JBL Radial
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  • JBL Radial
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  • Last modified: Nov 9, 2013

Review Summary:

PROS: Very interesting design. Amazing sound quality. Video output.

CONS: Problems with support for new iOS devices.

JBL Radial 1JBL is one the most respected manufacturers of audio equipment, which is known for unusually designed speakers and very quality output sound. This company was always trying to keep up with the latest generation of iPods, iPhones, and iPads in order to offer new lines of standard and wireless speakers.

In this article we will be talking about a product which is available for a good number of years now, but which has become one of the flagship products of JBL brand. It has gone through some changes from the time of its original design, has some limitations, but is still selling strong. We wanted to take it for a try, and see if JBL Radial can still offer its full power in today’s market.

JBL Radial is made to dock your iPod in order to play music. Looking at it from today’s perspective, you can’t use all iOS product natively, but you can still use iPods as well as a wide range of other devices which could be connected via AUX input. A word of advice would be not to use it with iPhone, since JBL Radial produces some interference, so your mobile phone will be taken offline. On the other hand, you can still use it with mp3 players, game consoles, as well as with desktop and laptop computers. So in terms of usability, JBL Radial is still going strong and is competitive against new speakers.

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In order to start playing, all you need to do is to place your iPod into JBL Radial’s dock, and music will instantly start playing. This is not a wireless speaker, but it’s got some perks. It is very easy to use, can be mobile in some ways, and produces incredibly rich sound, which is really competitive against the newest generation of wireless speakers. Plus, Radial comes with video output and could be paired with TVs so you can watch videos and photos, while listening to music coming from this speaker.

In order to control your music, you can directly use your iPod, or you can use supplied remote. Remote is nicely designed and features 6 buttons laid out in 2 columns.

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Speaking of its performance, you will be pleasantly surprised the first time you play a song. Radial is powered by 60 watts of strong bass, full mids, and high trebles which sound good no matter what genre you like to listen to. JBL uses its own audio technology like low-frequency neodymium and four Odyssey drivers, which all results in full and very loud sound.

A bottom line is that JBL Radial features amazing design and very powerful sound output which makes it really competitive against other speakers on the market. You can find it at affordable prices from $100 up to $150, and it’s worth the price. In case you’re interested in this product, I would only suggest to check if your iOS device is compatible, since it doesn’t support a number of those.


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