JBL Duet III review: JBL Duet III

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Attractive, modern design; decent clarity and sound quality.

The Bad The Duet III speakers are a little short on bass; no auxiliary input for a second audio device.

The Bottom Line While the JBL Duet III speakers just don't have a lot of oomph to them, they look good and offer decent sound.

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CNET reviewed the JBL Duet II PC speakers earlier this year and had some good things to say about them, though we did think they were a little short on bass. Now we got our hands on the step-up model, the Duet III, which offers the same design but the speakers are blown up in size by about 25 percent.

The package includes zeppelin-shaped speakers measuring 4.6 inches by 4.6 inches by 12 inches (the Duet IIs are 10.5 inches tall). Their fronts have a metallic silver mesh (read: cloth) covering the speaker grilles and their backs have a glossy black finish. They're attractive, modern looking, and go particularly well with iMac models that feature an aluminum finish.

The speakers themselves are fairly lightweight--the left speaker weighs in at 1 pound, 3.5 ounces and the left at 1 pound, 6.5 ounces--but they're not totally unsubstantial. JBL has conveniently placed a volume control on the top of the right speaker that when turned all the way to the left, shuts off the speaker.

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Where to Buy See All

JBL Duet III

Part Number: DUET3BLK
Low Price: $149.92 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Color black
  • Speaker System Type PC multimedia speakers
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 10 Watt
  • Nominal Impedance 3 Ohm
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology wired
About The Author

Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.