As a faithful user of JBL speakers of different sizes, I went to the company stand to see what she was pleased about this season. I would like to remind you that JBL belongs to the Harman group of companies, therefore visitors to the exhibition can meet products of different brands in one place. And one should not be surprised at this: it is one big friendly family where sales of electronics for the year around the world have grown by almost 50% compared to the previous period. Excellent result!
A set of acoustics for gourmets – so you can describe the novelty in one sentence. Why? First, it’s sound, listening to Harman / Kardon is a pleasure, especially since you can assemble a set of several speakers. Multiroom, home theater or a duo of two columns – lots of options, choose which one is closer to you. For the sample, you can buy one solid Citation 500 column, it produces 200 watts – a pretty decent figure for a piece the size of a bread toaster.
In addition to high-quality audio, the acoustics pleases the eye with a finish. It is unlikely that you will touch the column with your palm every day, enjoying the pleasant fabric cover, but I went to the exhibition and tried to feel the acoustics. Pleasant sensations, especially since the columns in different colors and different sizes, choose what is most suitable for you.
The third point is the bloat. Sound over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, color screen, touch control, commands for Google Assistant. With a column and chatting heart to heart you can, and ask to include your favorite song in the evening, when you come from work and want to do 10 minutes nothing to do, but just fall apart in your favorite chair.
The top acoustics are also top-notch – at the end of September, the Harman Citation 500 will ask for 649 euros. But there are also cheaper options: the 100-watt Harman Citation 300 will cost 349 euros.
JBL Charge 4
The column does not need recommendations, I often see it on the street. Someone puts it on the asphalt and skates, training the skills of tricks, someone mounts it on a bike and pedals through parks and city streets. Some simply wear it in their hands and listen to music, and along with them, the composition is appreciated by the surrounding people.
I’m talking about JBL Charge, and in this season there was a novelty – JBL Charge 4. The column grew: it became larger and more massive, a bit heavier. And now at the column – USB Type-C, cheers, little joy. Rather, this connector would become the standard of the mobile industry.
In other respects, the possibilities are the same: the column can be “made friends” with others the same so that they play music together loudly and fervently, there is protection against moisture IPX7.
I think that the owners of Charge 3 will pay attention to it, because on subjective sensations the bass has increased, and the low frequencies are now especially in honor. And, of course, sellers in stores will recommend it as the most versatile column of JBL: not very large, loud, long-running and not afraid of water. All you need for 179 euros.
Curious model for kids and kids, junior students. The column is very bright design: juicy colors – it’s like a toy, I want to take it in hand and try it. Perhaps, even want to chew, it is so attractive and juicy, as a bright fruit. But I did not do it right at the stand, I quenched my hunger with a sandwich. But the flashing lights of the column – it’s something with something, it looks very nice, flashes like a tree does not tear off an eye.
As they say in JBL, the column was made specifically for children, taking into account the specifics of the audience. For example, the time of work is not very critical, enough and five hours. But strength is more important: the column should be especially stable and hardy.
Naturally, protection from water is present, where without it. And no small details to avoid problems. It remains only to attach the column with a strap on the backpack and go to the line in the first class, listening to a song about what is taught in school. The price: 35 euros.
As a fan of wireless headphones, I immediately tried how JBL Endurance Peak sits in the ear. Mounting, at first glance, it seems not the easiest, but when you try the headphones closer – sit in your ear and turn your head to check – doubts dissipate. Very comfortable headset sits like a poured and does not fall out, in addition, well drowning out the noise of the stand, where dozens of columns of different sizes play. What kind of noise, you can imagine.
Control of the headphones is touch, no buttons; in my opinion, doing sports, you still want to press the buttons, because the sensor does not always work perfectly accurately, but we will check it already during testing. At the same time, we find out how many hours of work there is enough to charge. JBL announces about 28 hours of work.
Time was considered as follows: fully charged headphones work for 4 hours, and extra time is guaranteed by a carrying case. From it, you can fully charge the headphones 6 times. Cool, but the cover is very large and bulky, I would prefer something smaller, even if I sacrificed the time off work.
Headphones cost € 149 in Europe.
King-column for fans of noisy parties and joyful zatey. Do you want your parties to discuss all the neighbors? Buy JBL PartyBox 300. Or ParyBox 200, if you need a cheaper option. Luxurious acoustics attract attention with bright animation, under the blinking of the backlight in time, rhythm wants to dance and dance, then some at the stand and were engaged.
To make the atmosphere even more festive and loud, a pair of speakers can be combined via Bluetooth or through “tulips” RCA. And this monster also works very long: they say that the charge lasts for 18 hours of work! But the battery here is gigantic, for as much as 10,000 mAh. There is a column of 449 euros, and the younger version – 379 euros.