JBL Charge 5 portable Bluetooth speaker is one of the best enrich quality sound which is affordable and convenient to travel. The sound quality of the JBL Charge 5 affordable Bluetooth speaker is like thunderbolt lightning with a thumping bass sound that can enlighten the surroundings of the environment. It is a waterproof speaker that is certified with a splash IP67 rating. The drivers which are there on this speaker have upgraded their power as boost with the help of double passive radiators. I have seen that JBL always focuses on optimizing the sound quality which is the most advantage plus point that I have seen because generally in many of the Bluetooth speakers, the sound signature is not that great as compared to this model of JBL Charge 5. It is excellent. It does support voice assistants such as Google Assistant, Siri when you are connected to your speaker. It is durable and it can also produce crystal and clear sound.
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Let us talk about the built quality of this speaker. It is cylindrical, with high passive and enhanced base radiators that radiate from 360-degree angles. It has 3 main speakers; the main speakers are on the front side and the remaining two are subwoofer speakers located on the left and right side of the speaker. The main logo of JBL is imprinted over the front area which looks cool and stylish. Under the Logo, there is a LED light that blinks when the music is playing. Stereo drivers are installed which separates audio partition so that it does not get overlap. The speaker can support the connectivity of Bluetooth 5.1 and SBC Bluetooth codec but the thing is that AAC is missing. On the top panel, there are controls and volume up/ down buttons options, Bluetooth pairing option, and play/ pause option.
One of the interesting features of this speaker is that it also provides a button called Party Boost by which allows you to connect several JBL speakers to stream the same audio. If I talk about the back panel, there is also a USB – A port which can also be used for charging speakers itself, or if you want you can charge the mobiles or any computer peripherals as well. The battery life is likely to be roughly by 20 hours, but it may vary depends on the volume level.
Pros and Cons of JBL Charge 5 Portable Speaker
- Waterproof and IP67 rating certified
- It is loud and relatively compact in size.
- Excellent Base and thumping sound
- It has got type A port which is used for charging mobile devices.
- Price is moderate
- It is heavy
- It lacks EQ
- Driver bug is there
- No speakerphone options
- No Aux cable slot
The sound signature of the JBL charge 5 is terrific especially since the passive radiators do a loud job of creating the thumping effect. It amplifies music when it is in stereo connection. It also adds a touch feeling of extra high-frequency clarity to the mix, but the good thing is that it does not distort even if I increase the volume level. When I play every track of music, it not only optimizes the audio but also gives the presence of a base. and vocal part also does not overlap. The high tones and mid-tones are well optimized. The drum beats also give the base presence. It produces crystal clear and vocal gives good presence. Since it is a base soundproof speaker, it has a tremendous amount of potential to deliver plenty of power without sacrificing balance. It does support thunderbolt 3.0 quick charge support.
Price And Availability
The price of the JBL Charge 5 is already launched and it costs somewhere around $179. According to mine, that’s a pretty good price range set based on the configuration of this model. In London, it costs around £159 and in Australia, it costs around $229. The ones who think who don’t have so much budget can try some similar products such as JBL Flip 5, Skullcandy, Bose, etc.
JBL Charge 5 portable Bluetooth speaker is now available in not one or two but six different colors. They are red, black, teal, camo, grey, and navy. Charge 4 does not have a lot of color variety options as compared to Charge 4 model. But if you are looking for a minimalistic design, then I would not recommend Charge 5 to buy for it. But I can say that JBL Charge 5 does have an impressive and excellent sound profile which will be sufficient to make you feel happy.
JBL Charge 5 is an affordable and powerful Bluetooth speaker and it won’t disappoint you if you listen to the music for a longer time. The built quality is nice, and you can carry it anywhere else. It is an expensive model, but I think that it could have been given some more features such as Aux cable and strap to carry to your shoulders but still, it is not there apart from that everything seems fine. If you think that sound is the top priority, then JBL Charge 5 is the perfect ideal option to purchase.