Updated 1 Mar 2018

JBL

Playlist

Snapshot: The JBL Playlist doesn't have a battery but it will run off mains power. It weighs more than 500g but can't be used as a hands-free device for your phone.

Playlist
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$300

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Test results

Overall score
65
Sound
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Sound signal
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent ease of use.
  • Good sound signal.
  • Has a 3.5mm line input.

But

  • Poor sound.
  • Isn't battery powered.
  • Doesn't have a remote control.
  • Can't be paired for stereo quality sound.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Sound (45%): Scored by our panel of expert listeners judging a variety of music, spoken word, and sounds on each device and scoring them out of 10. These scores are collated to get our overall sound score.

Ease of use (45%): Considers the clarity and accuracy of the manuals supplied and the ease of setting up the speaker, as well as connecting it to a device and sending music to the speaker.

Signal (10%): Tested by looking at several factors, including having the audio source in different positions, using various audio sources, interference, obstruction and degradation.

Price is based on a January 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$300

Audio adjustments

Bass on device
×
Treble on device
×
Tone presets on device
×
Bass on app
×
Treble on app
×
Tone presets on app
×

Specifications

Weight (g)
1226
Mainspowered
Apple Airplay
×
Lightning cable port
×
Bluetooth
Handsfree phone over Bluetooth
×
Micro USB port
×
Line in (3.5mm)
Built-in FM radio
×
Battery powered
×
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
149x315x133

Features

Controls

Power, Volume (+/-), Play, Pause, Bluetooth

Microphone
×
Travel case
×
WiFi capable
Ethernet capable
×
Headphone jack
×
Charge external devices via USB
×
Remote control
×
Audio cable included
×
Streaming services supported
Spotify
Audio formats supported
n/a
Multi-room capable
Yes
Can be paired for stereo
No