JBL Boombox 2 vs Boombox 3


JBL Boombox 2 vs 3, which one is better? JBL Boombox 3 is the upgraded version of the Boombox 2. It is much better than the Boombox 2. With independent midrange driver along with tweeter and woofer, the speakers can deliver pristine sound. The Boombox 3 can also play louder while maintaining clarity and precision. Since other features like battery life, connectivity and control options are similar it mainly comes down to performance.


Our Verdict:

 JBL Boombox 2 and Boombox 3 have similar features and the performance is not night and day. That said, you can consider the Boombox 3 to be the improvement over the Boombox 2. It has balanced sound profile with deep bass that makes music and movies enjoyable. It also has clear vocals so dialogue heavy movies, TV shows or podcasts are handled well.

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;
Pros
  • Can get louder without any distortion
  • Good dynamics
  • Impressive soundstage
  • Built-in handle makes it easy to carry
  • Great for music
Cons
  • Does not support voice assistant

Advance Comparison

Model

JBL Boombox 2

JBL Boombox 3

Brand Name

JBL

JBL

Rating
Mixed Usage
6.0
6.5
Music:
7.3
7.5
Movies:
6.3
6.5
Outdoors:
7.8
8.1
Podcasts
7.6
7.4
Voice Assistant:
1
2.8
GENERAL
Recommended Usage
Loud Bluetooth Speaker[Party Speaker]
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Release Year
2019
2022
Power Source
AC & Battery
AC & Battery
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
BUILD QUALITY
Material Quality
Great
Great
Water Resistance:
Submersible (IPx7)
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Unspecified
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Floats In Water:
Unspecified
Yes
STYLE
RGB Light:
N/A
N/A
Color Variation
Black and Camo.
Black & Squad.
Sizes And Variants
N/A
N/A
PORTABILITY:
Power Source:
AC & Battery
AC & Battery
Hand Carry
Yes
Yes
Weight
13.0 lbs (5.9 kg)
14.7 pounds
Volume:
1,529 in³ (25,053 cm³)
1,465 in³ (24,000 cm³)
Connectivity:
Bluetooth and Wired
Bluetooth and Wired
BATTERY:
Battery Powered:
Yes
Yes
Battery Life
23.9 hrs
29.7 hrs
Charging Time:
3.9 hrs
4.6 hrs
Power Saving:
Yes
Yes
Charging Port:
AC
AC
Bluetooth Specification:
Bluetooth:
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth Version:
5.1
5.3
Bluetooth Range:
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
334.6 ft (102.0 m)
Bluetooth iOS Latency:
146 ms
143 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency:
121 ms
141 ms
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
Wi-Fi Specification:
Wi-Fi:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Version:
N/A
N/A
Wi-Fi Frequency Band:
N/A
N/A
Apple AirPlay:
N/A
N/A
AirPlay Latency:
N/A
N/A
Google Chromecast:
N/A
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:
N/A
N/A
Additional Controls:
Yes
Yes
VOICE CONTROL:
Voice Assistant:
N/A
N/A
Voice Activation:
N/A
N/A
Speakerphone:
N/A
N/A
Alexa:
No
No
Siri:
No
No
Google Assistant:
No
No
Microphone Mute:
No Microphone
No Microphone , Yes
Far-Field Performance:
No Microphone
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone
No Microphone
App:
App Name:
JBL Portable
JBL Portable
iOS:
Yes
Yes
Android:
Yes
Yes
EQ:
Graphic
Graphic
Stereo Pair Mode:
Yes
Yes
Party Mode:
Yes
Yes
Multi-Room:
N/A
N/A
AUDIO QUALITY [TESTED RESULT]:
Frequency Response Accuracy:
Very Good
Alright
Soundstage:
Decent
Fair
Dynamics:
Decent
Decent
IN THE BOX
Accessories:
JBL Boombox 2, Power adapter and power cable
JBL Boombox 3, Power Cable, Quick Start Guide, Safety Instruction and Warranty Card
User manual:
Yes
Yes

Comparatives Review


Design and build:

JBL Boombox 2 and 3 are available in different color options.

Similarities:

JBL Boombox 2 and 3 have excellent build quality. They have rugged design and sturdy build. Their cylindrical body is protected by tight fabric grille. Similar to Boombox 3, the Boombox 2 has built-in handle that makes it easier to carry from one place to another.

Differences:

Comparing JBL Boombox 2 vs Boombox 3, the Boombox 3 is more suitable for outdoor use. It has an IP67 rating whereas the Boombox 2 has IPX7 rating. With Boombox 2, you will not have protection against dust. While the speakers are similar sized, the Boombox 3 is a bit heavier than the Boombox 2.

Performance:

Comparing JBL Boombox 2 vs Boombox 3, the Boombox 3 plays better sound.

Similarities:

JBL Boombox 2 and Boombox 3 can play stereo sound. The speakers have good soundstage with decent focus. They can get quite loud but the Boombox 2 will give better sound when played at moderate volumes. If you want louder sound without any noticeable distortion then the Boombox 3 will be better.

Differences:

JBL Boombox 2 has dual 0.75" tweeters and dual 4" woofers along with 4" passive radiators. The speaker can deliver detailed highs and deep lows. While both speakers can deliver balanced sound, the Boombox 3 is much better at it.  The Boombox 3 has two 0.75" tweeters, two 2.75" midrange drivers, and 3.1875” woofers.

It also has 2 5” passive radiators and is driven by more amount of power. Vocals and instrumental sounds are powerful and clean. It has rich highs, decent mids and impactful bass. This bass response makes movies and music quite enjoyable. Overall, both speakers can deliver intense sound but the Boombox 3 is slightly better.

As long as you can afford it, the speakers are worth buying. The performance and features compensates the high cost.

Features:

Let us have a look at the JBL Boombox 2 and 3 speaker features.

Connectivity:

They have an aux port and also supports wireless Bluetooth. Like other JBL Bluetooth speakers, they can connect up to two devices at once. The Bluetooth connection remain stable and they offer low latency.

Multi-speaker pairing:

The speakers support PartyBoost feature and can connect up to 100 JBL speakers that are compatible with PartyBoost. You can also connect JBL Boombox 2 to the Boombox 3.

Ease of use:

Both JBL speakers are quite easy to use.

Battery life:

The battery life of these speakers is almost similar, they can last around a day with a single charge.

Control options:

Control options are similar in both speakers. Physical buttons are for basic controls like volume up/down, play/pause, forward, Bluetooth and PartyBoost options. You can also use the JBL Portable mobile app.

Portability:

JBL Boombox 2 and 3 are almost similar size and weight. With the handle, they are easy to move as you are on the go. That said, they are not quite suitable if you want to carry it for a long time like during hiking or climbing.

Use case:

 The Boombox 2 and 3 are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. They are great for pool or beach parties. However, if you want to take one in a dust prone area like construction site, the Boombox 3 with dust protection will be a better choice.

Cost:

JBL Boombox 3 and 2 are a bit costly. The Boombox 3 is costlier than the 2 but the difference is not much. There are other cheaper options like the JBL Flip 5.

FAQ:

 

Who is JBL Boombox 3 speakers best for?

If you party all day long and want uninterrupted battery life, then the JBL Boombox 3 speakers are great for you. Since they last around 24 hours from one charge, you do not have to worry about the battery life.

Are there any cheaper JBL Bluetooth speakers?

JBL manufactures cheap Bluetooth speakers that can deliver powerful sound. Some examples are JBL Flip 4, Flip 5, Charge 5, etc.

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