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JBL Charge 5 Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Jan 31, 2022 at 04:21 pm
JBL Charge 5 Picture
6.5
Music
5.8
Videos/Movies
7.4
Podcasts
2.8
Voice Assistant
7.6
Outdoors
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Speakerphone
No
Voice Assistant
No
Battery Powered
Yes

The JBL Charge 5 is the next generation of the JBL Charge 4. This portable speaker has a neutral sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. It's also very well-built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. Unlike the Charge 4, which has a Connect+ function, the Charge 5 comes with a PartyBoost button you can use to connect it to other PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers. That said, it struggles to reproduce the deep thump and rumble typically present in bass-heavy music.

Note: Users have reported differences in the performance and build of variants of this speaker depending on the first two letters preceding its serial number. Our speaker's serial number begins with 'TT'.

Our Verdict

6.5 Music

The JBL Charge 5 is alright for music. It has a neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, making it suitable for listening to a variety of music genres. That said, like most speakers its size, it doesn't get very loud and lacks some low-bass, so you can't feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM or hip-hop. You can customize its sound profile to your liking thanks to the graphic EQ in its companion app, though it may not be enough to create a thumpy low-bass.

Pros
  • Fantastic battery life.
  • Balanced mid-range.
Cons
  • Requires two units for stereo sound.
  • Compression artifacts at max volume.
5.8 Videos/Movies

The JBL Charge 5 is middling for watching videos and movies. It has a balanced mid-range out-of-the-box that ensures voices and dialogue sounds clear and present in the mix. It also has low Bluetooth latency with iOS and Android devices, so there shouldn't be a noticeable delay between your audio and video, though some apps compensate for latency differently, and your experience may differ. Unfortunately, it lacks a thumpy and rumbling low-bass, which may disappoint fans of action-packed films.

Pros
  • Low Bluetooth latency.
  • Balanced mid-range.
Cons
  • Requires two units for stereo sound.
  • Compression artifacts at max volume.
7.4 Podcasts

The JBL Charge 5 is satisfactory for podcasts. This speaker is remarkably portable, so you can easily move it with you from room to room. It has a balanced mid-range, so voices and dialogue are reproduced accurately and with detail. Its directivity is also decent, meaning you can hear your audio clearly from most angles. There's some compression present at max volume that can degrade the quality of your audio as you increase the speaker's volume.

Pros
  • Incredibly portable.
Cons
  • Compression artifacts at max volume.
2.8 Voice Assistant

The JBL Charge 5 doesn't support voice assistants.

7.6 Outdoors

The JBL Charge 5 is good for outdoor use. Its long battery life and great build quality make it suitable for long days spent outdoors. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, so you don't have to worry about it getting a bit wet from light rain while outside. Its neutral sound profile is also good for listening to a wide variety of audio content. That said, it lacks low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music.

Pros
  • Fantastic battery life.
  • IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.
Cons
  • Requires two units for stereo sound.
  • Compression artifacts at max volume.
  • 6.5 Music
  • 5.8 Videos/Movies
  • 7.4 Podcasts
  • 2.8 Voice Assistant
  • 7.6 Outdoors
  1. Updated Jan 19, 2022: Retested the speaker after updating the firmware (V.0.8.2.0). Updated the test result for 'EQ' from 'No' to 'Graphic' in the 'App' Box.
  2. Updated Nov 25, 2021: Updated the text to specify the first two letters preceding our model's serial number.
  3. Updated May 10, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated May 06, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The JBL Charge 5 is the next generation of the JBL Charge 4. They have similar designs, though the JBL logo on the Charge 5 is much larger and looks more like the one on the JBL Xtreme 3. It's fairly small, and is meant to be placed horizontally on its base, and its power, Bluetooth, and battery indicator lights light up when the speaker is on. It comes in many different colors, so you can choose one that suits your style. We tested the 'Black' variant.

9.1
Design
Portability
Volume
121 inยณ (1,982 cmยณ)
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
Power Source
Battery & USB
One-Hand Carry
Yes

The JBL Charge 5 is incredibly portable. This small, lightweight speaker can be carried in one hand, making it easy to take when you're on the move. It's also battery-powered, so you can take it outdoors with you without needing to connect it to an outlet. For an even smaller and more portable JBL speaker, check out the JBL Flip 6.

8.3
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Great
Water Resistance
Submersible (IPx7)
Dust Resistance
Dust-Proof (IP6x)
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
Unspecified

The JBL Charge 5 has an impressive build quality. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. Its made of materials that feel solid, and there are also two bass radiators on either side of the speaker. On its rear, there's a USB-A port in a sealed compartment and a Type-C charging port.

5.9
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Good
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Physical)
Call Answer/End
No
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
No
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

The JBL Charge 5 has + and - buttons you can use to adjust the speaker's volume. While there's some audible feedback to indicate when you reach its max volume, there isn't any for when you reach its minimum volume. Its play and pause button can also be double-pressed to skip to your next track. However, there isn't a way to skip to your previous track. You can pair it to your devices via Bluetooth by pressing its designated button. This should trigger a flashing light when it's in pairing mode and a solid blue light once it's paired.

It also has a PartyBoost button you can press when you want to connect it to other PartyBoost-compatible speakers. You can control this feature in its companion app. Lastly, there are horizontal dots at the bottom of the speaker that light up to indicate the speaker's battery level.

Design
In The Box

  • JBL Charge 5 speaker
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • Quick Start Guide

Sound
6.7
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
0.29
Std. Err.
3.90 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
58.2 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
18.5 kHz

The JBL Charge 5's frequency response accuracy is alright. It has a fairly neutral sound profile that ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. However, it lacks low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. Fortunately, you can customize its sound to your liking, thanks to the graphic EQ featured in its companion app.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
5.8
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
4.27 dB
Stereo
No (mono)

The JBL Charge 5's soundstage performance is sub-par. It has decent directivity, meaning you can hear your audio clearly from most angles. However, the overemphasis in the treble range can make its soundstage feel a bit uneven. It also needs to be paired to another unit to play stereo sound and has to downmix stereo content to mono when using it on its own, which doesn't sound as immersive. If you're looking for a speaker with a fantastic soundstage, check out the Sony SRS-RA3000.

6.5
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
88.9 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
3.16 dB

The JBL Charge 5 has fair dynamics. It doesn't get very loud and isn't suitable for large parties. There's also some compression present at max volume, which can affect the quality of your audio when the speaker is pushed to its louder volume levels.

Active Features
8.6
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
14.5 hrs
Charge Time
3.8 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
USB-C

The JBL Charge 5 has an excellent battery performance. While it's advertised to last around 20 hours from a single 4-hour charge, it lasted over 14 hours in our tests, which is still superb. That said, battery life can vary depending on usage, so your real-world experience may vary. It also has a power-saving feature that shuts the speaker off after it's left inactive for a while.

0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Siri
No
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No
Far-Field Performance
No Microphone
Ambient Noise Performance
No Microphone
7.9
Active Features
App
App Name
JBL Portable
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
Graphic
Stereo Pair Mode
Yes
Party Mode
Yes
Multi-Room
No

Update 01/19/2022: Thanks to user feedback, we've updated the firmware (V.0.8.2.0), and retested the speaker. The JBL Portable app now features a graphic EQ. We've changed the test result for 'EQ' from 'No' to 'Graphic' and updated the text accordingly.

The JBL Charge 5's companion app is very good. There's a graphic EQ you can use to customize the speaker's sound profile to your liking. There's a Party Mode function you can access by selecting PartyBoost in its main menu, so you can connect it to other PartyBoost-compatible speakers to play music at once. You can also pair two speakers together to create a stereo pair. That said, it doesn't offer a Multi-Room function, so you can't use it to play different content on different speakers in different rooms at once.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
No
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
Yes

The JBL Charge 5 can be used as a power bank to charge your devices via its USB-A port. That said, unlike the JBL Charge 4, it doesn't feature an AUX input to wire your devices to the speaker.

8.5
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.1
Bluetooth iOS Latency
125 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
102 ms
Bluetooth Range
328.1 ft (100.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices

The JBL Charge 5 has a great Bluetooth performance. You can connect it to two devices at once, which can come in handy when you need to switch between audio sources quickly. It also has fairly low latency with iOS and Android devices, making it suitable for watching movies and videos. However, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your experience may differ.

0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
No Wi-Fi
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

Update 11/25/2021: Users have reported differences in the performance and build of variants of this speaker depending on the first two letters preceding its serial number. We've updated the text to include the letters preceding the serial number on our model.

The JBL Charge 5 comes in nine color variants: 'Black', 'Red', 'Blue', 'Teal', 'Grey', 'White', 'Pink', 'Khaki' and 'Squad'. We tested the 'Black' variant; you can find its label here. The serial number on our speaker begins with 'TT'.

If you come across any other variants of this speaker, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The JBL Charge 5 is a portable Bluetooth speaker similar to the JBL Charge 4. The Charge 5 has a more neutral sound profile than its predecessor and is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It also comes with a PartyBoost button you can use to pair it to other PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers like the JBL Xtreme 3, as opposed to the Charge 4, which features a Connect+ button.

See also our recommendations for the best JBL speakers, the best Bluetooth speakers, and the best outdoor speakers.

JBL Charge 4

The JBL Charge 5 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 4. The Charge 5 has a more balanced sound profile. It's also better-built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in a meter of water for 30 minutes. That said, while the Charge 5 can connect to PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers, it can't connect to those with the Connect+ feature like its predecessor. The Charge 4 has lower latency with iOS and Android devices, though some apps compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary.

JBL Flip 5

The JBL Charge 5 is a better speaker than the JBL Flip 5. The Charge 5 has a more neutral sound profile, and longer battery life, though the latter can vary depending on your usage habits. It's also better built and is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance. However, while the Charge 5 can get louder with slightly fewer compression artifacts at max volume, the Flip 5 has a somewhat wider-sounding soundstage.

JBL Xtreme 3

The JBL Xtreme 3 and the JBL Charge 5 are very similar speakers. While they both have very similar designs, the Charge 5 is smaller, lighter, and more portable. It also has a slightly better-balanced sound profile. That said, the Xtreme 3 can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which sounds more immersive. It uses the JBL Connect app, as opposed to the Charge 5 that uses the JBL Portable app.

JBL Flip 6

The JBL Charge 5 and the JBL Flip 6 have different strengths. The Charge 5 can get slightly louder and can produce a more extended low-bass out-of-the-box. It also has a much longer battery life, though this can vary depending on your usage. However, the Flip 6 is smaller and has a removable carrying strap, making it a bit more portable than the Charge 5. It also has better directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage.

Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3

The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. The Ultimate Ears can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono and has an outstanding soundstage, thanks to its 360-degree design. That said, the JBL has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. You can connect it to two devices at once, which can come in handy when you need to switch between two audio sources quickly.

Bose SoundLink Flex

 The JBL Charge 5 and the Bose SoundLink Flex perform similarly. They both offer neutral sound profiles and are well-built with IP67 ratings for dust and water resistance. The JBL's battery lasts longer than the Bose, though this can vary depending on your usage. However, the Bose is a bit smaller in size and supports voice assistants through your smartphone.

JBL Xtreme 2

The JBL Xtreme 2 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. While the Charge 5 has a more balanced sound profile, the Xtreme 2 can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. It can also get louder than the Charge 5, with fewer compression artifacts at max volume, and supports voice assistants through your smartphone.

Sonos Roam

The Sonos Roam and the JBL Charge 5 are similar speakers, though they have different strengths. The Sonos is smaller and more portable than the JBL. It has outstanding voice assistant performance and comes with bass and treble sliders you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. However, the JBL can get louder than the Sonos with fewer compression artifacts at max volume. It can be paired to two devices at once via Bluetooth and has outstanding battery life, though this can vary depending on your usage habits, so your real-world experience may differ.

JBL Pulse 4

The JBL Charge 5 is a slightly better speaker than the JBL Pulse 4. The Charge 5 is better-built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It can also get louder and offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce deeper bass than the Pulse 4. That said, the Pulse 4 comes with customizable RGB lights and offers a more natural-sounding soundstage, thanks to its 360-degree design.

Sony SRS-XB33

The Sony SRS-XB33 is a slightly better speaker than JBL Charge 5. The JBL has a better-balanced sound profile and slightly longer battery life, though battery life can vary depending on usage, so your experience may differ. However, the Sony comes with a ClearAudio+ feature advertised to automatically adjust its sound according to your audio. It also supports voice assistants through your smartphone, though its performance isn't very good.

Sony SRS-XB43

The Sony SRS-XB43 is a slightly better speaker than the JBL Charge 5 though they're similar. The JBL is smaller and has a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. That said, like many Sony speakers we've tested, the Sony has a ClearAudio+ feature advertised to adjust the speaker's sound according to your audio content and can get louder than the JBL. It also supports voice assistants through your smartphone, though its performance isn't great.

Ultimate Ears BOOM 3

Depending on your preferences, you may prefer either the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 or the JBL Charge 5. The Ultimate Ears is better built and has a wider and more open-sounding soundstage, thanks to its 360-degree design. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. That said, the JBL has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce more extended low-bass than the Ultimate Ears out-of-the-box. It can also get slightly louder, though there's some compression at max volume that may affect the clarity of your audio at louder volumes.

Marshall Emberton

You may prefer either the Marshall Emberton or the JBL Charge 5, depending on your preferences. The Marshall is smaller and offers a soundstage that can be perceived as open and spacious. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which sounds more immersive. That said, the JBL can get louder with less compression at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volume levels. It also has a longer battery life, lasting over 14 hours from a single charge, though this can depend on your usage. Additionally, you can connect the JBL to other PartyBoost-compatible speakers to create a stereo pair or when you want your audio to fill a large room.

Bose SoundLink Revolve

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Bose SoundLink Revolve or the JBL Charge 5. The Bose has a better directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, so its soundstage is perceived to sound wider and more open than the JBL. It also supports voice assistants through your smartphone and does a good job of understanding your commands from far and in noisier environments. That said, the JBL is better built. It can also get louder and produce a more extended low-bass than the Bose.

Anker Soundcore Motion Boom

The JBL Charge 5 and the Anker Soundcore Motion Boom are similar speakers. The JBL has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box that's suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. It's smaller, making it a bit more portable. You can also pair it to up to two devices at once, so you can easily switch between audio sources. That said, the Anker can get louder with less compression at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. It also supports voice assistants through your smartphone, though its performance isn't great.

JBL Boombox 2

The JBL Boombox 2 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. The Boombox 2 can produce deeper bass and can get louder than the Charge 5. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. The Charge 5 is smaller and more portable than the Boombox 2. It's also better built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.

Beats Pill+

The JBL Charge 5 is a better speaker than the Beats Pill+ overall. The JBL offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass than the Beats. It's better-built and has a longer-lasting battery life, though battery performance can depend on your usage, and your experience may differ. That said, the Beats can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which is more immersive.

Sonos Move

The Sonos Move is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5 overall. The Sonos has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass than the JBL. Its sound profile is more customizable, thanks to the bass and treble adjustments featured on its companion app. It even offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. That said, the JBL is smaller than the Sonos, making it easier to transport with you when you're on the go.

JBL Flip 4

The JBL Charge 5 and JBL Flip 4 are similar speakers with different strengths. The Flip 4 is smaller, making it easier to carry around with you when you're on the go. It can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono resulting in a more immersive soundstage. It also supports voice assistants through your smartphone. That said, the JBL Charge 5 offers a better-balanced sound profile and has a longer-lasting 14.5-hour battery life. However, battery performance can vary depending on your usage, and your experience may differ. Also, while the Flip 4 is compatible with JBL speakers that support JBL Connect+, the Charge 5 can only be paired to PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers.

Bose SoundLink Revolve II

The Bose SoundLink Revolve II is a slightly better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. The Bose offers a wider and more natural-sounding soundstage thanks to its 360-degree design. It also has a slightly better-balanced sound profile than that of the JBL. Additionally, it supports voice assistants through your smartphone and does an excellent job of understanding you from far and in noisy environments. That said, the JBL is better built and can also get slightly louder than the Bose with less compression at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio.

Sony SRS-XB23

The JBL Charge 5 is a slightly better speaker than the Sony SRS-XB23. The Sony offers a wider-sounding soundstage thanks to its 360-degree design and can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. It also supports voice assistants through your smartphone, though its performance isn't great. However, the JBL offers a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box and can produce a more extended low-bass. It can also get a bit louder with less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. Additionally, it has a longer-lasting battery life, though this can depend on your usage.

Sonos One Gen 2

The Sonos One Gen 2 and the JBL Charge 5 are for different uses. The Sonos is a wired Wi-Fi speaker that needs to remain connected to a power outlet to work and is for use at home. It offers great voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. It can also produce a slightly more extended low-bass than the JBL. That said, the JBL is Bluetooth-compatible and is battery-powered, making it more portable. It can get a bit louder with less compression present at max volume and can pair to two devices at once, so you can quickly switch between audio sources.

JBL Clip 4

The JBL Charge 5 is a better speaker than the JBL Clip 4 overall, though you may prefer one over the other depending on your listening habits. The Charge 5 offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce deeper bass than the Clip 4. It can also get louder and can last over 14 hours from a single charge, though this can depend on your usage. That said, the Clip 4 is smaller and more portable thanks to its built-in carabiner hook. It also offers a wider-sounding soundstage.

Anker Soundcore Motion+

The Anker Soundcore Motion+ is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. The JBL is better-built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It also has a better-balanced sound profile than the Anker out-of-the-box. However, the Anker can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. Additionally, it supports voice assistants through your smartphone, though it doesn't do a good job of hearing you from far and in noisy settings.

Harman/Kardon Onyx Studio 6

The JBL Charge 5 is a better speaker than the Harman/Kardon Onyx Studio 6. The JBL is better built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It's smaller, more portable, and has a longer-lasting battery life than the Harman, though battery life can depend on your usage habits, and your experience may differ. That said, the Harman can produce a slightly more extended low-bass than the JBL.

JBL PartyBox 100

The JBL PartyBox 100 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. It can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono which is more immersive. It can get significantly louder than the Charge 5 with less compression at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. When set to 'Bass Boost 1', it can produce a more extended low-bass. That said, the Charge 5 is smaller and more portable. It's also better-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.

Apple HomePod mini

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Apple HomePod mini or the JBL Charge 5. The Apple is a wired speaker designed for home use. It offers good voice assistant support with Siri built-in. It also has better directivity, resulting in a more open-sounding soundstage. That said, the JBL is battery-powered, making it portable. It can also get louder and has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass than the Apple.

Bose Home Speaker 300

You may prefer either the Bose Home Speaker 300 or the JBL Charge 5, depending on your listening habits. The Bose is a wired speaker designed for home use that offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. It comes with bass and treble adjustments to customize its sound. It also has better directivity, so its soundstage is perceived as more wide and spacious. However, the JBL is smaller and is battery-powered, making it easier to take with you when you're on the go. You can also pair it to up to two devices at once, so you can easily switch between audio sources.

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2

The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5, though they have different strengths. The Ultimate Ears is smaller, more portable, and has much better directivity resulting in a more open and natural-sounding soundstage. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono and has fewer compression artifacts at max volume. The JBL can produce deeper bass than the Ultimate Ears, and you can pair it to multiple PartyBoost-compatible speakers, which can come in handy when you want your audio to fill a large room.

Anker Soundcore Flare 2

You may prefer either the Anker Soundcore Flare 2 or the JBL Charge 5, depending on your listening habits. The JBL has a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box that can produce a slightly more extended low-bass than the Anker. It's better built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance and can also get a bit louder. That said, the Anker can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono and offers a wider-sounding soundstage, thanks to its 360-degree design.

Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ II is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. It has a slightly better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box and offers a wider-sounding soundstage thanks to its 360-degree design. It also supports voice assistants through your smartphone. That said, the JBL has a longer battery life, though this can vary depending on your usage habits.

Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM

The Ultimate Ears HYPERBOOM is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. The Ultimate Ears can get much louder with much less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. That said, the JBL is smaller and more portable. It's also better-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.

Anker Soundcore 3

The JBL Charge 5 is a slightly better speaker than the Anker Soundcore 3. The JBL offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass than the Anker out-of-the-box. It can also get louder and has a wider-sounding soundstage. That said, the Anker is smaller and can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which is more immersive.

Bose SoundLink Color II

The JBL Charge 5 is a slightly better speaker than the Bose SoundLink Color II. The JBL has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a deeper and more extended low-bass than the Bose. It's also better built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. However, the Bose is slightly smaller and more portable than the JBL. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, resulting in a more immersive soundstage.

JBL GO 3

The JBL Charge 5 is a better speaker than the JBL GO 3, though you may prefer one over the other depending on your listening habits. The Charge 5 can produce deeper bass than the GO 3. It can get louder and has a longer-lasting battery life, though this can depend on your usage. You can also pair it to other PartyBoost-compatible speakers when you want your audio to fill a large space without increasing the volume. That said, the GO 3 is a more compact speaker with a built-in carrying strap, so you can easily take it on the go with you. It also offers a slightly wider-sounding soundstage.

Bose Portable Smart Speaker

The Bose Portable Smart Speaker is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. The Bose offers fantastic voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in and has no trouble understanding your commands from far or in noisier environments. It's more customizable thanks to the bass and treble adjustments featured in its companion app, meaning you can tweak its sound to your liking. It also offers a wider-sounding soundstage, so your audio sounds clearer from most angles. That said, the JBL is better-built and has a much longer-lasting battery life, though this can vary depending on your usage.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2

The Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 Gen 2 is a slightly better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. The Bang & Olufsen has better directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage, and offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa built-in. That said, the JBL has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass out-of-the-box. It can also get louder with slightly less compression at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner at louder volumes. Additionally, it has a much longer-lasting battery life, though this can depend on your usage, and your experience may vary.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore

You may prefer either the JBL Charge 5 or the Bang & Olufsen Beosound Explore depending on your listening habits. The JBL offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low bass than the Bang & Olufsen. It also has a longer-lasting battery life, though this can vary depending on your usage. That said, the Bang & Olufsen comes with presets and a 'Beosonic' sound customization feature to tweak its sound to your liking. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono and has better directivity, resulting in a wider and more immersive-sounding soundstage.

Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST

The Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. The Ultimate Ears has better directivity, resulting in a more open-sounding soundstage. It can get louder with less compression present at max volume, and it even offers incredible voice assistant support with Alexa built-in. That said, the JBL has a longer-lasting battery life, though this can depend on your usage, and your experience may differ. You can also pair it to up to two devices at once, so you can easily switch between audio sources.

Apple HomePod

The Apple HomePod is a slightly better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. The Apple has fantastic directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, so your audio sounds clear from all angles. It can produce a more extended low-bass and has less compression at max volume. It also offers excellent voice assistant support with Siri built-in. That said, the JBL is smaller and more portable. It supports Bluetooth connectivity, while the Apple mainly supports Wi-Fi. The Apple may also be harder to find in new condition since it's been discontinued.

Sony SRS-XG500

The Sony SRS-XG500 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. The Sony can produce deeper bass than the JBL and can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. It can also get louder and has a mic/guitar input and RGB lights. That said, the JBL is smaller and more portable than the Sony. It's also better-built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.

Sony SRS-XB13

The JBL Charge 5 is a better speaker than the Sony SRS-XB13. The JBL can produce a more extended low-bass and can get louder than the Sony. It has a longer-lasting battery life of over 14 hours, though this can vary depending on your usage. You can connect it to PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers to create a stereo pair or amplify your audio across a large space. The Sony is smaller, making it more portable. It offers a wider and more natural-sounding soundstage and supports voice assistants through your smartphone.

JBL PartyBox 310

The JBL PartyBox 310 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5, though they have different strengths. The PartyBox 310 can produce a much more extended low-bass, meaning you can feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM. It can get significantly louder with less compression at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner at louder volume levels. It even features a 'Mic' and a 'Mic or Guitar' input. That said, the Charge 5's smaller size makes it much more portable. It's also better built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.

Harman/Kardon Aura Studio 3

The Harman/Kardon Aura Studio 3 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. The Harman/Kardon is a wired home speaker that offers a more immersive and natural-sounding soundstage. It can also get louder with less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volumes. That said, the JBL is smaller, battery-powered, and better-built, making it more portable. You can also pair it to multiple other PartyBoost-compatible speakers when you want your audio to fill a large space.

Sonos Five

The Sonos Five is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5, though they have different strengths. The Sonos can produce the deep thump and rumble in low-bass that fans of bass-heavy music tend to enjoy. It comes with bass and treble adjustments, meaning you can tweak its sound to your liking. You can also place it horizontally to listen to stereo content and vertically for mono. However, the JBL has less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio during louder listening sessions. It's also battery-powered, making it more portable. Also, you can pair up to two devices to it at once, so you can easily switch between audio sources.

Bose Home Speaker 500

The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5, though they have different strengths. The Bose can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono and has better directivity resulting in a wider and more immersive-sounding soundstage. Its companion app features bass and treble adjustments you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It also offers incredible voice assistant support with Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. That said, the JBL is battery-powered, making it easier to take with you when you're on the move. You can pair it with up to two devices at once, so you can easily switch between audio sources.

Bose SoundLink Micro

The JBL Charge 5 is a better speaker than the Bose SoundLink Micro. The JBL can get louder and has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass than the Bose. It also has a longer-lasting battery life, though this can depend on your usage. However, the Bose is smaller, making it more portable than the JBL. It also has better directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage.

Sonos Roam SL

The JBL Charge 5 is a better speaker than the Sonos Roam SL. The JBL can get a bit louder than the Sonos speaker and can produce a more extended low-bass. It has a longer-lasting battery life, making it better suited for long listening sessions. You can also connect it to two devices at once, which is handy when you quickly need to switch between audio sources. You can even use the speaker's USB-A port to charge your own devices. However, the Sonos is smaller, making it a bit more portable. It's also Wi-Fi-compatible and supports Apple AirPlay.

Anker Soundcore 2

The JBL Charge 5 is a better speaker than the Anker Soundcore 2. The JBL has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a much more extended low-bass than the Anker. It can be paired to up to two devices at once, which can come in handy when you need to quickly switch between audio sources. You can also use its PartyBoost feature to connect it to other PartyBoost-compatible speakers when you want your audio to fill a large room. That said, the Anker can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which is more immersive. It also supports voice assistants through your smartphone, though its performance isn't great.

JBL PartyBox 110

The JBL PartyBox 110 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5, though they have different strengths. The PartyBox is a large stereo party speaker with customizable RGB lights, DJ effects, and mic and guitar inputs. It can produce a more extended low-bass than the Charge 5 and can get louder with less compression at max volume. However, the Charge 5 is better built and is significantly smaller, making it easier to carry with you when you're on the move. It also has a PartyBoost button you can use to pair it to multiple other PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers.

Sonos One SL

The JBL Charge 5 is a slightly better speaker than the Sonos One SL. The JBL is better-built, battery-powered, and supports Bluetooth, making it more portable and easier to bring with you on the go. It can get louder than the Sonos with less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volume levels. It can also be paired to up to two devices at once, which is handy when you need to quickly switch between audio sources. That said, the Sonos is a wired Wi-Fi speaker designed for use at home and can produce a more extended low-bass out-of-the-box.

Alpine Corporation Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker

The JBL Charge 5 is a better speaker than the Alpine Corporation Solar Bluetooth Rock Speaker. The JBL has a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a significantly more extended low-bass. It can get a bit louder and offers a somewhat wider-sounding soundstage. Also, it's smaller, making it more portable and easier to take with you on the go. That said, the Alpine's rock-like design and built-in solar panel give it a more outdoor-friendly look. It also has less compression present at max volume, resulting in cleaner audio at louder volume levels.

Amazon Echo Gen 4

The Amazon Echo Gen 2 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5. The Amazon offers outstanding voice assistant support with Alexa built-in. It can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono and comes with bass and treble adjustments you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. That said, the JBL is battery-powered, so you can easily carry it around with you without needing to keep it plugged into a power source. It's also well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, so you don't have to worry about it getting a bit wet or dirty when taking it outdoors with you.

Klipsch The Three II

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Klipsch The Three II or the JBL Charge 5. The Klipsch can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, resulting in a more immersive soundstage, and it can also get significantly louder than the JBL. That said, the JBL is battery-powered, making it more portable. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It also has a better-balanced, and more neutral sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content.

Klipsch The One II

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Klipsch The One II or the JBL Charge 5. The Klipsch is a wired speaker designed for home use that needs to remain plugged into a power source to work. It can get louder than the JBL and comes with an AUX input to wire your devices to the speaker. It can also play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which is more immersive. That said, the JBL is a portable speaker with a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box and features a graphic EQ to customize its sound to your liking. It's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, so you don't have to worry about it getting a bit wet or dusty when taking it outdoors with you.

Yamaha MusicCast 50

The Yamaha MusicCast 50 is a better speaker than the JBL Charge 5 overall, though you may prefer one over the other depending on your listening habits. The Yamaha can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono and can get louder than the JBL with less compression at max volume, so your audio sounds cleaner at louder volumes. You can also connect it to MusicCast-compatible speakers and soundbars across your home. The JBL is better-built and is battery-powered, making it more portable than the Yamaha, and better-suited to bring along outdoors with you.

Sony SRS-RA5000

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sony SRS-RA5000 or the JBL Charge 5. The Sony is a wired speaker designed for home use. It supports Wi-Fi and has a wider-sounding soundstage. It can also get louder than the JBL. That said, the JBL is more portable than the Sony and is better built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It can also connect to multiple other PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers.

ION Pathfinder 280

The JBL Charge 5 and the ION Pathfinder 280 are designed for different uses and have different strengths. The JBL is a small, better-built portable speaker you can easily bring along with you on the go. It has a better-balanced sound profile than the ION and can produce a more extended low-bass. However, the ION is a larger speaker designed for use at large gatherings like parties. It comes with RGB lights, radio capabilities, and two AUX and USB ports to wire your devices to the speaker. It also gets incredibly loud with less compression at max volume, so audio quality doesn't degrade as much as you bump up its volume.

IKEA SYMFONISK Speaker lamp

The JBL Charge 5 and the IKEA SYMFONISK Speaker lamp are for different uses. The JBL is a well-built Bluetooth speaker designed to be portable and easy to carry along with you on the move. It has less compression present at max volume, and its sound profile is also more balanced out-of-the-box. The IKEA model has a dual function as a Wi-Fi speaker and a lamp and is designed for use at home and to blend in with your decor. It can produce a more extended low-bass with its room correction feature enabled. It also offers a more open-sounding soundstage and supports Apple AirPlay. However, its room correction feature is only available with iOS devices.

TREBLAB HD77

The JBL Charge 5 is a better speaker than the TREBLAB HD77. The JBL offers a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box that can produce a more extended low-bass than the TREBLAB. It features a graphic EQ to customize its sound to your liking, and it can get a bit louder with less compression at max volume. It's also rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be dust-tight and immersible in a meter of water for 30 minutes. That said, the TREBLAB can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which is more immersive. Its soundstage is perceived as wider and more open. You can also wire your devices to the speaker via its AUX input.

TREBLAB HD-Max

The JBL Charge 5 is a slightly better speaker than the TREBLAB HD-Max overall, though they perform similarly. The JBL's sound profile is better-balanced out of the box, and it can produce a more extended low-bass. It comes with a graphic EQ to customize its sound to your liking, and it has better directivity, resulting in a wider-sounding soundstage. It's also smaller and better built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. The TREBLAB can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which is more immersive. It can get louder than the JBL, and it has a longer-lasting battery life that's better suited for long listening sessions. It also comes with an AUX port you can use to wire your devices to the speaker.

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