Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The JBL Playlist is the Best Wireless Speaker that Features Chromecast Built-In and Spotify Connect - Makes the Perfect Gift for Music Lovers or as a Family Gift from Santa! (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Have you started listening to Christmas music yet?  Ever since we put up our tree at the beginning of November, I have been listening to holiday music whenever we are home. And, now thanks to the Sirius in my car, I can listen to holiday classics in the car, too! I don't know about your, but there is something about holiday music that puts a smile on your face, and really helps to get you in the holiday spirit.

I am wrapping down my holiday gift guide, and have over 290 -- soon to be over 300 gift ideas listed.  But, I have been saving some of the best gifts until last! :-)  And, one product that is a must have for music lovers, or that would make for a great family gift from Santa is the JBL Playslist by Harman.  I was sent this wireless speaker with built-in Chromecast recently, and absolutely LOVE it!  

This is not my first portable or wireless speaker, but it is the first one with built-in Chromecast. And, comparing the stereo sound of this to the other wireless speakers we own and have had, the JBL Playlist puts all these others to shame. 

More about the JBL Playlist:

"JBL Playlist speakers have Chromecast built-in, so you can instantly cast music from your favorite music app, radio, or podcast to your speaker using your smart device. You can control the speakers from anywhere in the house on your iOS or Android device(s) in the house on your device(s) -- iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or tablet, Mac® or Windows® laptop, or Chromebook.

The JBL Playlist is intended to be used for streaming music via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology. This product is designed to be instantly on and ready to play music at a moment's notice. The JBL Playlist is in compliance with the European Union energy legislation. It will enter into sleep mode (networked standby) after 10 minutes without operation, after which it can be re-activated via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi."


  • Easily cast music to your speakers - With Chromecast built-in, just tap the Cast button from your favorite mobile music apps to instantly start playing on the speakers. Then control the speakers right from your phone -- search, play, pause, and turn up the volume -- anywhere in the house.
  • Listen to your favorites, anytime - Choose from millions of songs from popular music services like Spotify, Pandora, Google Play™ Music, TuneIn and iHeartRadio or catch up on current events with NPR podcasts. New apps are constantly being added so there’s no end to the music, online radio stations, and podcasts you can enjoy. Discover more at https://www.google.com/cast/apps/.
  • Spotify Connect, a better way to listen at homePlay Spotify through your speakers, laptop and TV, using the Spotify app as a remote. Use the "One Touch" Play feature on the Playlist speaker to play your favorite playlist instantly.
  • Full, rich sound - The Playlist features two 2-1/4” full-range speakers that give you clear, detailed sound. A rear-firing oval passive radiator reinforces the low tones for richer bass.
  • Roon-compatible for serious music lovers - The Playlist is also compatible with Roon, a subscription digital music player you download to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It gives you multi-room audio playback for all your Chromecast-compatible devices and more. Roon accesses your digital music collection from your iTunes library or NAS drive. It also works with your TIDAL subscription. Roon lets you do deep dives into your music, showing artist bios, photos, reviews, and lyrics. Roon can also suggest other artists and songs based on your selections, making it easy to discover new music you'll enjoy.

Product highlights:

  • wireless connectivity:
    • built-in Bluetooth for streaming music from your smartphone or tablet
    • built-in dual-band Wi-Fi for easy and stable connection to your network and the internet
    • Chromecast built-in for creating a multi-room audio setup with other JBL Playlist wireless speakers
  • two 2-1/4" full-range speakers with a rear-firing 3-3/4" x 1-3/4" oval passive radiator

  • 24bit/96kHz cloud streaming via Chromecast
  • maximum power: 30 watts (2 x 15 watts)
  • frequency response: 60-20,000 Hz
  • easy setup and control via the Google Home App
    • free download from Apple®App Store and Google Play
    • control multi-room playback with two or more Playlist wireless speakers
    • control Chromecast built-in-compatible streaming services such as Spotify Premium, TIDAL, Pandora, Google Play Music, Tunein, and iHeartRadio
    • control other Chromecast-compatible devices, such as smart home thermostats and switches
  • works with the Google Home voice controller (available separately)
  • One Touch Button resumes play of Spotify Premium playlist independent of app (subscription required)
  • stereo minijack auxiliary input for portable devices
  • AC power (power adapter included)
  • 12-7/16"W x 5-15/16"H x 4-5/8"D
  • weight: 2.5 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year"

From the moment you plug the JBL Playlist in and connect it to your phone and Bluetooth devices, you will be amazed at the awesome quality of this product.  

It is about mid size (12-7/16"W x 5-15/16"H x 4-5/8"D) for a wireless speaker, and sits nicely on an office desk, mantle, end table in your living room, or even on your bedroom end table.  We have the JBL Playlist set up on in our living room, as our first floor living space is open concept and has the living room, dining room and kitchen all open up to one another.  

When you cast a song or even movie that you may be casting from your phone to the television, the JBL Playlist takes your music and outputs an amazing stereo quality sound that is like nothing I have heard before with a wireless speaker. The sound is so crisp and without buffering or breaking up. And, you don't have to crank the volume up high to hear the music and the bass, which you can see with the rear firing radiator. You will find yourself feeling and hearing every note of the music, as if you were front and center in a personal concert, without all the loud amplifiers or screaming fans.

Like I said, I have been casting my favorite holiday tunes to our new JBL Playlist, and it is filling our house with the magic and delight of the holidays in a fun way. Music really is a mood booster and can put anyone in a good mood. And, once you start dancing and singing along to music, you can't help but smile and want to hear more.  Well, once you power up on the JBL Playlist and start casting your favorite artists and songs from Spotify, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, etc. you will be in for a real treat.  Music lovers everyone will appreciate the amazing, crystal clear sound quality the JBL Playlist wireless speaker puts out, and it will put all your other wireless speakers to shame.

Watch the rear-firing speaker in the back bounce in and out as the bass of the song kicks in -- I doubt your wireless speakers do this!

With the holidays fast approaching, why not consider gifting the music lover in your life the JBL Playlist wireless speaker with built-in Chromecast, or even pick up and surprise your family with it.  

My family loves using this speaker when we cast movies to your television on movie nights.  The bass and sound from the wireless speaker makes you feel like you are in the movie theater with the exceptional Dolby sound.  And, when we aren't enjoying the sound quality for our movies, the JBL Playlist is fill our living space with sweet songs of the holidays, as well as Top 40 hits that result in impromptu dance parties in our house.  I could on and on about how much I love our new JBL Playlist, but, instead, why not pick this wireless speaker up today and try it out in your home. Once you power it up and start listening to the music that comes out of this speaker, you will see why my family can't live without it, and why I kept this product as one of the last one's to feature in my holiday gift guide...I truly was saving the best for last with the JBL Playlist.

You can learn more about the JBL Playlist by visiting JBL by Harman here.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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