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Waterproof, rugged and ready for adventure: JBL reveals the Clip 2 and Charge 3 portable speakers

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With unprecedented playback times, next generation portable wireless speakers can “link” for a more surround sound experience

CES, Las Vegas– January 5, 2016 – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today unveiled two new waterproof portable Bluetooth speakers: the JBL Clip 2 and JBL Charge 3 for high-quality, powerful sound with even more playback time than their popular predecessors.

The JBL Clip 2 packs big sound into an ultra-compact, versatile design that attaches anywhere using its new, smart carabineer. Its waterproof, rugged design and durable fabric casing make the JBL Clip 2 the ideal companion for hiking, camping or enjoying an afternoon by the water. Additionally, two JBL Clip 2s can be linked together to amplify the beat. With eight hours of playtime, the best-in-class JBL Clip 2 is game for a full day on the slopes or in the sun.

Updated with a waterproof design, available in five colours and boasting up to 15 hours of playtime, the JBL Charge 3 energises any party, rain or shine. The blend of the JBL Charge 3’s powerful sound performance and banging bass means a balanced listening experience across all genres from any Bluetooth-enabled device. It comes equipped with JBL Connect functionality to wirelessly link multiple JBL-Connect enabled speakers, like the JBL Xtreme, JBL Flip 3 and JBL Pulse 2 to amplify the listening experience. Still with a signature built-in USB port the JBL Charge 3 allows users to plug in and power phones and tablets without interrupting the listening experience.

“The Clip 2 and Charge 3 mix sound quality, portability and functionality to elevate all of life’s best experiences. We’re excited to bring the next generation of these popular products with longer playback, ‘link’ capabilities and waterproof durability to our customers,” said Michael Mauser, president, Lifestyle Division, HARMAN.

The latest additions to JBL’s growing family of portable speakers, JBL Clip 2 and JBL Charge 3 give music lovers powerful sound anywhere, anytime. JBL’s newest portable speakers include the Clip 2,Charge 3, Flip 3Pulse 2 and Xtreme. All speakers seamlessly stream songs from smartphones or tablets and are equipped with noise and echo cancelling speakerphone for added convenience. Whether relaxing on the beach, camping on a mountainside or unwinding at home, JBL portable speakers elevate the experience through immersive audio. 

JBL Clip 2 features

  • Wireless Bluetooth Streaming: Wirelessly stream high-quality sound from your smartphone or tablet
  • Rechargeable battery: Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 8 hours of playtime
  • Speakerphone: Take crystal clear calls from your speaker with a touch of a button - thanks to the noise and echo-free speakerphone
  • Built-in carabiner: Hook the Clip 2 onto anything you see fit and take it on all your adventures
  • IPX7 Waterproof: No more worrying about rain or spills; you can even submerge the Clip 2 in water
  • Wireless daisy chain: You can wirelessly connect two Clip 2 speakers together to enjoy amplified sound
  • Integrated 3.5mm audio cable: If your music player does not have Bluetooth, plug the audio cable into it and enjoy your music all the same
  • Lifestyle materials: The durable fabric material and rugged rubber housing allows your speaker to outlast all of your adventures

JBL Charge 3 features

  • Wireless Bluetooth streaming: Wirelessly connect up to 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns playing powerful stereo sound
  • 6000mAH power bank: Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 15 hours of playtime and charges smartphones and tablets via USB
  • Speakerphone: Take crystal clear calls from your speaker with the touch of a button thanks to the noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone
  • IPX7 Waterproof: No more worrying about rain or spills; you can even submerge Charge 3 in water
  • JBL Connect: Build your own ecosystem by connecting multiple JBL Connect enabled speakers together to amplify the listening experience
  • Lifestyle materials: The durable fabric material and rugged rubber housing allows your speaker to outlast all of your adventures
  • JBL bass radiator: Hear the bass, feel the bass, see the bass. Dual external passive radiators demonstrate just how powerful your speakers are.

Pricing and Availability

The JBL Clip 2 and Charge 3 will come available this Spring. The JBL Clip 2 retails for £49.99 and the JBL Charge 3 for £149.99. Each speaker is available in five colours: Black, Grey, Blue, Teal and Red. For more information please visit JBL.com/CES2016


HARMAN (harman.com)designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company's software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 28,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.4 billion during the 12 months ended September 30, 2015. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.