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JBL Xtreme 3 – For the party in the park

For many people, summer and sun mean going outdoors, be it to the garden, the pool, the terrace, the sea or the lake. It’s clear that you don’t have to do without music, because there are solutions such as the new JBL Xtreme 3.

The new JBL Xtreme 3 is a portable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker and thus another offspring of the JBL brand that Harman International Industries has ready for this still flourishing market segment.

The new JBL Xtreme 3 is aimed specifically at users who want to have a powerful, yet compact and therefore mobile Bluetooth speaker with them at all times, even on excursions.

JBL Xtreme 3 – Carrying strap with bottle opener

Let’s start with the essentials when it comes to answering the question of whether you really want to carry the JBL Xtreme 3 around with you all the time. The JBL Xtreme 3 measures 298.5 x 136 x 134 mm and thus weighs 1.968 kg. So you can say that this Bluetooth speaker is by no means the smallest, and certainly not the lightest in its class.

On the other hand, it offers an absolutely robust housing that effortlessly withstands many a rough treatment and that neither dust nor water can harm, after all, it is classified as waterproof and dustproof according to IP67.

So that you can still take the JBL Xtreme 3 with you without any problems, the developers have given this Bluetooth speaker a matching carrying strap, and so that you are also equipped for any outdoor party, there is even an integrated bottle opener as a special feature.

Rich sound

Once again, the manufacturer promises JBL Original Pro Sound for the new JBL Xtreme 3, emphasising this claim by stating that several drivers are used here.

The JBL Xtreme 3 uses four drivers: two 70 mm woofers and two 20 mm tweeters, driven by a Class D amplifier module with two times 25 watts for the woofers and two times 25 watts for the tweeters. In addition, there are two JBL bass radiators to provide the necessary bass response.

The frequency response for the JBL Xtreme 3 is specified as 53.5 Hz to 20 kHz.

If one JBL Xtreme 3 is not enough, you can use the JBL PartyBoost function to pair two JBL speakers compatible with this option to form a stereo pair, or you can connect several speakers for even richer sound.

Bluetooth 5.1 as the source

Of course, this is done via Bluetooth, and Bluetooth 5.1 is also the primary source for the JBL Xtreme 3, so you can easily use smartphones and tablets to consume music via a wide variety of streaming services. However, the JBL Xtreme 3 only supports the Bluetooth profiles A2DP 1.3 and AVRCP 1.6 via Bluetooth 5.1.

In this context, it must be emphasised that two smartphones or tablets can be connected to the JBL Xtreme 3 at the same time, so that music can be played alternately from one and then from the other. An option that is sure to be fun with friends.

Long battery life and powerbank function

Not only does the JBL Xtreme 3 have a very long battery life of up to 15 hours, it can also be used to charge devices via USB. In other words, it functions as a power bank. Two USB ports are available for this purpose, one as USB-A, the other as USB-C. In the first case, 5 V and a voltage of 0.5 V are available. In the first case, 5 V and 2 A are available, in the second 5 V and 1.5 A for charging a smartphone, for example.

The 36.3 Wh lithium-ion battery of the JBL Xtreme 3 itself should be fully charged in around 2.5 hours, although the 20 V 3 A power supply included in the scope of delivery is required for this.

Of course, the JBL Xtreme 3 is offered in different design variants, whereby the manufacturer does not go quite as colourful in this case as with some other models in this category. You can choose between Black Camo, Blue and Black. The JBL Xtreme 3 is available in all three versions at a recommended retail price of € 299.

Getting to the point

JBL promises non-stop party fun for the new JBL Xtreme 3, which is by no means the smallest and lightest in its class, but comes with particularly rich sound, robust workmanship and, last but not least, a long battery life including an integrated power bank function. To ensure that you always have this solution with you, a carrying strap is available, which even has a bottle opener ready for the party as a special feature.

Manufacturer:Harman Industries International
Distribution:Harman Deutschland GmbH
Price:€ 299,-

About Michael Holzinger

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

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