Review: JBL Duet II Speakers

I was itching for new products to review.  I know it’s been a while since I have posted a review on and it was about time to get back in the game (especially with the holidays and CES fast approaching).

The first product I got in the mail was some JBL Duet II speakers.  If someone told me 10 years ago I would be excited about getting a speakers shipment I would not believe them…Yet I was excited when I got the JBL Duet II multimedia two piece speaker system package (also bummed I would HAVE to return them). 

The package was rather small and very light weight for speakers.  At first I thought…damn I got my neighbors package instead of a new toy to test out. I am not going to lie, I questioned if I open it (I honestly would never have but sometimes the thought of being a rebel is thrilling).  Then in a rather ingenious (not really) moment I looked down on the label and realized…oh wait IT IS addressed to me. NICE!

I set up my Sony HD Webbie and got ready to un-box and record my new little speakers (that again I have to return in a week…you know it does sting a little every time). I also set up my coffee table with my shuffle, Mac, and PC so I could test them immediately after the un-boxing.  See full un-boxing youtube here.



So what’s the skinny on the speakers Nina?  For starters they are 10 inches in height and 4 inches in diameter.  The frequency response is 80Hz- 20Hz, input impedance is 3k Ohms, and signal-to-noise ratio is 60dB.  They are compatible with Macs, PCs, MP3 devices and any devices with a 3.5mm audio jack.  The power and volume control are located on the top of one of the speakers (don’t forget to turn them on!)

They have a black and silver exterior and the set up was pretty simple.  Basically plug one JBL speaker into the other; plug the main component into your device and plug in the power adaptor.  DONE!  Frankly that is the way speakers should be; easy to use and simple to install. 

I tried it first on my PC and BAMMO I was jammin’ out (and possibly dancing around my condo); they were pretty loud considering their size.  I didn’t know what to expect when I did the un-boxing but I was pleasantly surprised! These bad boys were pretty loud and in fact I almost had to turn them down…I said ALMOST!

Next I tested them out on the Mac; again just by simply plugging them into the 3.5mm audio jack.  Success!  They sounded just as great as they did on the PC!  Now was the test; I busted out my lil’ pink shuffle and plugged it in.  I realize that it’s simply a shuffle and does not have the same amount of power as a PC but there was a huge difference in sound.  It sounded great do not get me wrong but not nearly as powerful as when it was plugged into the Mac or PC.

For their price point of around $99.00 USD I believe the JBL Duet II Speaker System is a great deal; just don’t expect them to sound the same with smaller and less power devices.  They are small in size and light weight; perfect for a portable system.