JBL Pulse: Feel the pulse

Dec 12 2013, 14:21 IST
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A powerful speaker with a built-in LED light show that pulses to your music. A powerful speaker with a built-in LED light show that pulses to your music.
SummaryA powerful speaker with a built-in LED light show that pulses to your music.

Some of us who have grown up in the early 80’s will recall the pulsating disco music, widely popularised by Nazia Hassan. Melodic with a regular bass beat and intended mainly for dancing at discotheques with laser lights in the background—the Pakistani pop singer’s music is just as relevant today as it was decades ago. JBL is letting music lovers install a bit of the dance floor in their homes with the Pulse. It is a powerful Bluetooth speaker with a good feature set and a built-in LED light show that pulses to your music. Imagine bringing your music to life with glowing, multi-coloured visuals—that too, with no wires!

Bluetooth speakers are the latest advancements in the wireless world. The Pulse is the latest member of the portable JBL speaker family. Basically, it combines a powerful wireless speaker with a programmable light show. This portable wireless speaker has been designed for easy connectivity with

mobile phones, laptops and tablets. It has very minimal controls and is meant to be controlled via the media source.

The review box came with a single Pulse portable stereo speaker, a USB adapter and USB cable and a quick-start guide. Out of the box, the cylindrical speaker instantly caught my eye with its LED walls. In terms of specifications, it has a frequency response of 100Hz—20kHz, power output of 2 x 6W and a signal-to-noise ratio of 86dB. The LED-laden speaker has two 40 mm drivers powering its sound and near-field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth for quick device pairing and audio streaming.

At my end, I was able to pair the Pulse easily with Bluetooth-friendly Android and iOS devices. You simply hold down the Bluetooth button on top of the speaker and it goes into pairing mode. After you select “JBL Pulse” from the Bluetooth setup menu on your phone or other device, after a few seconds you should be linked up wirelessly to the speaker and be able to stream audio to it. In all, the connection was pretty stable.

In my opinion, the JBL Pulse is perfect for house parties. It has five programmed light themes with more options available to download. According to the manufacturer, they can be played to match the music and customised to produce unique patterns of brightness and colour. It works in conjunction with the JBL app which allows users to control the audio and the brightness and colour of the light

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