JBL Pulse 2 review – A Portable Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker
JBL Pulse 2 review: Earlier we mentioned in our article of ‘JBL Xtreme Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker’ and ‘JBL Charge 2+ Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker’ that, JBL electronic products manufactured by Harman Corporate is an American Company, but it is now under SAMSUNG. Simplifying the way people act together with technology and connecting them to the world around them for HARMAN engineers solutions to expand life’s experiences. The Company designs and plans linked their products and solutions worldwide for Automakers, general consumers, and enterprises. JBL involved including up great the car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation way out, and services. Their talented employees and innovation strength create value for their investors by empowering rich experiences through the connected enterprise and lifestyle.
The JBL Pulse is a previous model the JBL Pulse 2 and it was a fun “party” speaker that provided attractive good sound with a neat light show. The new JBL Pulse 2 definitely claims many similarities to the original Pulse, but there are some remarkable differences between the Pulse 2. Ever since the release of its precursor, the JBL Pulse has amazed wireless Bluetooth speakers world, showing they know how to kick it up a score and convert providing music into a shared involvement with its LED light show.
Nowadays JBL is showing there’s power in the development, attractive an indication for what the fans asked for with audio upgrades, a longer battery life, the adding of a speakerphone, and the advanced sensor that can ‘read’ colors around you. The Pulse 2 added passive radiators that do a decent job of beefing up the low-end for increases on the bass response of its precursor. The audio is crisp, full, and doesn’t misrepresent.
We are clarifying details about design through this review. The JBL Pulse 2 Bluetooth speaker features a very impressive design. Its dimension 7.6 x 3.3 inch (HW), and 1.7-pound cylindrical design stocks drivers and an LED system under the nearly 360-degree splash-proof grille.
Passive bass radiators are located on the top and bottom panels of the speaker, have a rubberized finish which wraps around the spine of the back of the speaker. Its cylindrical in shape like a larger soda can. The front of the speaker there is the orange JBL logo square near the bottom, and the JBL Prism Color Sensor Lens button placed near the top back. The rest of the speaker be made of a black mesh material where the customizable light show shines through.
A thin control panel is that hold onto the grille from wrapping entirely around the limits of the speaker. Onto the thin control panel, you’ll find a light sensor, the Power button, and buttons for Bluetooth pairing, Light Show mode, Volume control which works in combination with your device’s master volume, Connect mode for pairing two Pulse speakers, and a Play/Pause button that also manage phone call’s control. A snap-shut section below the controls lines the micro USB charging port and a 3.5mm aux input. The covered port and finish of the speaker make it splash-proof, and you can even rinse it off under the tap should you spill something on it. There is no 3.5mm audio cable is included with the speaker.
The LED light show proceeds the physical design to another level. The LED show is actually an attention grabber, but it is a well-executed one. The lights dance in several prospective patterns, it can frequently give the impression that the light is moving in sync with the audio. The Pulse 2 can even effort to caricaturist a color in front of you—pressing the Light button in front of a dark blue wall, for example, can make the color pattern shift to blues.
JBL claim battery life at around 10 hours, but your results will vary depending on your volume levels and whether you’re streaming music contrasted with listening to it wired. And, of course, how much you use those lights.
You can easily link the two Pulse 2 speakers wirelessly to play the same music on your mobile device—this is achieved via the free JBL Connect app. You can link up two speakers for an indoor party.
Unlike the JBL Xtreme, which we also recently reviewed, the JBL Pulse 2 can sit on one of the ends which houses one of the external passive radiators. While there was a very slight sound difference when the speaker was held horizontally compared to when it was standing on a flat surface, it wasn’t enough to detract from the listening experience and you really had to listen for it closely.
The JBL Pulse 2 has a nice weight to it, and our review unit in black was attractive and should fit nicely with any decor. The included micro USB charging cable and adapter are a bright orange that matches the JBL colors. The JBL Pulse 2 is available in both black and silver.
JBL Pulse 2 review: Key Features
Passive bass radiators to “feel” the music
Noise & echo canceling speakerphone
Bluetooth streaming for up to 3 devices
Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery
Customizable light show with JBL prism color sensor lens
JBL Connect allows you to connect Pulse 2 with another speaker
JBL free Connect app
JBL Pulse 2: Specifications
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: ≥80dB
Frequency Response: 85Hz – 20kHz
Transducer: 2 x 45mm
Output: 2 x 8W
Battery: 6000mAh Lithium-ion polymer, up to 10 hours
Bluetooth: version 4.1
Support: A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.5, HFP v1.6, HSP v1.2
JBL Prism – Color Sensor Lens
Dimensions: 84.2mm x 194.4mm
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Into this JBL Pulse 2 review, presenting all information regarding sound quality. Many of the smaller Bluetooth speakers have a tendency to overpay compensation for their small size by pumping out spilling over amounts of bass. The end result is that the bass often sounds overstuffed and inaccurate as the speakers over spreading themselves. But, this isn’t the case with the JBL Pulse 2.
As for sound, my complaint with the earlier JBL Pulse was that it distorted at high volumes. This one offers a little better bass, holds together better at high volumes and sounds better overall. However, the digital signal processor (DSP) does toggle the frequencies as the speaker gets overloaded with music from more difficult tracks. It principally ratchets back definite frequencies and confining the speaker’s volume.
With the Pulse 2, JBL has run into a well-balanced sound. The sound isn’t perfect like monitoring speaker, but as a small portable inexpensive speaker, it sounds pretty darn good and loud. The Pulse 2 has an amazingly good bass response as a speaker of its size. When turning the volume up we expected to hear some misrepresentation in the bass department, but the little speaker ruled itself in nicely. Bass was reliably in depth and full sounding and this is partially due to the digital processing within the speaker. Sensibly, the small size Pulse 2 limits its bass output at high volumes which keeps it from misrepresenting. The only disgrace is that the bass doesn’t have the same kick when really crank the Pulse 2’s volume up, but all other things are considered.
The speaker also displayed very good mid-range and treble response. Both were sound detailed and crisp. Vocals really are good at on the JBL Pulse 2 as the small speaker surprisingly giving realistic vocal performances. This Pulse 2 is comparable to the Charge 2+ in terms of performance, and is among the best sounding compact Bluetooth speakers, with decent bass for its size and good detail. It is easily fit in a small bag for carrying. JBL Pulse 2 is one of the better sounding Bluetooth speakers you’ll find on the market.
What’s in the Box?
1 x JBL Pulse 2
1 x USB Adaptor
1 x Micro USB Cable
1 x Quick Start Guide
1 x Safety Sheet
1 x Warranty Card
Pulse 2 Portable Splash-proof Bluetooth Speaker US$109.00
For JBL Pulse 2 Hard Carrying Case Travel Bag US$10.99
All including Total Price US$ 119.99
JBL Pulse 2 review: Technical Specification
User Manual [pdf ]
JBL Pulse 2: Product Warranty
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With the JBL Pulse 2, you might expect, the light show plays off your music and matches its mood. Via the JBL app, you can also download ambient sounds, such as waves, fire, rain, and stars to improve the light themes and create some white noise. And as a final point, you can wirelessly link two of these speakers together to expand the sound if you have two of them.
JBL really bump into a title with the Pulse 2. The original Pulse was fun to look at but came up a little short in the sound department. The Pulse 2 not only looks good but sounds good too. That’s pretty decent for a speaker in this size. Competition is tight in the Bluetooth speaker ground, there are a few speakers out there that can match the Pulse 2 in sound quality, but that’s can’t reflection you with lights! The JBL Pulse 2 is a portable Bluetooth speaker with some handy features like a fancy LED light show. Its splash-proof and battery life also remarkable.
This product will have perfect projecting as a companion for hiking, Boating, Kayaking, outdoor adventure, at beach comfortably or any a family gathering outside where no wires to get in the way. If you’re looking for the speaker that offers solid sound quality a fancy LED light show, well, this is the one we recommend through this JBL Pulse 2 review.