Wired speakers are a thing of the past now. In modern times, wireless speakers have all but replaced the headache of having entangled wires and plug sockets ruin your pleasant music listening experience. Wireless speakers have mainly two advantages. One is obviously the wireless aspect and more importantly, they serve an important function of portability which the wired speakers cannot offer. With powerful batteries, they will allow you to have a good time during one of your pool parties, picnics, etc.JBL is one of the leading manufacturers of speakers worldwide. Here we compare the features of their two versions of wireless speakers, the JBL Go, and JBL Go2.

COMPARISON OF FEATURES

Features JBL GO JBL GO2
Bluetooth version:  4.1 4.1
Weight 130gm 180gm
Charging time 1.5 hours 2.5 hours
Waterproof No Yes.IPX7 rating
Music Playing time up to 5 hours up to 5hours
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JBL Go

The JBL GO is the wireless speaker from JBL that is a convenient replacement option for your traditional wired speakers. It packs a punch when it comes to the sound quality as to be expected from JBL. The wireless feature is enabled by the Bluetooth technology so that you can play your sound from your smartphones or tablets or even a PC  on your JBL Go.

In short, you won’t be able to play your music from CD player wirelessly unless it is a smart DVD player which is highly unlikely. But you can use it to connect the speaker in the traditional way via an aux cable. But this is not the feature you would buy a wireless speaker for. Comfortability along with portability is what JBL Go will offer you. And this is in addition to the excellent sound quality. It is powered by a powerful rechargeable battery that will give you a maximum of 5 hours of playtime on a full charge so that you can safely take it with you on your picnics without the worry of having the battery run out of charge you also will not have to worry about disconnecting your speaker every time you want to receive a phone call as the Go is equipped with a speakerphone.

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Wireless Bluetooth Streaming

You will be able to play music from your smartphone or tablet wirelessly.

Rechargeable Battery

It comes with a powerful rechargeable Li-ion battery that supports up to 5 hours of playtime.

Speakerphone

It allows you to take calls from your speaker with just a touch of a button.

Look and Feel

The simplicity of design is definitely a plus point for this speaker. It comes in 8 different colors. Integrated carrying strap hook (strap optional) adds to the comfortability factor.

Audio Cable Input

If your music source is not equipped with the Bluetooth technology, then you can use this speaker in the traditional way of connecting it with an aux cable.

General Specifications

  • Weight: 130 g
  • Bluetooth version: 4.1
  • Support: A2DP V1.2, AVRCP V1.4, HFP V1.6, HSP V1.2
  • Dimensions(H x W x D):  68.3 x 82.7 x 30.8 (mm)

Battery

  • Battery type: Lithium-ion polymer (3.7V, 600mAh)
  • Battery charge time: 1.5 hours
  • Music playing time: up to 5 hours (varies by volume level and audio content)

JBL Go2


The JBL GO 2 as the name suggests, an improved version of its predecessor the JBL Go. The notable improvement from its predecessor is obviously its waterproof feature. This feature will allow you to take it with you anywhere from pools to beaches without having to worry about it malfunctioning.

It can survive splashes of water. However, do not submerge it under water for a long period of time. You will be able to stream music via Bluetooth for up to 5 hours wirelessly. Compared to its predecessor, GO 2 also improved upon its phone call experience.

Wireless Bluetooth Streaming

Wirelessly stream high-quality sound from your smartphone or tablet.

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Rechargeable Battery

Built-in, rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 5 hours of playtime.

Waterproof design

The IPX7 waterproof rating is the biggest advantage of choosing Go2 instead of Go. This rating makes GO 2 an ideal choice for listening to music by the beach or poolside without having to worry about harming your speakers from splashes of water. However, do not submerge your Go2 underwater for a long time.

Speakerphone

The quality of the speakerphone is another improvement from the Go. You will receive clear, good quality calling experience with this speaker.

Audio cable input

If your music source does not come with a Bluetooth setup, go the traditional way with an aux cable to listen to your music.

General Specifications

  • Music playing time : 5 hours
  • Dimensions(cm):7.12 x 8.6 x 3.16
  • Weight(kgs):0.18
  • Bluetooth version: 4.1
  • Charging time:  (hrs)2.5

Features

  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Speakerphone: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • 3.5 mm audio cable Input: Yes
  • Auto-power off: Yes

CONS

Let’s talk about a few downsides of the JBL Go2.

Battery
Battery capacity : (mAh)730

  • If you had to pick a con for this amazing gadget, it would be a disappointment with the battery life. On a full charge, it gives just 5 hours of playtime which is not an improvement of any sort from its predecessor, the JBL Go2. There are other speakers on the market that provides more battery life.
  • It takes more time to charge the JBL Go2 compared to JBL Go.

VERDICT

JBL Go2 is definitely an improvement from JBL Go. But if you already own a JBL Go, then going for JBL Go may not be the ideal choice as the water resistance feature is the only feature it has been improved. Unless you plan to take your speaker near water, you can stick with your JBL Go.

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