Conclusion: The Jabra Solemate Max is a powerful, rugged portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers a solid audio experience across most genres, though deep bass can be an issue.
Pros: Powerful output, with crisp, full response at moderate-to-high volume levels. Splash- and dust-resistant, sturdy design. NFC-enabled. Can pull audio from computer digitally via USB connection. Built-in speakerphone.
Cons: Borders on distortion with deep bass at top volumes. Large and heavy for a portable system. DSP will turn off some purists.
Excerpt: I'm not a big fan of wireless speakers, which is what the cool kids call battery-powered boomboxes these days. Nevertheless, there's a market for these Bluetooth-friendly gadgets that can play music streamed from your smartphone and hold an impromptu party anywhere without having to worry about wires or electrical outlets.
Summary: The Jabra Solemate mini is priced at Rs 4,999 which makes it a good buy and perfect gift for this holiday season. It’s lightweight, rugged, has very good sound quality, NFC support and decent battery life. This is easily one of the most feature-packed Bluetooth speakers in this price range that’s backed up by good audio quality. The one thing that could have made it even better is the ability to pair multiple devices at the same time.
Review: Jabra Solemate beats Jambox at its own game
12 February 2013
Conclusion: With the Solemate, Jabra took Jawbone’s Jambox head-on, aiming to both emulate it and improve upon it. Both speakers are good, but if you’re choosing between them, I’d give a slight edge to the Solemate: It’s more durable, less prone to vibration shimmies, and able to offer up a little extra volume. Lex uses a MacBook Pro, an iPhone 5, an iPad mini, a Kindle 3, a TiVo HD, and a treadmill desk, and loves them all.
Pros: Great sound, Rugged and portable
Cons: Audio a bit more directional than the Jambox
Excerpt: In recent months we tested a number of portable speakers. Especially the wireless Bluetooth manage to raise some eyebrows around the office from time to time, but they're so expensive that we can't really recommend them without any reservations. Jabra's Solemate, which we are reviewing today, also isn't cheap, but it does get everything right.
Excerpt: On first impressions, the Jabra Solemate impresses with it’s packaging and design aesthetics. Jabra’s foray into wireless bluetooth speakers ain’t priced at the mass consumer (read: inexpensive) market though. This speaker, which was released about a month and a half back, costs S$288 at recommended retail prices. So how is the quality of the product? I’m not an audiophile like Aaron is, but even to a sound goondu like myself, the Jabra Solemate sounds pretty good.