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JBL Xtreme

Water-resistant portable Bluetooth® speaker (Black)

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Overview

Our take on the JBL Xtreme

The JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker delivers high-energy sound with massive bass from the music streamed from your smartphone or tablet. And the speaker's durable fabric covering and rugged rubber housing can handle splashes and gentle rain, and even running tap water. So you can use it poolside or out in the woods (just don't submerge it), and rinse it off afterwards. The speaker's connectors are protected behind a tight seal — just zip it shut.

Make a splash at your next party

The JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker delivers high-energy sound with massive bass from the music streamed from your smartphone or tablet. And the speaker's durable fabric covering and rugged rubber housing can handle splashes and gentle rain, and even running tap water. So you can use it poolside or out in the woods (just don't submerge it), and rinse it off afterwards. The speaker's connectors are protected behind a tight seal — just zip it shut.

JBL Xtreme

To make the Xtreme fully water-resistant, just zip the seal to the access ports shut.

Big sound, bigger bass

If you want loud, you want an Xtreme. This brawny speaker system delivers clean, clear sound from its full-range drivers. And the dual passive radiators help the Xtreme kick out big, bold bass. Thanks to JBL's advanced digital signal processing, the Xtreme can project rich, full sound without distortion.

Bluetooth for one — or more

Stream music wirelessly from any smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to the Xtreme. You can even pair it with up to three devices simultaneously so you and two friends 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.

Clear talk

When your paired smartphone receives a call, the Xtreme turns into a speakerphone. Its built-in microphone uses SoundClear® technology to minimize echo and filter out ambient noise. Both you and your caller will enjoy a conversation with clear, natural sound.

Charge ahead

The Xtreme delivers up to 15 hours of operation from its built-in rechargeable battery. And the speaker has dual USB charging ports for portable devices. So if your smartphone and/or tablet's running low on juice, the Xtreme can help keep the music playing.

Product Highlights:

  • built-in Bluetooth
  • range: 30 feet
  • built-in microphone with SoundClear echo and noise cancellation
  • splashproof fabric cover and rubber housing
  • JBL control app
    • free download from iTunes App Store® and Google Play
    • simultaneously pair up to 3 devices in Social Mode
    • remotely controls volume
    • connect two or more Xtreme speakers for simultaneous playback
  • call answer button for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
  • two full-range drivers with two passive bass radiators to reinforce low frequencies
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices
  • 10,000mAh built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts up to 15 hours
  • AC power adapter included
  • 11-1/8"W x 4-7/8"H x 4-7/8"D
  • 4.9 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Bluetooth portable speaker
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 42" DC cord)
  • 4' AC power cord
  • Shoulder strap
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

Featured Video:

Full sound, easy use, & nice stereo image. Not as bright as I'd like...but that could be due to the years of abuse I've put my ears through.

Dan, Johnson City, NY

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

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Features

Splashproof Design w/ Shoulder Strap: The JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker features a rugged rubberized housing and a durable fabric material grille which will hold up indoors and outdoors. The Xtreme is "splashproof", which means no more worrying about rain or spills; you can even clean it with running tap water (just don't submerge it). The included shoulder strap lets you carrying it with you; to the pool, the patio, the porch, on a picnic, and more.

Room Filling Sound: The JBL Xtreme employs digital signal processing to generate room-filling audio from a compact speaker. Using four active drivers (two 1.375" tweeters/two 2.5" woofers), a built-in 20W x 2ch amplifier, and dual 3" side-firing passive radiators, the JBLXtreme delivers room-filling, full-range JBL sound with big bass response. The JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker can play from either a vertical or horizontal position, so you can place it in a variety of locations for great sound.

Bluetooth 4.1: The JBL Xtreme features Bluetooth version 4.1 with support for Bluetooth profiles A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.5, HFP v1.6, and HSP v1.2. The JBL Xtreme supports wireless audio streaming and hands-free communication, as well as multi-device pairing.

  • Wireless Audio Streaming (A2DP/AVRCP): The JBL Xtreme streams stored music and music apps wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices such as your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, Mac laptop/computer and more. You are able to control basic playback functions like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track from the Xtreme speaker. Song/artist information will still need to be viewed from your Bluetooth audio device.
  • Hands-Free Communication (HFP/HSP): The JBL Xtreme features a built-in noise & echo canceling microphone so you can use it as a hands-free speaker phone for your Apple iPhone, Android smartphone, Blackberry, and more. Use the Xtreme to answer phone calls, talk on Skype, or with Facetime. A long press of the call-answer button will activate the voice command feature of your smartphone (if applicable). You will continue to use your Bluetooth smartphone to view video calls, manually enter phone number, and control advanced phone functions.
  • Multi-Device Pairing: A single button press pairs your Bluetooth-enabled device with the Xtreme. Up to three devices can be paired with the speaker at once, so you and your friends can take turns streaming music. Once paired, the JBL Xtreme will automatically re-connect with paired devices when in wireless range (up to 33').
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 Xtreme.

JBL Connect App: Use the JBL Connect App (for Apple iOS 7+ or Android OS 4.3+) to wirelessly link two JBL Connect enabled speakers, like the JBL Xtreme, 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 two speakers together so each speaker plays back both left and right channels for playback of the same music from two different speakers.

Dual USB Charging Ports: The JBL Xtreme is capable of recharging the batteries of your Bluetooth-enabled devices from the speaker's two built-in USB (type-A) ports; each rated at 5V/1A. If you are only charging one device, then the single USB port charge is doubled to 2A for even faster chargint. Now you don't need to carry an extra charger to keep your devices powered up.

Note: This USB port does not support audio playback.

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

Battery + AC Power: The JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker has a built-in Li-ion rechargeable battery (10,000mAh) that provides more than 15 hours of playback time on a single charge. The battery is easily recharged from the speaker's AC power adapter; a full battery charge takes approximately 3.5 hours. The AC power adapter can also be used to power the speaker.

LED Indicators: Clearly visible LEDs let you know when the built-in battery needs to be recharged, as well as when the JBL Xtreme is in Bluetooth listening or pairing mode.

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JBL gives you big, loud portable sound with the Xtreme Bluetooth speaker. It's got big bass, long battery life, and a rugged design.

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Why did you buy this?

The reviews sound like it is a good sounding portable speaker, hope the battery holds up as advertised. [ Gerald  Apr 24, 2018 ]
Very good sounding speaker -bass, mids and highs are well balanced. [ Nomer  Nov 26, 2017 ]
Upgrading the JBL Flip (gen 1) that I got my wife for Christmas. [ MICHAEL  Nov 26, 2017 ]
Good reviews [ Rajwant  Nov 25, 2017 ]
Crutchfield has been my go to place for all electronics, product quality, prices, on time delivery and service is the best by far. the JBL Xtreme is one of the best Bluetooth portable speaker out there my friend has one so I got to hear it before ordering it and it was love first sound. The price that I got it for is really unbelievable, thank you Crutchfield. [ Israel  Nov 25, 2017 ]
After spending nearly year refurbishing my VW Caravelle Bus with a new motor, high quality body and paint and a more recently completed custom interior, I wanted a portable sound system that sounds big without having to cut my panels for speakers. There's a newer Kenwood stereo installed now, but I typically play my music from my iPhone with Pandora. [ Alan Michael  Nov 21, 2017 ]
Sound quality is superb compare to other portable bluetooth speakers of its price range. As far as, looks, weight, is a personal preference. The product has the ability to charge cell phones to usb ports. I stand by JBL sound since i can remember... [ Jose  Jul 19, 2017 ]
I would use JBL speakers in the past and they have a good sound [ Tyron  Jun 05, 2017 ]
After many reviews online via YouTube, magazines, and websites, JBL was consistently a top performer against all of its competitors. I listen to music on a daily basis and wanted something that packed a punch. I tend to play "DJ" at gatherings and JBL was my first choice. [ Daniel  May 24, 2017 ]
gift [ AMY  May 16, 2017 ]
Awesome sound and durability. I have the Charge 3 and find the Extreme to be even better [ Frederick  May 15, 2017 ]
Advisor's advice. [ William Thomas  Mar 02, 2017 ]
This is way cool, best speaker ever. [ Ricardo  Dec 29, 2016 ]
You can tell just by the build quality of the JBL Xtreme that this bluetooth speaker is the right choice. No other bluetooth speaker uses bass radiators other than Infinity, and both of these brands are by the same company. Yes you will find other bluetooth speakers that are louder with more bass, but those speakers aren't as portable as this speaker. 1 out of 10, 9.5 all the way. [ William Chad  Dec 22, 2016 ]
Xmas present [ Michael  Dec 19, 2016 ]
Great sound and can pair up to 3 speakers [ Sherman  Dec 18, 2016 ]
Overall reviews and quality of product. I prefer to use Crutchfield because of their customer support [ stephen  Dec 06, 2016 ]
Compared to other JBL wireless speakers this has a fuller sound and more bass than the smaller models. [ Heather  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Great deal on excellent equipment! [ Aaron  Nov 28, 2016 ]
Sale price and reviews. [ John  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Great price and I can always count on your wonderful customer service. [ DOUG T  Nov 25, 2016 ]
excellent sound, have enjoyed this product. Exceeded my expectations. [ Richard  Nov 25, 2016 ]
awesome [ NZ4583147Serena  Oct 19, 2016 ]
You can pair it and make stereo sound [ KEITH  Oct 13, 2016 ]
Open box deal on a unit that a friend had also purchased - I know the sound quality and value was solid. [ Chuck  Sep 29, 2016 ]
Best Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. You won't regret getting one. It is truly the life of any party. [ Colin  Sep 05, 2016 ]
Because its cool [ John  Aug 28, 2016 ]
online reviews [ J  Aug 25, 2016 ]
Great sound [ Oscar  Jun 06, 2016 ]
Best bang for the Buck [ Joseph  Jun 02, 2016 ]
Supposed to be the best portable speaker... [ Christopher  Mar 06, 2016 ]
The JBL Xtreme sounds great and I think a second one really enhance the depth of sound. [ Paul  Mar 04, 2016 ]
YouTube review showed it to be what I am looking for. [ SCOTT  Mar 01, 2016 ]
It had all the features I wanted and it was a brand I respect. [ DONALD  Jan 28, 2016 ]
Lot's of good reviews [ Robert L.  Jan 08, 2016 ]
I want a full sounding, portable speaker. A little larger than I prefer it still remains small enough to call portable. [ Ronald  Jan 07, 2016 ]
Great sound, wireless, portable, construction, quality and price compared with other brands like Bose and Rivas. [ FRANCISCO  Jan 05, 2016 ]
youtube review [ Ardy A.  Dec 30, 2015 ]
I know JBL makes a great product and my son asked for this specifically. I have been buying equipment from Crutchfield for over 20 years. Since the days when you actually had to call and speak with a person :) Always A+++ service [ The Drum  Dec 22, 2015 ]
Gift request, based on reviews daughter picked this one for base... [ Diand  Dec 21, 2015 ]
I like the JBL sound quality, the price is discounted, I have good experience shopping at Crutchfield and the shipping is free! [ Nomer  Dec 20, 2015 ]
Good quality at a great price, [ Francis  Nov 24, 2017 ]
I loved my flip 2 and my friend has the flip 3. I was looking for something like the flip 4 but bigger and I found it on crutchfield! [ RICHARD  Nov 23, 2017 ]
I have owned one of these for a year and its likely the least regrettable purchase I have ever made. having another cant hurt [ RONNIE R  Nov 23, 2017 ]
We have a red one, and it sounds and works really well. Bought this one as a gift for our family bird photographer. He needed a more powerful bird call. Probably over the top, but it is fun to get them more than they would usually buy for themselves. [ Jeff  Jul 28, 2017 ]
Friends have one [ Kenneth Paul  May 30, 2018 ]
Good fiends, who love music, are getting married and have nothing but their phone available at their firepit. This JBL unit will create the live atmosphere they are both so used to. [ Jon  Dec 26, 2017 ]
Sound quality [ KELLY S  Dec 05, 2017 ]
great reviews! [ Sonya  Nov 23, 2017 ]
I've had a JBL Charge for a long time and JBL recommended itself as a great music dealer in my house, so I've decided to give something like this little monster as a gift for my friend's birthday. Absolutely recommended. [ Mark  Sep 18, 2017 ]
I am returning Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth speaker Triple Black, was very dissapointed with the bass, read the reviews on your web site and am going to upgrade to the JBL Xtreme. Hope it sounds better. Toga [ Toga  Jul 16, 2017 ]
I have the Charge3 but it's just not loud enough for the barn.. [ Jonathan  Jun 25, 2017 ]
loud and good base, long battery life [ JOHN  Jun 05, 2017 ]
1. Good reviews. 2. has the proper capability (specs) to work outdoor by our pool. [ Jerome  Apr 11, 2017 ]
Heard it sounds great [ Tyler  Dec 16, 2016 ]
water resistant, charges phone [ erez  Dec 13, 2016 ]
Good bass [ Jovel  Aug 27, 2016 ]
Nice base [ Jovel  Aug 26, 2016 ]
Recommended to me by someone that knows the available buying options in this class of portable BT speaker based on performance, size, durability and cost. [ Thomas  Aug 15, 2016 ]
I have used JBL products before and I really liked them. They have good sounding and solid made products. [ RONNIE S  Jun 01, 2016 ]
It's a good speaker [ Anthony  Jan 24, 2016 ]
Looking for a good sounding portable speaker to use with an mp3 player and/or android phone, both for home use and for camping, taking to the beach, or on the deck. It was a gift for my wife and we are very pleased with the sound quality. [ Richard  Dec 27, 2015 ]
Nice looking perfect as a present [ Tracy  Apr 23, 2018 ]
I already own one. They are awesome. I want to pair two for stereo sound, also I can use one as a sound bar for my tv. [ DANIEL  Nov 23, 2017 ]
had a flip 2 and 2 flip 3s, decided it was time to go big. [ RONNIE R  Nov 09, 2016 ]
Best Bluetooth portable speaker on the market for the money. [ CHRIS C  Sep 01, 2016 ]
Blue was out of stock [ jack  Sep 01, 2016 ]
Gift for granddaughter [ BARBARA  Dec 31, 2015 ]

6 questions already asked

I would assume so as it works from a droid [ Michael  Dec 02, 2016 ]
Yes [ DEYUNG  Dec 02, 2016 ]
Not sure but if your looking for a wireless speaker this is it the sound is AMAZING we've had so many compliments on it [ JANICE  Apr 26, 2016 ]
Yes. But with some caution.lap tops,smart phones etc. Can be charged all day but you are depending on overcharge circuits for protection.all batterys need a periodic discharge for longer life.I would not do it constantly for safety reasons. [ RICHARD  Apr 26, 2016 ]
I have always just charged it and unplugged. The battery last for a long time even leaving it on my shelf for over a month it didn't loose any power it seems. I am believe it will cut itself off from charging when its fully charged, but it will probably hurt it a bit over a long period of time leaving it plugged in all the time. [ Christopher  Apr 26, 2016 ]
I would try contacting JBL directly so you don't end up with an after market adapter. Sure they would have what you need. Good luck! [ SHAWN  Mar 15, 2016 ]
That is correct.Battery voltage drops slightly when ac charge is removed.A good example of this is the speaker won't play as loud with a half charged battery.Plenty loud but not as loud as full charge. [ RICHARD  Jan 26, 2016 ]
Yes - and 2 in stereo mode sounds really impressive, like a good set of bookshelf speakers. I tried it and its amazing how much better a second will sound. The saying "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" could not be more true! [ alan  Nov 30, 2015 ]
Yes, based on what I read in the manual. [ Andrew  Nov 29, 2015 ]
Absolutely! Yes. [ Jason  Nov 29, 2015 ]
Yes. They will play in either mode you select in the app. [ David  Nov 29, 2015 ]
You control the volume with the phone. I have an iPhone and the volume can be controlled by both the phone and the speaker. Unfortunately I had to figure out the functionality with trial by fire. It really is a easy. [ Jeff  Jan 09, 2017 ]
Go to your App Store and download the JBL Connect app. The app should make things a little easier. [ LOYD  Jan 09, 2017 ]
Well, I understand your frustration. The JBL speakers produce great sounding stereo. The speaker shape and the vibration on the speaker cone produce an unusual sound. I suggest trying to pair the speaker(s) with an iPad if you have one. You can try a laptop as well. I have iPads I use a lot around the house. You can go to the JBL website and search for your speaker manuals. Once I paired my speakers with my iPad I just adjusted the volume from the JBL speaker or iPad volume control. The only problem I sometimes came across was the speaker was not connected with my iPad. So, I would go to settings and checked the Bluetooth and reestablished the connection. Oh yes. I have two JBL speakers and they work great together. Finally, don't forget to update your app for the latest version. [ TonyJ  Jan 09, 2017 ]
jbl Xtreme has their own website. Scroll down to manuals and downloads and it has a quick start guide that explains the buttons. With that said, I had issues with mine and they sent me a new one. I contacted the manufacturer directly. Jbl is owned by Harmon. Support customer.support@harman. [ Kevin  Jan 08, 2017 ]
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  Jan 08, 2017 ]  Staff
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