The main connectivity for the JBL Boombox is the Bluetooth 4.2 connection. This is the same Bluetooth connectivity that you get with most of the other JBL Bluetooth speaker choices on the market today.
For some reason, the company has yet to branch into any higher Bluetooth bands.
There’s also the option to plug your devices in through the 3.5mm audio cable if you prefer.
The good news is that the Bluetooth connectivity is great, working with everything from Spotify Connect to Apple Airplay with a 20-metre range.
The bad news is that the JBL Boombox specs don’t include the option to play music direct from a USB thumb-drive. This is a feature that’s offered with the JBL Partybox, so we were surprised that we didn’t see it here.
JBL Boombox review: Performance
PPerformance-wise, the JBL Boombox is just as easy to use as the other products in the Bluetooth lineup. You just press a button, and you’re ready to go.
The JBL Connect+ function makes it easy to create a full surround-sound experience on the move.
What’s more, you get to choose between multiple sound modes too.
The outdoor sound mode ramps up the lower frequency parts of the audio spectrum, which means that you get a serious improvement to your mid-bass levels.
On the other hand, the indoor option is a little bit less aggressive, which means that you can enjoy a more consistent experience overall.
Overall, sound quality is a bit mixed from our perspective.
There’s some fantastic bass response in this speaker, you can actually feel the thump of the music that you’re listening to. What’s more, the volume potential is enormous for such a small speaker.
On the other hand, there are a few negatives to having that much bass.
Some of the mid-levels can end up getting pushed back, and the vocals don’t seem as lively.
What’s more, because the JBL Boombox only has forward-facing drivers included, you don’t get the same 360-degree sound that you get with other products.
JBL Boombox review: Verdict
So, what are our finishing thoughts?
Well, all in all, the JBL Boombox is a fantastic product for those who want to reclaim some of the nostalgia of their old Boombox days. This is a fun and bass-heavy device that’s sure to get your party bumping in no time.
On the other hand, however, don’t expect too much quality from the Boombox. It lacks in some serious sound features that could transform it into an unforgettable speaker.
That’s a shame when you consider how amazing some of the other JBL Bluetooth speaker options are.