Today we’re looking at the Jambox from Jawbone. The Jambox is a mobile Bluetooth speaker with built in speakerphone and extra goodies you won’t find with its competitors.
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You’ve seen the commercials, you know the design, but can the actuality of all that marketing hold up? Small mobile Bluetooth speakers have become more and more common as we grow technologically. Companies have to fight hard and engineer quickly to separate themselves in the market. Jambox has certainly done that by claiming the “cool” factor for themselves. The speaker is not all hype though. The bass is very impressive considering the size of the jambox. There are others on the market though that beat the jambox out in terms of bass, my recent review of the foxL v2 still holds up against the Jambox in most categories. There are still a few areas where the jambox is superior though.
Jawbone has worked very hard to try to improve the quality of directional sound outside of the headphone world. They call the technology LiveAudio. Their LiveAudio feature is initiated by holding the volume up and down buttons simultaneously, it’s meant to properly replicate three-dimensional binaural recordings without the use of headphones. LiveAudio uses BACCH 3D sound technology. When you wear a set of headphones or listen to a nice surround sound system, there are certain times when you hear sounds only meant to be on your left and sounds only meant for your life. This actually turns out to be a very hard effect to reproduce with a small single speaker. Some try but can’t succeed once you move more than say a foot away from the speaker. Jawbone prides themselves on having advanced this technology beyond what’s currently available. You’ll find that from a distance sound is more spatially correct. The one sacrifice you make here is volume. As the LiveAudio engages your max volume decreases. With LiveAudio off you get a higher volume but a flatter sound that pales to the LiveAudio’s enhanced sound. The jambox uses a pair of their own proprietary acoustic drivers that cover highs and lows well with LiveAudio enabled. Without LiveAudio sound can be a little muddy throughout.
Finally Jawbone has worked to try to make the Bluetooth speaker more than just that. You’ll actually sync your jambox through Jawbone’s MyTalk website and be able to download different voice prompts and sounds, as well as programs that allow voice actions in iOS and Android. You should expect this development to only improve and increase over time as it is one of the unique features Jawbone holds over its competitors.
The colors are highly customizable and you can recreate most sports team combinations with their online customization called remix. They also offer an Android Companion app available on the Google play store that expands functionality even more. It inserts the jambox’s battery meter into your notification bar on your android phone and also enables voice prompts for the current time and upcoming calendar events.
Thank you again to Jambox for supplying their product for review.
Main advantage: design is very clean and modern, bass output is among best available for speaker this size, MyTalk online features expand its uses
Main concern: this is a higher priced speaker and it’s close enough that you need to consider its competitors
Unique features: LiveAudio 3D sound and MyTalk voices and voice dialing programs
How much: Currently $138.13 on amazon, this only gets you basic color configurations though. You’ll have to go directly to Jawbone’s website to get custom colors for $149.99 with free 2 day shipping
Alternatives: soundmatters foxL v2, Logitech’s mobile boombox, and many others
Is it worth buying: If you don’t want to spend the extra money on the foxL v2 then the jambox is the next best option I’ve seen. Also, all the extras are exclusive to jambox, so if these are important to you then you’ll want the jambox.
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