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JBL Boombox 2 Bluetooth Speaker
Sonos Play:1 (2013)
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JBL Boombox 2 Bluetooth Speaker vs Sonos Play: (2013)

Analysis:

The JBL Boombox 2 Bluetooth Speaker was loved by reviewers at Consumer Reports, a highly trusted source that performs reliable in-depth testing. It did great in its "Best (and Biggest) Portable Speakers for Tailgating" roundup where it was named its "Ranked 1 out of 5", which, in itself, makes it a product worth considering.

As for the Sonos Play:1 (2013), it wasn't able to earn a top spot in any roundups from trusted sources that conduct their own hands-on testing. Nevertheless, it managed to impress reviewers at What Hi-Fi?, TrustedReviews, and PCmag enough to make it onto their respective shortlists.

Sources that tested and scored both products, like PCmag, haven't shown a preference for either in their reviews.

We also examined the available data to learn which sources liked these two Portable Bluetooth Speakers best and found that the JBL Boombox 2 Bluetooth Speaker managed to get its highest, 8, review score from PCmag, whereas the Sonos Play:1 (2013) got its best rating from What Hi-Fi? - 10.

Finally, we also compared their review scores to the rest of their competition - the JBL Boombox 2 Bluetooth Speaker earned an average review score of 8.0 out of 10 points and the Sonos Play:1 (2013) received an average of 8.6, compared to the 7.6 average of Portable Bluetooth Speakers in general.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
Consumer Reports
PCmag
Popular Mechanics
What Hi-Fi?
TrustedReviews
T3
bassheadspeakers.com
howtogeek.com
popsci.com
homecinemachoice.com
Tech. Specs Comparison
JBL Boombox 2 Bluetooth Speaker
Sonos Play:1 (2013)
$299
Built-in Microphone
-
Yes
Water-resistant
-
No
Waterproof
-
No
Has average expert review score
7.7
Overall Avg. for Portable Bluetooth Speakers
8.0
Avg. Review Score
Score
Higher than average expert review score
7.7
Overall Avg. for Portable Bluetooth Speakers
8.6
Avg. Review Score
Score
Recommended by trusted experts
Consumer Reports
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “Best (and Biggest) Portable Speakers for Tailgating” 
Last updated: 14 Sep 2022
Popular Mechanics
Trusted Source
-
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Best Portable
in “7 Best Outdoor Speakers to Upgrade Your Backyard” 
Last updated: 7 Mar 2022
bassheadspeakers.com
-
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “The 15 Best JBL Speakers in 2022” 
Last updated: 28 Oct 2022

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