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JBL Pulse 2: This top Bluetooth speaker really lights up a roomJBL Pulse 2's new, improved LED light show is a flashy addition that makes the speaker stand out in a crowded market.
[MUSIC] JBL's Pulse 2 is a refreshing bluetooth speaker. Not only does it offer very good sound for its size, but it has the added value of offering a very cool light show, thanks to its built n LED lights. You press a button on the speaker itself to toggle through Ten different light show options including fire, rain, and fireworks. Also the speaker has a companion app and you can adjust the light show remotely from your phone via the app. Additionally you'll find a prism sensor embedded in the speaker that allows you to hold a colored piece of paper or colored object up to it And press a button on the speaker and have the LEDs change to that color. It's a bit of a gimmick and didn't always work, but hey, it's kinda fun to play with. As you might expect, the light show plays off your music and matches its mood. You can also download ambient sounds via the app such Which is fire and rain to enhance the light beams. [SOUND] And finally you can wirelessly link two of these speakers together to augment the sound if you happen to have two of them. The speaker seems pretty durable. It's splash proof, though not waterproof. And there's a gasket that covers the micro usb charging port and audio imput to keep moisture out. As far as other extra's go, there's a built in speaker phone, but it doesn't have the usb charging port of JBL's charge speakers. And doesn't offer quite as good battery life. It's rated at ten hours, which is still pretty good. We think those charge speakers are among the best sounding compact bluetooth speakers. And the Pulse 2 is right there with them in terms of sound quality. Yes, you'll pay more for the light show. At around $160 online, the Pulse 2 is well worth the extra dough. It is a very good value at that price point.