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.
Conclusion: Pure's Jongo system is certainly ambitious, and the company has progressively been adding to the services side, with Pure Music and NAS support, in addition to new speaker models. The Jongo T2 is competitively priced, too, though anyone concerned about audio quality should probably step up to the Jongo S3, which sounds considerably better. There you have a tough decision.
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? Whether you pledge allegiance to Alt-J or Mary J Blige, you just want to press a button and hear them in every room. As in politics, sometimes an upstart comes along to challenge the status quo.
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 basics Move over Sonos - there’s a new player on the music streaming scene. With the Pure Jongo S3, the British company is trying its hand at multi-room audio in your home that won’t break the bank. Can this little streaming speaker change the way you listen to music? Let’s find out. The good Wireless music is meant to be convenient, but set up rarely is. Thankfully, that’s not the case with the Pure Jongo S3, which couldn’t be easier to hook up to your network.
Pros: Wireless music is meant to be convenient, but set up rarely is. Thankfully, that’s not the case with the Pure Jongo S3, which couldn’t be easier to hook up to your network. Just plug it in, follow the simple steps and you’ll be streaming music stored on your tablet or tuning into internet radio stations in minutes. Just fire up the Pure iOS or Android app, and you can start controlling music all over your house, adjusting the volume, lining up tracks, and even play di...
Cons: We said it filled small rooms with sound, but inevitably for something so small, it’ll struggle to do more than that. Despite Pure’s claims of 360 degree sound, the Jongo S3 still sounds like it’s coming from the corner of any reasonably sized living room - for this reason also, it doesn’t really work as a soundbar plugged into your telly. But hey, more Jongo devices are on the way that may. More of an issue is the software - it’s hard to make wireless technology inst...
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 Jongo wireless speakers .
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. For a small wireless music system, one that perhaps includes a different kind of Jongo speaker among it, the S3 speakers are flexible.
Pros: Compact, stylish, lots of great features, good battery life
Cons: Sound quality lacks a certain something, fairly expensive