JBL by Harman’s waterproof wireless speakers headline the company’s latest devices launched in PH

JBL by Harman’s waterproof wireless speakers headline the company’s latest devices launched in PH

Among the new audio devices launched by JBL by Harman, the most distinctive were those that could survive submersion in a swimming pool and still fill the room with booming beats, all while looking stylish and sturdy. These include the lava-lamp-like JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker (P10,995), the coffee-tumbler-sized JBL Flip 4 (P6,995), the compact Clip 2 (P3,099), and the large and loud JBL Boombox Portable Bluetooth Speaker (P23,999). Also launched were the home-entertainment-ready JBL Bar Studio 2.0 Channel Soundbar with Bluetooth (price TBA), and the JBL E55BT Quincy Jones Edition Wireless Over-Ear Headphones (P8,999, the result of a partnership with music producer Quincy Jones). These new headphones, speakers, and soundbars from JBL, including heart-rate-monitoring earphones and headphones for kids (see the list below) are available in-store and at select retailers starting October 2017.


JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

 JBL Pulse 3, JBL wireless speaker, JBL Bluetooth speaker

JBL Pulse 3

The JBL Pulse 3 is the light show a submersible Smart wireless speaker always wanted to have. It features a customizable 360-degree lightshow (sets the mood by bringing your songs to life), provides up to 12 hours of playtime (with both music and lights), allows wireless connection of up to 2 smartphones, withstands fresh water submersion (rain, spills, dunking in the pool), has a noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone (take calls with a touch of a button), and lets you access Siri or Google Now with a button press. Retails for P10,995. Watch it in its glowing glory below.


JBL Boombox Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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JBL Boombox Portable Speaker

Almost everything about the JBL Boombox Portable Speaker is either monstrous or long-lasting: hard-hitting bass (4 active transducers and 2 JBL bass radiators), high-capacity 20,000 mAh battery (up to 24 hours on a single charge), and an IPX7 Waterproof rating (you can bring it to the pool and under the rain). You can wirelessly connect up to two smartphones with the Boombox. Two other features to note: the Boombox has two sound modes (indoor, for deeper bass and richer sound; and outdoor, for more expansive sound with strong bass and longer playtime) and can charge your mobile devices via two USB ports. This monster sells for P23,999.


JBL Flip 4

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JBL Flip 4

The size of a coffee tumbler, the JBL Flip 4 waterproof wireless speaker is the audio companion to a rainy day hike or just chillin’ by the pool. With 12 hours of playtime, a speaker-phone feature (with echo and noise cancellation), it’s the speaker you’ve always wanted to take a selfie with, underwater. Comes in black, grey, blue, red, teal, and white. Sells for P6,995. See just how bringable the Flip 4 is below.


JBL Clip 2 and JBL Go

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L-R: JBL Clip 2 and JBL Go.

The JBL Clip 2 is your clip-on-to-anything (via a built-in carabiner), bring anywhere, pocketable, water-submersible, 8-hour playtime, wireless speaker with an echo and noise-cancelling speaker phone feature. Comes in black, blue, grey, red, and teal. Sells for P3,099.

Meanwhile, the JBL Go is great-sounding, value-for-money (it’s priced like a branded powerbank), 5-hour playtime, wireless speaker with a carry strap hook so you can bring it wherever you want. It has a speakerphone function and even allows you to listen to music via a wired connection. Comes in a timeless boxy design and in 8 colors: black, blue, grey, orange, pink, red, teal, and yellow. Sells for P1,599.

JBL Bar Studio 2.0 Channel Soundbar with Bluetooth

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JBL Bar Studio 2.0 Channel Soundbar with Bluetooth.

This slender soundbar promises video binge-watchers and music lovers a better sound experience, through its Dual Bass Port design and JBL Surround Sound, two features that combine to bring theater-quality audio to your home. It’s a complete package: it’s wireless (no fumbling with cables), you can even pair mobile devices with it, or use the single HDMI (ARC) cable to connect to your TV. Lastly, the JBL Bar Studio 2.0 Channel Soundbar with Bluetooth works with most top TV remote controls, so you can use your existing TV remote to control the soundbar. Price to be announced.


JBL E55BT Quincy Jones Edition Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

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JBL E55BT Quincy Jones wireless over-ear headphones

The JBL E55BT Quincy Edition wireless over-ear headphones is the result of a partnership with legendary music producer and GRAMMY Winner Quincy Jones, who is known for his work with Michael Jackson (Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad), Frank Sinatra (It Might As Well Be Swing, Sinatra at the Sands), and Donna Summer (Donna Summer, Endless Summer).

The E55BT Quincy Edition

  • features Jones’s voice for the device’s voice Prompts, which guides listeners through the headphones’ features
  • is made with carefully selected soft leather, is equipped with form-fitting ear cushions, and has a comfort-fit, lightweight design
  • lasts up to 20 hours with two-hour quick charging
  • allows seamless switching between devices
  • boasts of a detachable cable with one-button universal remote and microphone
  • comes in two colors: Dusty Rose and Space Gray
  • retails for P 8,999

JBL Reflect Response

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JBL Reflect Response

Here’s one of the many sporty wireless earphones showcased at the launch. With the JBL Reflect Response you can control music playback, and even your phone, by touching the outside surface of each ear bud. No need to fumble with your phone or music player. With 10 hours of audio playback, an ergonomic neckband and ergonomic ear tips (comfortable for long workouts and runs), the sweat-proof Reflect Response is something those with active lifestyles should consider. Sells for P7,490.


JBL Reflect Mini BT Stephen Curry Signature Edition and JBL Reflect Contour

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L-R: JBL Reflect Mini BT Stephen Curry Signature Edition and JBL Reflect Countour.

The JBL Reflect Mini BT Stephen Curry Edition is JBL’s lightest wireless sport headphones and is designed to be comfortable during various athletic activities. With up to 8 hours of audio playback, a built-in microphone, a reflective cable for night visibility, and ergonomic ear-tips, this is the sweat-proof, MVP-approved workout headphones the physically active sound enthusiast may need. Sells for P4,990.

The sweat-proof JBL Reflect Contour features a dual lock technology to secure the earphones – an over-the-ear hook plus an in-ear secure fit. That means uninterrupted (won’t fall off from your ears) wireless audio during various workouts. It has an 8-hour battery life, a 3-button remote with microphone (so you can answer calls), night-visible reflective cables, JBL signature sound, and a P4,990 price tag.


Here’s the full list of JBL audio devices:

Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers:

  • Flip 4 Booth Portable Bluetooth Speaker—PhP6,995.
  • Pulse 3 Bluetooth Speaker—PhP10,995.

E-Series:

  • E65BTNC (noise cancellation over-ear headphones)—PhP8,999.

Everest Series:

  • Everest 110 wireless in-ear headphones PhP4,990.
  • Everest 310 wireless on-ear headphones PhP8,999.
  • Everest 710 wireless over-ear headphones PhP9,999.
  • Everest Elite 750NC wireless over-ear noise-cancelling headphones—PhP13,990.

Reflect Series:

  • Reflect Fit heart rate wireless sport headphones PhP7,999.
JBL Reflect Fit, JBL wireless earphones, JBL Bluetooth earphones

JBL Reflect Fit Heart Rate Wireless Sport Headphones

Wireless In-Ear Earphones:  

  • Free: Truly Wireless In-Ear Headphones—PhP7,999.

JBL JR:

  • JR 300 Kids On-Ear Headphones—PhP1,499.
  • JR 300BT Kids On-Ear Headphones—PhP2,999.
JBL JR 300 BT Kids On-Ear Headphones, JBL wireless headphones, JBL Bluetooth headphones

JBL JR 300 BT Kids On-Ear Headphones

T-Series:

  • T110BT Wireless In-Ear Headphones—PhP1,999.
  • T205 Earbud Headphones—PhP999.

The JBL Sports & Lifestyle series of headphones, soundbars and speakers are available in-store and at select retailers from Oct 2017. These audio devices were showcased (except for the headphones for kids) at the Catch the Waves of Sound event held at Luxe Residences, BGC on October 18, 2017. Visit www.JBL.com.ph for details.

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Author

Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife’s cooking so much he’s now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman – his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, “Notwithstanding Pigs,” initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.