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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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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…

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 Charge 3 speaker 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.

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Reasons to Buy

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

Reasons to Avoid

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


  • Battery Life
    15 hours
  • Built In Microphone
  • Charge Time
    2.5 hours
  • Size
    11.8 inches (w) x 5.3 inches (d) x 5.4 inches (h) (Weight: 4.34 pounds)
  • Smart App
  • Speaker Pairing
  • Water Resistant
  • Wattage
    50 watts
  • Wireless Range


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.

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    • Rtings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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