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    JBL Pulse 5 – Portable IPX7 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker w/ 360º Light Show

    JBL Pulse 5 – Portable IPX7 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker w/ 360º Light Show

    If you’re passionate about listening to music and you also enjoy sharing your favorite tunes with others around you, then one of the best gadgets that you can buy is a portable Bluetooth speaker. Obviously, a portable Bluetooth speaker isn’t just for listening to your music at home. Since this type of speakers are designed to be wireless, they’re ideal for outdoors use, and can ultimately take your music listening experience to a whole new level. In other words, by having your own portable Bluetooth speaker, you’ll be able to listen to music anytime and anywhere, whether you’re at home, working out in a garage or a gym, if you’re simply looking to relax in your backyard with family and/or friends, if you’re at school or at work, or even while you’re on-the-go. So, if you’re looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker for outdoors use that can blast out an amazing sound, then the JBL Pulse 5 is an outstanding choice for you to go with.

    The JBL Pulse 5 is a high-end portable Bluetooth speaker that’s rated to have a IP67 Waterproof Rating, featuring an impressive sound system powered by JBL Original Pro Sound that boasts up to 30 Watts of Sound Output for a rich and immersive omni-directional sound that’s accompanied by a deep bass, along with built-in controls, a 360º Light Show functionality that works in sync with your music’s beat, plus Bluetooth 5.3 Connectivity, support to Dual Pairing via Bluetooth with multiple other JBL PartyBoost-compatible speakers, customizable Sound Settings and Light Show Settings via the JBL Portable App, USB-C Charging, and up to 12 hours of battery life.

    Designed to keep you and your group rocking and jamming to its tunes all night long, you can be assured that this portable Bluetooth speaker 5 is capable of delivering a bold sound and deep bass in all directions, all while its eye-catching and fully-customizable 360º Light Show sets the ultimate party mood for everyone around it.

    Now, let’s have a more detailed look at the JBL Pulse 5 and check out everything that this high-end portable Bluetooth speaker has to offer you.

    DESIGN & SPECS

    Starting with the speakers’ size, the JBL Pulse 5 comes at a very compact size, measuring just 4.2 inches long by 5.2 inches wide by 8.5 inches tall (10,7 x 13,1 x 21,4 cm), and the speaker is also super-lightweight, as it weighs only 3.23 lbs. (1.47 kg).

    JBL Pulse 5
    JBL Pulse 5

    On top of its sleek form factor and light weight, this portable Bluetooth speaker also comes equipped with a built-in lanyard that allows you to attach it to backpack or bag and having it hanging from it, which further increases its portability.

    JBL Pulse 5
    Equipped with a built-in lanyard

    The JBL Pulse 5 also features a unique, extremely cool and super-modern design, as it combines an expanded transparent outer body (which allows its 360º Light Show to be easily seen from any direction around it) together with a Black rubberized outer case.

    Integrated on the bottom side of the speaker, there’s also a set of three (x3) no-slip support feet arranged in a tripod fashion that ultimately keep the device perfectly in place.

    Moreover, this portable Bluetooth speaker also packs a durable and high-quality construction.

    On top of that, the JBL Pulse 5 is also rated to have a IP67 Waterproof Rating, which not qualifies the speaker as being dustproof, but also waterproof, for which the speaker is rated to be capable of withstanding being submerged up to 1 meter underwater for up to 30 minutes.

    AUDIO SPECS & AUDIO QUALITY

    For reproducing its omni-directional sound, the JBL Pulse 5 comes equipped with a high-end sound system that’s powered by JBL Original Pro Sound.

    Equipped with an upfiring speaker driver and a separate tweeter (top side)

    More specifically, the speaker’s sound system is composed by an upfiring speaker driver and a separate tweeter (integrated on the top side of the speaker) that together boast a whopping 30 Watts RMS of Output Power, plus a passive radiator and woofer (located on the bottom side of the speaker) that boasts 10 Watts RMS of Output Power.

    Equipped with a passive radiator and woofer (bottom side)

    The speaker’s sound system is rated to have a Frequency Response that ranges between 58 Hz – 20 kHz.

    The JBL Pulse 5’s high-end sound system allows the speaker to deliver a rich, high-quality, and immersive omni-directional sound that’s accompanied by a deep bass, ultimately allowing you and other people around it to have a truly immersive listening experience.

    INTERFACE / CONTROL PANEL

    We’ll now have a closer look at the speakers’ interface, meaning its control panel and connection panel. As mentioned before, the JBL Pulse 5 also integrates built-in controls.

    The speaker’s dedicated touch controls can be found integrated at its back side, and are arranged in a vertical layout. Going from top to bottom, we have a Power On & Off button, followed by a Bluetooth Pairing button, which is then followed by the speaker’s Light Show button, a Dual Pairing button to pair the speaker with other JBL PartyBoost-compatible speakers, a battery status LED light, and finally, the speaker’s USB-C Charging port.

    Last of all, and as said before, the JBL Pulse 5 also integrates a 360º Light Show functionality that works in synchrony with your music’s beat, ultimately creating eye-catching and truly mesmerizing light effects that can be seen from anywhere around the speaker while it blasts out your tunes.

    CONNECTIVITY

    For its wireless connectivity method, this portable Bluetooth speaker utilizes Bluetooth 5.3 Connectivity (2.4GHz frequency range), featuring support to both A2DP 1.3 and AVRCP 1.6 Bluetooth profiles, and offering users a maximum wireless range of approximately 30 ft. (10 m).

    It’s also worth noting that multiple users can connect the JBL Pulse 5 to up to two (x2) separate mobile devices (smartphones or tablets), which will ultimately allow them to take turns at controlling what music (or other audio content) the speaker is playing.

    What’s more is that the speaker also features support to Dual Pairing (via Bluetooth 5.3), which allows users to connect the speaker with multiple other JBL PartyBoost-compatible speakers in order to ultimately increase their music’s sound and further enhance their listening experience by making it even more immersive.

    BATTERY & BATTERY LIFE

    Then, for its power, this speaker comes equipped with a built-in Li-ion polymer 27 WH rechargeable battery (equivalent to a 7500 mAh (3.6 V) battery) that can ultimately offer users up to 12 hours of battery life (which will depend mainly on the speaker’s volume level).

    The speaker also features support to USB-C Charging (as mentioned earlier), for which it takes just slightly less 4 hours to have its battery recharging from 0% back to 100% power.

    THE SMARTPHONE COMPANION APP – The JBL Portable App

    Users can also download the JBL Portable App (available to download for free for both iOS and Android devices) in order to adjust the speaker’s different Settings to their personal preferences.

    JBL Portable App
    JBL Portable App ( Note – this image of the App showcases the JBL Pulse 4 )

    Via the JBL Portable App, users can fully-customize the Light Color Settings for the speaker’s 360º Light Show function as well as choose different light effect patterns, and users can also customize the speaker’s Sound Settings via the App’s built-in Sound Equalizer.

    WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

    Inside each package, users will find: their JBL Pulse 5, the speaker’s USB-C Charging Cable, a Quick Start Guide, a Safety Sheet, and a Warranty Card.

    Packaging

    FINAL THOUGHTS

    The JBL Pulse 5 is a high-end portable Bluetooth speaker that’s rated to have a IP67 Waterproof Rating, featuring an impressive sound system powered by JBL Original Pro Sound that boasts up to 30 Watts of Sound Output for a rich and immersive omni-directional sound that’s accompanied by a deep bass, along with built-in controls, a 360º Light Show functionality that works in sync with your music’s beat, plus Bluetooth 5.3 Connectivity, support to Dual Pairing via Bluetooth with multiple other JBL PartyBoost-compatible speakers, customizable Sound Settings and Light Show Settings via the JBL Portable App, USB-C Charging, and up to 12 hours of battery life.

    JBL Pulse 5
    JBL Pulse 5

    In sum, you can expect this speaker to be able to blast out your favorite tunes with an amazing and crystal-clear sound quality that’s accompanied by a punchy and deep bass for an immersive listening experience, all while its 360º Light Show function helps you set the mood for any occasion.

    If you’re interested in purchasing it, know that each unit is priced at $249.95. You can order yours online right now, directly from JBL’s official shopping page.

    João Matos
    João Matos
    Soon after getting his Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, João Matos joined the GadgetGram team on May 2019. Since then, he has been working as the Content Director, with the main goal of publishing thorough reviews on all sorts of newly released tech-products. In addition, João has also been been working as a senior news writer and news editor at Gadget Gram, as well as the Director of Social Media.

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