Jbl charge 2+ review


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The JBL Charge 2+ was originally launched at £150. And at even that price it’s knocking on the five-star door.

At £40 less, we throw xuất hiện the entrance and welcome a bone fide rival to our UE Roll 2 2016 Award-winner.

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A larger & heavier proposition than the UE – it weighs in at 600g; well over the UE’s 330g – the JBL also has some tricks up its passive bass radiator-equipped sleeve.

Most intriguing is the JBL’s ‘Social Mode’ option. Here you can connect up to three Bluetooth-equipped music devices, letting, for example, a group of friends listen khổng lồ each other’s tunes.

Democracy in action, you say? A sort of democracy, we suggest. In Social Mode, khổng lồ hear your tune you just hit Play – the JBL immediately stops what it was doing và plays your song.

Or, in other words, to lớn punt your mate off the virtual decks, hit Play. And vice versa. Great fun, well done JBL.

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And the fun doesn’t stop with playlist queue-jumping. The Charge 2+ is another of those công nghệ bluetooth speakers that doesn’t mind taking the odd shower.

Though, unlike the fully immersable UE Roll 2, it is splash-resistant; it doesn’t mind hanging around the pool, but don’t ask it to take a dip.

And, should your phone run out of juice whilst you’re on your travels, you can hook it up to lớn the JBL – the built-in, rechargeable battery is good for up to lớn 12 hours playtime.

When it comes to kicking up a din, the JBL’s 15W speaker system uses dual external passive bass radiators to lớn – according lớn the blurb – help you ‘hear the bass, feel the bass, see the bass’.

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We’ll reserve judgement on whether or not you will feel the bass, but wind-up the volume và you certainly can spot the bass radiators flexing their muscles.

Spin something bass-heavy, such as Grace Jones’ smooth take on The Pretenders’ Private Life và the Charge 2+ delivers a big, far-reaching sound.

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This rich sonic character soon sends you searching for more low-frequency fun, và it wasn’t long before we were kicking back khổng lồ Harry J Allstars’ Liquidator.

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The speaker is not, though, solely for big-bass duties. Switch to Jason Isbell’s delicate How khổng lồ Forget và the JBL reveals good levels of detail – that gentle acoustic is apparent – and the former Drive By Truckers member’s vocals are full-bodied and emotional.

Listen longer và you realise that the JBL invariably sounds big & impressive – great for even larger rooms – but also tends lớn wrap tunes in a (slight) film of audio warmth.

The musical equivalent of wrapping your tunes with sonic bubble wrap. It remains extremely likeable, but the low end is certainly overstated if still agile.

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There is no need, though, to kiểm tra the build chất lượng before you invest. This is a superbly well put-together bluetooth speaker.

The rubberised finish looks and feels great, plus helps ensure a firm grip when you grab the unit.

The soft-touch control panel is sensibly located and perfectly responsive, while the slightly raised base creates a steady foothold from which the JBL can ladle out rich helpings of music. No complaints here.


The JBL Charge 2+ is a supremely likeable portable bluetooth không dây speaker.

Its sonic character is bold & beefy, & we expect lots of listeners will warm lớn its, well, warmth. It also feels good in the hand, & the track-sharing Social Mode is a cool touch.

For many, this JBL will be just the room-filler they’ve been looking for.

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