JBL Playlist review: Chromecast convenience wrapped into an affordable speaker
- So simple to use once connected
- Attractive design
- Loud audio
- Audio balance not to our taste
- Power cable is far too short
Conclusion If you're a Spotify subscriber and want a speaker you can conveniently stream music through, the JBL Playlist is ideal. It's also perfect for those who have an existing Chromecast Audio setup and want another relatively inexpensive speaker to add to their multi-room system. Even if you don't fit in either of those categories, with the number of apps on iOS and Android that now support Chromecast, this is still an recommend option. Load up your music app, tap the Cast button, and you're away. There are only two real downsides. The audio quality could be better balanced in our view, but it will still fill a room without even trying. Secondly, the power cable that's supplied with it is comically short. It's not ideal having to plan its placement around the fact that it needs to be within a metre of a wall outlet. We could barely get it on top of a set of drawers.Despite that, you can't really go wrong with with the JBL Playlist at this price point. Its convenience, design and output volume make it a decent product that, although it might not blow away audiophiles, will please those with an appetite for modern simplicity.