For a long time, JBL Boombox has been one of the best and most demanded portable Bluetooth speakers in the market. But the Hyperboom by Ultimate Ears has put forward a very formidable contest for the top spot. UE Hyperboom has been very well received and updated with the latest technology and drivers. Whereas JBL Boombox on the other hand carries massive power and trust of years. So how are these two beasts of a speaker are going to compete with each other? Let us find out in this comprehensive of JBL Boombox Vs UE Hyperboom comoarison.
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JBL Boombox – Overview
UE Hyperboom – Overview
JBL Boombox Vs UE Hyperboom
So let us begin by having a look at the pricing of both the speakers. Both the UE Hyperboom and JBL Boombox are priced at $400 on online stores and leading local retailers. The JBL Boombox is a slightly older model and thus often goes on sale during mid-winters and other festivities. So, cost should not be a major factor while deciding the better speaker for you. Of course, if you want to go through the lower lane, the JBL Boombox with some discount should be the way to go.
We will now move on to more important deciding factors that will help to make your purchase a wise one.
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Both the speakers are made up of high-quality poly-carbonate fabric that is IPX7 rated and resistant to occasional scratches and water splashes. Both have a small in-hand carrying handle that can be used to easily carry the speakers around.
The biggest difference in the design of the two is that the Boombox is a horizontal lying speaker whereas the Hyperboom is a vertical lying speaker. The JBL Boombox thus occupies a larger surface area and it is much less compact than the UE Hyperboom that can fit basically anywhere. Although this makes the UE Hyperboom a bit more susceptible to fall damage. Thus both the speakers are pretty well-built with little to no cons in their design.
3. Battery Life
When it comes to battery life, both the JBL Boombox and UE Hyperboom are almost evenly matched. Both of them have an advertised battery lifetime of 24 hours although, on maximum volume usage with uninterrupted playback, it can last anywhere from 12-15 hours. Both the speakers also came with a USB-A port, which you can use to charge other portable devices at the cost of the battery life of speakers. One point where the UE Hyperboom is ahead of that it has 2 USB-A ports against one of JBL Boombox hence it can be used for playback with USB input such as pen-drive or micro-stick along with charging.
4. Sound Quality
Moving on, let us now have look at the most important aspect of any speaker, the sound quality of the JBL Boombox and UE Hyperboom. The Hyperboom punches dual four-and-a-half-inch woofers along with dual one-inch tweeters blasting music from the front and dual three-and-a-half-inch by seven passive radiators in the back enhancing the performance.
The JBL Boombox on the other hand features dual four-and-a-half-inch woofers along with dual three by four-inch tweeters blasting music from the front and dual passive radiators emitting music from the sideways.
Before jumping on to the conclusion, it is important to note that the Hyperboom has an adjustable EQ to enhance your songs. Boombox on the other hand misses this feature but gives the option to adjust the tempo, pitch, echo, and vocals of your song. You can also adjust the songs to play in indoor and outdoor mode along with the ability to shift from stereo to Dolby mode in JBL Boombox.
Concluding, on normal usage you may not find much difference between the JBL Boombox and the Hyperboom but in reality, the Hyperboom slightly performs better than the Boombox in most conditions.
Finally, let’s discuss the various connectivity options offered by both speakers. The JBL Boombox supports Bluetooth 4.2 whereas the UE Hyperboom is featured newer and improved Bluetooth 5.1 with support for smart TVs as well. Also, in case you would like to go through the wired way, both the speakers feature an ample amount of ports, so just find any compatible wire and connect both its ways through the ports and you are good to go with your party.
Both the speakers also came with a USB-A port, which you can use to charge other portable devices at the cost of the battery life of speakers. One point where the UE Hyperboom is ahead of that it has 2 USB-A ports against one of JBL Boombox hence it can be used for playback with USB input such as pen-drive or micro-stick along with charging.
Also, keep in mind you can use the respective apps of the brands to connect as many no of the speakers as you want together. The download links are available below for your convenience:
Connect+ for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.harman.ble.jbllink
Connect+ for IOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/jbl-portable/id994041762
PartyUp for UE Hyperboom: https://www.ultimateears.com/en-in/features/party-up.html
Concluding things up, if you are trying to choose between UE Hyperboom and JBL Boombox, your primary concern should be budget, sound quality, and portability. The UE Hyperboom is certainly more compact, is louder in most conditions, an additional USB-B port for charging, and without any doubt more compact and easy to store. All these features make the Hyerboom one of the best mid-range Bluetooth speakers ever.
The JBL Boombox on the other hand is sometimes cheaper and has more bass to it. The JBL connect+ is amazing and you can do wonders at your party with it. The handle also makes the boombox very comfortable to carry around. Added to the trust and longevity of Boombox, it is still one of the most worthy speakers out there.