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BIG SOUND! Not so much.
on November 19, 2012
I've had these for several weeks now. I ended up returning the iHome iDM8 mentioned below since I was able to purchase the Jensen for about 1/2 what I bought the iHome for. I also picked up the Jambox (smaller unit) during a Black Friday sale. The Jensen certainly took design ideas from the Jambox. The difference in the Jambox is that on the rear of the unit it has a passive radiator it uses to produce bass. While not very impressive just standing in the open, if you put it on a surface that will pick up the vibration of the radiator, it will amplify the sound of the bass to a very impressive degree. If you see the Jambox in a retail store, you'll see it is setting on a thin plastic demo box: the box isn't there for aesthetics: it makes the bass much louder and "thumpier". Anyway, that cannot be done with the Jensen. The Jensen is still a fine little speaker which I will keep as my wife also likes to stream music and this way we always have a 2nd speaker handy. I wouldn't pay retail for the Jensen, I would look into the Xtreme Mac Soma BT - it also incorporates a passive radiator and has the ability to charge a device with its own internal battery. I would have probably bought it instead of the Jambox, but I got the Jambox for a great price on Black Friday. I still say the Jensen is a 3 star speaker - it has average sound quality, average battery life and average features for this price point. I'll say again, I'm keeping this speaker; it's a nice little unit, just not deserving of the "rave" 5 star reviews it has received. Hope my experiences help you make your purchase.
I picked this up at a local retailer on clearance for a little less than 1/2 retail, making it a pretty good bargain. However, I also own an iHome iDM8, and while it only sports a single speaker and has less volume, I don't hear a huge difference. I listen to a wide variety of music: Mozart, Chopin, Instrumental, F. Sinatra, D. Martin, Andrea Bocelli, Pavarotti, Julio Iglesias, Black Eye Peas, Shakira, AC DC, you get the picture. These speakers do very well with all music unless the music relies on any kind of actual bass. Don't get me wrong, compared to a cheap desktop speaker, these are quite good, but I feel someone needs to address the lack of bass response. I can't compare them to a Jambox; I've only heard demo units in the store, but I do use Bose in-ear and on-ear headphones, so I guess I do like "Bose sound" which tends to allow more bass to come through the speaker.
Stereo is a moot point on any device this small: you can't really get stereo separation from the L/R channels unless perhaps you face the speakers opposite directions as I've seen on some products. The speaker phone is a nice feature but only a feature; people complain about me being to quite to make it really useful for other than taking a quick call when your music is interrupted.
Based on this review, you might think I didn't like these speakers. I do like them, but only for the price I paid. I'm still debating returning them b/c I have the iHome iDM8, and while it isn't quite as loud, it sounds a little "warmer" (personal preference: you might like the "brighter" sound of the Jensen), and the iHome doesn't use a silly proprietary cable so I have more charging options with it. I also like the upward facing speaker of the iHome, so I don't lose any sound when walking around it (such as working in the garage or around the house).
If you really want the speaker phone option this is a pretty good buy (when not selling retail). I just feel someone needed to comment on the bass, these don't sound ANY different in bass response then any other modern mid-quality speaker of this size. If you've not heard any before, you will be astounded by these or any other modern mid-level speaker. Because of that, I would rate it 3 stars "it's OK" but don't feel it deserved a 4 star rating as you get the same quality of sound from so many other speaker systems at the same price point.