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JBL Pulse 5 – In a new design and with JBL Original Pro Sound

At CES 2022, Harman International Industries unveiled the latest generation of portable Bluetooth speakers, including the new JBL Pulse 5, which features a new design and is said to boast JBL Original Pro Sound.

Harman International Industries used this year’s CES 2022 in Las Vegas to present, among other things, the new JBL Pulse 5, the latest generation of this portable Bluetooth speaker as part of the JBL Pulse Series, which is characterised above all by its integrated LED lighting.

The new generation is also supposed to have JBL Original Pro Sound and thus enable a particularly powerful sound with comparatively compact dimensions. The manufacturer even speaks of 360° sound in combination with an effective light show.

JBL Pulse 5 – For the small party always and everywhere

The new JBL Pulse 5 is ideal for setting the mood wherever you want. It’s easy to take with you, and the new generation is said to have an even more optimised, now completely smooth housing that is robust and IP67 certified. This makes it resistant to dust and water, so that it can be used even in bad weather, but also on the beach, at the swimming pond, or even in the snow. Even if it falls into the pool, it will not be affected.

Foto © Harman International Industries | JBL Pulse 5
Foto © Harman International Industries | JBL Pulse 5

JBL Original Pro Sound

With this JBL solution, the manufacturer deliberately draws a direct connection to the brand’s Pro Audio solutions, even though, as already mentioned, it is a rather compact Bluetooth speaker.

What they want to emphasise, however, is a very full, powerful sound compared to the size of this solution, whereby the radiation is designed in such a way that a 360° sound can be achieved, according to the manufacturer’s description.

Bluetooth 5.3 for signal transmission

The new JBL Pulse 5 already uses Bluetooth 5.3 for signal transmission, which is especially relevant with regard to a particularly stable connection to the source device and a particularly long battery life.

In this context, it should be mentioned that the JBL Pulse 5 can be paired with two source devices at the same time, although of course only one of the two can actually be used for music playback. However, this function allows you to use one smartphone for music playback and another for music playback and thus to play back a varied playlist among friends.

JBL PartyBoost

With the JBL PartyBoost function, two compatible Bluetooth speakers can be paired to form a stereo pair, and several Bluetooth speakers can also be connected to ensure playback at a higher level.

  • Foto © Harman International Industries | JBL Pulse 5
  • Foto © Harman International Industries | JBL Pulse 5
  • Foto © Harman International Industries | JBL Pulse 5

Dynamic “light show

Integrated LED lighting has always been a very important feature of the JBL Pulse Series, which is of course also offered by the new JBL Pulse 5 model.

The manufacturer thus offers the possibility of various light effects, whereby in the simplest case this can be a light show matching the music.

Which light effects are actually used can be controlled with the help of the associated app, the JBL Portable App for Apple iOS and Google Android.

Long playing time of the integrated battery

Special mention must be made of the fact that the new JBL Pulse 5 is equipped with a rechargeable battery that is supposed to offer a playing time of up to twelve hours. This means that you are equipped for a whole day’s use without any problems and the evening party can also last a little longer.

The battery is charged via a USB-C interface, which is mentioned here for the sake of completeness.

Prices and availability

According to the manufacturer, the new JBL Pulse 5 should be available in specialist shops from summer 2022. A recommended retail price of € 249 is given for this solution and it is promised that the new, particularly environmentally friendly packaging will already be used.

Getting to the point

With the latest generation of the JBL Pulse Series, Harman International Industries also presents a solution of the JBL brand that is primarily aimed at a young target group that can celebrate parties in the simplest way, anytime and anywhere, with this portable Bluetooth speaker. The success of the product line, which will probably also be continued by the new JBL Pulse 5, proves that not only a comparatively rich sound and the longest possible battery life, but also light effects are relevant.

Price€ 249,-
ManufacturerHarman International Industries
DistributionHarman Deutschland GmbH
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Michael Holzinger

Michael Holzinger, founder and editor-in-chief of HiFi BLOG and, has been working for years as a journalist in the fields of IT, photography, telecommunications and consumer electronics.

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