenience..and I do mean minor
*No microphone. This thing would be perfect if I could also use it as a speakerphone
*Can't connect to other speakers. Seems like one of the new whiz-bang features BT speakers offer is the ability to pair up with other speakers to provide stereo sound. This wasn't a priority for me so I didn't care, but if that's something you want, this might be a deal breaker.
So it took me way longer to commit to buying a speaker than it should have, but I'm glad I ultimately went with the Charge.
If I'm being honest, the bose had slightly clearer sound than the charge at comparable volume. Definitely not enough difference to justify $100 increase in price. The problem is the comparable volume part. The JBL has twice the throttle of the bose and in my opinion a much better low end sound. I was at a weekend music festival with this a couple of weeks ago, and after the stage shut down some nearby campers were playing some music from a car stereo that most of the folks weren't into. I put my beercan sized speaker on the roof of my truck and easily covered the offending sounds with my own. The next day several campers stopped by to say thanks for the tunes and were amazed to see the source.
I also read that the bose battery is rated for 4 hours (most reviews said that was a joke) where the JBL is rated at 12 hours. I've never timed my battery life, but I know I've run it at max volume for a couple of 4 hour sessions without a recharge and had no issues. I would recommend this to anyone that loves music. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is turn on my Charge. I set it on the bathroom sink while I brush my teeth and crank it while I'm in the shower. Then without having to pause anything I'll pick it up and bring it to the kitchen where I fix breakfast. Then I'll carry it out to the back porch to finish my coffee. After that I'll take it to the garage, all literally without missing a beat.
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