JBL unveiled three new portable speakers at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, namely the JBL Xtreme 4, JBL Clip 5, and JBL Go 4. Apart from enhanced audio quality, these speakers come equipped with support for Auracast. Auracast is a part of the Low Energy Audio extension introduced in 2022 for the Bluetooth protocol, allowing the connection of an unlimited number of Auracast-compatible receivers to a signal transmitted by an Auracast transmitter. In simpler terms, users can pair numerous Bluetooth headsets or speakers with a source supporting Auracast.
All three speakers incorporate Bluetooth v5.3 with LE audio capabilities, boast an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance, and enable the connection of multiple speakers through Auracast.
Introducing the JBL Xtreme 4:
The JBL Xtreme 4 stands as the largest among the three models, featuring a robust battery capacity that lasts up to 24 hours. Additionally, it serves as a convenient power bank for on-the-go charging of smartphones and other devices, with the added benefit of a replaceable battery to extend the speaker’s lifespan.
Presenting the JBL Clip 5:
Designed for easy portability, the JBL Clip 5 includes a carabiner with an expanded opening for secure attachment. JBL promises top-notch sound quality with increased driver power, delivering streamlined sound and consistent bass. The speaker provides a maximum playtime of twelve hours.
Introducing the JBL Go 4:
The JBL Go 4, the smallest of the trio, boasts enhanced bass and more robust sound compared to its predecessor. Its compact size makes it easy to carry anywhere, offering a playtime of up to seven hours. Users can choose from six color options.
Price and Availability:
The JBL Xtreme 4 is set to be available from March at a price of €349.99. The JBL Clip 5 will hit the market in May at €69.99, while the JBL Go 4 is scheduled for an April release at €49.99. Color choices for the Clip 5 and Go 4 include camo, red, purple, gray, blue, and black. The JBL Xtreme 4 will be available in blue, camo, and black.
JBL’s integration of Auracast technology into their latest line of portable speakers marks a significant leap forward in audio connectivity. With the launch of the JBL Xtreme 4, JBL Clip 5, and JBL Go 4, users not only experience superior sound quality but also benefit from the enhanced capabilities of Auracast. The inclusion of Bluetooth Auracast, an integral part of the Low Energy Audio extension, allows for seamless connections with an unlimited number of Auracast-compatible devices. This innovative feature enables users to effortlessly pair their Bluetooth headsets or speakers with a source supporting Auracast, promising a more immersive and versatile audio experience. JBL’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of audio technology is evident in these new speakers, offering consumers a harmonious blend of cutting-edge functionality and top-notch audio performance.