Two years the successor to the JBL Boombox 2 has been waiting. Now the is available, the JBL Boombox 3. Of course, this raises questions about where the differences are and which JBL Boombox is better. Let's take a look at the two speakers in comparison.
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Differences between JBL Boombox 2 and JBL Boombox 3The visual differences in the comparison between the JBL Boombox 2 and the newer JBL Boombox 3 are in the details.
Especially the handle stands out in the comparison. The JBL Boombox 3 has a slightly offset handle, which is made of metal. Thus, the new generation looks a little more high-quality. On the bottom there is a slight profile, which allows more grip.
Weight and sizeIn terms of size, we hardly have a difference between the two JBL speakers. However, the weight differs tremendously. The JBL Boombox 2 comes in at 5.9 kligrams. The JBL Boombox 3 weighs in at a hefty 6.7 kilograms. Thus, the new Boombox 3 is also somewhat heavier in transport.
Battery life, charging time and powerbankThe battery life does not differ between the two generations. Here are even all three generations of the JBL Boombox on the same.
With the JBL Boombox, the battery life is still up to 24 hours with a charging time of about 6.5 hours. At the same time, all three generations can be used as a power bank.
BluetoothAs with the last upgrade, there was also a newer Bluetooth standard in this generation change. Thus, the JBL Boombox 3 comes with Bluetooth 5.3, while the predecessor is equipped with Bluetooth 5.1. The JBL Boombox of the first generation, by the way, came with Bluetooth 4.2.
This again provides better stability in the connection between the player and the speaker.
Sound qualityAt the performance JBL has done with the new Boombox 3 quite a bit. There are now a total of 5 speakers. These are a subwoofer (80 watts), two mid-range speakers (80 millimeters; 40 watts) and two tweeters (20 millimeters; 10 watts). Connected by cable, the JBL Boombox 3 can thus deliver 130 watts. If the box runs on battery, the power is reduced to 98 watts.
With the predecessor, there are 4 speakers with less power. Thereby there are two woofers (40 watts) and two tweeters (40 watts). Thus, the predecessor can 80 watts in total power. That is 50 watts less than to the successor.
The sound of the JBL Boombox 3 was thus again well optimized and is clearer, as with the JBL Boombox 2. Already that is an argument for the purchase of the Boombox 3.
JBL PartyBoostThe first generation Boombox still has JBL Connect+ on board, which has been replaced with JBL PartyBoost for the Boombox 2. To change to the JBL Boombox 3, the manufacturer is here fortunately faithful and continues to rely on JBL PartyBoos. Thus, the Boombox 2 and 3 can be coupled witheindnader. However, not the Boombox of the first generation with Connect+.
WaterproofThe Boombox 3 has an IP67 rating. This means that this speaker is not only waterproof, but also dust-proof. The first two digits stands for the dust protection, the second for protection against water.
The Boombox 2 is only marked with IPX7, which means that this is officially only protected against water. A small plus point in comparison for the JBL Boombox 3.
Which JBL Boombox is better?From a purely technical standpoint, the JBL Boombox 3 is definitely the better speaker. You get a new Bluetooth standard and, more importantly, a highly optimized sound.
Many points are identsich between the JBL Boombox 2 and 3, however, in my opinion, the most important factor is the sound quality. Thus I recommend the purchase of the JBL Boombox 3*. In addition, you get a fancier design and also an AC connection without an additional power supply.
Do you want to save money, you can of course now at the predecessor, the JBL Boombox 2*, strike. This was already cheaper at the beginning and will now still decrease in price. For this you have to accept the sacrifices in sound quality and a few other points.