Bose Portable Home Speaker vs JBL Boombox 2: Side by Side Review


Bose Portable Home Speaker and the JBL Boombox 2 have different strengths and weaknesses. The Bose Portable Home Speaker is smaller, lighter, and has better sound quality. The JBL Boombox 2 is larger, heavier, and has a longer battery life. It also has a more rugged design and supports PartyBoost, which allows you to connect multiple speakers together for a larger sound.

Our Verdict:

The Bose Portable Home Speaker and the JBL Boombox 2 are both great options for home use. They both have excellent sound quality and can fill a large room with sound. However, there are some key differences between the two speakers that may make one a better choice for you than the other.

The Bose Portable Home Speaker is more expensive than the JBL Boombox 2, but it has better sound quality and voice assistant support. It is also smaller and more portable, making it a good choice for people who want a speaker that they can easily move around their home.

The JBL Boombox 2 is less expensive than the Bose Portable Home Speaker, but it has a longer battery life and a more rugged design. It is also waterproof and dustproof, making it a good choice for people who want a speaker that they can use outdoors.

Pros
  • Impressive sound quality and wide soundstage;
  • Voice-controlled features with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant;
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for seamless streaming;
  • Sleek and modern design;
  • Wide compatibility with various sources and device;
Cons
  • Relatviely costly;
  • Voice-controlled features may not be for everyone;

 

Pros
  • Crystal-clear audio and deep bass;
  • Long battery life of up to 24 hours;
  • Durable and rugged design that can withstand the elements;
  • Built-in handle for easy portability;
  • Water-resistant build that makes it perfect for outdoor use;
  • Can connect to two devices at once;
Cons
  • High price point;
  • Large and heavy design;
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Advance Comparison

Model

Bose Home Speaker 500

JBL Boombox 2

Brand Name

Bose

JBL

Rating
Mixed Usage
6.7
6.0
Music:
7.3
7.3
Movies:
7.1
6.3
Outdoors:
3.5
7.8
Podcasts
6.6
7.6
Voice Assistant:
9.1
1
GENERAL
Recommended Usage
Home Bluetooth Speaker , Home Wi-Fi Speaker
Loud Bluetooth Speaker[Party Speaker]
Release Year
2018
2019
Power Source
AC Only
AC & Battery
Multi-Device Pairing:
N/A
Yes
BUILD QUALITY
Material Quality
Great
Great
Water Resistance:
No
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Unspecified
Unspecified
Floats In Water:
No
Unspecified
STYLE
RGB Light:
N/A
N/A
Color Variation
Triple Black and Luxe Silver.
Black and Camo.
Sizes And Variants
N/A
N/A
PORTABILITY:
Power Source:
AC Only
AC & Battery
Hand Carry
N/A
Yes
Weight
4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)
13.0 lbs (5.9 kg)
Volume:
226 in³ (3,702 cm³)
1,529 in³ (25,053 cm³)
Connectivity:
Bluetooth & Wi-Fi and Wired
Bluetooth and Wired
BATTERY:
Battery Powered:
N/A
Yes
Battery Life
N/A
23.9 hrs
Charging Time:
N/A
3.9 hrs
Power Saving:
N/A
Yes
Charging Port:
No Battery
AC
Bluetooth Specification:
Bluetooth:
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth Version:
4.2
5.1
Bluetooth Range:
195.2 ft (59.5 m)
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
Bluetooth iOS Latency:
57 ms
146 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency:
88 ms
121 ms
Multi-Device Pairing:
N/A
Yes
Wi-Fi Specification:
Wi-Fi:
Yes
N/A
Wi-Fi Version:
Unspecified
N/A
Wi-Fi Frequency Band:
2.4GHz & 5GHz
N/A
Apple AirPlay:
Yes
N/A
AirPlay Latency:
45 ms
N/A
Google Chromecast:
Yes
N/A
Chromecast Latency:
N/A
N/A
Wired Connectivity:
Aux Input:
Yes
Yes
USB Audio:
N/A
N/A
Other Ports:
Yes
Yes
CONTROLS (physical buttons):
Ease Of Use:
Great
Great
Music Play/Pause [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Call Answer/End [Button/Touch]:
N/A
N/A
Volume Up/Down [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Track Next/Previous [Button/Touch]:
Yes
Yes
Microphone On/Off:
Yes
N/A
Additional Controls:
Yes
Yes
VOICE CONTROL:
Voice Assistant:
Yes
N/A
Voice Activation:
Yes
N/A
Speakerphone:
N/A
N/A
Alexa:
Built-in (Wi-Fi Only)
No
Siri:
No
No
Google Assistant:
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
No
Microphone Mute:
Yes
No Microphone
Far-Field Performance:
Excellent
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
Excellent
No Microphone
App:
App Name:
Bose Music
JBL Portable
iOS:
Yes
Yes
Android:
Yes
Yes
EQ:
Graphic + Presets
Graphic
Stereo Pair Mode:
N/A
Yes
Party Mode:
Yes
Yes
Multi-Room:
Yes
N/A
AUDIO QUALITY [TESTED RESULT]:
Frequency Response Accuracy:
Fair
Very Good
Soundstage:
Very Good
Decent
Dynamics:
Decent
Decent
IN THE BOX
Accessories:
Bose Speaker 500, Power cable.
JBL Boombox 2, Power adapter and power cable
User manual:
Yes
Yes
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