JBL Boombox 2 Boxing Day Deals 2021
It’s been almost four years since I first reviewed the original JBL Boombox, a large, funky-looking speaker that was as much a conversation starter as it was a music machine. Well, that quirky system is back and even better than before… if you can believe it. Like its predecessor, this new version is fully waterproof and built to be taken just about anywhere—poolside or on the lake, at a campsite or barbeque, you name it.
JBL has completely re-worked its iconic Boombox to make it even more durable, louder and more versatile. There’s also a new app that lets you tweak the sound output to your liking; it even lets you stream music from one of your devices (like a smartphone).
Measuring about 11″ by 9″ and weighing in at just under 14 pounds, the Boombox 2 isn’t what I would call easy to carry around. It has a heftiness to it which, combined with some super cool rubber detailing and a few ridges, make it feel like it can take a tumble (or two). It’s definitely the type of speaker you want to lug around in an SUV or basecamp, not on your backpacking trip across Europe.
What I do find compelling about its size is that there’s plenty of room for JBL to pack in an impressive set of speakers. This isn’t just a single tweeter and driver; there are four bass radiators, two mid-range drivers, plus two tweeters. And to be clear, that’s not just four woofers—two are full-range drivers that deliver the mids and highs too.
Bluetooth & NFC
Since this is an active speaker (with internal amplification), the only other thing you need to add is some music. The Boombox works with both Bluetooth and NFC-enabled devices, and thanks to its integrated USB port, you can also use it as a power bank.