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JBL Boombox

Waterproof portable Bluetooth® speaker (Squad)

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Overview

Our take on the JBL Boombox

This is one Bluetooth speaker that won't shut down before the party ends. The big, bad JBL Boombox can deliver up to 24 hours of non-stop music. And the Boombox is completely waterproof, so feel free to party poolside, at the beach, or on the slopes. With its four active drivers and massive side-firing passive bass radiators, the Boombox ensures your music will be heard in the great outdoors. Plus it has dual USB charging ports, so your smartphone and/or tablet can keep the music coming.

‘Round the clock party machine

JBL Boombox

The Boombox has dual USB charging ports for your devices (smartphone and tablet not included).

This is one Bluetooth speaker that won't shut down before the party ends. The big, bad JBL Boombox can deliver up to 24 hours of non-stop music. And the Boombox is completely waterproof, so feel free to party poolside, at the beach, or on the slopes. With its four active drivers and massive side-firing passive bass radiators, the Boombox ensures your music will be heard in the great outdoors. Plus it has dual USB charging ports, so your smartphone and/or tablet can keep the music coming.

Big sound indoors and out

JBL says the Boombox produces “monster sound,” and they're not kidding. The Boombox features two 4” woofers for solid midrange, and two 3/4” tweeters for crisp, clean highs. Dual side-firing passive radiators reinforce the low frequencies, for hard-hitting bass. Thanks to JBL's advanced digital signal processing, the Boombox can project rich, full sound without distortion.

Bluetooth for one — or more

Stream music wirelessly from any smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to the Boombox. You can even pair it with two devices simultaneously so you and a friend can take turns being the DJ.

Download JBL's free control app to your Apple® or Android™ device, and you have even more options. Create your own impromptu sound system by wirelessly connecting two or more JBL Connect-enabled speakers — like the Xtreme.

Speakerphone and Voice Assist

When you receive a call on your paired phone, the Boombox turns into a speakerphone. Its built-in microphone uses SoundClear® technology to minimize echo and filter out ambient noise so you and your caller can hear each other easily.

Press the Voice Assist button, and access your smartphone's voice command program. Then you can use Siri® with your iPhone®, or Google Now with your Android™ smartphone just by speaking into the Boombox.

Product Highlights:

  • two 4" woofers, two 3/4" tweeters and dual side-firing passive bass radiators
  • maximum power: 60 watts (2 x 30 watts)
  • frequency response: 50-20,000 Hz
  • built-in Bluetooth 4.2 for streaming near-CD-quality music from your smartphone or tablet
  • JBL Connect app
    • free download from Apple® iTunes® app store and Google Play
    • pair two JBL Boomboxes speakers for two-channel stereo
    • wirelessly connect over 100 Boomboxes or other JBL Connect+ enabled speakers for simultaneous playback
    • control volume and adjust EQ settings
  • IPX7-rated waterproof down to 3 feet for up to 30 minutes
  • can be paired with 2 Bluetooth sources simultaneously
  • built-in microphone with SoundClear echo and noise cancellation for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
  • 20,000mAh built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts up to 24 hours
  • AC charging cable included
  • 19-1/2"W x 10-1/16"H x 7-5/8"D
  • 11.57 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Bluetooth portable speaker
  • AC power adapter (attached 43" DC cord)
  • 4' AC power cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Card

This thing is really good, sound quality, battery life, rugged build. I've had the Bose Soundlink 2 for years and love it but always wanted one that rocks harder and this does the job nice!

Mike, Yonkers, NY

Reviews

JBL Boombox Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(27 Reviews)

Great Sound!

Jess K. from Fairfield, CA on 12/11/2018

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Let's start with the price. You're going to have to let go of some cash. With all that being said you get what you pay for. Right out of the box it looks well made. Not too heavy, a little big in size but doable. Comes pre charged so it's good to go as soon as you open it up. Some of the reviews mentioned static in between songs. I have not experienced that. Also some of the reviews complained about the volume not being able to go loud enough. I like my music loud and clear.... And this thing rocks. Oooo and about that BASS!!! Wow!!! It really does sound good you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Great sound. Good bass notes. Super loud.

Cons: Pricey$$$$$$ That's the only reason why I give it a 4 star.

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Crutchfield customer from Enfield, NH on 12/7/2018

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Does exactly what it is supposed to. Not a "high end" sound, but solid and clear with plenty of punch. Would definitely recommend it.

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Crutchfield customer from Frederick, MD on 12/3/2018

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It is a gift for my grandson

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It rocks!

Mike from Yonkers, NY on 9/5/2018

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This thing is really good, sound quality, battery life, rugged build. I've had the Bose Soundlink 2 for years and love it but always wanted one that rocks harder and this does the job nice!

Pros: It rocks!

Cons: None

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Albert from Puerto Rico on 8/31/2018

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I'm happy need an offer or a better price to buy one more

Pros: Great sound

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Love it

Crutchfield customer from Peoria, AZ on 8/13/2018

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Loud with quality sound, love it for by the pool. Need to get a carrying case for it so it doesn't get damaged when I take it everywhere I go!!!

Pros: Volume, quality sound, battery.

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Classic JBL sound

Crutchfield customer from Massena, NY on 8/5/2018

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I have had a lot of JBL speakers in my home over the years and this speaker does not disappoint. Sounds great, plays loud when you need it and it connects easily to your Bluetooth devices.

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Great Sound with POUNDING BASS

Jeff from Torrance, CA on 7/29/2018

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I bought the JBL Boombox to replace my garage boombox that I had for over 25 years. I can't believe the power and thump the JBL provides in such a compact design!! The JBL Connect App is so easy to use and this unit delivers all that you could ask for and is also waterproof so I don't have to worry about it while washing the cars or hanging out by the pool!! A solid Five Star rating to the device and also to Crutchfield for their customer service, best prices, and prompt delivery!!!!! Thank you Carter for your help!! Jeff Thayer

Pros: Everything I hoped for and more!! Amazing sound and very easy to use!!

Cons: None

Excellent sound quality

John from Evergreen, CO on 7/23/2018

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Excellent sound quality, ease of use and design.

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Crutchfield customer from Lakehead , CA on 7/18/2018

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Everything you said it would be! Excellent service! As always, a great experience!

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Theodore from Palmdale, CA on 7/8/2018

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I bought 2 JBL Boomboxes & enjoy music in a quality sound. The bass is nice even when I'm only using one Boombox. If your a music lover, buy a Boombox and have a party.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Would've been even nicer with speakers on the back side.

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Joseph from Tucker, GA on 7/3/2018

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Great sounding box! I took it to a class reunion in Punta Cana DR and it rocked the pool setting. Have yet to read the manual since it is easy to operate

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Boom!

Joel from Grand Rapids, MI on 6/29/2018

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This thing rocks! Love the outdoor/indoor mode and it really makes a huge difference. The bass is boomy. I'd put down the extra change to get this over the extreme or the pill size jbl speakers. And it's waterproof!

Pros: Great equalizer settings. Love the indoor/outdoor sound settings. 24 hour batter life.

Cons: at max sound you feeel like you want it to go louder but you can't. Although it is loud enough.

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KENNETH from Ellicott City, MD on 6/29/2018

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Worth it!

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Crutchfield customer from South Lyon, MI on 6/27/2018

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Awesome sound and volume sitting on the dock while rafting and chilling on the lake. Cost is high but worth it.

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Great sound, impressive lows and plays forever on a charge

Crutchfield customer from Concord, CA on 6/27/2018

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Nice full range sound with impressive lows. I bought this mainly for camping and the drive-in theater. It is not a petite speaker, but for me it didn't matter. Camping it was awesome. I could have it at a low volume, and it still had a nice solid drum beat. I listen mainly to country. My kids like top 40 and hip hop and when playing this thing produces some serious bass. I had it playing for about 14 hours each day and when I would plug it in at night it still had more than half a charge left. I connected an iPod with a tuner for the drive-in theater. We typically sit in folding chairs, not in the car so we need some audio source. My son commented that it was the first time the drive-in sounded like being in the actual theater. It is nice to have the two USB ports for charging. My phone battery does not last long anymore, so I plug it into it while streaming. If you really start cranking it up, it will back off the bass to protect itself. At that point it is almost too loud anyway. I have Klipsch AW-650's outside which are incredible speakers, but I think I would be almost equally satisfied with one of these on the patio. I am thinking of picking up a second one just to see how they sound paired in stereo. I am very impressed with this speaker.

Pros: Battery life. Bass. USB charging. Water proof.

Cons: If you want to nitpick... no FM Tuner. No EQ

Just Cannot Say Enough

Billy Bob from Pecos, TX on 6/24/2018

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It is what I expected. Plus have two friends who purchased ones after enjoying listening to mine. Bought it to use at cabin and down on river bank, perfect.

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: None

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James from Perryopolis, PA on 6/24/2018

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I love this I was able to set it up with my i pad in seconds. Great at the patio with the fire going. I am a music teacher and I have been looking for a portable sound system that will be loud and clear enough to play background with 2 saxophones. This was a added bonus.

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Unreal... WOW!!!!!!!

Will from Huntington, IN on 6/20/2018

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First impression... WOW!!!! My God, this is far better than I imagined. This thing is unreal. Yes it's expensive but holy crap it is with every penny!! Some have said it's the same as the extreme. WRONG!!!! Not even close! The extreme is great, but the JBL boombox is a totally different monster. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED MY FRIENDS!!

Pros: Incredible sound, waterproof, 2USB, 3.5mm jack, very VERY long battery life

Cons: Absolutely none!!

A must for a day on the lake!!

Michael from Orient, OH on 5/31/2018

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Super sound for the money...It has an indoor and outdoor setting. We used on the lake with an Iphone and a bluetooth connection...no need to upgrade the radio in the boat!

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Great boom for the bucks!

Edward from Philadelphia, PA on 5/28/2018

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Great sound, great bass! Very clear in the outdoors. Good boom for the bucks.

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John from Melbourne, FL on 4/11/2018

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Sounds great and battery life is great for a product like this. Tried it on my sea doo, and just not loud enough and too bulky for that application but otherwise great for the beach and outside

Pros: Great sound, great battery life, easy to set up and use.

Cons: Too bulky for attaching to PWC and not loud enough for on the water.

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Crutchfield customer from Hopkinsville, KY on 2/11/2018

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The BEST Bluetooth on the market! Portable and rugged! Get what you pay for and the sound will not disappoint!

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Best of the Best

Scott from Indiana, PA on 1/20/2018

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Hands down, this is the best bluetooth speaker I have ever owned. One of these speakers blows away the 2 UE Megaboom speakers I previously owned. The sound on this is crystal clear whether listening at a lower volume or cranking it up and really ticking off the neighbors! The battery life is also incredible as the unit came with about 60% battery and I have yet to charge it after playing it low to mid volume for 6 hours a day for the past 4 days. If you are looking for a top notch bluetooth speaker, look no further than the JBL Boombox.

Pros: Awesome sound, great battery life, great bass

Cons: None

Wow!!!!!!!

Robert from St Louis, MO on 1/13/2018

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Wow!!!!!. Let me start by saying I'm a machinist and I wanted a speaker to listen to at work using my iPod. I purchased the jbl xtreme and was disappointed. It sounded good at home but at work it wasn't nearly loud enough. I had the volume at 100% and could still barely hear it over the machines. Which also drained the battery quick. So I decided to return it and purchase the jbl boombox instead. It blew me away. Sounds perfect at home. Clear crisp bass and perfect highs. Took it to work and it's perfect. Gets very loud and clean and has a lot more bass than I thought it would. It even produces a sub bass. I worked a 12 hour shift and the battery lasted the whole time and the volume was at around 75%. I also love the option of the indoor/outdoor button. The indoor produces more bass while the outdoor tones the bass down and kicks up the highs. I know it's a pricey speaker but you get what you paid for. And I'm in love. I'm a serious music fanatic and listen to a wide variety of music. But my playlist mainly consist of rap and rock. My only problem I'm having now is that I'd like to buy a second one but I gotta convince my wife to let me. I would recommend this speaker to everyone. All my coworkers were impressed too.

Pros: Sound, battery life, size. Did I mention sound.

Cons: None

Great product

Vahlery from OR on 1/10/2018

Best speaker I've ever had I had a charge 3 and this is way better

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Crutchfield customer from Anaheim, CA on 1/2/2018

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Great sound, easy to operate, and best of all JBL build quality!

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Features and Specs

Features
Weather-resistant Yes
Waterproof Yes
Speakerphone Mic Yes
NFC Touch Pairing No

Product Research

Features

Full-Range JBL Sound: The JBL Boombox Bluetooth speaker utilizes two 0.75" tweeters and dual 4" woofers powered by a built-in 60W (AC mode)/40W (Battery mode) amplifier, plus twin side-firing 4" passive radiators to deliver full-range JBL sound. You can choose between two sound modes - Indoor or Outdoor. Enjoy deeper bass and richer sound in Indoor mode, or switch to Outdoor mode for expansive sound with strong bass and longer playtime.

Bluetooth 4.2: The JBL Boombox is a self-powered Bluetooth (version 4.2) speaker which supports wireless audio streaming (A2DP 1.3/AVRCP 1.6) and hands-free communication (HFP 1.6), along with digital voice assistant integration for iPhone (Siri) and Android (Google Now). Up to three devices can be connected with the Boombox at once, so you and your friends can take turns streaming music. Once paired, the JBL Boombox will automatically re-connect with paired devices when in wireless range (up to 33').

  • Wireless Audio Streaming: The JBL Boombox portable speaker streams stereo music wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices such as your smartphone, tablet, computer, laptop, or other device. You'll be able to control Play, Pause, & Skip functions from the speaker. You will need to continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device for advanced music navigation and to view song/artist information.
  •  Hands-Free Communication: The JBL Boombox has a built-in microphone with echo and noise cancellation technologies, so you can use it as a hands-free speakerphone for your smartphone (including iPhone or Android). Use the Boombox to answer phone calls, talk on Skype, or with Facetime. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to view video calls, manually enter phone number, and control advanced phone functions.
  • Voice Assistant Integration: The JBL Boombox's built-in mic can even act as an extension of the microphone on your Apple iPhone 4S and newer or compatible Android smartphone, so you can access Siri & Android's digital voice assistant (like Google Now). Simply press the Play/Pause button to activate your device's digital voice assistant. You will need to set this feature up through the JBL Connect App on your Apple iOS or Android mobile device.
Note: When the digital voice assistant is enabled through the app, the Play/Pause control function for wireless music streaming is disabled.

JBL Connect App with JBL Connect+: Use the JBL Connect App (for Apple iOS 8.0+ or Android OS 5.0+) to wirelessly link multiple JBL Connect+ enabled speakers, like the JBL Boombox, together for amplified sound. You are able to link two speakers together so each speaker acts as a left or right channel for stereo sound. You can also link up to 100 speakers together so each speaker plays back both left and right channels for playback of the same Bluetooth source from multiple speakers. Software updates for the speaker can also be done using the JBL Connect app.

Note: The JBL Boombox requires a firmware update to utilize the JBL Connect+ feature.

IPX7 Waterproof: The JBL Boombox features a rugged, rubber housing and is covered with durable waterproof fabric. The JBL Boombox carries an IPX7 waterproof rating and can even be submerged in water (up to 1m for up to 30 minutes). 

Note: To ensure that the JBL Boombox is waterproof, please remove all cable connections and tightly close the cap; exposing the JBL Boombox to liquids without doing so may result in permanent damage to the speaker. And do not expose the JBL Boombox to water while charging, as doing so may result in permanent damage to the speaker or power source.

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

Dual USB Charging Ports: The JBL Boombox is capable of recharging the battery of two mobile devices (like your smartphone or tablet) simultaneously from the speaker's dual USB-A (5V/2.0A) ports. Now you don't need to carry an extra charger to keep your devices powered up. The USB ports do not support audio playback.

Rechargeable Battery: The JBL Boombox stereo speaker has a built-in, rechargeable Li-ion polymer battery (20,000mAh/74WH) that provides more than 24 hours of playback time on a single charge. The battery is easily recharged using the included AC power adapter. A full battery charge takes approximately 6.5 hours. The AC power adapter can also be used to power the speaker.

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Why did you buy this?

I've heard so many good things about this Bluetooth boombox. When I play music I like a lot of bass. So I'm hoping all the reviews are right regarding the slap!! And there again you can never go wrong with crutchfield. The last week or so I've been looking for the best deals possible. I knew cyber Monday was coming and there it was The lowest price since I've been searching. [ H  Nov 27, 2018 ]
I have the JBL chage 3 an I absolutely love it, use it everyday while cooking at work! Cannot wait to blow everyone away with this bigger one! [ Nicholas  Aug 25, 2018 ]
Looking for good sound [ maurice  Jun 12, 2018 ]
Grate prices [ Ramon  May 16, 2018 ]
Wanted waterproof for working outside and inside. [ Donald  May 11, 2018 ]
for outside use, by the pool, and he outside summer nights. [ paul  Apr 03, 2018 ]
I've owned the charge 3 and it's been great. My brother has the Extreme and I need to 1 up him. This will do the job! [ Kevin  Feb 16, 2018 ]
Recommended by staff [ JEFFREY  Dec 08, 2017 ]
JBL has great sound quality and my friend needs a really good speaker for her yoga studio. [ Todd  Oct 28, 2018 ]
My Dad got one [ William  Jun 18, 2018 ]
Beach Time [ Jon  Jun 12, 2018 ]

1 question already asked

A portable FM tuner like the Eton Executive could be used with this speaker to listen to FM Radio: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_710TVLRIII/item.html Also, some smart phones come with an FM tuner built into them. If you have one of those and have turned on that tuner, then it could be used here without needing an internet connection. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Feb 12, 2018 ]  Staff
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