Hey everyone, Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom. Many of you guys over seas have been asking me about this speaker for several months now and I’ve had my eyes on this since. This speaker has yet to be available in America until recently. I’m please to test this and see how this even stacks up with what I think is the best bluetooth speaker on the market, the Bose Soundlink 3. And if you look at the information in the video, the JBL Xtreme looks to compete with the heavyweights in the Bluetooth Speaker Market. As always, you can check updated pricing in the video description below, I put a link there for your convenience.
So getting straight into this, without further ado, I’m here to help you make a purchase decision. Welcome everyone, to another JimsReviewRoom.
As always, going over the physical features first, this is a very decent size. 9 inches wide, 5inches tall and 4.8 inches deep, all while weighing in at 4.7lbs, making this slightly bigger and just slightly heavier than the two other heavy weights, the UE Megaboom and Bose Soundlink 3. Although bigger and heavier, it’s still mobile, just not as easy in someone’s bag. JBL does include a simple carrying strap, attached to both sides of the speaker for over the shoulder carrying. But being big and heavy isn’t such a negative trait if you’re looking for big sound. You can see this on other side with its massive bass radiators when music is being pushed, not only giving a nice aesthetic look but very much a functional feature, pushing and moving the air around it.
But before getting into sound, the top features your very sturdy, very tactile Bluetooth pairing button, volume down, power on and off, and to the right, is what they call the “JBL Connect” feature. You can chain other newer JBL speakers, like another Xtreme, the Flip 3 or the soon to be released Pulse 2 and have all of those speakers play at the same time from the same source, offering more room filling music, or have music in different parts of the house. Volume up is to follow with last, the pause and play button.
And rest assured, everything on the Xtreme is rock solid from my testing, no flexing metal frames, seams are tightly assembled, and materials all around looks top-notch. But besides being built tough, it’s also rain and splash proof with a very rugged and tough nylon braided like exterior. You just can’t submerge this under water, so no dropping this into the Lake or into the pool either intentionally or accidentally unlike the UE Megaboom I tested a few months back. That however, can be immersed upto 1 meter for upto 30 minutes. Of course, the Bose Soundlink 3 can’t get wet at all.
Going to the bottom of the Xtreme, just enough wide rubber feet are provided to prevent the speaker from shaking off the table, and behind this orange zipper here are all of your physical connections. I do have to admit, this is a bit tight the very first time trying to connect wires, but after the 2nd or 3rd time, pressing the upper flap up was key. To the left is a Micro-USB port for servicing only, I tried charging this with a USB cord and that didn’t work, a 3.5mm input, two USB ports to charge two devices simultaneously, and last to the right is the power port for the supplied wall-charger. Indeed, this has a large charging brick for a Bluetooth speaker, but, inside is a massive 10,000 mAh battery. The Xtreme claims it can be powered for upto 15hrs, and with my personal testing, the same test I do on all Bluetooth speakers, leaving this playing at 50% volume as a middle of the road standardized test, the Xtreme lasted me a crazy 18hrs and 16mins to be precise when it shut off on me. And when compared to the UE Megaboom, although it’s claimed to have 20hrs, my same test yielded 17hrs and 30 minutes of on time. Regardless, both of these speakers does ridiculously well in battery performance compared to what’s out there. In regards to recharging, JBL claims 3.5hrs, I was able to achieve from a dead battery to full in 3hrs and 20 minutes as shown in the video.
So thats everything physical wise about the Xtreme. I do admit, it is missing NFC, or near field communication for easy pairing, a feature I think is really underrated, but highly convenient for Android users.
One last feature before doing the sound test, there is a built-in speakerphone option. JBL claims to offer noise and echo cancelling technology, but let’s do a real test. Here’s a sample.
So to the moment you have been waiting for. I’ll play several songs and will be switching back and forth from time to time, and afterwards, I’ll give you my verdict.
And there you have it folks. Of course music recorded on my end, then played through your speakers are not the best depiction of audio quality, hence my review here. To get this one out the way, the UE Boom, a very good speaker by itself, but when compared to the other two, does sound the weakest of them all, lacking in most sound characteristics that I’m about to discuss. The Xtreme hands down provided the most fulfilling sound, richer, deeper bass than the Soundlink 3 and most other speakers on the market. But with its combination of forward and clear mids, the Xtreme provides more immersion into each song and each movie. Don’t get me wrong, the Bose Soundlink 3 is still very well done, but there is an enough noticeable difference when you compare the two in person. The Soundlink 3 sounds a bit more recessed, kind’ve like a glass ceiling if I can give you an illustration. It reaches a certain limitation. The one and only area where I did notice a slight downfall, and it’s very faint or minute, I can hear the Bose Soundlink 3 providing a slightly better open sound-stage. You can hear in songs and more-so in movies where sound is coming from. More specifically, from front to back. An example, when the chorus is heard in the back while the main vocalist is in the fore-front… or in movies, when you hear shooting, explosions in the distance, this can experienced more-so on the Soundlink 3. But again, the Xtreme pushes everything else and gives you a direct feel and experience with the audio. I personally did not experience any distortion either in bass, or any tinglingness in its high notes. The sound signature I see as being very much fitting for all genres from rap, hip/hop, Pop, EDM music, and down to classic rock. And one last test I wanted to provide to you, I think will be a clearer illustration of what I mean. Here’s all three speakers at full blast, and I can say, the Xtreme fills up large open areas the best of the three.
So I hope this review helped you in some way, if you did enjoy my work, be sure to add me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and if you’re watching this video later in the year, click the link in my video description for updated pricing. As always, I encourage everyone to write in the comment section below, let me know your thoughts about the JBL Xtreme. Again, I’m Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom, you guys take care, and I’ll see you on the next one. Bye.