JBL Xtreme 3: The greatest portable speaker I’ve ever used

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The JBL Xtreme 3 is the greatest portable speaker I’ve ever used and each time I flick it on, I’m always surprised at how powerful it is. On top of that, it’s the modern equivalent to a boom box on the shoulder.

The term ‘beast’ is often used to describe elements of a desktop computer, but it fits perfectly with this speaker, so much so that my friends and I have even dubbed it ‘la bête’ (‘the beast’ in French).

It’s obviously loud if that’s what your after, but it excels across its entire sound range and works in several applications.

Throw it in the middle of a party and you’re having a great time, chuck it under your work desk with some soft instrumental, you’re happy and even hook it up to your gaming PC and it hear some of the deepest immersive sounds for games outside of a headset.

It boasts two 70mm woofers and two 20mm tweeters, outputs a frequency response between 53.5Hz and 20kHz and a battery that lasts 15 hours.

If the sound just isn’t enough, it integrates with JBL’s PartyBoost app, letting you connect to other JBL speakers for louder, wider sounds.

Also, if those aforementioned parties happen to be outside, don’t worry about the elements, the JBL Xtreme 3 speaker is IP67 waterproof and dustproof. Not that I’ve ever had the courage to fully submerge any speakers I’ve had, it survived a weekend getaway to the beach in the sand.

The handy carry strap also makes it easier to take on the go, la bête lives up to her name and is a bit much to carry places, the provided strap makes it easy to take on the go. If you’re feeling extra funky, throw it over the shoulder and dance like a fool (can guarantee, it’s good at that).

If you’re looking for a versatile, top-of-the-range speaker that will last a very long time, find yourself the JBL Xtreme 3 online or wherever JBL products are sold.

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Sean Carroll

Since joining ManSpace magazine and thanks to the 'In the Drink' section, I've progressed from a strictly Carlton Draught/ VB drinker to a Carlton Draught/ VB drinker that occasionally tries some super weird fruity things. I think we can call that progress.

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