JBL CLIP 2

HWM (Singapore) - - Test -

One of the older mod­els in this shootout, the Clip 2 is also the best de­signed for out­door use. It has an ac­tual snap link hook so you can eas­ily af­fix it to the back of your bi­cy­cle. And it comes with a 3.5mm au­dio ca­ble built in, so you can use it with de­vices that don’t sup­port Blue­tooth.

It’s also wa­ter­proof, with an IPX7 rat­ing, so you won’t have to worry about us­ing it near a pool or even the shower. You can daisy chain two speak­ers for big­ger sound, which is a good thing, as the sin­gle unit felt un­der­pow­ered com­pared to the other speak­ers.

In our test­ing, we thought the Clip 2 gave us a slightly more re­strained pre­sen­ta­tion, with re­served mids and bass. For ex­am­ple, Slash’s fa­mous in­tro lick for Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses comes out nicely, but as the song pro­gresses and Axl Rose’s vo­cals start to come in, you start wish­ing there was more punch in the mids and the bass.

That was again re ected in our for­mal test tracks, where we thought the speaker es­pe­cially fell short on Tiesto’s El­e­ments of Life. The speaker does a good job on the highs, but the lower fre­quen­cies fell short here, as the bass line re­ally moves this piece and that was miss­ing on the ren­di­tion.

Also, we found that the high notes at the end the piece started to dis­tort a lit­tle, which is cer­tainly not ideal.

Give it a less com­plex piece that fea­tures more heav­ily in the mid-range though, and the speaker can cer­tainly de­liver. Adele’s Melt My Heart to Stone was quite well ren­dered, with just enough sep­a­ra­tion of the vo­cals from the back­ing in­stru­ments.

There’s also good clar­ity on the vo­cals and a nice warm de­liv­ery, lead­ing us to think you’re best to stick with pop and jazz with this speaker.

Nice func onal de­sign. Much smaller sound com­pared to the oth­ers.

The speaker comes with a 3.5mm au­dio ca­ble for use with older de­vices.

The snap link will let you bet­ter se­cure the speaker.

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