The JBL Charge 2+ is one of top-rated Bluetooth speakers, so I was interested to check out the new Charge 3, which is making its debut here in Las Vegas at CES. It will retail for $149.95 in the US (no international pricing was given) and ship in the next few months.
A couple of things stand out. First of all, it’s a beefier speaker than the Charge 2+ — probably about 20 percent larger and heavier — and delivers fuller sound with more bass (I only had a quick listen). It’s also fully waterproof, with IPX7 certification, which means it can be completely submersed in water for a short period. Like its predecessors, you can lay it flat or stand it up vertically and it has USB-out port charging your mobile devices.
If you’re looking for a compact wireless speaker, it’s one of the 2016 models you should have your eye on. We’ll have a full review as soon as we get a sample.
Here are the Charge 3’s major highlights according to JBL:
# Charges mobile devices via the dual USB port
# Allows music lovers to use the speaker in the rain and the great outdoors with its rugged and waterproof IPX7 design
# Enables users to amplify the listening experience by connecting compatible devices via the JBL Connect feature
# Delivers crystal clear calls from the speaker with its noise and echo cancelling feature
# Enables users to connect up to three smartphones or tablets
# Bluetooth Provides a rich bass with its dual external passive radiators