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BIG JAMBOX by Jawbone Review

Posted: July 24, 2012
BIG JAMBOX by Jawbone Review
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The BIG JAMBOX by Jawbone is a portable speaker that connects wirelessly to your Bluetooth devices and can be used as a speakerphone--just like its little brother, the Jambox. Matt Mira and Candace Bailey take a look at the $299 wireless speaker for Gadget Pr0n.

What You Need To Know

  • The Big Jambox by Jawbone looks almost identical to the original Jambox.
  • The whole speaker is wrapped with an aluminum grill with new buttons at the top for previous, next and a talk button for answering speakerphone calls.
  • The side features the power button, pairing button, auxiliary input and a micro USB port for firmware updates.
  • Pairing your device with the speaker is just as easy as with the original Jambox.
  • You can even connect two devices at the same time.
  • Our favorite feature, the cold robot-like female voice, is back.
  • One thing that makes this wireless speaker unique is its speakerphone feature, and the call quality on this larger Jambox is much better.
  • Even at full volume, it didn't really distort.
  • There is much better speaker hardware in this thing, so that probably had a lot to do with the improvements.
  • Unfortunately, the microphone does not seem to be better.
  • People on the other end of the phone call complained of the quality and sometimes couldn't hear us.
  • It looks like Jawbone still has some improving to do with the noise cancelling technology in these Jambox speakers.
  • The sound quality was also a big improvement, but you're sacrificing the incredible size of the original Jambox.
  • We think the Big Jambox sounds really good and you can fill a room with this speaker.
  • The hardware inside is very similar to the Bose Soundlink, in that there are two opposing passive radiators centrally located in the front.
  • One other thing worth mentioning is Jawbone's new live audio feature, which turns anything you are streaming to this device into 3D audio.
  • You do have to be directly in front of the speaker for it to work but it's actually pretty effective.
  • The battery life is a huge plus because the bigger design allows for a bigger battery.
  • You'll get around 13 hours out of the rechargeable battery, which is the longest for any portable speaker we've tested.

Price

  • $299

Rating

  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The audio quality is really good.
  • The battery is fantastic.
  • If you're in the market for a portable speaker with a speakerphone, we recommend this device.
  • If you're looking for only a good speaker, the Bose Soundlink is a much better deal.

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