JBL Spark: A unique Bluetooth speaker

September 5, 2013 4:12 AM PDT / Updated: September 7, 2013 11:22 AM PDT
The Spark is available for order now and retails for $129.95. It also comes in red and yellow. JBL

Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes, but the $129.95 JBL Spark is unique. The Spark is designed to be mounted like a hanging lamp and have music wirelessly streamed to it from your smartphone or tablet. While it could be mistaken for a very modern shower head, JBL describes it as having a "megaphone" shape.

Inside that translucent cone you'll find two 40mm drivers that will fill a small room with sound. The Spark comes with a stainless-steel hanging hook, fabric cord with inline control, and power adapter.

Yes, you heard right, power adapter. Unlike many of today's Bluetooth speakers, this one doesn't have a built-in rechargeable battery; it actually has to be plugged into the wall. However, it doesn't have to be hung on one. You can lay it down on a desk or table -- or any flat surface.

The Spark is set to ship this month. I'll have a full sound assessment once we get our hands on a review sample.

The Spark as a bathroom speaker (click image to enlarge). Matthew Moskovciak/CNET

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Sep. 5, 2013
  • Color Blue
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 14 Watt
  • Speaker Type Portable Bluetooth speaker
  • Wireless Technology Bluetooth
  • Amplification Type active
  • Connectivity Technology Wireless
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