For those who missed Nick’s Gaming View Episode #47, audio plays a large role in our daily lives whether its music, movies, games, or communication. We are surrounded by thousands of audio sources each and every day and as one who shares a great appreciation for solid audio quality, anyone promising an innovative audio experience captures my interest immediately. When I first heard about Jawbone’s Jambox, I will admit I had my doubts as a speaker weighing less than a pound (12 ounces to be exact), less than 6 inches in length, and a height of just over 1.5 inches, did not seem capable of delivering what Jawbone had promised. This encouraged me to reach out and thanks to my people over at Aliph, I have had the opportunity to test out the device for myself and provide you all with my impressions on one of the smallest speakers you will find on the market. Read more for my review of the Jawbone Jambox.
Aliph, known for their high quality Jawbone Bluetooth headsets, announced the Jawbone Jambox late last year as a completely wireless speaker thanks to integrated Bluetooh technology. With a design similar to what’s found on a majority of today’s Jawbone headsets, the device certainly fit well into the Jawbone product line, but does it live up to the hype Aliph has created for it?
Available in four different colors (Black Diamond, Blue Wave, Grey Hex, and Red Dot); the Jambox delivers an output capacity of 85 decibels, which is hard to find in a speaker of this size, yet very important when considering its target use. With Bluetooth technology embedded into the hardware, Jawbone’s Jambox allows users to instantly sync any Bluetooth device whether it’s a mobile phone, laptop, tablet, etc. This allows for a wide variety of uses such as a portable sound system for music, amplified speakerphone, or even enhanced audio gadget for gaming. While the capabilities are certainly there and offers exceptional convenience, what really determines if this device excels or fails is the sound quality.
After testing the Jawbone Jambox for nearly a week, I must say I am left impressed by the sound produced from such a compact speaker. While the 85dB audio output may not compete with the variety of larger speakers out there and is only suitable for a small to medium size room, those who understand what Aliph is reaching to achieve will be left satisfied. With the ability to deliver clean audio with solid bass through a device that is literally handheld and 100% wireless, I am amazed by not only how loud such a compact speaker can become, but the quality at which the Jambox performs, at least 90% of the time.
After running the Jambox through its paces this past week I have discovered moments of distortion and feeling of condensed audio at times when cranking the speaker to its limits. While I am not sure if this is something able to be improved due to the size restrictions, this may be a minor annoyance for those looking to use this device extensively at louder audio levels.
Beyond the overall impressive audio experience the Jawbone Jambox delivers, Aliph takes the technology of this device to the next level with MyTALK. Also found on the Jawbone Icon and Era Bluetooth Headsets, the MyTALK software allows users to download and install apps, software upgrades, and new features for the Jambox via Jawbone’s online platform. So I know what you’re thinking, apps for a speaker? These apps are simply voice kits that will inform you of information related to not only the speaker itself, but the device connected via Bluetooth. Examples include a seductive woman telling you that the battery on your Jambox is getting low to a deep-voiced man informing you of what number is calling your phone. You can also text using your voice allowing you to communicate via voice and messaging without ever having to touch a piece of hardware.
Delivering impressive audio quality and decibels for a speaker that you can literally fit in your pocket or purse, for the ladies, Aliph fails to disappoint with their initial iteration of the Jambox. While the device may not perform optimally at its peak output support, the Jambox certainly earns a recommendation from me and I’ve got to give it up for Aliph on the successful development of the Jawbone Jambox.
If you would like to see my video review of the Jawbone Jambox, check out Nick’s Gaming View Episode #47!
Final Score: 8.5/10