Ways to organize an impromptu disco in the kitchen, the beach or a picnic in recent years become more and more – the category of portable Speaker updated every quarter by dozens of new models. To stand out in a crowded marketplace, manufacturers invent for their devices less obvious features. At Bluetooth speaker comparison JBL Pulse 2, which we recently tested, these “special” features at least two – color LED lights that can shine with all the colors of the rainbow and customizable, including a built-in camera, and the ability to be interfaced to a stereo pair with another column (such as Bluetooth speaker comparison JBL Pulse 2 or another model that supports JBL Connect).
Bluetooth speaker comparison JBL Pulse 2 Externally similar to Charge 2, which we tested last year – extended “barrel”, open to the drenched rubber ends (in the holes placed passive bass radiators), with lined buttons. However, compared to Charge 2 and the size and weight increased – including the enormous battery 6000 mAh, which is enough for 10 hours of music playback. Collected column soundly, housing material – a nice touch plastic, which protects the speaker grille – steel.
Control buttons are hidden under a soft plastic but are pressed clearly and without much effort. Connectors for charging (microUSB, you can use any charger with cable), and connect external devices via a 3.5mm port covered with a hinged “rubber” cap – column is protected from splashing water jets and small (but immerse it in water, it is not necessary).
Bluetooth speaker comparison JBL Pulse 2 Overall impressions of quality devices not cheap, but that’s typical of a number of competitors in the premium feeling to the design and the metal body is not here. The gadget is despite the solid price. This package is made at the highest level, and accessories included – charger with interchangeable plugs in the British and American outlet and cable – performed very efficiently, in a bright orange color.
And in youth as bright is thanks to hiding under the great column LEDs. The column has several built-in “light-music” with different color schemes and the nature of the motion of color patches. “Resolution” pictures at the same time low, the LED under the scattering of the light membrane is clearly not very much.
Modify the behavior of “light music” can be any of the applications Bluetooth speaker comparison JBL Connect, available in the AppStore and Google Play, or directly via the column itself. Applying her camera to the subject, the color is like, click the button at the upper end, the column takes a picture, determines the base color and appropriately adjusts the range of the LEDs. Applying a better camera as close as possible, otherwise the column may not recognize color.
The manual and the app offers additional ways to play with “Lumiere” – for example, affect the picture, clapping his hands close to the column. But personally, I would prefer the word “Lumiere” in this review could be written without quotation marks. The fact that the rhythm of color patches on the column exists in it, without reference to the rhythm of the game is currently music. That is, as such, the effect of light music, flashing lights attached to the rhythm of the columns no. Highlighting here is rather just the original layout, design “trick”.
Among Harman, which owns the brand Bluetooth speaker comparison JBL, we decided to give potential buyers think about – not whether to buy rather than one Bluetooth-just two speaker. In such thoughts should direct function JBL Connect. C it means you can press the button «Connect» on two Bluetooth speaker comparison JBL Pulse 2, combine them into a stereo pair. After that, you can pair with them (the device will appear as one) to three of any smartphones, tablets or computers with Bluetooth and in turn start to their music – in general, a great option for a party. You can distribute the two stereo channels each in a separate column, and each output can be made to both channels to fill the music as much as possible space.
What sound? “Light and” the decision by JBL happened, as befits youth disco gadgets, loud, but not too well who can reflect all the nuances of the music more complex than dance. The bass is really good, medium-low frequencies, but the high and medium sound image is smeared. My Experienced Bose Mini SoundLink first generation which gives better detail and generally has a more balanced sound. But JBL Pulse 2 where long-range – both in terms of transfer distance for a Bluetooth audio source (15 meters and two wooden walls – normal flight), and in terms of preservation of the characteristics of the sound away from the speakers. Mini SoundLink from a distance of 4-5 meters does not sound quite as beautiful as on the meter or two.
The average price of Bluetooth speaker comparison JBL Pulse 2 is 175 $ certainly make many thinks: Do I need a portable Bluetooth-column, able to earn a colorful night-light, or better to invest the same amount in the regular speakers while receiving much higher sound quality? At the same time, the gadget from JBL gets the original and unusual, at Pulse 2, shimmering like a fire in the fireplace, nice to look at, even without any music. Yes, the sound is not the audiophile, but for a party with rhythmic and very sophisticated music fits perfectly. Can be used in the rain, on the beach, or even in the office during a meeting with remote employees – column can be operated as speakerphones.
What alternatives are there in this price range? I must say, to light music on Bluetooth-hand column, while none of the other manufacturers is not reached. If you need is a clean sound, not iridescent body better, of course, pay attention to the production of “brotherly” the JBL brand Harman / Kardon (model Esquire), Bose (Mini SoundLink first or second generation) or Beats (Pill 2.0 ).
True, you have to pay at least a few thousand, Pill 2.0 with a price tag of 16 000 is already playing in a slightly different league closer to the advanced Bluetooth speaker comparison JBL Xtreme. Slightly cheaper JBL products released Ultimate Ears Boom from Logitech, the column is somewhat more compact and lightweight, with less expressive on the part of the bass sound, but with a promised battery life half as much – up to 15 hours.
Another great option for those who care about quality balanced sound without bias in the bass is Denon Envaya. With a price like JBL Pulse 2 sounds much better, but it has to pay for the increased weight (about 1.3 kg – not very portable). In short, as I wrote at the beginning of the review, the market for Bluetooth-speakers is now almost the same highly competitive, as the smartphone market, comes a lot of interesting products. But such a “live highlight” like JBL Pulse 2, there is not a single competitor.
Pros Bluetooth speaker comparison JBL Pulse 2:
- Unique dynamic lighting
- The possibility to combine the two speakers in a stereo pair
- High-quality assembly and design
- Splash protection
- Playing in disco: loud and deep voice
Cons Bluetooth speaker comparison JBL Pulse 2:
- For the same money, you can buy speakers with better quality, clean, detailed sound
- Illumination is not synchronized with the rhythm of the music being played