JBL XTREME 2 Bluetooth Speaker – REVIEW

by birtanpublished on October 2, 2020

Someone asked me if I wear the same shirt in every one of my videos well that's not the same shirt just like the speaker that I have here today this is the extreme two and it looks very similar to the extreme one that I reviewed three years back holy cow but

Are there changes better yet are there improvements we'll find out as always being transparent JBL did send us over for review but my assessment was not altered in any way I'll go over both pros and cons extreme to it is kind of

Pricey here this is the first con I guess you can say at $299 retail at the time this video but click on my links down in that video description below click on those links for the most updated prices in real time you never

Know when these things might go on sale I'm Jimmy with Jim's rooby-roo and I'm here to help you make that purchase decision welcome everyone all right folks getting started here although this has a pretty good amount of weight in

Size compared to its main competitor these sony xba-4 the one that supplied carrying strap tremendously helps offset the weight and how large this thing is now based on the size it could have been better audio we just have to wait and

See in the audio test a little bit later but aesthetically I love the subtle changes or refreshes some of the translucent pieces here and there with subtle amount of branding and if you look at the older model you can see how

The new extreme two looks more like a blimp and it did before it's just slightly a little bit bigger the same durable fabric grill like most mainstream outdoor speakers makes a return and with my testing of dunking

This into water it's still ipx7 certified and yes it still does float awesome plus there now we have the famous passive bass Raiders that moves during music keep in mind for those who are new this doesn't push out audio

Matter of fact although this is in case in that fabric even on the rear here there is no audio coming out this way it's just front directional audio look at the very top buttons are identical with all the other JBL speakers with

Easily identifiable raised buttons there's bluetooth pairing volume up and down or of their of course similar to Sony or Sony is similar to JBL but there's this feature called JBL connect plus

Allows you to pair to JBL speakers together to achieve stereo sound this always worked well for me or compared over a hundred JBL kinect speakers together and have them all play at the same time the function works quick and

Efficient and they've always been easier to pair than my sony XP speakers now over to the very far right right here you can use the play button to only skip a song you alley can't go back with a triple press which is common among other

Brands now the same button can be changed to your voice assistance such as a google assistant or siri but oddly you lose the pause play feature which doesn't make much sense to me on the other hand the voice assistant does work

But you do have to walk up to the speaker to press it to ask it a question you can't stand from like 10 feet away and ask hey what's 53 plus 16 you know those kind of questions now moving on to the back side onto this cat

Water-resistant flap you simply have a 3.5 millimeter port for physical connections a reduction to only one USB charge out ports and less is simply the AC power cord connection the extremes who can only be charged with this wall

Cord which was my gripe back in the day they're not to say sony is better or at least I don't want to set that tone but Sony did introduce the second option of charging this speaker with a micro USB cord it's the perfect alternative well

You don't want to lug that big cord that was supplied by JBL and instead use your friends like phone charger or such now other topics of battery life this is rated at just 15 hours of playback which is somewhat on the low end but over the

Years testing the JBL flip speaker the JBL charged speakers JBL for the most part for or have been very conservative about what they claim which is great which is what I like with the extreme two I got a full 25 hours in 36 minutes

Into the speaker dime the older extreme at 50% buy him back in a day whoops he also claimed 15 hours but three years ago I achieved 18 hours in 16 minutes with my test to recharge this thing it took 2 hours and 42 minutes from dead to

Full now Bluetooth connection was perfectly fine again we're still not yet at Bluetooth 5.0 but I have always stated bluetooth 4.2 is still great for average consumers I got a total length of 80

Linear feet here at the office before T signal to cut out now the last feature is the speakerphone option giving this a quick go around here I confirm the speaker works best within just three feet though

Any further the person I tested this with said they can hear an echo right away and five feet and further there's just a bigger echo on my voice and I sounded of course a bit further speak from wise it's usable obviously but

Clearly I sounded like I was on a speakerphone in a bathroom just let it echo a lot of hollowness in general so that's really about it for the extreme to no frills no gimmicks just straight to the point really good visible quality

Speaker so let's see how this does in the audio test please put on your headphones or earphones as I'll be using my binaural microphones and before I let you go be sure to follow me on social media at Jimmy little official or Jim's

Review room and Instagram and Facebook here we go

My friends like yeah I still ball in the pitch yeah wrong with the picture alright folks welcome back I'm shocked since other brands have tweaked their audio over the years and then me

Revisiting the extreme and the extreme – it's crazy how this sounds better than the competition not to get this out the way if you have the old extreme I would not recommend to upgrade it they sound practically the same the extreme – just

Ever so slightly sounds a little bit clearer maybe a little bit more refined but it's very very minimal comparing to the competition JBL sounds it's so much more refined though the base hits and doesn't distort

Or drill it doesn't muddle that mid-range basis punchy stronger than the UE speakers and cleaner than these sony xba-40 one it gets you into the music without sacrificing other frequency bands now if you like bass just know

You're not getting deep sub bass like some of these standing portable speakers from like Sonos or the ionic studio speakers from harman kardon but if your priority is portability xtreme 2 has the best amount of bass to quality ratio if

That makes sense here but the vocals are bright and forward which I personally love it's clear distinct in-your-face at times but without being harsh or overdone this is good for entertaining since it's not just about bass but you

Want your vocals to stand out you can also hear some depth with the extreme – as there's some sense of audio being in the forefront and an audio a little bit more rearward of that the soundstage isn't impeccable like most polluted

Speakers but compared to others it's not a single dimensional experience actually does a little bit better as for the high notes for Bluetooth speaker the audio has just enough clarity not too much roll-off as

There but it surely doesn't hit a high-pitched screech or it doesn't ring my ears I personally didn't have any kind of listening fatigue over time of me testing so overall this speaker doesn't have a lot of that buzz or extra

Cool stuff that other speakers have there's no LEDs and so extra base button there's no sound profiles and the fact that other brands have gone down in price to $200 or less one can say that this $300 retail price tag might be a

Bit high my view points if you want the best audio no frills no gimmicks again you just want great sounding audio in this particular size though this big volume loudspeaker I think it's worth it I like the sony xba-40 one for its base

But for the past month or so of testing and even casual use extreme to has been more of my most well rounded speakers I usually go to this more often now again click on my links for the most updated prices they might have dropped since its

Release so that's about it folks find me on my personal Instagram or Facebook pages at Jimmy lone official or if you want to follow just the techie stuff follow me at Jim's review room you guys take care I'll catch you guys on the

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