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JBL Xtreme 3 Review

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The JBL Xtreme 3 was hailed by product testers for its impressive build quality, neutral sound profile, and easy-to-use app. They also appreciated its long battery life but were slightly disappointed with its mediocre bass depth and lack of WiFi connectivity.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The JBL Xtreme 3 is a high-end portable Bluetooth speaker that was first launched in early 2022. The Xtreme 3 has an IP67 rating for both water and dust resistance, so it is one of the best speakers to consider for outdoor use. Owners will also be able to adjust its sound quality or pair it with another speaker through the JBL Portable app, and it also has a battery life of up to 12.7 hours. Like most highly rated Bluetooth speakers, the Xtreme 3 also comes with a power-saving feature that shuts it down after being idle for 20 minutes to conserve battery life, and it also supports multi-device pairing. It doesn’t have a speakerphone and voice assistant functionality, but for this, you might want to check out its predecessor, which we covered in our JBL Xtreme 2 review. Otherwise, if you’re not too keen on portability and would be satisfied with a regular yet stylish indoor speaker, then our Klipsch The One II review might be worth a look.

Consensus

our Verdict

The JBL Xtreme 3 was credited by expert testers for its sturdy build quality, balanced mid-range vocals, and stereo soundstage. Product analysts from SoundGuys noted that it came with a carrying strap for more convenient carrying and had bumpers on both sides to prevent excessive damage in case it gets dropped. They liked how clear vocals and mids sounded during their sound tests and were impressed with how loud it got. Specialists from Rtings liked that its JBL Portable app (which also works on the JBL had a graphic EQ for easy sound customization and that its latency on Android and iOS devices was OK for listening to music or movie watching with no lag. Its 12-hour battery life was also impressive, but the JBL Charge 3 seems to last significantly longer. Have a look at it in our JBL Partybox 710 Review.

However, testers noted that the speaker did not have the best bass output (see our Kove Commuter 2 review if this is an area of focus for you). They also complained about its lack of WiFi connectivity.

Reason to Buy

  • Great build quality
  • Neutral sound profile
  • Long battery life
  • Multi-device connectivity
  • Water and dust resistant

Reason to Avoid

  • No WiFi connectivity
  • Mediocre bass depth
  • No speakerphone/voice assistant functionality

JBL Xtreme 3 Specs

Battery LifeBattery Life15 hrs
Built In MicrophoneBuilt In Microphonen/a
Charge TimeCharge Time2.5 hrs
SizeSize11.8" (w) x 5.3" (d) x 5.4" (h)
Smart AppSmart AppYes
Speaker PairingSpeaker PairingYes
Water ResistantWater ResistantYes
WattageWattage50W
Wireless RangeWireless Rangen/a

All Specs

Test Results

Battery Life (Hours)13.85
Volume Output (dB)91
Low End Roll Off (Hz)62.586
High End Roll Off (Hz)6,544.625

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Market Context

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Battery Life

15 hrs

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24 hrs

8 hrs

Built In Microphone

n/a

No

Yes

Yes

Charge Time

2.5 hrs

4 hrs

6.5 hrs

5 hrs

Size

11.8" (w) x 5.3" (d) x 5.4" (h)

19.1" (w) x 7.9" (h) x 10.1" (d)

11.2" (h) x 11.5" (w) x 5" (d)

Smart App

Yes

JBL Portable

Yes

Yes

Speaker Pairing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Water Resistant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wattage

50W

30W

4 x 40W

50W

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Score Card

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Expert Score

83

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Customer Score

91

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True Score

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    102.6

    Category Trust Rating

    69
    JBL’s Xtreme 3 speaker delivers robust bass depth in a rugged, waterproof build ideal for… read more

    By:

    What Hi-Fi?
  • PC Mag
    54.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The JBL Xtreme 3 improves upon its predecessor by adding dust-resistance (part of the IP67… read more

    By:

    Mike Lowe
  • Sound Guys
    55.87

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    The JBL Xtreme 3 is a versatile and talented wireless speaker that’s as happy chilling… read more

    By:

    Zak Khan
  • Trusted Reviews
    48.27

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    JBL’s signature Bluetooth speaker design is a cylinder, and the JBL Xtreme 3 doesn’t stray… read more

    By:

    Yasmine Crossland
  • Pocket Lint
    51.48

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    Fantastic sound quality with a rugged design – this speaker is waterproof and can withstand… read more

    By:

    Andrew Williams
  • What Hifi
    42.51

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    You might assume the JBL Xtreme 3 is a crude bass-heavy party speaker from its… read more

    By:

    John Panoryios

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