Updated 1 Mar 2018

JBL

Xtreme

Snapshot: The JBL Xtreme has a battery with below-average runtime. It is very heavy, and can't connect to WiFi.

Xtreme
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$500

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Test results

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

Good points

  • Very good ease of use.
  • Very good sound signal.
  • Good battery.
  • Has a 3.5mm line input.
  • Is battery powered.

But

  • Poor sound.
  • Doesn't have a remote control.

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 other 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 an October 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$500

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)
2133
Mains powered
Apple Airplay
×
Lightning cable port
×
Bluetooth
Handsfree phone over Bluetooth
×
Micro USB port
×
Line in (3.5mm)
Built-in FM radio
×
Battery powered
Battery low indicator
White LEDs
Claimed battery life (hours)
15
Battery runtime (mins)
870
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
129x287x122

Features

Controls

On/Off, Volume up, Volume down, Play/pause/next track/answer call/end call, bluetooth pairing, additional devices pairing

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