JBL Xtreme 3 vs Bose Home Speaker 500: Side By Side Comparison


In respect of balanced sound quality Bose Home Speaker is unparalleled with voice assistance and multi-room audio but for portability and long lasted battery life JBL Xtreme 3 is best of the best with powerful audio. The JBL Xtreme 3 is a great choice for those who want a portable speaker with powerful sound and a long battery life. It is also very rugged and can withstand even the most demanding conditions. However, it does not have Wi-Fi or voice assistant support, and its bass can be muddy at high volumes. The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a great choice for those who want excellent sound quality, voice assistant support, and multiroom audio. It is also very portable and can be used with a built-in battery. However, it is not as rugged as the JBL Xtreme 3 and is more expensive.

Our Verdict:

If you are looking for a portable speaker with powerful sound and a long battery life, the JBL Xtreme 3 is a great choice. If you want excellent sound quality, voice assistant support, and multiroom audio, the Bose Home Speaker 500 is a better option.

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
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;

 

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Advance Comparison

Model

JBL Xtreme 3

Bose Home Speaker 500

Brand Name

JBL

Bose

Rating
Mixed Usage
5.7
6.7
Music:
6.7
7.3
Movies:
5.9
7.1
Outdoors:
7.8
3.5
Podcasts
7.2
6.6
Voice Assistant:
1
9.1
GENERAL
Recommended Usage
Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers[ Waterproof]
Home Bluetooth Speaker , Home Wi-Fi Speaker
Release Year
2020
2018
Power Source
Battery & USB
AC Only
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
N/A
BUILD QUALITY
Material Quality
Great
Great
Water Resistance:
Submersible (IPx7)
No
Dust Resistance
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Unspecified
Floats In Water:
Unspecified
No
STYLE
RGB Light:
N/A
N/A
Color Variation
Black, Blue, and Camo.
Triple Black and Luxe Silver.
Sizes And Variants
N/A
N/A
PORTABILITY:
Power Source:
Battery & USB
AC Only
Hand Carry
Yes
N/A
Weight
4.2 lbs (1.9 kg)
4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)
Volume:
250 in³ (4,093 cm³)
226 in³ (3,702 cm³)
Connectivity:
Bluetooth and Wired
Bluetooth & Wi-Fi and Wired
BATTERY:
Battery Powered:
Yes
N/A
Battery Life
12.7 hrs
N/A
Charging Time:
2.1 hrs
N/A
Power Saving:
Yes
N/A
Charging Port:
USB-C
No Battery
Bluetooth Specification:
Bluetooth:
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth Version:
5.1
4.2
Bluetooth Range:
190.3 ft (58.0 m)
195.2 ft (59.5 m)
Bluetooth iOS Latency:
134 ms
57 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency:
122 ms
88 ms
Multi-Device Pairing:
Yes
N/A
Wi-Fi Specification:
Wi-Fi:
N/A
Yes
Wi-Fi Version:
N/A
Unspecified
Wi-Fi Frequency Band:
N/A
2.4GHz & 5GHz
Apple AirPlay:
N/A
Yes
AirPlay Latency:
N/A
45 ms
Google Chromecast:
N/A
Yes
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:
Good
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
Yes
Additional Controls:
Yes
Yes
VOICE CONTROL:
Voice Assistant:
Yes
Yes
Voice Activation:
Yes
Yes
Speakerphone:
Yes
N/A
Alexa:
No
Built-in (Wi-Fi Only)
Siri:
No
No
Google Assistant:
No
Yes (Requires Smartphone)
Microphone Mute:
No Microphone
Yes
Far-Field Performance:
No Microphone
Excellent
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone
Excellent
App:
App Name:
JBL Portable
Bose Music
iOS:
Yes
Yes
Android:
Yes
Yes
EQ:
Graphic
Graphic + Presets
Stereo Pair Mode:
Yes
N/A
Party Mode:
Yes
Yes
Multi-Room:
N/A
Yes
AUDIO QUALITY [TESTED RESULT]:
Frequency Response Accuracy:
Alright
Fair
Soundstage:
Mediocre
Very Good
Dynamics:
Alright
Decent
IN THE BOX
Accessories:
JBL Xtreme 3 speaker, Carrying strap, AC adapter with USB-C connection cable
Bose Speaker 500, Power cable.
User manual:
Yes
Yes
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