This Bluetooth speaker will light up your holiday party

Rock around the Christmas tree.

Dec 12, 2017, 10:20 am

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Colette Bennett 

Colette Bennett

JBL Pulse

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Remember the days of the sound system? We were so proud of our rigs: looming speakers, an excellent turntable and maybe even a CASSETTE DECK.

Those proud audiophiles may feel deflated at the sight of a device like the JBL Pulse 3, but the truth is that we no longer need a huge rig to make music sound great. At just under nine inches, this Bluetooth speaker can easily go into a bag, backpack or even a generously sized stocking. One charge lasts for 12 hours, so you can be sure it’ll last through any party (unless you go over 12 hours, you crazed animals).

Perhaps one of the coolest features of the JBL Pulse is the LED light show it puts on. Download the JBL Connect app and use it to control the lights, which thump in time with whatever music you play. Choose from eight patterns including wave, jet, equalizer, fireworks and more. You can also make a completely customized light show using patterns from a preset, so get creative as you want. Here you can see us flipping through several of the options while listening to a BTS song.

And of course, we have to mention the sound. The JBL Pulse 3 provides crisp sounds with excellent mids, highs and lows. One thing it doesn’t overdose on is bass, so if you’re a fans of thumps stick to Beats. If you prefer your sound more balanced across the board, you’ll love JBL.

Best of all, you can actually sync the JBL Pulse 3 with other speakers to deepen the music with the JBL Connect+ function. The craziest part: you can sync up to 100 other speakers. The possibilities are endless. You can take calls with it too, but we have a feeling your partygoers won’t appreciate that.

Normally $199.95, you can get the JBL Pulse 3 for $188.99 at Amazon (the lowest price we could find). A perfect gift for the audiophile in your family, they’ll be fiddling with the light settings long after Christmas dinner.

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Last updated Dec 12, 2017, 11:05 am