JBL has announced the release of three latest editions to their popular line of speakers with upgrades for the JBL Xtreme 4, JBL Clip 5 and the JBL Go 4 – all of them to be released in June 2024. These speakers are now made with new recycled fabric and plastic and are equipped with the latest Bluetooth version of high-performance wireless music streaming. The new additions also come with stylish colorways and new features such as multi-speaker connection via Auracast which allows you to listen to Bluetooth broadcasts such as airport announcements.
Here are some of the improvements that you can expect with JBL’s latest line up of speakers.
JBL Xtreme 4 Specs
The JBL Xtreme 4 will come with a larger battery which provides up to 24 hours of playtime on the single charge and can double as a portable power bank for your smartphone devices. One of the key features about the Xtreme 4 is that it will now come with a replaceable battery to extend the lifespan of the speaker, and this is a very useful feature if you need to blast music continuously for hours on end without pausing to charge the speaker. The JBL Xtreme 4 now features the latest Bluetooth 5.3 with LE audio capabilities (for high quality music streaming), and it also supports multi-speaker connection via Auracast.
One interesting improvement to the JBL Xtreme 4 speaker is that it is now enhanced with AI sound boost which analyses the audio in real time to optimize the acoustic output levels. This allows you to play louder music without any hint of distortion. Like the JBL Xtreme 3 speaker, the JBL Xtreme 4 also comes with two woofers, two drivers and dual JBL bass radiators which help to improve the lower-end bass response with plenty of detail and crisp vocals. While JBL did not state the power output of the JBL Xtreme 4, we would anticipate that the JBL Xtreme 4 will be equally if not louder than the Xtreme 3 based on the history of JBL’s past releases.
We really enjoyed the sound performance of the JBL Xtreme 3 speaker so it would be interesting to see how the JBL Xtreme 4 speaker delivers in terms of sound performance and bass.
JBL Clip 5 Specs
The JBL Clip 5 will come with a redesigned carabiner clip which has a bigger and more accessible opening, making it easier to clip on objects. The Clip 5 will also feature an increase in driver power that provides louder sound performance and more consistent bass response at every volume level. The JBL Clip 5 also features improvements to its battery life, allowing it to deliver up to 12 hours of playtime which is 20% more than the current JBL Clip 4’s 10 hour of battery life (and up to 3 hours longer when listening in Playtime Boost mode which helps to save battery energy) .
The JBL Clip 5 also incorporates greener technology by using post-consumer recycled materials for up to 70% of its plastic and 100% for the fabric for the speaker grille, making it more environmentally friendly in terms of material consumption. The JBL Clip 5 will also come with the latest Bluetooth 5.3 technology with LE audio and support multi-speaker connection with Auracast. This Bluetooth speaker will be available in six different colors to choose from.
The JBL Clip 4 currently delivers pretty decent sound performance with a good level of bass output, and we anticipate that the JBL Clip 5 will deliver louder sound performance with its improved driver with deeper bass. This will bring the Clip 5 closer to the sound performace of the JBL Flip 6 speaker series.
JBL Go 4 Specs
The JBL Go 4 will replace the current JBL Go 3 speaker and come with an updated silhouette and a more durable strap for improved portability. The JBL Go 4 will also feature an improved battery with up to 7 hours of playtime on a single charge, which is roughly 20% better than the JBL Go 3’s 5 hours of battery time. The JBL Go 4 will be available in six colors to choose from.
Like the JBL Xtreme 4 and the Clip 5, the JBL Go 4 uses the latest Bluetooth 5.3 technology with LE audio and supports multi-speaker connection via the JBL portable app and Auracast. The JBL Go 4 speaker also uses recycled materials for 80% of its plastic and 100% of the fabric for the speaker grille, providing a more sustainable design.
We really like the JBL Go 3 speaker for its small and portable design, and the JBL Go 4 should deliver much anticipated performance boosts to the sound quality and battery capacity.
The JBL Xtreme 4, Clip 5 and the Go 3 speakers will be available at JBL.com in June 2024. For more detailed comparisons, check out these articles as well: