Harman, now a subsidiary of Samsung, launched the JBL Go 2 in India in May earlier this yr. The launch of this waterproof speaker got here on the proper time, because the monsoon season commences from early June in most components of India. If you want a small moveable Bluetooth speaker to play your favorite tunes with out the concern of it getting broken within the rains, that is now a possible alternative. Priced at Rs. 2,999, is the JBL Go 2 the proper companion for garam chai and pakodas? We are about to seek out out.
JBL Go 2 design and options
As its title suggests, the Go 2 is a second-generation product. The JBL Go was launched fairly some time in the past and had a boxy design in comparison with the marginally curved sides of the Go 2. It can be barely greater than the JBL Go, roughly the dimensions of a bar of cleaning soap. It weighs 184g, making it lighter than the mannequin it replaces. If you’re model aware, the Go 2 is offered in 12 totally different colors, supplying you with loads of choice to select from.
The shell of the speaker is fabricated from plastic however has a rubber coating that helps it earn an IPX7 score. Oh sure, it’s waterproof and may deal with being submerged into 1m of water upto 30 minutes. The Micro-USB port for charging and AUX enter are each tucked away underneath a thick rubber flap in order that water does not get contained in the physique if the speaker will get moist. That implies that it may be used while you go swimming or when outside in dangerous climate. You can carry it with you whereas on a trek, however we expect the JBL Clip 2 has a greater design for that job.
To be sure that everybody is aware of who makes it, the Go 2 has JBL logos on the entrance and the again. The entrance has a metallic mesh that homes the driving force, and has a single LED band within the centre simply above the branding. While this LED is vivid sufficient to be seen indoors, it is not seen clearly when you’re out and about. The prime of the speaker is the place all of the controls are positioned. There are 5 buttons for energy, Bluetooth pairing, quantity, and play/ pause. There’s additionally a microphone so as to take calls utilizing this speaker. In the field, you get the JBL Go 2 unit and a Micro-USB cable for charging.
The JBL Go 2 helps Bluetooth four.1 together with A2DP and AVRCP which suggests you can management your music utilizing its buttons. At the center of the speaker is a 40mm driver. It has a rated output of three.1W and a frequency vary of 180Hz-20,000kHz. With the frequency vary beginning at 180Hz, it’s clear that the speaker will not have the ability to reproduce a big a part of the bass frequency vary. The battery capability is 730mAh.
JBL Go 2 efficiency and battery life
A fast faucet of the facility button is sufficient to energy up the speaker. You’ll must long-press the Bluetooth button to enter pairing mode. The LED glows white when the speaker is powered on and blinks when it’s in able to pair. Long-press both of the quantity buttons to extend or lower the quantity. Sadly, these buttons don’t additionally allow you to skip or play the earlier track. But when you do wish to skip a track, you may double-tap the play button. We paired the speaker with a Google Pixel 2 XL (Review) and a MacBook Air throughout our testing interval.
In phrases of audio high quality, the JBL Go 2 is a median performer contemplating its measurement and value. Listen to it and you’ll discover that the decrease mid-range has been boosted to make up for the lack of bass frequencies. The mid-range can be sturdy, which is a plus, and we may hear dialogue clearly when watching Sacred Games on Netflix. The speaker will get loud sufficient to fill a 150 sq.ft. room at greater volumes. Listen to advanced tracks similar to Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses, and it is not simple to tell apart between totally different devices. The sound sometimes clips when listening to a couple tracks at full quantity. If you take heed to a style that focuses on vocals or for watching films, you need to be pleased.
The Go 2 has an inbuilt microphone that makes it potential to reply calls. We may hear individuals who known as us clearly, they usually may hear us as properly, although they did point out that we sounded just a little distant.
JBL claims 5 hours of steady playback time per cost, and we acquired just a little longer than that whereas operating it at 80 % quantity. In phrases of battery life, the Go 2 is at par with equally priced audio system such because the X-Mini Xoundbar and the Toreto Aqua, however that also is not loads. At least it turns itself off when you aren’t listening to something for 15 minutes, which is helpful and helps avoid wasting energy when it is left idle. Run the battery flat and you will want to go away it plugged in for shut to 2 and a half hours to prime it up fully. There is not any technique to test the quantity of energy left, apart from the standing LED that flashes pink when it’s low. The show battery stage was not displayed when the unit was paired with our Android smartphone.
The JBL Go 2 is priced at Rs. 2,999 and presents first rate audio high quality together with water resistance. If you do not set your expectations too excessive, you may be happy with the sound high quality that the Go 2 delivers for the asking value. If you wish to take heed to your tunes with out the concern of the weather when outside, this may very well be a sensible choice. On the opposite hand, when you want higher audio high quality and are prepared to spend just a little further, do think about the UE Roll 2, which has lately obtained a value reduce.
Price (MRP): Rs. 2,999
- IPX7 water resistance
- Good mid-range
- Speakerphone functionality
Ratings (out of 5)
- Design: three.5
- Audio high quality: three
- Battery life: three
- Value for Money: three.5
- Overall: three
Adapted From: Gadgets360