Reviews and Problems with Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth speaker
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Jawbone Big Jambox
14 December 2012
Summary: Like its smaller brother, the $299 Jawbone Big Jambox has a stylish design and clever features, such as LiveAudio and speakerphone capability. Those who are solely interested in audio quality will prefer the Bose SoundLink, though that device lacks the ability to make and receive calls. But if you're looking for a multipurpose portable speaker with large sound, the Big Jambox is worth a listen.
Pros: Good battery life, Easy setup, Loud for its size, Customizable apps
Summary: For $199, the Jawbone Jambox is a compact Bluetooth speaker with a cool design that can be customized via apps, speaker grilles and caps to your delight. But while the Jambox can deliver nice highs, the $199 Monster ClarityHD Micro Bluetooth Speaker consistently delivered better sound, and at louder volumes, too. Still, if you're looking for a Bluetooth speaker with versatility, the Jambox will not disappoint.
Pros: Highly customizable design, Online app support, LiveAudio mode delivers clear rich sound, Long battery life
Summary: Although there are a number of smartphones with capable speakers (Nokia 5800/X6/N8 all come to mind), many have loudspeakers which are rather weedy if we're honest. Making podcasting listening around the house somewhat of an ear-straining experience and making music playback almost a no-no. Which is where portable speakers come into their own, especially the Bluetooth variety, giving maximum volume without messing around with wires.
Summary: So, is the Big Jambox worth $300 of your hard-earned cash? Furthermore, is that 100-dollar premium over the OG Jambox worth its weight? Aside from our concerns about the finer points of its audio fidelity, there's no mistaking how versatile this system is with the inclusion of MyTalk apps, extended Android functionality, healthy battery life and portability -- not to mention that it's an extremely capable speakerphone.
Pros: Big sound in a small package, Stylish and portable, Excellent looks, Exceptional battery life
Cons: May distort at louder volumes, Live Audio can be hit-or-miss
Excerpt: Jawbone , the makers of the most stylish and popular Bluetooth headsets around have finally come out with a wireless Bluetooth portable speaker for listening to music and what would this thing be without being a speakerphone too. All of this jammed into a small, perfectly portable speaker. There are quite a few amazing things about the Jambox that I'll get into in the full review right after the cut.
Conclusion: The Jawbone Big Jambox doesn't offer the best audio quality among portable Bluetooth speakers, but its long battery life, speakerphone features, and generally solid sound make it worth a listen.
Pros: Doubles as a speakerphone. Good sound quality with powerful low end for its size. Clear voice quality. Long battery life.
Excerpt: Ah yes, Jawbone strikes again with yet another sophisticated, beautifully designed product wanted by virtually anyone that takes a look at it. Jawbone's little portable Jambox speaker is all grown up now, make way for the Big Jambox . A wireless Bluetooth 'SmartSpeaker' that promises big hi-fi sound at $299. We love anything that Jawbone makes, who wouldn't?
Excerpt: Travel speakers are lot like Bluetooth headsets: Just a smaller, less-satisfying approximation of the real thing. So leave it to Jawbone to design a pocket-sized Bluetooth boombox that actually kinda rocks.
Excerpt: It's a wireless Bluetooth speaker that's grown three times in size since we first met the original Jambox in 2010. It looks like it's grown into its body, with its flavoured grilles covering it from edge to edge, bar some rubber buttons up-top and some more rubber on its sides. On the bottom are eight ‘strategically placed' rubber feet that stop the speaker skidding around when the volume is amped.
Pros: Great design; Excellent sound; Long lasting battery life;
Cons: At $359 it nudges portable speakers that connect via WiFi or Wireless direct.