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Great big sound from rugged little speakers: JBL Charge 2+ vs. Fugoo Sport

Michael Brown | June 9, 2015
Earbuds make great travel companions when you're traveling solo, but you need speakers to party with friends and family. Bluetooth has become the de facto standard for streaming music from smartphones and media players such as the iPod touch, and it can actually deliver relatively high-quality sound these days--provided the speaker you're streaming to is up to the task.

The speaker had no problem filling the 16x8-foot patio with sound, but I don't know how well it would compete with a room filled with partygoers. Then again, it would probably be background music anyway. The speaker was also plenty loud in the more wide-open space of my backyard, especially when placed on a table against an exterior wall so that it could bounce some of its sound off that surface.

JBL's Charge 2+ is a fun, rugged, versatile, and well-priced portable speaker. It's not an audiophile product by any stretch of the imagination, but it delivers good sound with a pleasing amount of bass wherever you happen to be.


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