34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2012
I have quite a fixation on getting the best audio out of my devices and I have to say that I am extremely pleased with Big Jambox! I had never tried the original Jambox, so I did not know what to expect. I tried the Big Jambox side by side with Bose SoundLink and I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted the Jambox!
Better than Bose in the following aspects:
- SOUND: Very good mids and highs, a bit subdued lows, but it's there. I haven't yet tried playing around with the EQ settings to boost the bass, but I haven't felt the need to. If you really want thumping base, you may want to buy a full fledged sub! But over the normal audio range, this blows away Bose in clarity and richness of sound - the Bose sounded very flat IMO.
- PAIRING: Also love the fact that 2 devices can be paired simultaneously - now you and your spouse can play one after the other using different phones / devices
- DESIGN: Love the form factor - easy to carry around and looks extremely cool.
- BATTERY: Amazing battery life - I've read reviews that say that it can easily stretch up to 12 hrs and some even claim 15hr battery life and this is totally believable. I have played for a whole day and it still had about 70% of the charge left! From what I know, Bose offers a battery life of 3 - 4 hrs
- SURROUND - If you press the + and - button simultaneously, it activates LiveAudio (3D sound) which I turn on when watching movies.
- SPEAKERPHONE - Yes, you can use this as a speakerphone! The audio is crisp and conference calls are a delight on this little device!
Better than other wireless speakers in the following aspect:
- Really like the Bluetooth wireless capability - wifi (802.11b) is useless when you go out into the wild / camping, so having a Bluetooth link is very useful.
Overall, I am very impressed with the speakers and I highly recommend you to try it!
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2012
i've read a bunch of reviews for both of these units, before ultimately deciding to purchase both in order to compare them for myself. the primary reason i gave into buying both (understanding one would end up going back) was that frankly the reviews are mixed and it almost seemed like it came down to individual preference.
let me say after playing around with both units for a week, it in fact does not. the bose soundlink is a clear winner. let me explain. first, i did not take into consideration anything but sound quality. i would normally also compare on volume given they are both portable systems, but these units surpassed my expectation on both fronts in what could be delivered from such a small battery-powered unit. second, i took into consideration other reviewer's comments about placement, equalizers, type of music, etc - and gave both a fair comparison. third, i should say upfront that i'm not biased to either unit, and at $300 a piece, i almost think breakfast should be included.
now for the conclusion - the reason you've read up to this point. many people notice that these units sounding differently, which i will confirm they do. the jambox has an out of the box EQ which is biased toward better representing the higher frequency range. after a lot of tinkering, i fundamentally believe this is because it lacks depth at the lower frequencies. the soundlink is a bit of an antithesis to this point - the lows are fantastically represented for the size and limitations of the power supply (unlike jawbone, bose has clearly put a lot of r&d time into the physical implementation of series-based capacitors), but out of the box the highs are a bit muted. we now arrive at the primary point - the bose system has the capability through tweaking the EQ to represent the same fidelity of the jambox high frequency points, but the jambox has a physical limitation to effect onto the audience the same reproduction of low-frequency sounds that the soundlink does.
therefore, in my opinion, the jambox sounds better out of the box, and it has a capability to update its firmware via user control. however, with a little management of your equalizer, the soundlink is hands down the winner due to the breadth of frequency of which the unit is capability of easily reproducing, especially in a large room or outdoor setting (in which case the mellow low end of the jambox is readily apparent). i'll be returning the jambox.
i hope this was useful if you're comparing the two.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2013
Am thinking about returning Big Jam Box. love the speaker works perfectly but have found out that after the internal battery wears out there is no repair or replacement. I Guess a person just throws it and $300.00 away if and when the battery wont hold a charge. Sad really a neat speaker.
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
This product worked well at first. One day after amazons replacement/return period ended. It blew a speaker. You can hear its blown by the rattle like sound it spews out. Looks like I have a fancy paperweight now. Do not recommend. Get something with a better warranty. Jawbones warranties suck.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
So, I was torn on which to buy so I bought them both to compare......
Pros: More portable than the Jambox
Looks a little nicer and its by Bose so.......
Cons: Even more expensive
Not as loud
NO other features at all
Pros: Loud and still clear at high volumes
Longer lasting battery
More features including speakerphone
Cons: Not as portable
No real protection for it or anything else in your book bag with it.
The reason to spend $300+ on a portable is because you want to be able to listen to music on your nightstand AND be able to entertain a small group of people when you are away from an electrical outlet. With that being said, the Jambox wins. The Bose gets loud but not quite loud enough. The bass of the Bose at lower volume is excellent, the Jambox looses a little bass when you turn it down and it is a little more punchy at high volumes but doesn't distort at all. The Bose sounds good at low to medium volumes......damn good but if you are only going to listen at lower volumes you might as well save a few hundred bucks and buy a small Jambox, the iClarity HD, or maybe the Beats Pill. You are spending $300 so you need it to be able to get loud!
Also...features. Once again, you just paid $300......so shouldn't it do a little more than just be a speaker? Even your average $50 Bluetooth speaker doubles as a speakerphone. Not sure what Bose was thinking leaving this feature out. It just pauses when you get a call.
I do like how the Bose is a little more portable, you can easily throw it in your bag without it taking up too much space. You probably can get it into your messenger bag or laptop bag.....you can't with the Jambox. So if you need something that you plan on carrying EVERYWHERE you may choose the Soundlink. If you like bigger sound and will occasionally take it out the room..... The Jambox.
Both are excellent and pricey speakers but the Jambox is a little better.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2012
OK, I have been interested in a bluetooth speaker for a while now and have done some serious research comparing whats out there. I was set on getting the original Jambox but after reading the reviews was worried it would not put out enough sound so decided to get the BIG JAMBOX and am so happy I did!
First off, this speaker is not cheap! I paid $300 at Best Buy and figured if I wasn't happy I could easily return it to the store and get my money back. After one solid day of using this speaker I can tell you I will not be returning it. All the hype about this thing is true! The quality of sound that comes from this tiny portable speaker will blow your mind. I fully charged it when I got home from the store it took about 2 hours to charge. 24 hours later and about 6 or 7 straight hours of use it still tells me it is fully charged!
I like to listen to music around the house. If I'm working on a project in the garage, sitting on my computer in the living room , cleaning, cooking, outside grilling, or even sitting in the back yard around a fire in the evening. This speaker has you covered. You can easily pick it up and carry it wherever you need it and don't have to worry about the battery going dead on you! I primarily have it connected to my Samsung Galaxy S3 android phone listening to my music and also worked perfectly streaming music from Pandora! My wife also had her iphone synced up to it and was jamming out to her music collection! It worked flawlessly with her ipad, my android tablet and even my computer! This thing is also great for watching movies or videos on a tablet or computer with bluetooth. I plan on taking this speaker to family functions, camping, work and any other place you can just hang out and have some music playing! Buy one or two, you will not be disappointed!
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2013
Excellent sound, especially bass, which is surprising and impressive for such a small device.
However, the bluetooth connection works awfully. Pairing the computer to the speaker is not a problem, but the connection then is a disaster. The speaker NEVER automatically connects, I sometimes have to remove it from the known bluetooth devices on my computer. If I am lucky enough to get a connection, it is not rare that the speaker gets disconnected on its own, and the software streaming sound to it usually gets stuck.
It should further be noted that there are dozens of threads mentioning such issues on the forum of jawbone website, with seldom support (one among others: http://forums.jawbone.com/t5/JAMBOX/Jambox-drops-Bluetooth-connection-suddenly-for-no-reason/td-p/9358). I still can use it to listen music with a cable, which is the only reason why (besides the sound) I keep this device, but in German you would call that Schrott.
For such a price paid, it is clear that a higher quality is to be expected. Though we were totally convinced by the amazing sound when trying it in a shop, these connection issues make the device almost useless in the mode that is supposed to distinguish it from its competitors: bluetooth. When we want to use it with different sources (smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc), we usually have to use it "the old way", namely with a cable to overcome the problem - which is, of course, not the solution we were looking for.
Accordingly, in spite of its amazing sound quality, for such a price, I would not recommend such a purchase.
37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
The latest batch of Big Jamboxes has an issue whereby the battery won't fully charge, or won't hold a charge, or won't take a charge at all. This is a frequently discussed problem on their own website forum. They have no obvious solution, and thus far, their technical support has been of absolutely no help in getting my jambox working. I report the list of solutions I've tried, and they turn around and suggest the same solutions. They don't even read the descriptions I provide as to what I've tried. Canned generic answers to my complaint, which don't work. Useless. This thing was $300. It doesn't work. Support is no help. ARE YOU KIDDING?
See the issues on their support forum before you buy. You've been warned!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2014
First some background on myself: I am a computer engineer with a passion for music and have listened and played (guitar and keyboard) with all kinds of gear for over forty years. Through the years I have even built my own speaker systems so I have a some experience with audio equipment.
I have been enjoying the BIG JAMBOX for two summers and was very happy with its performance. This amounts really to a single year of usage -- in winter I mostly play musical instruments or listen to music through my component hi-fi system. I felt the speaker offered good balance of bass, mid and high frequencies, small footprint and a good six hours of continuous play. After the first summer I purchased a second unit as a gift for a friend and also recommended it to my son-in-law who bought another unit.
Well, my enthusiasm for the Big J collapsed: On a family gathering last week I brought the speaker along with my iPad and after a couple hours of music the speaker started making rattling noise when driven by jazzy tracks with lower end bass. After some tests it was clear to me that the either the built-in amp circuitry was defective or, more likely, that a woofer cone was cracked. With little hope I contacted Jawbone's technical support. They opened a ticket for me and suggested a series of tests to determine the source of the problem. Eventually they arrive to the conclusion I already knew: the Big J experienced a hardware problem and, I was told, they were unable to help me because the warranty already expired.
I always treated the unit with care so it's been quite unexpected to learn about its failure in such a short time. No doubt in my mind we are dealing with a BAD DESIGN issue. In all these years of playing music this is the first time I experienced a woofer cone rupture using powered speakers. The reason is that its own built-in power amp limits (or SHOULD limit) the amount of wattage to drive the speaker, so to have this kind of breakdown in such a short time is inexcusable. I should have paid more attention to the bad reviews before shelling out almost $300 for this failure-prone product.
Now I need to find a replacement to Big Jambox. Good candidates appear to be Bose SoundLink III (great sound, very small footprint but more expensive) and Logitech UE 984 (very good sound, unbeatable price but large footprint). One thing for sure: I will never buy a Jawbone product again!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2014
This product is a good product until it breaks. However, I had to return my item and the after sale treatment that i am getting is horrible. I will NEVER buy anything made by this company again. They got my money and then the product broke, i returned it and now they keep telling me that they don't have anything to replace it with. What a bunch of crock!!! If i ordered another one brand new they would take my money again and send me another one but because they are replacing the orginal one they clain they don't have a replacement to send me. I have been treated better by used car salesmen. When i call them they all give me the same lie. They sound like politicians!!! I have been waiting for a couple of months now, that is just plain wrong. I paid GOOD MONEY for this product fand i would like to have a new replacement. I HATE, HATE, HATE THE TREATMENT THAT I AM GETTING. IT IS WRONG!!! You know if i bought a new one that i would have it in a few days. Please, you have my money, please send me my merchandise and you will never ever, ever have to worry about me doing business with you again. I'm dissappointed, so dissappointed.