JBL Pulse 2 Review – A Light Show in a Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The JBL Pulse 2 is a splash-proof Bluetooth speaker that has a cylindrical design. Reading that previous statement, you might find this wireless speaker to be nothing out of the ordinary. What makes this unit stand out is it has a dazzling LED light show that performs beneath, and projects onto, its metallic grille surface.

JBL Pulse 2 Review - A Light Show in a Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The JBL Pulse 2 Has a Light Show That May Seem Gimmicky, But it is a Cool Gimmick

When the JBL Pulse 2 has no light show running, it resembles just about any other portable Bluetooth speaker you may find in the market. It has dimensions of 7.6 x 3.30inches, and weighs 1.7-pounds. It has a cylindrical design that houses drivers and an LED system that hides beneath the almost 360-degree splash-proof grille. There are passive bass radiators which are located on the top and bottom areas of the speaker.

The splash-proof grille is only almost 360-degrees because there is a narrow control panel that can be found on one side of the cylindrical shape. Speaking of this control panel, you will find a light sensor, buttons for Bluetooth pairing, the Power button, the Light Show mode, Volume (which works in conjunction with the paired device’s master volume), Connect mode (for pairing two Pulse 2 speakers at the same time, which is a nice bonus by the way), and a Play/Pause button which can also control phone calls. Below these controls is a snap-shut compartment which houses a micro USB charging port and a 3.5-millimeter aux input. However, there is no 3.5-millimeter audio cable included within the package so you may have to provide your own should you want a wired connection with the speaker.

The included LED light show feature takes its design to a whole new level. Yes, this is nothing but a gimmick, but it is a well-executed gimmick mind you. The lights will dance around in multiple potential patterns and none of them is timed with the beat of the track that you’re playing.

When it comes to audio performance, this Bluetooth speaker can deliver powerful sub-bass content on tracks that has it. The passive radiators are able to deliver a solid sense of “thump” each time the bass is delivered. However, bass deliverance is not quite as powerful as a subwoofer, but for its size, it is pretty decent for a portable speaker.

Aside from dishing out a powerful bass response for its size, the JBL Pulse 2 is able to deliver crisp high frequency presence to keep audio signatures balanced. Still, some listeners might still want more power for its treble, but otherwise it does offer a pretty decent sound performance.


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