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JBL Horizon

FM clock radio with Bluetooth® and dual USB charging (White)

28 Reviews | 5 questions - 17 answers

Overview

Our take on the JBL Horizon

The JBL Horizon can wake you in the morning and recharge your portables overnight. Its large display is easily readable, and can be dimmed to help you sleep. And it's also a Bluetooth speaker that delivers JBL's signature rich sound.

Nightstand command center

The JBL Horizon can wake you in the morning and recharge your portables overnight. Its large display is easily readable, and can be dimmed to help you sleep. And it's also a Bluetooth speaker that delivers JBL's signature rich sound.

JBL Horizon Bluetooth

Ambient LED lights gradually brighten to slowly wake you.

Made for portables

The Horizon features two USB charging ports, so you can connect your smartphone and tablet (or two smartphones) for recharging. You can easily pair your Bluetooth-enabled portable to the Horizon for instant music. The two full-range speakers can deliver detailed sound that can fill a room.

Clock and radio

In addition to streaming music from your device, you can also enjoy the Horizon's built-in FM tuner. The Horizon comes with two alarms, both of which can be independently set to an FM radio station, music streamed from your paired smartphone or tablet, or even an electronic alarm.

The LCD clock display is easy to read, and automatically adjusts to the room's lighting. Ambient LED light, activated by the alarm, helps you wake up gently. The Horizon's smooth, rounded contour and soft, rubberized finish comes in handy when you're half asleep and groping for the alarm.

Product Highlights:

  • digital clock with selectable alarm source (FM or paired device)
  • LCD display adjusts to room light
  • LED ambient underside illumination
  • built-in FM radio
  • 2 USB charging ports for smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices
  • AC power adapter
  • 7-3/16"W x 6-3/8"H x 3-1/4"D
  • weight: 2 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Blutooth clock radio
  • AC power adapter (w/ 62" DC cord)
  • 3V CR2032 battery (pre-installed)
  • FM wire antenna
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

Attractive design, easy to use

Anonymous, Rochester, MN

Reviews

JBL Horizon Reviews

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(28 Reviews)

JBL Horizon

Anonymous from Rochester, MN on 1/21/2018

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Attractive design, easy to use

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Scott from Bluffton, SC on 12/27/2017

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I like it. Good sound quality. Easy to set up. Shipped well, as advertised. Product sold for less than on other online sites.

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Anonymous from Ridgecrest, CA on 12/7/2017

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Bought this speaker for my son's room to replace the bulky stereo and speakers. The sound is nice and so far it works great. I'm considering buying one for my own room.

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Pretty Good!

Jeff from Birmingham, AL on 9/16/2017

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Would have given 3 stars but I got on sale and that improves the value. Some design flaws with respect to abilty to find buttons in the dark or even in the light of day. And it is pretty unattractive. Sound is pretty good which is key. I didn't find a lot of options from reputable manufactures for a quality bluetotooth speaker clock radio for this price point. This does fit the bill.

Pros: Good sound. JBL is generally quality stuff.

Cons: Bottons hard to see and navigate.

Great for the price

Steve from Ft Atkinson, WI on 9/15/2017

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This small unit delivers a good sound quality, has a night light, Bluetooth, radio and a large digital clock display.

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anibal from Lajas,PR on 6/3/2017

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The display is perfect for my bedroom

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Anonymous from Franklin, MA on 2/21/2017

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Great radio with awesome sound for such a small footprint! Shipping was quick too!

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Anonymous from Dublin, CA on 1/18/2017

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I tried several Clock Radio with Blue Tooth - Ultimate Winner at this price range is the JBL Horizon Good Value for the money

Pros: Great Look and Excellent Finish Good Sound Quality for the price FM Radio - Reasonably OK (analog radios have better radio performance) Bright Light Alarm (I may not be using this for clock for alarm)

Cons: Understanding of the manual was little difficult; can make some improvements here Still not able to figure out as how to setup the "Preset" P1 - P5 FM stations

useless as an alarm clock

Tom from Traverse City, MI on 1/13/2017

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very disappointed. There is no way to set the volume on the FM wake up alarm. It starts at about 3 of 15 and ramps up to 12 of 15. Loud enough to wake the house up. I called JBL and they admitted their engineers missed it. I'd love to ship it back but I scrapped the box. This device will live in my garage from forever. Can anyone offer a decent replacement? I just read the "waste of money" review below. TC nailed it.

Pros: sound quality

Cons: alarm volume

JBL Horizon

Anonymous from Tolleson, AZ on 1/7/2017

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The display is perfect for my bedroom, I like the auto dim feature, at night in the dark it's just bright enough to see without issue and brightens up with lights on. The 2 USB charge ports are very convenient for charging my phone and tablet. Appearance is great and the sound quality is top notch.

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Anonymous from Aguadilla, PR on 12/25/2016

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Super sound

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Anonymous from New York, NY on 11/28/2016

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Decent sound and easy to use, but as other reviewers have noted the clock is not easy to read in all light situations or from all angles.

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Love it.

Rudy from Norwalk, CT on 7/12/2016

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Does everything a clock radio should do. Automatically dims, Bluetooth, sounds great, and all the basic clock function. Plus, it's aesthetically pleasing.

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Waste of money

T C from Northeast on 5/25/2016

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Very disappointed that you can't control the volume of the alarm clock. It get's progressively louder real quick to the point that you want to jump out of bed to shut the darn thing off before you wake up the rest of your home. Who at JBL thought it was a good idea to NOT let the owners decide what the volume settings should be? This is such a dumb idea. I hate having to hit the snooze button as an attempt to shut it down quickly. While I think the progressive volume idea is good for a single user, it should be an option. I'd rather just let the music come on at a predetermined level so that I can slowly wake up versus feeling like a fire alarm is going off.

Pros: Radio sounds nice, pleasant, backlight is a nice feature.

Cons: Alarm control is terrible. Some buttons are so smooth that you can't find them when your half asleep. Worst alarm clock I've ever had. Quickstart instructions are hard to read... text is way too small and grey against a white background... too difficult for my old eyes.

Great sound, but no clock visible

Anthony from Prospect Heights, IL on 5/20/2016

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Find it hard to believe they designed so you can not see the display if looking straight on. The display automatically dims to much so you cannot read the clock at night. Using it as a bluetooth speaker or strictly radio is fine.

Pros: very good sound

Cons: cannot be used as a clock

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Alison from virginia beach, VA on 3/2/2016

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Very pleased with the sound quality and many features of this product.

Pros: I enjoy the alarm process of the light and gradual alarm sound that starts soft and increases in volume. Playing music through the radio and bluetooth sounds great!

Cons: Take a bit of getting accustomed to the the various functions.

Beautifully flawed

Rockhound from Houston, Texas on 1/12/2016

The Horizon's unique and artistic design stands out against the competition. I received it a week ago, and my appreciation plummeted upon my first use, when I realized that it fails to accomplish its primary function: being a clock. The time/date is not visible at night, owing to three incomprehensible design flaws; 1) The auto dimming feature darkens the numbers far too much to be visible at night; 2) The face has a mirrored surface, that reflects other bright objects to obscure the numbers; 3) If raised slightly above the bed the numbers are completely unreadable [zero] due to viewing angle. To read the clock at night, I have to pick it up and bring it close to my face. Who let that get past the development phase and into mass production!?!? Cats? Otherwise I love the design. The build is solid and I like the ambient light that accompanies the alarm (very effective). The sound is a step up over traditional alarm clocks, and the USB connections are a nice touch. My version didn't have the blaring sound problem others have mentioned. The instructions are comically devoid of words (I literally laughed), so require a somewhat elevated IQ to follow; I felt like I was taking an SAT test setting up the device. Unfortunately, the pluses are overshadowed by the horribly designed auto-dimming feature, poor viewing angle, and foolishly implemented mirrored face. It looks nice during the day though, when not needed.

Pros: Nice design, ambient light that accompanies the alarm. Nice sound. Two USB ports for charging.

Cons: Time and date are not visible at night due to poorly designed auto-dimming feature, bad viewing angle, and mirrored surface. Setup instructions are comically devoid of words.

Horizon

Jack from Wisconsin on 1/3/2016

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Nice clock to wake up too. Pleasant sound easy to control - that combined with the ambient light is really nice.

Pros: Light, and gentle sound

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Lighted Alarm Clock

Norman from Virginia on 12/21/2015

The JBL alarm clock is easy to use, provides date, two alarms, and the sound is great in radio mode.

Pros: The alarm light and sound progressively get louder. So much less annoying. The sound is great and having two alarms that can be set to specific time periods, such as weekdays only, is very practical. Also, having a Bluetooth feature is great.

Cons: Requires a bit more time to set-up than a basic alarm clock /radio.

Almost, but not quite

Ken from Arizona on 9/15/2015

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I really wanted to love this alarm clock. It looks cool, it sounds great, but in my opinion it had two short falls that I couldn't look past. The biggest one is the inability to control the maximum volume on the alarm. I like to wake up to music so I set it up for that, the problem is with the "progressive wake" feature the volume incrementally gets louder about every 5 seconds and there is no way to set a maximum. So if you aren't out of bed and shutting off the alarm in less than 20 seconds it will be loud enough that everyone on the same floor as you will be waking up to it. The other problem I have is trying to find the button to silence the alarm since all the buttons are part of a rubber strip that covers the top of the unit. Possibly if I had kept this alarm and gotten used to it that wouldn't have been as big of a problem. But unfortunately I didn't.

Pros: Great look, great sound

Cons: No alarm volume control, hard to find buttons when it's dark

Horizon Clock Radio

John in TN from Tennessee on 9/8/2015

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So far, so good on the radio. I think it experienced a brief period of garbled audio, and I'm listening carefully now. The primary deficit so far is the apparent lack of ability to manually adjust the display brightness. There are times when the display is too dim to see it. Otherwise, I love the audio quality and the overall functionality of the unit.

Pros: Ease of initial setup, audio quality, overall ease of operation

Cons: Cannot manually adjust the display brightness

Great sound - horrible controls.

Lisa from Tennessee on 8/18/2015

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I had been searching for years for a clock radio with decent sound quality. This JBL product does provide great radio sound, which is why I am keeping it. The controls, however, continue to annoy me. It is almost impossible to find the control buttons (even to turn the radio alarm off) without turning on a light. After 3 months of use, I am finally getting more familiar with it, but JBL could have done so much better!

Pros: Radio sound quality. Nightlight and optional increasing light upon waking.

Cons: Control buttons extremely difficult to find in the dark.

Great Buy

Matthew from South Carolina on 6/22/2015

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I absolutely love this alarm clock. There were several reviews that didn't but everything seems to have been resolved. Amazing sound. I use it every day to stream music in my room and I am really picky about great sound. That is why I went with JBL and they really came through.

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Love it!!

Mark CNY from New York on 4/6/2015

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I've been looking for a decent alarm clock for awhile. I had an UE Smartradio - nice internet radio, terrible alarm clock. This is perfect; 2 alarms, bluetooth, FM tuner, sleep timer. Audio is great for the size, full, good definition and can fill a 15x15 room. Previous reviews state that the alarm comes on too loud but I checked into this before buying and JBL has corrected the problem. Music comes on soft & slowly increases to a level you set. The light is great. I didn't think it would matter to me but I really like it and it serves as a nice nightlight if needed as well. All in all I'm very happy with this purchase. Great value for price.

Pros: Easy to use Sound quality FM & Bluetooth Light Auto dimming

Cons: Minor - takes a bit to find buttons in the dark

JBL Horizon

KempsterX5 from Brooklyn, NY on 2/21/2015

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JBL makes great products and this doesn't disappoint

Pros: Great sound, FM Radio. Loud Alarm, Bluetooth, looks ,

Cons: None

Not Great

Anonymous from Hanover PA on 2/20/2015

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Good idea but poorly executed. There are some good features, like the two usb outputs, the little light on the back and the bluetooth. However there is an issue with the screen, it has an awful glare on it so if you have it under a table lamp you can not see the display at all. The ambient light screen adjustment shouldn't be automatic either, should be allowed to change manually, I like my screen a little brighter and I couldn't see it with my lights on. It was weird also that even in 12 hour display, at midnight the time would be 00:30 am instead of 12:30 am. Definetly still needs some work, so I'll be sending mine back. FYI I used this for about a week.

Pros: bluetooth, sound is decent for what it is

Cons: Display, 12 hour function

Just Does Not Work Properly

TomV from California on 2/18/2015

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The product is defective in several ways. Support from JBL is useless because they are confused about how it is Supposed to work! You are supposed to be able to program the sound level of the radio for the alarm. Does Not work. When the alarm goes off, the radio plays for one minute, goes off, comes on again, goes off etc. Crutchfield has been super in trying to resolve with JBL. No replacements are available yet.

Pros: Good sound. Attractive.

Cons: Does not work!. Instructions terrible. Defective.

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Christy D. from Nahant,Ma on 1/30/2015

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I love the sound of this product! Great night alarm clock with all the bells and whistles! Great Bluetooth sound from all your devices or nice simple fm radio! I really love it!

Pros: Great night table size with huge spectacular sound! What more can you ask for?!

Cons: None!!!

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Features

JBL Stereo Sound: The JBL Horizon delivers rich, stereo sound through it two 1.75" full-range drivers and built-in 10W amplifier. A rear-firing passive radiator adds depth and bass to the sound.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The JBL Horizon offers built-in Bluetooth v4.0 for wireless music streaming (A2DP) and control (AVRCP) from a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device. You'll be able to wireless stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, Windows PC, Mac computer, and more to the JBL Horizon. You also get basic playback control, like Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track, from the Horizon. Advanced music navigation and song/artist information will still be done from your Bluetooth-enabled device.

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 Horizon.

FM Tuner: The JBL Horizon provides a built-in FM tuner and comes with a detachable FM wire antenna. You can store up to 5 FM presets.

Alarm Clock: The JBL Horizon features digital clock display, dual alarms, and ambient LED lighting to help you get up in the morning.

  • Clock & Date Display: The JBL Horizon provides a digital clock (12 or 24 hours) and date (Day/Month/Day) display to help you keep track of time and day. The display automatically adjusts brightness to suit your room's lighting.
  • Dual Alarms: The JBL Horizon offers dual independent alarms for you and your partner. You get the choice to wake up to the built-in FM radio, built-in alarm tones, or music streamed from your Bluetooth device. You can set each alarm to sound everyday, only through the weekdays, only on the weekends, or only for one day.
  • Ambient Lighting: Along with the alarm, integrated LED ambient lighting gradually brightens to help wake you up gently. This feature can be turned On or Off.

Sleep Timer: In addition to the alarm clock, you can use the Horizon to fall a sleep using its Sleep Timer. The Sleep Timer can be set to 5, 15, 30, 60, or 90 minutes. The Horizon will automatically turn off after the predetermined time has elapsed.

Aux Input: In addition to built-in Bluetooth, the JBL Horizon is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of almost any audio device with an analog or headphone output.

Dual USB Charging Ports: The JBL Horizon is capable of recharging the battery of up to two Bluetooth-enabled devices from the speaker's dual built-in USB (type-A) ports. Each USB port provides up to 1A charging. The USB ports do not support audio playback.

AC Power Adapter + Battery Back Up: The JBL Horizon operates off of standard household current using the included external AC power supply. A pre-installed 3V CR2032 battery provides battery backup of the alarm settings.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Appears to do what we need. Alarm w/ light, radio, & bluetooth plus USB chargers. [ J  May 14, 2017 ]
Sounds quality and looks... [ Matthew  Jan 10, 2017 ]
Its JBL!!! It's Crutchfield!! [ B  Jan 08, 2017 ]
Features. Love this clock and has fantastic sound quality [ Matthew  Dec 24, 2016 ]
I really just need an alarm clock. Hopefully this is better than the some of the not so good reviews. I was going to spend a lot more on the $350 Bose system, but since all the controls are managed through a remote control I decided against it... I don't need a $350 paperweight should the remote get misplaced... [ ANTHONY J  Apr 26, 2016 ]
Alarm clock and speaker [ Selena  Dec 30, 2015 ]
I liked the design and reputation of JBL. [ ANGELA  Dec 06, 2015 ]
Reputation [ Joel  Jul 08, 2017 ]

5 questions already asked

Thanks for your question. Yes, in addition to the alarm clock, you can use the Horizon to fall a sleep using its Sleep Timer. The Sleep Timer can be set to 5, 15, 30, 60, or 90 minutes. The Horizon will automatically turn off after the predetermined time has elapsed. You can find this information on the product page under the details tab. Hope that helps. [ Kenny  Feb 16, 2016 ]  Staff
Yes, you can easily pair your Bluetooth-enabled portable to the Horizon for instant music. Hope that helps. [ Kenny  Feb 12, 2016 ]  Staff
Yes [ greg  Feb 07, 2016 ]
Yes, it usually shuts off automatically after a few minutes! My advice to you is to go through the owners manual to assist you further!! Good luck, this is a great item!!!!?? [ CHRIS  Feb 06, 2016 ]
Yes!! [ CHRIS  Feb 06, 2016 ]
Yes it has a battery backup. [ Erica  Nov 30, 2015 ]
Yes. Rechargeable [ Travis  Nov 29, 2015 ]
Yes, I believe so. [ David  Nov 29, 2015 ]
Yes [ Erik  Nov 29, 2015 ]
yes it does [ MARK  Nov 29, 2015 ]
Yes it does have a battery back up [ Kenneth  Nov 29, 2015 ]
Yes [ William  Nov 29, 2015 ]
Yes it does. [ Leon  Nov 29, 2015 ]
Yes it does [ JAMES  Nov 29, 2015 ]
yes, it does have a battery backup. [ BARON N  Nov 29, 2015 ]
Yes it does! It sports a 2025 lithium backup battery!! Good luck!!, it's a nice device!!?? [ CHRIS  Nov 29, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Jul 13, 2016 ]  Staff
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