A lot of these small Bluetooth speakers sound fairly similar, but the JBL Pulse manages to distinguish itself with a built-in light show that's fairly mesmerizing.
The good: The JBL Pulse is a compact wireless Bluetooth speaker that delivers good sound for its size and distinguishes itself with an integrated light show with preprogrammed and customizable themes. The built-in rechargeable battery offers 10 hours of battery for sound only and 5 hours with the light show in effect.
The bad: Can distort at higher volumes with rock tracks and bass-heavy material; no carrying case included.
The bottom line: It may not sound quite good as some $200 competitors, but the JBL Pulse's integrated light show adds a flashy new dimension to the listening experience that makes it a worthy contender in a crowded market.
January 16, 2014 12:31 PM PST
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