Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth Speaker, Diamond Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Wireless portable speaker in black connects with mobile phones, computers, tablets, iPods or any other Bluetooth device
- Seamlessly stream and share music, movies, games, phone and conference calls anywhere
- Two highly powerful acoustic drivers and ultra-small dome produce a wide audio spectrum
- Can be updated with apps, software and new features via Jawbone's MyTalk portal
- Up to 10 hours of power from internal rechargeable battery
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JAMBOX, the biggest sound. The smallest package. More Jam less Box: JAMBOX. It's the best little Speaker you've ever heard. One device lets you listen to all of your favorite audio--music, podcasts, video, apps, games, and more--from any phone, music player, tablet, or laptop. Take JAMBOX with you wherever you want audio--from room to room in the home or while on the go. Free yourself from the clutter of big, dedicated speakers and the constraints of cables and docking stations. JAMBOX portability solves all of your listening needs in one small package. Experience big stereo sound and earth-shaking bass in the palm of your hand. Share calls on the go using JAMBOX as a portable speakerphone. It only gets better with time ... Gets apps, software updates, and new functionality at: mytalk.jawbone.com.
TROUBLESHOOTING INFORMATIONi) If the device makes a loud scratching noise:
Hard Reset JAMBOX – Make sure the JAMBOX is powered on and disconnected from any device – the LED flashes white in this state. Press the TALK button 6 times at a quick, consistent pace, and look for the LED to turn red. PRESS and HOLD the TALK button once the LED turns red. Continue to hold the TALK button until the JAMBOX sounds a short tone, and the LED starts flashing red and white, indicating it has entered pairing mode.
ii) If the sound is barely audible:
Place the paired device closer to your JAMBOX – JAMBOX has a Bluetooth range of approximately 33 feet. Separating the devices further than this can affect the audio quality. Make sure the JAMBOX is charged up.
From the Manufacturer
JAMBOX by Jawbone is the smallest, best-sounding wireless speaker and speakerphone around. Just place it anywhere in a room and enjoy pristine streaming audio from your phone, computer, or other Bluetooth devices. Bring music, movies, and all your mobile audio vibrantly to life-all in the palm of your hand.
Big Sound in a Small Package
JAMBOX delivers stunning hi-fi audio in a portable wireless speaker so compact you won't believe it when you hear it. It's loud. With an output capacity of 85 decibels, JAMBOX fills even the largest rooms. Unlike other portable speakers, JAMBOX is powered by a pair of proprietary, highly sophisticated acoustic drivers, unmatched in their ability to produce extreme high (tweeter) and low (woofer) frequencies from a single, ultra-small dome speaker. They work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure to deliver shimmering highs and thumping lows that you can literally feel-the richest sound all in the palm of your hand.
It Only gets Better
JAMBOX is the only speaker that gets smarter every time you plug it in. Just sync it with Jawbone's industry-first MyTALK online platform to download apps, software upgrades, and more. JAMBOX will always be up to date.
Go Anywhere and go Wireless
You get the freedom to bring pristine wireless audio to whatever you're doing, wherever you want. Carry it from room to room or just throw it in your bag. No more cords, docks, or hassles.
Conference on the Go
With a powerful, built-in microphone, JAMBOX frees you to share crisp, clean-sounding conference calls anywhere-in the office, car, at home, alone, or with a group. It's also perfect for sharing video chats via iChat, Skype, and more.
It's all in the Details
JAMBOX looks and feels as striking as it sounds. But with its stainless steel construction and industrial-weight molded rubber casing, it's not just a pretty package-it's a sturdy, portable, and meticulously crafted machine that's built to blast.
Amp up your Music, Movies, Games
Don't let tiny computer speakers sap your sound. All your media deserves great audio, no matter what device it's played from. With JAMBOX, you'll feel the thump of every kick drum, the vroom of every car chase, and the roar of the crowd with every buzzer-beater- bringing all your mobile media vibrantly to life. And with up to 10 hours of continuous play, you can blast away all day long with plenty of charge to spare for whatever comes next.
- Simultaneous Multipoint: Make connections to two devices at the same time (enabled via MyTALK)
- Audio: Proprietary acoustic drivers (stereo pair) and proprietary passive bass radiator
- USB: microUSB (charging only)
- Stereo input: 3.5mm jack
- PC compatibility: Windows 7, Vista, XP; Mac OS X 10.5 and higher
- Bluetooth: Version 2.1+EDR
- Bluetooth profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Hands-Free Profile (HFP) 1.5, Headset Profile (HSP) 1.1
- Battery life: About 10 hours of continuous play (varies by volume level and audio content)
- Battery status: Displayed on iPhone
- Dimensions: 5.95 x 2.25 x 1.60 inches (LxWxH)
- Weight: 12 ounces
- Functionality: See a schematic image of all the controls
What's in the Box
Jawbone JAMBOX, microUSB charging cable (12.5 inches), 3.5mm stereo cable (36 inches), carrying case, AC adapter, user guide
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True to my word, when this went on a Gold box deal for $149, I purchased a second speaker for the kids who used them on camping trips to watch movies on their iPads with their friends. I've been using this daily over the past year with only a few minor issues. I am not a big fan of the latest downloaded software update to add "Live Audio" sound processing which really dampens the sound volume too much to be effective and have only noticed a subtle difference for certain music files. I suspect there will be more reviewers who will knock this device due to dissatisifaction with the Live Audio update, but don't realize that this can be simply toggled on/off by depressing and holding the minus and plus buttons together a few seconds. After purchasing a second one for the kids to use with their iPads, I had to change the bluetooth device names to distinguish multiple speakers since it is default set as "JAMBOX by Jawbone." If you have already synced your i"Device" you will notice that it will keep the old name. Simply go to Settings/General/Bluetooth and select the Not Connected icon and select "Forget this device." This will reset the name for the device and you can simply rescan and resync with the speaker to update the name in your bluetooth device list. I don't understand why there are so many poor reviews for syncing problems which I have never experienced using iOS devices. Other reviewers have also recommended the Soundfreaq SFQ-1 which has equal (to my ears, slightly superior to others) bluetooth sound quality and comparable pricing. I like the SoundFreaq, but I still prefer the JAMBOX due to its smaller size and simple rectangular shape which easily fits in my coat pocket for portability. The sound quality coupled with design factor make this a much more flexible purchase. Ignore reviews that make unfair comparisons to larger expensive office/room audiophile speakers which serve different purposes. I use both the Bose SoundDock and Dr. Dre Beatbox and also really enjoyed the inexpensive, but discontinued Griffin Amplfi speaker which all give a wider and fuller sound experience but are all impractical to drag around with you.
*** update 10/10/2011 ***
The new Jambox 2.1 software upgrade has fixed all the problems with the previous LiveAudio upgrade. The new SoundClarity algorithm is really nice and preserves the higher volume levels. I turn the LiveAudio off when we're in the operating room and it gives nice spatial sound and turn it back on when I'm alone in the office for a softer, but improved sound. I've noticed continued bad ratings complaining of frequent bluetooth connection drops. I have 2 Jambox speakers (blue and black) and have used them daily for 10 months with our iPhones, iPads, and recently an Asus Transformer android tablet and honestly have never had a single connection drop. I use the devices to listen to music in the operating room for 8-10 straight hours and we have have never had a dropped connection. I wonder if folks were unlucky to get a bad speaker or perhaps their problems are actually with their media devices that have outdated bluetooth protocols (i.e. non iOS devices).
Pairing: Very simple and easy. Works well with Android, iOS, Windows 7, and Mac OS products. The best part is you can switch in between devices and this speaker will remember each pairing. I read some of the other popular budget speakers have trouble connecting to the laptops, and that made me decide to get this over them.
Sound: Pretty good sound. The volume is good, especially when paired to the laptop. Like many have said, make sure you turn off the live audio feature to get the speaker louder. The bass is not overwhelming, but I'm more into clarity than bass so this worked out fine for me.
Battery life: phenomenal. Definitely can get over 8 hours of listening. I haven't tested the speaker function on this to make phone calls, but i don't imagine that will impact the battery life that much.
The competition. Having heard other speakers in stores, I think the best portable BT speaker that you can buy is the Bose Soundlink Mini, which retails for around 200 bucks. That speaker packs a lot more punch and heavy bass. This Jambox, when bought on sale, costs much less and is, IMO, better than the budget speakers out there.
One last thing, the speaker comes with a carrying case, but the case is a foldable one that is actually pretty snug on the speaker, so it takes some effort to get the speaker in and out.
1) SOUND - lets dive into the most important part -
For Android users:
I want to note first that if you are using an android phone like me, there is a bug on android where if you have "Voice Enabled" in the "Navigation" app, the audio ouput volume sometimes gets stuck on a lower volume. To describe exactly what I'm talking about: If you have "Navigation" running with "Voice Enabled" and you are listening to music simultaneously, whenever "Navigation" informs you to turn, the music volume will be reduced and sometimes will be stuck on this particular volume level until another turn is announced where it will just self correct. Ever since my old days with an HTC Evo 4G on Sprint (Android 2.3) all the way to my most current Samsung Galaxy S4 (Android 4.2) this issue has not been addressed or fixed. So if you have purchased this speaker, try restarting your phone if you fear the volume is not loud enough.
Back to Sound:
I bought the JBL Flip first hoping that it was worth the $100 I paid for it on Amazon and I must say I was quite impressed with how well the speaker handled unusually loud volumes coming from my Samsung Galaxy S4 over a bluetooth connetion. The S4 does warn you when you reach above safe hearing levels, but even disregarding the warning the speaker never really showed any sign of rattling or distortion even at full blast. However, the Jawbone Jambox does not get quite as loud as the JBL Flip and even if you do reach a higher volume level the music is often not very pleasant to hear. There is a lot of distortion, rattling, and scratching. I tested both speakers using the AUX output (headphone, stereo, or 3.5mm cable) as well as Bluetooth. Please continue reading however as there may be issues with audio quality over bluetooth on the JBL Flip.
The winner for sound is: JBL Flip.
2) CONNECTIVITY - in this part I will talk about the different types of connections available on both the Jambox as well as the Flip.
Bluetooth: Of course the biggest selling point of both products is their bluetooth connectivity options. Unfortunately, the JBL Flip I purchased had very poor antenna reception (even on a serial number above 0189100 which reportedly fixed the bluetooth antenna issues with this particular device). If I stood beyond 6 or 7 ft from the speaker I would notice that the speaker would experience intermittent disconnects or choppy/distorted audio. Ever since I purchased the Jawbone Jambox however, I forgot this could even be an issue with some of these bluetooth speakers. The sound may not get as loud on the Flip, however I was not ever worried about the Jambox disconnecting or distorting the sound when I walk away from it.
The winner for Bluetooth Connectivity: Jawbone Jambox
Charging: The reason I make this a separate category is because I really hate the idea of proprietary chargers. The JBL Flip only supports it's own power adapter's connection and there is no immediate substitute for this. If your JBL Flip runs out of battery and you do not have the charger handy, too bad. The Jawbone Jambox has a standard microUSB connector which is the exact same type of connection as most Android phones. I do not recommend you charge your Jambox with your Android charger, however you may at least connect the device to your laptop or other usb input and provide some source of power if needed.
The winner for Charging: Jawbone Jambox
Simultaneous Multipoint: The only reason I returned my JBL Flip is it's inability to connect to multiple devices simultaneously and serious issues with the bluetooth antenna. Where the JBL Flip falls short, I really feel the Jawbone Jambox picks up. The Jawbone Jambox will allow connections from up to 2 devices simultaneously, however do not be tricked by the marketing hype. The Jawbone Jambox will pair with 2 devices simultaneously however only 1 device will be able to output "Media Audio" on the device with no option to switch between the two other than disabling "Media Audio" connectivity on the device outputting "Media Audio" at that time. This was extremely upsetting and disappointing to me. Why even bother advertising multiple connections through bluetooth when only one device may output "Media Audio" until it disconnects from the device? I'm not sure if Jawbone was deliberately trying to mislead consumers but I certainly felt misled.
Battery Status: The JBL Flip power button will repeatedly glow red off and on until the battery dies with no real option of knowing the exact battery level. The Jawbone Jambox however does provide a downloadable app known as Jawbone Companion which will provide you a rough idea of the battery level. This battery level indication is not in a percentage but instead as a "about full", "about two-thirds full" etc. I dont imagine it would have been too difficult to at least provide an ETA before the battery dies but I'm not complaining as the JBL Flip does not really provide any information at all and this is certainly better than that.
The winner for Features: Jawbone Jambox
Again, these are just my first thoughts on the two and I am much happier with my Jawbone Jambox than with my JBL Flip even though I know that the JBL Flip sounded better. I just do not see the JBL Flip as being a practical portable speaker when it lacks key features such as a tolerable bluetooth antenna range and battery status.