At CES 2017, which runs from 5th to 8th January in Las Vegas, the Harman International introduced the update range of its popular JBL Bluetooth portable speakers including JBL Pulse 3, JBL Flip 4, JBL BassPro Go, and JBL Playlist.
Starting with the JBL Pulse 3 portable Bluetooth speaker which gained significant design change and technical capabilities. It’s more like a desk lamp through the transparent acrylic shell. It has a 360-degree lighting panel and lights are synced to the music being played on the speaker, which is located below and emanates sound in 360-degrees too. The Pulse 3 housing is divided into two parts. At the bottom there are three speakers and two passive radiators, and the top is of course bristles lights.
Built-in battery will last for up to 12 hours, and it also IPX7 certified means protected against dust and water so it can be used outdoors and in the pool. Thanks to JBL Connect + , which has the ability to pair over 100 speakers in a single speaker system.
Coming to the JBL Flip 4 is now protected against water and dust thanks to IPX7 standards and can withstand in the water for up to half an hour. Battery capacity increased to 3000mAh, having increased battery life up to 12 hours. Furthermore, JBL Flip 4 can be paired with other JBL speakers using JBL Connect +. It also comes equipped with a microphone with echo and noise canceling.
Next is the JBL BassPro Go – new portable speaker cum subwoofer designed for cars to add more bass to an existing car speaker setup. JBL claims it works as well as an 8-inch subwoofer. As a Bluetooth speaker, it can play music for 15 hours on battery. It connects up to three other JBL speakers at once using JBL Connect +. It will be sold for $599 and available in Summer 2017.
Final product in this series is the JBL Playlist – a Chromecast compatible speaker that can play audio via Chromecast-enabled apps like Pandora or Spotify over WiFi. This means, you’re not restricted to the limitations of Bluetooth’s range when playing. But you can also connect it via Bluetooth. It can even become an audio source for the Google Home voice assistant device. The JBL Playlist is priced at $149 and will be sold at the end of the first quarter of 2017.