Excerpt: The promise of multi-room audio is a bit like what goes unsaid in a political stump speech. “I promise to improve your life, even if I have to gloss over occasional problems.” We all keep listening, though, because who doesn’t want a better life — not to mention multi-room audio?
Pros: Interchangeable grilles in different colors let you match your personality or playlist with your speaker, if that’s your thing. Nice deep bass compliments of an extra 3.5-inch driver on the top of the S3.
Cons: Sketchy Wi-Fi connection makes us nostalgic for the boombox. Sound quality can’t compete with wireless audio leader Sonos. Confusing setup and rough mobile apps. Pure Connect streaming service has not reached critical mass.
Summary: The Pure Jongo S3 is a great little gizmo for the price, especially since it pulls double duty as a portable speaker away from the mains: if you just want a way to stream your music collection in one room or the garden, this is it.
Jongo S3 wireless speaker is flexible but offers unimpressive sound
5 May 2014
Excerpt: Thanks to the growing popularity of AirPlay , and wireless speakers from the likes of Sonos , multi-room audio is finding its way into an increasing number of homes. Pure, a company largely known for its Internet-radio and iPod/iPhone-dock products, is a relative newcomer to this business with its...
Conclusion: Our biggest beef with the Jongo S3 is that they're expensive, and don't really sound as good as some other Bluetooth speakers. There's nothing awful about the sound, it's just a little less rounded than most speakers and the low-end lacks. That said, the convenience is great.
Pros: Compact, stylish, lots of great features, good battery life
Cons: Sound quality lacks a certain something, fairly expensive
Excerpt: Multi-room speaker systems used to be reserved for owners of high-end home entertainment systems with deep pockets, but that's no longer the case - Pure's Jongo S3 is one of the most inexpensive setups yet, letting you start small and add extra rooms when you want.