Minor updates to an already excellent speaker.
The JBL Charge 4 offers minor updates to the previous version, but it stays a fantastic deal in wireless speakers. Charge 4 can pump out gobs of bass that doesn’t overpower, keep going forever, and top up your phone in a pinch. If the big size of Charge 4 doesn’t trouble you, it should be at the top of your shopping list.
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In case you’re in the market for a Bluetooth speaker, one brand will, in general, come up more regularly than others. JBL has choices at virtually every value point; however, at the cost, perhaps the best speaker has consistently been the Charge series. The newest line-up is the JBL Charge 4 speaker, but how well has it held up since the initial release? Let’s find out.
The JBL Charge 4’s audio is classy and surprisingly refined for a standard speaker. There’s an abnormal consistency of substance and surface all through the mids and treble, and better than average clearness to the midrange. That is a brilliant trademark to help render vocals lines realistically and project them accurately in the mix.
Those who buy the Charge 4 thinking big bombastic bass based on their looks may not find what they are after. But it would be not right to call this a bass-light speaker. The low-end is tasteful, not notably excited, but with plenty of power and depth.
The JBL Charge 4 can convey punchy move, and pop synth beats with a convincing punch, yet like each speaker this size, there is a breaking point to its bass floor. The JBL Charge 4 can’t convey genuine sub-bass, but in the context of most songs, it gets close enough to satisfy.
In any case, at high volume, the strain begins to show a bit. With specific tracks, the extent of bass is decreased, and the upper-mids take on a harder tone. The JBL Charge 4’s single front aligned dynamic driver additionally ensures there’s a definite, if acceptably wide, listening sweet spot. It is not a 360-degree speaker, so its placement matters.
The most significant improvement of the Charge 4 over the Charge 3 is sonic performance: While the Charge 3 was extraordinary for handing out the bass, the Charge 4 is considerably more adjusted in its methodology. The highs are no longer a weakness, allowing instruments like the violin to sing. The mids are also high, allowing vocals to come through loud and clear. Resolution is excellent, but not high, expected for a waterproof and portable speaker in this range.
The JBL Charge 4 additionally gets stunningly loud. For a medium-sized room, playing music at half volume is all that anyone could need to fill the space with sound. At max volume, the speaker is extremely loud for indoor use, but the extra capacity is appreciated in noisy environments like at the beach. Speaking of the beach, the speaker is IP7X rated, so feel free to dunk it or get it dusty.
The 7500-mAH built-in battery can last as long as 20 hours of playtime, putting the JBL Charge 4 at the head of the store in battery life. Be that as it may, JBL utilizes the “up to” moniker generously, as testing has demonstrated you’ll get around 10 hours of battery life playing music at half volume. In any case, this is normal, and JBL Charge 4 has extraordinary battery life compared to other battery lives of Bluetooth speakers for its size.
It takes around 5.5 hours to recharge the JBL Charge 4’s battery from empty to full.
On the off chance that you put the JBL Charge 3 and Charge four close to each other, you’d be unable to discover numerous differences. The cylindrical shape remains as do the exposed woofers, which are fantastic when the bass is kicking.
While we were initially concerned about damaging uncovered speakers, we’ve had no issues with JBL’s other uncovered woofer structures like the Pulse 3 and Charge 3.
On the head of the speaker, you’ll discover all of the speaker’s physical controls. It includes buttons for power, volume, Bluetooth pairing, media control, and JBL’s Connect + feature, which lets you pair two or more of the company’s other speakers to play in stereo or amplify the music.
Around the back, you’ll find a huge silicone entryway that ensures the 3.5mm aux, USB-C, and USB-A ports. The integration of full measured USB port methods allows you to use Charge 4 to top up your phone to keep your music going.
JBL Charge 4 is one of the best choices out there for a portable Bluetooth speaker. It’s particularly rugged and waterproof, and the sound quality is an improvement over its predecessor. If you’d like to use speakerphone or voice assistance, choose the JBL Charge 3 instead. Otherwise, Charge 4 represents a step up in almost every way.