JBL Charge 5 vs Xtreme 3


These speakers use DSP to improve the sound quality. If you have to cover a large area, then the JBL Xtreme 3 will be powerful enough for this. The Xtreme 3 can deliver pristine sound that is suitable for music. Choose JBL Xtreme 3 over Charge 5 if an aux port and stereo sound mode are important for you. JBL Charge 5 has higher battery life, impactful sound with decent bass. It is highly portable and easy to carry around.


Our Verdict:

JBL Charge 5 vs Xtreme 3, which one should you choose? Choose the Charge 5 is you have budget issues and only need wireless connection. Both JBL Xtreme 3 and Charge 5 are suitable for music, podcast, and TV shows. They can deliver clean and understandable vocals. Instrumental and vocal clarity are good. While they are not designed for movies, these speakers show decent performance.

Pros
  • Amazingly good sound quality
  • The highest IP67 rating;
  • Bluetooth multipoint;
  • Can charge your mobile devices;
  • USB-A port for mobile devices to be charged;
  • New ways to keep dust out;
  • Design that is fully waterproof;
Cons
  • There's no microphone;
  • It's much bigger;
  • No listening with a wire;
Pros
  • Rugged and waterproof design
  • Large and powerful sound output
  • Long battery life (up to 15 hours)
  • Built-in power bank for charging devices
  • JBL PartyBoost feature allows for syncing with other JBL PartyBoost compatible speakers
Cons
  • High price point
  • Large and heavy design may not be as portable as other options

Advance Comparison

Model

JBL Charge 5

JBL Xtreme 3

Brand Name

JBL

JBL

Rating
Mixed Usage
5.7
5.7
Music:
6.5
6.7
Movies:
5.8
5.9
Outdoors:
7.6
7.8
Podcasts
7.4
7.2
Voice Assistant:
1
1
GENERAL
Recommended Usage
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Release Year
2021
2020
Power Source
Battery & USB
Battery & USB
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
Yes
BUILD QUALITY
Material Quality
Great
Great
Water Resistance:
Submersible (IPx7)
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Floats In Water:
Unspecified
Unspecified
STYLE
RGB Light:
N/A
N/A
Color Variation
Black, Red, Blue, Teal, Grey, White, Pink, Khaki and Squad.
Black, Blue, and Camo.
Sizes And Variants
N/A
N/A
PORTABILITY:
Power Source:
Battery & USB
Battery & USB
Hand Carry
Yes
Yes
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
4.2 lbs (1.9 kg)
Volume:
121 in³ (1,982 cm³)
250 in³ (4,093 cm³)
Connectivity:
Bluetooth Only
Bluetooth and Wired
BATTERY:
Battery Powered:
Yes
Yes
Battery Life
14.5 hrs
12.7 hrs
Charging Time:
3.8 hrs
2.1 hrs
Power Saving:
Yes
Yes
Charging Port:
USB-C
USB-C
Bluetooth Specification:
Bluetooth:
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth Version:
5.1
5.1
Bluetooth Range:
328.1 ft (100.0 m)
190.3 ft (58.0 m)
Bluetooth iOS Latency:
125 ms
134 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency:
102 ms
122 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:
N/A
Yes
USB Audio:
N/A
N/A
Other Ports:
Yes
Yes
CONTROLS (physical buttons):
Ease Of Use:
Great
Good
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
Yes
Voice Activation:
N/A
Yes
Speakerphone:
N/A
Yes
Alexa:
No
No
Siri:
No
No
Google Assistant:
No
No
Microphone Mute:
No Microphone
No Microphone
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:
Alright
Alright
Soundstage:
Sub-Par
Mediocre
Dynamics:
Fair
Alright
IN THE BOX
Accessories:
JBL Charge 5 speaker, USB-C to USB-A charging cable, Quick Start Guide
JBL Xtreme 3 speaker, Carrying strap, AC adapter with USB-C connection cable
User manual:
N/A
Yes

Comparatives Review


Design and build:

JBL Charge 5 and Xtreme 3 are cylindrical speakers with a bold JBL logo on the front.

Similarities:

JBL speakers have good build quality. Both of these are wrapped with fabric grille and have long durability. They have an IP67 rating so they are suitable for outdoors without worrying about any damage. With protection against dust and water, you can use it in gardens, mountains, building working site, garage, bathroom, etc. You can also play them by the pool.

Differences:

Comparing JBL Charge 5 vs Xtreme 3, the Xtreme 3 is larger and twice the weight of Charge 5. To make it portable, JBL includes hooks into which a strap is attached that has built-in bottle opener. You can wear the shoulder strap without the hassle of placing it in bag or elsewhere. Between the two, the Charge 5 is available in more color options compared to the Xtreme 3.

Performance:

You can place JBL speakers horizontally or vertically and enjoy immersive sound.

Similarities:

Both JBL Charge 5 and Xtreme 3 Bluetooth speakers are suitable for partying. They have tweeter, woofer and passive radiator to deliver clear and loud sound.

Differences:

JBL Charge 5 vs Xtreme 3 comparison shows some differences in their audio performance. The JBL Xtreme 3 can play sound in stereo mode but the Charge 5 plays in mono. You can use both these speakers to play music of different genre. Out of the box, the Charge 5 shows a balanced sound profile. It has clean and deep bass.

The Charge 5 has 0.75" dome tweeter and 2" x 3.5" woofer along with 2 2.25" passive radiators. On the other hand, the Xtreme 3 has 2 0.75" tweeters and 2.75" woofers along with 2 3" passive radiators. The Xtreme 3 is louder than the Charge 5 and can fill up bigger room size. It has powerful and accurate soundstage compared to the Charge 5. Low ends packs a punch making music and movies enjoyable.

While it might seem like bigger speaker with more drivers will deliver more powerful sound, it is not always the case. Some users reported that they liked the JBL Charge 5 more than the Xtreme 3. The Xtreme 3 has better bass and sounds accurate at lower volumes. If you think the bass is too much at low volume levels, use the EQ to adjust it.

Ease of use:

These portable wireless speakers are built in such a way that they are quite user-friendly.

Battery life:

Comparing JBL Charge 5 vs Xtreme 3, the Charge 5 has longer battery life of 20 hours. Xtreme 3 is said to run for 15 hours. In real life, this duration varies. The Charge 5 is seen to last around 12 hours whereas the Xtreme 3 lasts 8 to 10 hours. Either way, the Charge 5 has longer battery life.

Control options:

Physical controls are easy to press and include basic commands like volume, play/pause, forward, Bluetooth and PartyBoost button. JBL Portable app is available to control the speakers from the mobile. It is simple and easy to use. Both these portable Bluetooth speakers have graphic EQ which means you can adjust bass, mid and treble.

Portability:

Comparing JBL Charge 5 vs Xtreme 3, the Charge 5 is easier to carry around. If you are hiking or climbing for a long distance, then the Xtreme 3 might feel heavy at some point. Overall, both the speakers are portable and suitable for outdoor applications.

Use case:

JBL Xtreme 3 is loud enough to fill up large spaces. The Charge 5 is more ideal for medium sized rooms. With protection against dust and water, you can use it in gardens, mountains, building working site, garage, bathroom, etc. You can also play them by the pool.

Features:

There isn’t much difference in terms of feature except for an aux port.

Connectivity:

While most other features are similar, the connectivity varies. The JBL Xtreme 3 has an aux input which is missing in the Charge 5. Both have Bluetooth 5.1 connection and can connect two devices at once. The Charge 5 shows more stable connection and slightly lower latency than the Xtreme 3. With an USB-A ports, these speakers can be used as a power bank to charge other devices like smartphone.

Multi-device pairing:

The JBL Charge 5 and Xtreme 3 both work with PartyBoost feature. They can connect up to 100 more JBL speakers that are compatible with PartyBoost.

Cost:

 Comparing JBL Xtreme 3 vs Charge 5, the Charge 5 is cheaper. The JBL Xtreme 3 is available under $250 so if budget is your big concern, then choose the Charge 5.  

FAQ:

Are JBL Bluetooth speakers loud enough for partying?

Both JBL Charge 5 and Xtreme 3 speakers can get loud. They have good SPL and can easily fill up medium sized rooms. They are suitable for partying indoor or outdoors. They are great for family and friends’ gatherings. You can pair two of these to get immersive listening experience.  

What is the best alternative to JBL Xtreme 3 speaker?

You can have a look at the JBL Boombox 3 Bluetooth speaker as an alternative over the Xtreme 3. It has a balanced sound profile and can handle music quite well. It has longer battery life which is useful if you party all day long. It can deliver powerful sound that is room-filling in large spaces.

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