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JBL Go review

Priced at $30.

CHOICE Expert Rating

72%

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CHOICE Expert rating

This is the product's overall performance score, based on key tests conducted by our industry experts in the CHOICE labs.

Good points

•  Good audio score
•  Good battery life

Bad points

•  Short USB cable
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CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

The overall score is made up of the audio score (60%), battery score (20%) and ease of use score (20%).

72%
Audio score View more details.

Performance tests are based on our listening panel's appraisal of two pieces of music. The speaker is positioned about two metres away from the listener, with the panel assessing overall quality.

73%
Battery score View more details.

We drain the battery life of each speaker using a fixed, looped, nine hour playlist. The speakers are drained twice only if the results are consistent, and a third time if the difference between the first two runs is greater than five percent.

72%
Ease of use score View more details.

Ease of use is important for a wireless speaker, particularly with some of the more fully featured models that can take some time to learn the controls and options available. Our tester looks at initial setup, how the speaker deals with an incoming phone call in the middle of music playback and any physical controls on the speaker.

71%
Battery time - measured (hours) View more details.

We drain the battery life of each speaker using a fixed, looped, nine hour playlist. The speakers are drained twice only if the results are consistent, and a third time if the difference between the first two runs is greater than five percent. The figure published is an average. 

4.5
Recommended View more details.

Recommended speakers have earned an overall score of 70% or above. Overall scores are made up of audio, battery and ease of use scores.

No
Availability View more details.

'Tested' means you ought to be able to find this in retailers. We check availability every time we test, which is about two times a year. 'Discontinued' means you may have trouble finding this product as it is no longer in production; however, you may find this product online either locally or overseas.

Discontinued model
Price View more details.

Recommended retail. You may be able to find a better price by shopping around.

$30
Weight (g) View more details.

Excluding power lead, rounded to nearest 100g.

141
Charging time claimed (hours)
1.5
Dimensions (mm, HxWxD) View more details.

Rounded up to nearest 5mm.

69 x 83 x 31
Attachments View more details.

Details whether the speaker has been designed with loops, a carabiner or other hanging mechanism

Laynard/strap loop facility
Warranty
1
Stereo speaker View more details.

Stereo speakers play audio from a left and right channel, creating the illusion sound is coming from more than one direction.

No
Pair with additional speaker View more details.

Some speakers can be paired together in order to play back music with more volume, or to simulate a stereo speaker set up. 

No
Bluetooth version
4.1
Auxiliary input View more details.

3.5mm aux-in port.

Yes
Auxiliary cable provided
No
Takes phone calls View more details.

A microphone built into the speaker makes it possible to take an incoming phone call.


Yes
Other features View more details.

Miscellaneous features including support for NFC, FM radio, expandable storage, daisy chaining and more.

None
Dust proof View more details.

As claimed by the manufacturer.

No
Splash resistant View more details.

Can tolerate splashes, but cannot be submerged in water.

No
Waterproof View more details.

The waterproof speakers featured in this review all (coincidentally) are certified IPX7. That is, they are certified for use in water less than a metre deep for a period no longer than 30 minutes.


No
Shock proof
No

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