JBL Boombox 2 promises 24-hour battery life and 'monstrous' bass

JBL Boombox 2 promises 24 hours of JBL’s loudest ever signature sound
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JBL's Boombox 2 is a substantial portable speaker that promises oodles, both in the volume and stamina departments.

The big claim is a whole 24 hours of JBL’s loudest ever 'Original Pro Sound', which combines loudness with what JBL describes as 'monstrous' bass. There's even a built-in power bank to keep your phone juiced up too.

JBL says the Boombox 2 is now the most rugged speaker in its lineup. With an IPX7 rating, it can be submerged in water (at a depth of one metre) for up to 30 minutes and still live to blast out another 90s hip-hop playlist. 

The firm's upgrade to its original 2017 Boombox leaves it with a similar appearance to its predecessor, but there have been some design tweaks. The new model is 650g heavier (5.9kg), for starters.

Dario Distefano, principal industrial designer for JBL explains: “One element that we wanted to improve was the grip of the handle. We were inspired by motorbike handlebars that have a grip designed for performance in all conditions. We also used new cutting-edge materials to make the speaker super stable even when blasting loud music.”

Also now onboard is JBL's PartyBoost feature – a great addition for anyone wanting to daisy-chain a JBL Flip 5 or JBL Pulse 4 for an even bigger, multi-room sound. 

The JBL Boombox 2 is available now on JBL's website for £399.99/$449.95. We've yet to get our hands on it to thoroughly test those loudness and bass claims, but when we do, you'll be the first to know.


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Becky has been a full-time staff writer at What Hi-Fi? since March 2019. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, she freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 20-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance is of course tethered to a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo, This is Cabaret and The Stage. When not writing, she dances, spins in the air, drinks coffee, watches football or surfs in Cornwall with her other half – a football writer whose talent knows no bounds.