Traditionally, the start of the school year in September is an opportunity to refresh the ranges. An opportunity that JBL does not miss.
Mobile Bluetooth speakers are a very important market for JBL, which is preparing to release new products to clear the way. Models will arrive from October / November with Bluetooth 5.1 and USB-C connection to the program.
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JBL first evokes the case of the JBL Xtreme 2 which will therefore be replaced from October by the Xtreme 3. This is the most “bulky” and most powerful model in the range thanks, in particular, to to the presence of four speakers and two passive radiators. The Xtreme 3 is a little disappointing on the autonomy side insofar as JBL evokes the same 15 hours that the battery of the Xtreme 2 already authorized.
On the other hand, the certification evolves from IPX7 to IP67 underlining progress in protection against dust while it remains of course possible to completely immerse the speaker without exceeding 30 minutes and one meter deep. Function PartyBoost is always appropriate for combining several speakers and it is possible to connect two smartphones to a single speaker to play DJs in turn.
The Xtreme 3 will be available in October 2020 from 299 euros. Three colors are planned (blue, black and “squad”).
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Autonomy increased on the Clip 4
The date remains the same for the Go 3, but it will take a little more patience for the Clip 4 which will not arrive before November. The two small speakers will logically replace the Go 2 and Clip 3 with the main improvement being the IP67 certification which, as on the Xtreme 3, reinforces the protection against dust.
We also benefit from a Bluetooth 5.1 connection and, above all, a USB-C standard charging port. We will obviously have to make sure of this with the tests, but the Clip 4 also has the good taste of offering a net boost in autonomy which gains 50% from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. compared to the Clip 3.
Not so on the Go 3 which is distinguished above all by a change in design. It doesn’t seem much more compact than the Go 2, but now has a small integrated strap to make it even more portable. On the other hand, only seven colors are planned (black, blue, blue / pink, red, squad, pink, green / white) when the Go 2 was available in 12 different color versions.
The Clip 4 will be sold for 59.99 euros when the Go 3 is a little more expensive than the old model at 39.99 euros.
Source: Press release