Can you connect 2 JBL speakers together or can’t you? Keep on reading to find out the truth about connecting JBL speakers to each other instead of separately onto a TV or PC.
You can connect a JBL speaker to your HDTV, AVR, or stereo music player through 3.5mm RCA phono connectors, optical TOSLINK or S/PDIF (fiber optic cable), or the HDMI-ARC/eARC (HDMI cable) standard. However, what about connecting 2 JBL speakers or more together?
In any case, you can learn how to connect 2 JBL speakers down below. It might have something to do with the JBL speaker’s ability to connect to media players and music players wirelessly via Bluetooth.
How to Connect 2 JBL Speakers
Use Bluetooth in order to connect or pair JBL speakers together to spare you the headache of connecting multiple speakers into a single HDTV or stereo. It’s also a handy way to turn a single speaker into a speaker system or audio setup without the need for an AV receiver.
About 100 JBL models can be connected unto each other. To be more specific, these are all the speakers that have the JBL Connect+ feature included with them. A few of these model series include the following:
- JBL Flip
- JBL Clip
- JBL Pulse
- JBL Charge
- JBL Extreme
- JBL Boombox
These speakers all have the “JBL Connect” feature and individual standalone models that roughly number as more or less 100 individual devices.
This allows you to connect two or more JBL speakers together so that they mirror or echo the same sound from the same source even though only one of them is connected to your stereo or HDTV as well as any smart device with Bluetooth adapters in them.
Daisy-Chaining Two or More JBL Speakers by JBL Connect
You can connect two or more JBL speakers from any of these series of using the JBL Connect feature. You essentially get to pair them together to play audio from all of them simultaneously. However, you need the more advanced JBL Connect+ to pair all 100 stereos together instead of just JBL Connect.
Then again, it’s likelier for you to pair up two or four speakers with JBL Connect for your home entertainment sound system plus bass and subwoofers with an AV receiver rather than create a whole orchestra’s worth of speakers with JBL Connect+
Connecting Multiple JBL Speakers Together
Here are the steps to connect multiple JBL speakers together by Bluetooth pairing. It’s a relatively easy thing to do and works best via wireless Bluetooth connection.
If your audio device lacks built-in Bluetooth features, you could try adding a Bluetooth transmitter but there are no guarantees that would work.
- Turn On All JBL Speakers: If you’re trying to connect two or more JBL speakers together, you need to first turn them on by plugging them in the wall socket or by switching them on while they’re running wirelessly on battery power.
- Connect All JBL Speakers to Source: Connect your JBL speakers by Bluetooth to your smartphone or any other source of their app like a smart TV, laptop, MacBook, desktop PC, iPad, tablet, iPhone, or Android. It should be on the same device like the same smartphone.
- Play Audio from Source: Play something like a YouTube video, saved music files, a podcast, and so forth on your smartphone to your JBL speakers. The audio will at first play only on one JBL speaker instead of two or more.
- Press the “Connect” Button on Your Playing JBL Speaker: On the speaker that’s playing music or sound, press its “Connect” button. As audio plays from this speaker, you need to connect to the other speaker as well to make the audio play in tandem or stereo.
- Press the “Connect” Button on the Other JBL Speaker: Press the “Connect” button on the other JBL speaker or speakers that aren’t playing music or sound to make them start echoing the audio from your playing speaker.
- JBCL Connect vs. JBL Connect+: The number of speakers you can connect depends on the limits of your smartphone or HDTV’s Bluetooth. Devices with Connect+ can somehow expand this limit to 100 speakers playing simultaneously!
- Double-Check the Connection: If your other speaker isn’t playing, make sure it’s linked to the source via Bluetooth. It still needs to be connected to your smartphone, tablet, PC, or smart HDTV to echo the sound coming from one of the speakers.
You’re now good to go. To recap, you need to connect to the source via Bluetooth before pressing their “Connect” button to connect to each other and play the music in tandem or as a multi-speaker orchestra that’s only really possible by JBL technology.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about JBL Pairing
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the ins and outs of connecting 2 (or more) JBL speakers together as well as their accompanying answers.
Why aren’t your JBL speakers connecting together?
Only JBL speakers possessing the “JBL Connect” or “JBL Connect+” feature can pair up with each other via Bluetooth. If your speakers lack this feature you can’t pair them up. Or one of your speakers might be paired up to another device, in which case you need to disconnect first.
How do you disconnect a JBL speaker from multiple JBL speaker connections?
You can disconnect a currently playing speaker belonging to a multi-Bluetooth link in two ways. First, press the “Connect” or “Pairing” button again to disconnect. Or you can simply turn off the speaker. This allows you to disconnect only that speaker from a multitude of JBL speakers still playing the audio.
Can you connect JBL Flip and JBL Charge speakers together?
You can rephrase this question as, “Can you connect different JBL series speakers together?” The answer to that is yes. You can pair up Charge and Flip speakers together as well as similar setups so long as they have the “JBL Connect” feature.
Where to Go From Here
Using Bluetooth in order to link together another speaker or multiple speakers is much easier than going the wired route. This also enables you to increase your audio level up to 100 times than normal if you wish, which can make for quite the amazing house party or disco setup.
By pairing up at least 2 JBL speakers, you’ll get to enjoy clearer and louder stereo sound in strategic placement in your room for big, booming outdoor parties or a truly cinematic surround-sound Dolby or DTS tech via an HDMI-eARC connection for your movie night.
- Noor Alam, “How to Connect JBL Speakers Together“, SpeakersMag.com, December 14, 2020