There is an endless supply of Bluetooth speakers on the market, but sometimes you just want more. That’s what JBL delivers with the JBL Playlist (provided for review purposes)– more than just another Bluetooth speaker. The Playlist Speaker can be used via Bluetooth, WiFi, and 3.5mm auxiliary connections, which makes it possible to have crystal clear sound delivered from nearly any device. What really makes the Playlist stand out is the built-in Chromecast and ability to stream directly from Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora and YouTube Music and more.
Getting started with the JBL Playlist is as easy as 1, 2, 3
Decide which connection method best suits your needs and capabilities.
I use my WiFi network when I’m streaming from a computer. I use Bluetooth when I’m streaming from my phone and the 3.5mm aux when I’m streaming movies. Aux is also great when a. you don’t have a Bluetooth enabled device and/or b. you don’t have WiFi. I prefer to stream over WiFi since it gives the most options via Chromecast and Aux for videos since it doesn’t have the same delay as WiFi and Bluetooth.
Connect using the desired method.
The easiest connection by far is auxiliary, just plug one end of the 3.5mm cable into the Playlist and the other end into the device you’re playing from. Bluetooth is pretty self-explanatory, pair your device with the Playlist and you’re set. Use the Google Home App to connect the Playlist to your WiFi network and access the native Chromecast apps. Just open the app and make sure the Playlist is plugged in and turned on, the app will find the speaker and guide you through the connection process.
Listen to your favorite music, videos, and podcasts.
Aux and Bluetooth connections are pretty self-explanatory – just connect and play. It’s simple with Chromecast too, open your preferred streaming service via an app or the Chrome browser and look for the cast icon. Tap that, select your Playlist speaker, and enjoy.
A device is only as powerful as what’s under the hood
And under the Playlist hood is high-quality components you’ve come to expect from JBL. There are two 2.25″ full-range woofers with a rear-firing 3-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ oval passive radiator. These components no doubt contribute to the crystal clear sound quality. I recorded a sound clip and sent it to my friend who immediately commented on the excellent bass. It didn’t sound as good recorded on my phone as it does live, but she was impressed nonetheless.
The features and quality far outweigh the one downside I’ve found to the speaker, the lack of portability. There are plenty of portable speakers out there, but I haven’t found one that can deliver what the Playlist does. Sure, you have to keep it plugged in, but when you’re home, that’s not really an issue at all, now is it?!
What’s in the box?
Inside the box you’ll find the JBL Playlist speaker, a 58″ AC power cord, a Quick Start Guide, Important Safety Instructions, and a Warranty Card. The speaker is available in Black, Blue, and White and is under $150! I dare you to find a speaker with the quality and options of the JBL Playlist at such an affordable price. Head over to the JBL website and check out the future.