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JBL Soundgear

Wearable wireless Bluetooth® speaker (Black)

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Overview

Our take on the JBL Soundgear

JBL has jumped on the neckband speaker trend with the nifty Soundgear wearable Bluetooth® speaker. I'll admit — when I first saw this new speaker style that rests on your shoulders, I was a little dismissive. Then I tried one.

JBL Soundgear

Get stuff done while you listen to your favorite playlists or podcasts.

Keep your hands — and ears — free

JBL has jumped on the neckband speaker trend with the nifty Soundgear wearable Bluetooth® speaker. I'll admit — when I first saw this new speaker style that rests on your shoulders, I was a little dismissive. Then I tried one.

It turns out they are really convenient for walking around and doing chores. I could listen to a podcast wirelessly from my phone while I washed dishes, and still stay aware of what the kids were doing in the other room. Plus I didn't have to carry the speaker by hand if I left the kitchen.

Halo of sound

JBL is known for squeezing big sound from compact speaker designs. Here, they used four strategically placed 1-1/4" drivers to create a solid stereo listening experience around your head. It works well for music, but also gives you a better audio experience for online videos or virtual reality games.

Easy controls and clear phone calls

You'll find volume controls on the left "shoulder." If a call comes through, just hit the multi-purpose play/pause button to answer. There's a dual-mic system inside to help prevent echoing on your end. And those internal drivers will sound way more clear than the speakerphone function on your smartphone. 

Product Highlights:

  • wearable neckband speaker comfortably rests on your shoulders
    • lightweight, soft-rubber design with cloth lining
  • Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones and tablets
  • convenient hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
    • dual microphone system with echo-cancellation for clear phone calls
  • rechargeable battery lasts up to 6 hours
  • four 1-1/4" drivers deliver stereo sound
    • bass ports help reinforce low end
  • three-button controls for music and calls
  • USB charging cable included
  • frequency response: 100-20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • weight: 12.3 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Wearable wireless speaker (black)
  • 40" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • FCC and IC Statement
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Features and Specs

General
Fit Style Neck
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 8.661" x 7.875"
Noise-canceling No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response 100-20k Hz
Sensitivity 96 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 12.5 ounces
Cord Length N/A
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Storage No
Charging Case No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Features

Overview: JBL Soundgear is a wearable personal wireless speaker for hands-free and ears-free listening. This horseshoe-shaped device rests lightly on your shoulders and contours to the shape of your neck for a comfortable fit. The up-firing Quad transducers surround your head with the JBL Signature Sound. Because your ears aren't covered, you can stay aware of your surroundings. Intuitive controls are located near the ends, so they're always within reach. Soundgear is powered by a rechargeable battery, and comes with a bright orange USB charging cable.

Bluetooth: The device has Bluetooth 4.0 with HFP v1.6, HSP v1.2, A2DP v1.3, and AVRCP v1.5 profiles. Wireless range is approximately 30 feet. You can pair the unit with up to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously, and seamlessly switch between them as desired.

Quad Transducers: Soundgear is equipped with four 31mm (roughly 1-1/4") drivers to give you an immersive experience in your own personal sound zone. Bass Boost gives the speakers extra power in the low frequencies to help you feel your music as well as hear it. The built-in amplifier outputs 3W x 2 channels.

Dual Microphones: The wearable personal speaker has two microphones so you can wirelessly make hands-free phone calls. Echo-canceling technology helps to make your phone conversations crystal clear.

Controls: Soundgear has intuitive controls that make it easy to control your music or phone calls without taking off the device. On one side are the power and Bluetooth buttons, and the LED indicator. On the other side are volume, music playback, and phone call controls. Music controls include volume +/volume -, play/pause, next track, and previous track. Phone controls are answer call, end call, reject call. The Bluetooth button also lets you switch between two paired sources.

Battery: JBL Soundgear is powered by a 3.7-volt, 800mAh Lithium-Polymer rechargeable battery. The battery fully charges in only 2 hours via the provided USB cable, giving you approximately 6 hours of music playback or talk time.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 100Hz - 20kHz (-6dB)
  • Sensitivity: 96dB
  • Maximum SPL: 111dB
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Rated Power: 2 x 3W
  • Dimensions:
    • Exterior: Width 8.661" Height 1.875" Depth 7.875"
    • Interior: Width 3.56" to 5.473", Depth 6.75"
  • Weight: 12.5 ounces

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