While some Bluetooth speakers try to pack the best sound quality into as small a package as possible, the new JBL Boombox is taking the opposite approach. Definitely a boombox for the current decade (and century), the Boombox is one of the largest Bluetooth speakers we’ve ever seen. That increased size comes with some attractive benefits, though, such as a long-lasting battery and the promise of “exceptional sound and hard hitting bass.”
The Boombox itself weighs in at 11 pounds, but JBL is nevertheless keeping things portable by attaching a rather large handle to the top – just like the boomboxes we used to see in the ’80s. The speaker gets its weight from four active transducers and two bass radiators, and JBL isn’t shying away from how big it is, saying the speaker is a “substantial—but portable—package.”
The speaker’s massive battery most likely lends a lot to that weight too. The JBL Boombox is powered by a rechargeable 20,000mAh battery, giving it a quoted 24-hour battery life. As with all things battery-related, you mileage will likely vary, but definitely expect this to last a fair bit longer than most Bluetooth speakers you’ve encountered. You can even charge your mobile devices while playing music, using that massive battery as a power bank for your phone.
Like most JBL speakers that have been released recently, the Boombox comes with IP6X waterproofing, protecting it from rain, spills, and immersion in water. It also features two listening modes for indoor and outdoor use. Finally, it can be paired with up to 100 other JBL speakers through JBL’s Connect+ technology, though those other speakers will need to support Connect+ as well.
The Boombox isn’t available just yet, with JBL planning to unveil the device at IFA 2017 next month. When it is available, you’ll be able to find it at JBL’s UK site for £399.99 (around $515 USD). There’s no word on if the speaker will come Stateside, but considering JBL is a pretty popular brand here, we’re guessing it will.