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JBL Pulse

Portable Bluetooth® powered speaker with LED light show

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by Ralph Graves
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Bright lights

Prepare to be dazzled. 64 LED lights live inside the JBL Pulse Bluetooth portable speaker. Start streaming music from your compatible smartphone or tablet, and a light show begins! The Pulse's light array comes with five pre-programmed patterns that change in pulse in time with your music, but that's just the start. With the free JBL MusicFlow app, you can adjust the intensity of the lights, and even download new patterns.

JBL Pulse portable bluetooth speaker

Big sound

Inside the Pulse are two 1-1/2" full-range drivers that deliver clean, clear sound, with a bass port that reinforces the low tones. Thanks to JBL's advanced digital signal processing, the Pulse can produce rich, full sound despite its compact design.

Tap-to-pair with NFC

The Pulse also has NFC (Near Field Communication). Just touch a compatible portable device — such as a smartphone or tablet — to the system for instant wireless pairing. Then with one touch you can play music, or stream audio from videos and games through the Pulse. All without wires and without logging into a network.

Hours of fun

The Pulse's built-in chargeable battery delivers up to 5 hours of music and lights (or up to 10 hours of just music). The system comes with a USB adapter and mini USB charging cable. An auxiliary input lets you play non-Bluetooth portable devices through the system, too.

Highlights:

  • Bluetooth wireless NFC (Near Field Communication) lets you wirelessly pair with a compatible device by simply touching it to the Pulse
  • range: 33 feet
  • two 1-1/2" full-range drivers with bass port
  • 64 LED lights with 5 pre-programmed light patterns
  • custom-programmed light themes let you control the brightness, speed, and color of the patterns
  • can be positioned either horizontally or vertically
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices
  • USB charging port (USB adapter and micro USB cable included)
  • built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts up to 10 hours music only; 5 hours music and lights
  • 3-1/8"W x 7-1/8"H x 3-3/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • Portable Bluetooth powered speaker
  • AC/USB power adapter
  • 41" microUSB-to-USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Features

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The JBL Pulse portable speaker streams stereo music wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices such as your Apple iOS device, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, computer/PC or other devices. You'll be able to stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to navigate your music and to view song/artist information.

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the JBL Pulse.

Simple Pairing w/ NFC: This unit pairs with your Bluetooth-enabled device with a single press of a button. The speaker also supports NFC (Near-Field Communication) technology for pairing. Simply tap your NFC-enabled Android smartphone to the NFC tag on the side of the speaker for instant pairing with the JBL Pulse; NFC is only available in select Android smartphones. Once paired, the JBL Pulse will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 33').

Full-Range JBL Sound: The JBL Pulse employs digital signal processing to generate room-filling audio from a compact speaker. Using two 1.5" drivers, a 12-watt amplifier, and a custom-tuned bass port, the JBL Pulse delivers full-range JBL sound with punchy bass. The speaker can be positioned horizontally or vertically.

Pulsating LEDs: The JBL Pulse Bluetooth speaker features 64 programmable LED lights that pulse with your music for a audio and visual experience. Pre-programmed and custom-programmed light themes let you control the brightness, speed, and color, pulsed to your music. Pre-programmed light themes can be accessed from the speaker's top-panel controls. Custom-programmed light themes will need to be accessed through the JBL Music Flow App for Apple iOS devices.

JBL Music Flow App (for Apple iOS devices): Downloading the free JBL Music Flow app from the iTunes App store onto your Apple iOS devices lets you control the Pulse portable speaker's music, LED light show, and volume from your Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (running iOS 5.0+).

  • Music Control: You can control all the music you have stored on your compatible Apple iOS device through the JBL Music Flow app. You'll be able to search your music by Song, Artist, Album, Playlist, and Genre. You also get basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Repeat/Random. To access music apps, you'll need to exit the Music Flow app and select your desired music app on your iOS device.
  • LED Light Show: From the Music Flow App on your compatible iOS device, you can select from pre-programmed light themes (Rainbow/Equalize/Club/Chill/Fob) or customize a light themes by adjusting color, intensity, and speed.
  • Volume: You are able to control the Pulse's volume control from the Music Flow app on your compatible Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad.

Aux Input: In addition to built-in Bluetooth, the JBL Pulse is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of almost any portable audio player with a headphone output.

Rechargeable Battery: The JBL Pulse Bluetooth speaker has a built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (3.7V/2000mAh/7.4Wh) that provides up to 10 hours of music playback time and up to 5 hours of music playback and light show. You can easily recharge the battery using the included USB/AC power adapter, or simply plug the unit into a free USB port on your computer/laptop using the included 41" microUSB-to-USB cable. Charging time is approximately 3 hours. The AC power adapter can also be used to power the speaker.

 
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The best electronic invention for SOUND ON THE GO ! just simple Tak

Written By Frank Joyner, HOUSTON , TEXAS on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
 
Fill the sky's with your music .
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