JBL Charge 4 Review
So guys once again I’m here with another speaker. Today we have the JBL Charge 4 you personally asked me to test I bought this at the retail price of $149.
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I’m David and I’m here to help you make that purchase decision welcome everyone to another review.
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Physical features of JBL Charge 4
now going over the physical features first it looks nearly identical to the previous JBL Charge 3 which I have here inbred it’s ever so slightly bigger we’re talking two centimeter or two.
And it’s a little bit heavier and the two buttons on top here have basically just moved around we’ll get a closer look pretty soon.
Water Proofing of JBL Charge 4
now we still have these seem very durable abrasion-resistant fabric cover the ip67 certification makes it return here meaning that you can submerge this underwater for up to 30 minutes.
And with my testing, the JBL Charge 4 is able to float making this ideal for the pool or the lake and we have the same passive bass radiators on the side that moves with your output.
now in general compared to the competition the JBL Charge 4 is still a great design in my personal opinion still highly durable still highly functional practical it still looks very modern too.
the only critique though it is starting to push that boundary of being portable or more specifically that is it starting to get on the heavier side for the midsize speaker.
Notable Features of JBL Charge 4
But let’s get a closer look the buttons pretty straight forward the notable feature for those who are unfamiliar with JBL is the JBL connect plus feature.
You can pair multiple JBL connect plus speakers at the same time even the older JBL Charge 3 even mix-and-match speakers if you’d like.
Keep in mind to get the stereo sound you need 2 of the same model speakers you can’t mix and match. Now I’m sorry it’s to keep the same audio quality as it would sound great if you had one site stronger and the other one weak or you can say not in the volume button audio characteristics.
Missing Features of JBL Charge 4
now a couple of things to look out for one thing that is no longer available is the speakerphone option which is very odd considering every other Bluetooth speaker offers this you basically can’t take phone calls.
second, the JBL Charge for oddly did away with the voice assistant on most competitors pressing down some sort of multifunction button would activate Sire or Google assistance but we don’t have that option available in the app to enable anymore.
Maybe a firmware updates down the road would fix that.
Charging case Aukey T10
let’s touch base on power a charging case I will admit it looks cool it feels good but it’s not the most intuitive compared to everything or everyone else’s.
I don’t want to sound like I’m exaggerating here but it does take a little bit of muscle memory at first to take it in or out.
Sometimes it does snag but on the flip side here we do get USB C. This is the future of connections here and not many competitors actually have this but there’s wireless charging.
drop this on to a pad and there you go if you haven’t started using wireless charging I’m telling you you’re missing out here I wish my 3 a head that
Charging Port of JBL Charge 4
Now rotating to the rear behind this water-resistant flap JBL graciously made the switch to USB – C which is awesome thank you for future-proofing this speaker.
hear a pin a millimeter port for physical connections and JBL keeps the JBL Charge name with a USB out to JBL Charge your devices usually the speaker like a power bank you can JBL Charge your phone.
Battery Performance of JBL Charge 4
Speaking of power the JBL Charge 4 it retains an up to 20 hour better life which is still up top or on top of most competitors by testing this at 50% in vine I was able to achieve only 9 hours and 14 minutes into the unit died.
Well, this is common among Bluetooth speakers as that’s there up to value that could have been tested at bear little vine.
But compared to the major competitor like this sonny xp31 to get apples to apples comparison I was able to get 10 hours and 15 minutes on that particular speaker.
This has a slightly larger battery inside whoops despite a larger battery inside the JBL Charge 4 it doesn’t necessarily be out the competition all right.
Signal performance of JBL Charge 4
so enough about power here how about signal performance the JBL Charge for has Bluetooth 4.2 which I’m okay with I would have preferred Bluetooth 5.0 to future-proof this thing again.
But the 4to the 4.2 that is I was able to achieve a range of 89 linear feet outdoors which for the average consumer should be enough if anything to JBL Charge 4 signal is equal to the competitors out there.
Movies watching experience with JBL Charge 4
now testing this with movies on my Samsung phone no syncing issues node lays in the audio as for Apple Netflix works fine if there was a delay it’s probably a nanosecond or so but man YouTube that was completely jacked up horrible delays here.
Audio test of JBL Charge 4
alright, guys let’s get into the audio test so there you have it guys no one thing I want to point out while most front-facing speakers have dual-driver seven on the JBL Charge 3 it has dual drivers Arleta JBL Charge for decide to.
now go with just one speaker fixed to the right side is that even in the center for some reason but you can’t really tell him, person, unless you literally stand like two feet in front of the speaker and then you hear the audio coming more so in your right ear.
But again it’s very minimal for my testing if anything. now knowing for sure it’s mono audio though I was taken aback by that but to be fair please as an unbiased review as an unbiased consumer
JBL Charge 4 vs. JBL Charge 3
First doing a very quick comparison with each JBL Charge 3 the audio difference is very minutes but a difference nonetheless.
And a JBL Charge 3 is still an exceptional speaker with the missing features on the JBL Charge 4 that honestly didn’t see why you would want to upgrade to the JBL Charge 4 coming from the JBL Charge 3 unless you want USB – C.
Or so the audio difference from my assessment switching back and forth over and over again your JBL Charge 3 has ever so slight deeper bass while the audio frequencies were still very close together you can save the JBL Charge 4 was ever.
So slightly lesson based though butte frequency separation was much more appearance making bass hurt in its own realm or you can say frequencies and then vocals this creates a bit more depth in the audio allowing you the consumer to experience a wider variety of audio.
Also on the JBL Charge 4, I noticed the vocals were cleaner, not brighter not more Ford per se but the clarity is slightly more pronounced.
Also, I interpreted the JBL Charge 4 beings lightly airier or having a wider soundstage and vocals hits a slightly higher note.
Now if I can give you an analogy a very loose analogy but being dead serious of the
Overall comparison between the JBL Charge 3 & JBL Charge 4
Think of your burger at your favorite fast-food joint now hang inhere hang with me here you can take bite this it tastes good you move on that’s the JBL Charge 3.
the JBL Charge 4 to taken bite you first taste the Angus beef then the freshly cut onions then the sourness and brightness of the fresh crunchy pickles that’s the difference there’s a bit more dimension in the audio the JBL Charge 4 is slightly better.
But honestly if you didn’t have them side by side for most average consumers you’re not going to realize it save your money.
Guys I’m looking out for you guys you guys already have the JBL Charge 3 really no big deal to have an upgrade well compared to the competition.
Now the JBL Charge 4 is hands-down still one of the best before midsize Bluetooth speakers out there even though.
The audio hasn’t changed much it’s a little bit more refined for the Passover years of testing though even newer speakers at the studio.
The JBL Charge 3 still has cleaner punchy bass the vocals are more pronounced and detailed it’s lively and the high notes worth still hits.
But it’s never sharp on top and ever since that being dull born or even severely rolled off the biggest difference between the other.
- Good build quality
- Good looking
- Very easy to use
- Comes with water proofing technology
- Support Multi connectivity
- Little Expensive
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So guys I’ll catch you guys on the next one hopefully this article helped you in some way bye.