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JBL GO Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Review

Overview
Speciality

Design, portability and in-built mic.

Bluetooth

Yes (Version 4.1)

Battery

Lithium-ion polymer (3.7V, 600mAh)

Microphone

Yes (with noise and echo cancellation)

Weight

130g

Dimensions

68.3 x 82.7 x 30.8 (mm)

Power Output

3W

Frequency Response

180Hz to 20kHz

Driver Unit

1 x 40mm

Positives

Design and build quality

Small size and portability

Tight, clear and loud sound

Reasonable price

In-built mic

Negatives

Bass not upto mark

Short range of connectivity

Audio distorts at high volume

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Bottom Line

The JBL GO is a beautifully designed tiny yet “loud” wireless bluetooth speaker with a satisfactory performance and efficient portability. The speaker however misses the sub-bass sounds but the highs and mids balance makes it up and also makes it suitable for a wide range of musical genres. If you are looking for a small wireless portable speaker that is light weight, fits in your palm, looks attractive, has a shockingly loud sound and fits perfectly in your budget then it will surely make you happy.

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The bluetooth technology has opened doors for the audio industry with a new purpose for headphones and speakers. Everybody likes music and owns an audio device. Whether you like to carry around your speaker and party on the go or need a good replacement for your laptop speakers; JBL GO lets you do incredible things. This little monster was launched in Feb 2015 and is reigning the “mini” wireless bluetooth speaker industry since then. JBL by Harman is a trusted brand with over 10 million audio products sold worldwide has won multiple awards over the course including the Red Dot Design Award and iF Design Award for the JBL GO design. Lets dig deeper in the review and see what it has to offer.

There are many low budget wireless bluetooth speakers out there in the market but some of them aren’t either loud enough or small enough. The JBL Go is rectangular in shape and is so small and portable that it can fit in your palm (the diagonal length is 4.2 inches) and weights 130 g. Regardless of its weight the quality feels rough and tough, and will not wear out anytime soon. The speaker packaging box comes with the JBL GO itself, 1 micro USB cabe for charging, 1 quick start guide and 1 safety sheet. It is available in colour black, red, blue, grey, teal, pink, yellow and classic JBL orange.

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The built quality and design of the speaker is absolutely stunning and is bound to seek attention of people around you. The outer layer comes with a rubberised coating which works as an excellent grip. The front side of the speaker has a metallic grill with JBL logo on both front and back side. The left edge has a lanyard slot so you can just strap it and tote. The right edge on the other hand has a 3.5 mm aux input, a micro USB port for charging and a pinhole (mic with noise and echo cancellation).

The top surface comes with various control keys such as volume control keys, power on/off key, bluetooth pairing key, and a phone key so you can receive or drop calls and converse on the speaker itself. Also, there is an LED indicator behind the grill, right on top of the JBL logo.

The wireless speaker is powered by a 600 mAh battery which has upto 5 hours of runtime, as the manufacturer claims. The JBL GO comes with a single 40 mm driver with a power output of 3 Watt. All that is fine but there is this one shortcoming that the frequency response range of these bluetooth speakers is 180 Hz to 20 kHz.

The human hearing frequency range is 20 Hz (lowest) to 20 kHz (highest). That means the speaker misses the lower frequency sounds in the range between 20 Hz to 180 Hz.

About the sound quality, JBL GO is as loud as it could get for its tiny size. It is loud enough to fill a room and outdoor performance is also stunning. The audio sounds clear and crispy, unless the volume is at max. The audio starts distorting a tad bit at high volumes. Since the speaker misses lower frequencies the bass of the speaker is not up to par and some bassheads might get a little disappointed. Its mids and treble balance is just incredible and gives the perfect vibe when listening to multi instrument songs. It catches all the instrument layers proficiently.

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