JBL Go Review 2020: Boss Competitor?
Companies making micro-sized Bluetooth speakers need to ensure harmony (pun unintended) between sound, portability, and design. This is a tough task to do this but we’ve seen some really competent products from Logitech and Harman recently. Sporting circular designs, both, the Logitech X100 and Harman’s JBL Clip had good sound quality aswell.
The JBL Go is Harman’s latest micro-sized Bluetooth speaker was announced at CES this season and managed to get to Indian shores in February. We surely got to spend time with it and discover if it’s worth the money, despite the fact that its price is pretty low.
Design and specifications
We’ve always liked the look of Harman’s products, and the JBL Go is no different. It may well not have the flair of Red Dot award winners including the E40BT headphones or the Clip, however the JBL Go’s minimalistic boxy design is nice in its way. We got the blue variant for review however the JBL Go can be obtainable in seven other colours: black, red, orange, pink, grey, blue, yellow and teal. The dimensions of 82.50 x 29.95 x 67.91mm mean it’ll even fit in the trouser pocket, although weight of 222g is on the bigger side.
Harman has used the same top quality materials on your body of the JBL Go since it does on its other products. The tough plastic includes a rubber finish on all edges and the trunk. The front involves a perforated grille by which the sound emanates. The very best edge houses the controls for power, Bluetooth, volume up, volume down, and speakerphone. The markings are of the same colour as your body and as are result they aren’t noticeable at night. Thankfully, they are slightly raised so that it is simple to feel for them instead.
The 3.5mm input jack, Micro-USB port and microphone are on the proper edge. There are two unusually large holes for a lanyard to loop through on the left. It could have already been nice if Harman had included a lanyard cable in the box. There are JBL logo in bold orange lettering on leading and rear.
The JBL Go includes a single 40mm driver that may operate in a frequency selection of 180Hz to 20KHz, this means it cannot achieve really low-frequency sub-bass sounds. We’ll check how this influences performance within the next section. Pairing the speaker to any device using Bluetooth is a simple process. The JBL Go can take to the connection at distances as high as 3m when there is no obstruction among.
As predicted, Jai Paul’s Jasmine sounded hollow and empty because of having less sub-bass sounds. If you’re going to pay attention to new wave EDM artists like Jai Paul and Nicolas Jaar then you can certainly safely avoid the JBL Go because they rely extensively on low thumps.
Having said that, this is only problem we confronted with the performance of the JBL Go. Firstly, it could get really loud for a speaker of its size. Inside our testing it were able to easily fill a 200 sq.ft. room with capacity to spare. Additionally, the mids, highs and the bass sounds above 180Hz are well detailed. We played Avicii’s THE NIGHT TIME and the thump in bass was evidently audible.
One song that a lot of speakers this size cannot reproduce properly is Do I Wanna Know by the Arctic Monkeys, especially in the ultimate portion of the song in which a large amount of instruments are layered together. However, the JBL Go did a reasonably decent job of separating sounds and all of the instruments were plainly audible. Bernhoft’s C’mon Speak to Me is an excellent song to check on for mid-range and treble performance with because of the utilization of vocals, percussion and hi-hats, which are layered along with the other person as the song progresses. The JBL Go really surprised us using its tight mid-range sound whenever we played this song.
If you prefer a Bluetooth speaker to improve your laptop’s sound, the JBL Go may be the best bet. The nice mid-range response means that dialogue in movies is evidently audible. Even so, like the majority of Bluetooth speakers, it fires only in one side and one cannot be prepared to hear a multidimensional sound. The JBL Go can last at least 5 hours about the same charge, which isn’t great nonetheless it should suffice for some practical purposes.
The JBL Go premiered at the official price of Rs. 2,990 nonetheless it is now designed for around Rs. 1,700 on a few e-commerce websites. This puts it directly in competition with the JBL Clip and the Logitech X100 – two other great alternatives in the same cost range. The entire sound quality of the JBL Go is obviously much better than the Clip but we still think the Logitech X100 may be the best-sounding lightweight Bluetooth speaker of the lot.