JBL has launched what is effectively a Bluetooth speaker with built-in DAB+ and FM radio tuner. Now we don’t mind sitting back listening to a bit of WSFM here at EFTM HQ each day, so this really sparked our interest.
Being a JBL/Harman product, you can expect great sound, especially when tuned to DAB+. But in regional, or even some metro areas the digital signal can struggle to get through. To have the benefit of tuning into the FM band could be a major plus for many.
But if you’d like to give the radio a rest and choose your own tunes, as usual there’s wireless streaming capability from your smartphone or tablet. It simply takes the press of a button to switch between the two sources.
One charge should last up to eight hours and a backlit LCD keeps you informed of what’s happening at night. It has been awhile since we’ve seen a DAB+ radio, let alone something like this with multiple capabilities. Plus, it doesn’t have that whole retro look going on that many past products had. The cylinder, yet squared edge product looks great and who doesn’t love the nostalgia of an actual antenna sticking out!
We will have a full review soon. The speaker retails for $129.95.
Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.
He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.
Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.
Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.