JBL Charge 4 vs JBL Xtreme 2
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Hey everyone. I’m Max Dalton, and in this video I’ll compare
the JBL Charge 4 with the JBL Xtreme 2 to help you figure out which JBL Bluetooth speaker
is right for you. The JBL Charge 4 and the JBL Xtreme 2 are
both great speakers that offer a lot of the same functionality and features. For example, both speakers are IPX7, which
means they can withstand up to six feet of water for 30 minutes, and dustproof. Each speaker supports Bluetooth 4.2, can work
with either Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri, and can be connected to more than a hundred
JBL speakers using the JBL Connect+ feature. However, there are some differences between
the speakers, and in this video I’ll dig a bit more deeply into what those differences
are. First, we’ll discuss the general form factor
of each device. The JBL Xtreme 2 is more than twice the size
of the JBL Charge 4. The JBL Xtreme 2 Bluetooth speaker weighs
in at roughly 5.3 pounds, while the JBL Charge 4 checks in at just over two pounds. And while both devices are cylindrical, the
JBL Charge 4 is roughly 8 and a half inches long, and just under four inches tall and
four inches deep, while the JBL Xtreme 2 is just over 11 inches long, and just over five
inches wide and five inches deep. That doesn’t sound like a huge difference
until you try moving the devices around. The Charge 4 can be picked up with one hand,
but because of the physical size of the Xtreme 2, you’ll have to use two hands to move the
device. That shouldn’t be a dealbreaker, but you need
to realize this device is built for power and less for portability, which is why JBL
added two clips at the top for a carrying strap that comes with the device you can use
to carry it around. Additionally, the JBL Charge 4 has a flat
stand on the bottom that helps it stay seated, while the JBL Xtreme 2 has feet on each side
that keep it in place. Both of these are unlike the smaller JBL Flip
4 and Flip 5 that rest on a plastic bar that runs along the back of the device. Both JBL Bluetooth speakers share the same
wire and mesh combination wrapped around the device, and rubber bumpers over the device
end caps to protect against drops and dings. Also, both devices feeature the standard issue
JBL logo that appears on a metal plate on the front, center of the devices. Now, we’ll look at button access. The buttons on both the JBL Charge 4 and the
JBL Xtreme 2 are located along the top of each device for easy access. And while the buttons that are available on
each device are the same, the location of the buttons are a little bit different. Each device has buttons for Bluetooth, volume
up and voume down, JBL Connect+, Power, and a Play button along the top that can be used
to summon either Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri. However, the JBL Charge 4 has the Bluetooth
button next to the Power button in the center, while the JBL Xtreme 2 has the JBL Connect+
button in the center next to the Power button. It’s not a big deal, but it’s worth noting. Each device has a battery power indicator
along the bottom, which is well placed in that it’s there if you need it, but it’s not
in your face all the time. Next, let’s look do a quick sound test to
compare the audio between the JBL Charge 4 and the JBL Xtreme 2. We’ll listen to 10 seconds of the same audio
at the same volume level on each device. Here’s a 10 second audio sample on the Charge
4. And here’s the same 10 second sound clip on
the Xtreme 2. The JBL Xtreme 2 pumps out 40 watts of power,
while the JBL Charge 4 kics out 30 watts of power. And the biggest place you feel the power of
the Xtreme 2 is in the thumping bass generated through the device’s two 3 and a half inch
passive bass radiators. And while the JBL Charge 4 generates crisper,
cleaner tones, the JBL Xtreme 2 pays off with deeper sound and mostly satisfying bass that
can be a bit overwhelming at times. As a result, the Xtreme 2 sounds great outdoors,
and has no problems carrying well over large areas. Now let’s talk about power and ports. The JBL Charge 4 takes roughly 5 and a half
hours to charge and delivers nearly 20 hours of audio playback. Alternatively, the JBL Xtreme 2 takes nearly
3 and a half hours to charge and delivers 15 hours of audio playback. The ports are located on the back of each
speaker, concealed behind a rubber flap. The JBL Charge 4 offers a USB Type C port
for charging the speaker, a 3.5 millimeter port for connecting external devices to your
Bluetooth speaker, and a USB port you can use to charge other devices, which is something
the JBL Flip 4 doesn’t offer. The JBL Xtreme 2 has a slightly different
array of ports, offering a power port where you can connect an AC adapter for charging,
a regular USB port for charging other devices, and a micro-USB service port. It’s important to note that the micro-USB
port on the Xtreme 2 is intended to be used for firmware updates, and it’s not intended
to charge or allow your Bluetooth speaker to interact with other devices. Let me know whether you like the JBL Charge
4 or the JBL Xtreme 2 better in the comments below. If you liked what you saw here, click the
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