Bluetooth speaker "JBL PULSE 2" released last month from audio brand "JBL". It is a new model of the "JBL Pulse" series equipped with multi-color LEDs, and features illumination that emits light in time with music.
This item is likely to be a big success in party scenes such as Christmas and year-end parties toward the end of the year. I rented a special product this time, so I want to enjoy it.
■ Exciting illumination and high-quality sound balance
The main body size is H194.4 x W84.2 x D84.2mm, and the weight is 775g (27.34oz). You can easily connect to your smartphone or PC by turning on the power of the main unit and pressing the Bluetooth button.
When you play the music immediately, the colorful lights show smooth and dynamic movements. I had imagined a glare like an electric bulletin board, but I couldn't help but admire the soft and delicate movements.
Many speakers of the same brand produce strong bass, but PULSE2 has the impression that the bass is not produced too much and the overall sound is well-balanced. Is it for people who want BGM-like sound quality rather than listening firmly?
■ It's not just shining!
Eight types of preset illuminations such as "Fire", "Hotaru", and "Star" are prepared, and can be changed according to the song and mood (can be turned off). Illuminations can be operated from the main unit panel as well as the dedicated smartphone application "JBL Connect" (free). When you're not listening to music, you can play sound effects such as burning firewood and rain depending on the mode, so you can enjoy it as an interior.
A little interesting is the "canvas" mode. In this mode, the figure drawn on the smartphone screen is reflected in the illumination as it is.
Furthermore, when a sensor such as a camera lens is activated toward an interior or wallpaper, the illumination changes to the recognized color. It responded accurately to even a small piece of paper, so it would be interesting to change it to suit the clothes of the people around you.
■ I want to take you anywhere
The main unit has a built-in large capacity 6,000mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which enables wireless playback for about 10 hours. It also supports hands-free calling and splash proof (IPX5 waterproof function), so it is recommended for outdoor activities as well as kitchens and bathrooms.
By the way, in addition to being able to connect two units wirelessly at the same time, stereo playback with the two units set to the left and right channels is also possible using the above-mentioned app. You can enjoy more realistic sound. It seems that there is also a function to make multiple units shine in the same color, so I definitely want to arrange about 5 units to produce a feast of light and sound similar to that of an electrical parade (if you have money ...).
The price on the official online shopping site is 25,880 yen (excluding tax). Personally, I've never thought that speakers needed illumination, but when I actually saw the shimmering light, I felt that my favorite song was more emotional than usual, which made me very excited. In addition, a new color "Silver" is scheduled to be released in late November, and I would like to confidently recommend it to those who are considering purchasing a Bluetooth speaker this winter.