JBL Boombox 2

Channels Stereo
Bluetooth Yes
Wi-Fi No
Multi-Room No
Physical Connections 3.5mm
Portable Yes
Water-Resistant Yes
Speakerphone No
Voice Assistant None

What you need to know

Like its precursor, the Boombox 2 is a durable, portable speaker.

It’s essential in terms of what it offers: there’s no Wi-Fi streaming or voice assistant.

Simply Bluetooth connectivity and massive sound, particularly in the bass department.

Power output has been dialed up a notch the second time around, with the speaker’s 2 drivers outputting 40W RMS every when obstructed into the mains and 30W RMS when used on battery power.

That’s up from the 30W and 20W RMS it put out once running off the inner battery.

Speaking of battery power, the Boombox 2’s capability has been cut from 20,000mAh to ten,000 mAh.

That reduction doesn’t translate to low battery life, tho because of an upgrade from Bluetooth version 4.2 to the additional energy-efficient 5.1,

The Boombox 2 matches the 24 hours of audio playback offered by the initial when used at 0.5 volume, when out of battery, it’ll take regarding six-and-a-half hours to charge.

Making a comeback from the 2017 version is IPX7 certification, which suggests the Boombox 2 can be submerged in water up to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes.

The ability to attach to 2 devices via Bluetooth at the same time.

Sadly, like its progenitor, the Boombox 2 doesn’t support either aptX – which facilitates higher quality audio streaming – or AAC, therefore you’ll need to move with SBC.

JBL Boombox 2 review: value and competition

The Boombox 2 isn’t low-cost at £400, particularly for a straight Bluetooth speaker.

If you prefer the look however don’t wish to pay quite so much, the primary generation model is picked up for considerably cheaper.

Similar in each weight and value to the Boombox 2 is the ultimate Ears Hyperboom.

The Hyperboom options adaptive equivalent however isn’t as portable as the Boombox 2 because of its diamond-shaped tower style.

The Dali Katch is a beautiful, ultra-portable choice. It’s plenty more compact than the Boombox 2 and supports aptX however is perhaps higher suited to life indoors.

For those searching for something compact however rugged, ultimate Ears also produces the Megaboom 3, which floats in water.

Creating it a high alternative for pool parties. It’s half 0.5 the worth of the same choices however doesn’t match their power.

If you’re after an inexpensive and cheerful portable Bluetooth speaker.

The Tronsmart Force and Tribit Storm box are both value taking a glance at and can set you back a fraction of the worth of the Boombox 2.

Build quality, features, and design

In terms of appearance, the Boombox 2 is extremely similar to the first, and, for me at least, that’s a decent thing.

Its cylindrical shape is a departure from the angular boomboxes of yesteryear, with the curvature giving it a lot of modern feel while also creating it less awkward to hold.

The only real aesthetic changes from the primary Boombox are new styles on the exposed passive bass radiators and a redesigned battery indicator.

Housed under a rubber seal on the rear of the speaker are the connection ports:

There’s a small USB connecter for firmware updates, and a USB Type-A for charging alternative devices, one 3.5mm AUX-input, and the power connecter.

The first JBL Boombox the ability to charge 2 devices at once thus why we now only get one socket for this is a touch of a riddle.

In a perfect world, I’d have liked to possess seen each a USB-A and USB-C port included to hide each base.

The JBL Boombox 2 is marginally larger than its predecessor. Despite that apparently minor distinction.

The Boombox 2 is a good bit heavier, weighing 5.9kg, a full 650g heavier than the original.

It isn’t unbearably heavy by any suggests that – I was able to carry it around each on my shoulder and with a straight arm without any problem – however, you’re not going to wish to lug it around for too long.

One element of the first style that JBL was keen to boost was the speaker’s handle and in this regard, it’s done a good job.

There’s now a notched grip on the bottom of the handle, that the company says was inspired by bike handlebars, which gives you tons more purchase and ensures it won’t slip out of your hand once wet.

On the surface of the speaker, at a lower place that handles are the controls and they’re pretty obvious, with individual play/pause, power, Bluetooth pairing, volume up and volume down buttons.

Alongside them is the PartyBoost button, which replaces the Connect+ button found on the original Boombox.

The feature functions in precisely a similar manner as Connect+:

merely press the button and you’ll connect up to 100 (yes, you scan that right: one HUNDRED) compatible speakers to each alternative should you so desire.

With each new generation of portable speakers it releases, JBL appears to release a new platform via that you’ll connect them.

First, we had Connect, then Connect+, and currently PartyBoost. while the connection range and stability have increased with every iteration of the technology, it’s not the best news.

The 3 platforms aren’t compatible with alternative thus devices can only connect to other devices in their system.

Presently, JBL’s only Party-Boost compatible with the Boombox 2, JBL Flip 5, and JBL Pulse 4, tho it’s possible that most, if not all, of the company’s portable releases over the next few years can include PartyBoost.

Sound quality

Inside the Boombox 2, the driver setup mirrors that of the first, with 2 4in woofers and 2 20mm tweeters delivering JBL’s “Signature professional Sound”.

However, where the original Boombox had indoor and outside modes – the latter boosting your bass to borderline obscene levels – there’s currently only 1 setting for all environments.

The big bass that characterized outdoors mode hasn’t been downgraded.

you’re still ready to feel its power surging through you when in close proximity – however, the sound is best balanced across the complete audio spectrum.

We criticized representation Boombox for lacking detail in its treble illustration and vocals obtaining lost in the outstanding low end.

Having listened to varied tracks across multiple genres, these aren’t criticisms I’d level at the second generation model.

At most volume, it’s simple to become distracted by the ground-shaking bass however the highs come back through clearly and with many presence, too.

The JBL Boombox 2 goes very massively loud: therefore loud that I had to run my sound tests in a very cabin at the end of the garden for concern of upsetting those in the house.

Even then, my music was sounding at a distance of over 100ft.

At max volume while running off AC power, the 40W RMS output left my ears ringing after 20 minutes of being attentive to a spread of tracks.

(I probably shouldn’t have stood quite therefore close!) when not connected to a power supply the speaker isn’t quite as loud however it’s still quite loud enough for parties, barbecues, and alternative social gatherings.

Just confirm you’ve warned the neighbors before turning the volume right up.

Pros
  • Eye-catching, retro-inspired design
  • Beefy sound, especially the bass
  • Durable and waterproof
Cons
  • PartyBoost is not backward compatible
  • Only one USB Type-A output