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JBL Playlist

alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 reviews of JBL Playlist. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and price. The size and design are also mentioned favorably.

usability, design, size, price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the JBL Playlist is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Ty Pendlebury (cnet.com)

JBL Playlist review

 

Wi-Fi speakers have huge advantages over Bluetooth-only units, but affordability isn't one. One case in point: the $200 Sonos Play:1 ( $185.00 at Amazon.com ) is still one of the most affordable of the breed. Speakers powered by Wi-Fi just haven't come...

The JBL Playlist is the most affordable Chromecast speaker I've seen and it offers the most open sound we've heard in a product of this kind. Setup is easier than with most other Wi-Fi speakers thanks to the Google Home app, which also lets you have a...

The speaker isn't as convincing with bass-heavy material like dance or pop music. The build quality isn't as impressive as its rivals'. There's no onboard battery so it's stuck in one spot.

If you're looking to build a multiroom audio system based on Chromecast, you really should consider putting at least one JBL Playlist in there.

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Danny Phillips (trustedreviews.com)

JBL Playlist

 

JBL Playlist is a wireless speaker with built-in Chromecast that streams audio directly from compatible apps such as Spotify, Deezer, Google Play Music and plenty more. Playlist's compact design and reasonable price won't make huge demands on your...

Impressive sound quality, chic design and effortless Chromecast streaming make JBL’s compact speaker a terrific buy at this price – but more bite and a rechargeable battery would make it even better.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

JBL Playlist review

 

An engagingly up-and-at-'em presentation from this burly JBL

Enthusiastic presentation ; Lashings of low end ; Google Cast compatible

Would benefit from more restraint ; Needs sweeter treble... ; ...as well as better timing and dynamics

The Playlist is unmistakably a JBL product, with an enthusiastic, entertaining voice that will prick up many an ear

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Cam Bunton (pocket-lint.com)

JBL Playlist review: Chromecast convenience wrapped into an affordable speaker

 

If you want a speaker you can quickly and easily add to your existing Chromecast Audio multi-room setup, the Playlist is ideal. Likewise, if you use

So simple to use once connected ; Attractive design ; Loud audio

Audio balance not to our taste ; Power cable is far too short

If you're a Spotify subscriber and want a speaker you can conveniently stream music through, the JBL Playlist is ideal. It's also perfect for those who have an existing Chromecast Audio setup and want another relatively inexpensive speaker to add to...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Jon Porter (techradar.com)

JBL Playlist review

 

The budget Bluetooth behemoth enters the multi-room space

Punchy, energetic sound ; Decent connectivity options ; Compact and good looking

Some Wi-Fi connectivity issues ; Sound lacks refinement ; Power cord is far too short

The JBL Playlist brings the Bluetooth speaker maker’s signature sound to a multi-room speaker for the first time. Between the Google Cast and Spotify Connect integration you’re sure to be able to connect everything you need to this speaker, whose sound...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Ty Pendlebury (cnet.co.uk)

JBL Playlist review

 

Wi-Fi speakers have huge advantages over Bluetooth-only units, but affordability isn't one. One case in point: the $200 Sonos Play:1 ( £149.95 at Apple ) is still one of the most affordable of the breed. Speakers powered by Wi-Fi just haven't come down...

The JBL Playlist is the most affordable Chromecast speaker I've seen and it offers the most open sound we've heard in a product of this kind. Setup is easier than with most other Wi-Fi speakers thanks to the Google Home app, which also lets you have a...

The speaker isn't as convincing with bass-heavy material like dance or pop music. The build quality isn't as impressive as its rivals'. There's no onboard battery so it's stuck in one spot.

If you're looking to build a multiroom audio system based on Chromecast, you really should consider putting at least one JBL Playlist in there.

Aug, 2017

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

JBL Playlist review

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American audio specialists JBL has become known for its hardy portable wireless speakers. But the Playlist is firmly rooted indoors. With Bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity and an ability to pair with the Google Home smart hub, this capable speaker could...

Jul, 2017

Consumer review (very.co.uk)

JBL PLAYLIST Wireless Speaker with Chromecast built-in

 

Great sound glad I bought it .looks stylish too xx

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (very.co.uk)

Crystal clear sound

 

This speaker has an exceptional sound. The highs, mids and lows are really clear, plus it's packed with loads of features for it's price. It gets pretty loud for its size and power, can easily fill a normal sized room.

May, 2018

Consumer review (very.co.uk)

decent sound - poor firmware

 

the package of the speaker is nice, and the sound is great for the size. However, i bought this to fit with an existing google home setup and due to the old firmware it doesnt play nice. The music doesnt go quiet when i speak to my home mini and when i...

Mar, 2018

Product Specifications

Audio

Frequency range:60 - 20000
RMS rated power:30
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):80

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / White
Product type:Mono portable speaker

Loudspeakers

Audio output channels:2.0
Driver diameter:2.24
Number of drivers:2
Number of Speakers:1
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):80
Subwoofer driver diameter:2.25
Subwoofer driver diameter (imperial):2.25

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

Package depth:9.45
Package height:5.51
Package width:13.8

Performance

Mac compatibility:Y
Mobile operating systems supported:Android, iOS
Recommended usage:Universal
Windows operating systems supported:Y

Ports & interfaces

AUX in:Y
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.2
Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
Frequency range:2.4 - 2.48
Interface:Bluetooth/RF Wireless/3.5 mm
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi + Bluetooth

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (typical):30
Power source type:AC

Technical Details

Wi-Fi:Y

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:5.79
Height:5.16
Package depth:9.45
Package height:5.51
Package width:13.8
Weight:2.47
Width:12.4