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JAM Symphony WiFi Home Audio Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Service, Stream Music, Built-in Intercom, Sync up to 8 Speakers for Home Audio, Control Speakers with Smartphone App, HX-W14901 Black
- Built-in Amazon Alexa Control. Use the JAM App to ask Alexa a question
- Room filling sound, 2.1 stereo sound, perfect for mid-sized rooms and syncs with multiple speakers
- Control all of your JAM Wi-Fi speakers from your phone using the free JAM Wi-Fi App. The App works with Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Tidal and more
- Stream your favorite music or use the built in Intercom: Use the JAM App to talk through your speakers; One Touch Music: Access all your presets with the touch of a button
- Product dimension:8.35” x 6.30” x 7.50"
- Quick and easy set up: No complex wiring or expensive installation. Pair up to 8 JAM Wi-Fi Speakers for an instant home audio solution
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Jam WiFi Home Audio Speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Service
Using WiFi technology, JAM Rhythm & Symphony lets you stream music to any room in your house and control it directly from your phone. Download our free JAM app to stream Spotify, Rhapsody, iHeart Radio, and your personal music library.
The new push to talk Amazon Alexa feature allows you to access Alexa through your smart device. Sync up to 8 JAM WiFi speakers for an instant home sound solution — no wiring or installation required.
The JAM Rhythm features crystal-clear 2.1 stereo sound with a built-in sub-woofer. It’s perfect for mid-sized rooms, like bedrooms and kitchens. Pair it with a second JAM Rhythm to set left and right channels.
Plays in Portrait or Landscape
Change the orientation of your JAM Rhythm and set right-left channels. JAM Rhythm includes a built-in preset button that allows you to program up to four favorite stations.
Features 2.1 stereo sound with a built-in sub-woofer that delivers immense bass. Dedicated tweeters provide true clarity and excellent high ranges. It’s perfect large rooms, like family rooms and great rooms.
One Touch Controls
The JAM Symphony includes four built-in preset buttons that allow you to program your favorite stations. Now your best jams are just one touch away.
Room to Room Tunes
If you have multiple JAM WiFi speakers installed, you can play different music on each speaker, or play the same music throughout your home. It’s up to you, and it’s all controlled through the app.
Built-in Amazon Alexa Control
The New push to talk Amazon Alexa feature allows you to access Alexa through your smart device.
The JAM app comes with a built-in intercom system that allows you to broadcast your voice to other rooms. Don’t run upstairs to tell the kids dinner’s ready — let them know over the speaker!
Using WiFi technology, JAM Rhythm & Symphony lets you stream music to any room in your house and control it directly from your phone. Download our free JAM app to stream Spotify, Rhapsody, iHeart Radio, and your personal music library. The new push to talk Amazon Alexa feature allows you to access Alexa through your smart device. Sync up to 8 JAM WiFi speakers for an instant home sound solution — no wiring or installation required. The JAM Rhythm features crystal-clear 2.1 stereo sound with a built-in sub-woofer. It’s perfect for mid-sized rooms, like bedrooms and kitchens. Pair it with a second JAM Rhythm to set left and right channels. The Jam Symphony reatures 2.1 stereo sound with a built-in sub-woofer that delivers immense bass. Dedicated tweeters provide true clarity and excellent high ranges. It’s perfect large rooms, like family rooms and great rooms. The New push to talk Amazon Alexa feature allows you to access Alexa through your smart device.
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I’ve posted a few photo’s to illustrate how this works on an iPad (the iPhone is similar).
All the apps I tested worked perfectly using the above technique, with one minor exception.
Here’s a list of the apps that I tested (on both iPad and iPhone):
Apple’s Music App - WORKS
Amazon Music App - WORKS
Spotify Music App - WORKS
Netflix App - WORKS
Apple’s iMovie App - WORKS
Videos From your Photo’s Library - WORKS
Apple’s Voice Memos App - DOES NOT WORK (note this app is not available on iPad)
Note that you DO NOT need to use the Jam app to play sound through the speaker. In fact, you can delete it after introducing the speaker to your WiFi network (see About The APP section for details).
I wanted to emphasize this stuff right off the bat, as I’ve noticed a number of reviews claiming their favorite music app is unsupported. I suspect that’s because they are using the Jam App for playback and don’t know about the Control Center method.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Speaker setup was quick and simple - basically just giving it my WiFi password.
All iPads and iPhones can play through the speaker by simply selecting JAM_SYMPHONY in the Control Center - exactly the same as you would us your Apple TV for audio playback.
Mac computers can play through this speaker too (select JAM SYMPHONY in System Preferences + Sound + Output).
The Jam Symphony sits on four thick rubber feet. It has 2 tweeters and a subwoofer enabling it to play true 2.1 stereo sound. There is a bass port at the back which surprised me with it’s forceful airflow.
I think this speaker sounds very good with rich bass and reasonable treble - far superior to your average battery powered Bluetooth speaker. It was easily loud enough to fill our large kitchen/great-room area with sound.
I played a number of different types of songs and found them all to reproduced enjoyably for casual listening. Of course listening tests are highly subjective; your mileage - as the saying goes - may vary.
Just for fun I unfairly compared it to our our mid-range Sony home theater system by flipping the output back and forth between our Apple TV (which feeds the Sony) and the Jam. Of course it doesn’t have the depth of bass or the clear treble of a large, powerful multi-speaker system. Nonetheless I was impressed at it’s ability to come close on numerous songs, when played at moderate volume levels.
The Symphony has three rubber-coated buttons on top for playback control. Pause/Play works as you’d expect. The +/- buttons change volume when tapped, holding down longer skips to the start/end of the track, eventually skipping to previous / subsequent tracks if you keep pressing.
There are four “Preset” buttons as well - but they require the app in order to work.
WHAT I LIKED:
[+] Almost any iPhone and iPad app plays through this speaker using the iOS Control Center (and you do not need the Jam app installed to do this).
[+] Any Mac can play through this speaker (select JAM SYMPHONY in System Preferences + Sound + Output)
[+] Very good sound quality for a speaker of this size and cost.
[+] The speaker is always idling, ready to play - no need to turn it on.
[+] Power usage when idling is remarkably good.
[+] Speaker never noticeably distorts or rattles, regardless of the volume level or amount of bass in the music.
[+] Speaker is heavy, which I assume means big powerful magnets, which is a good thing in a non-portable speaker.
[+] If a power outage occurs (or you just unplug the speaker to move it to a new location) it automatically restores itself and connects to the WiFi network. I list this as a plus because a surprising number of “smart” gadgets need manual intervention after even the shortest power outage.
[+] Sounds very good with spoken word content such as podcasts.
[+] Easier to use than Bluetooth speakers if, like me, you often switch between different devices.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE:
[-] Certain songs make the treble sound a bit harsh, and the bass somewhat muddy, but nothing that bothers my non-audiophile ears too much.
[-] The base and treble adjustments are rather subtle, which is fine, just don't expect to add in massive effects. (Of course, as you well know, all iPhones have a built-in equalizer, meaning a speaker doesn’t really *need* separate bass/treble controls at all - go to Settings + Music + EQ, turn it on and enjoy!)
[-] The speaker is not good looking, in fact I think it’s a bit on the ugly side. Of course this is just my biased, un-objective opinion. And hey, it’s the sound that really matters to me, so I can live with this.
[-] If you believe you gadgets should not speak until spoken too - you may dislike the Jam’s power up sequence which includes an electronic series of bleeps followed by a robot voice stating the network connection has been established. My dog finds this so distasteful he leaves the room. Fortunately the power-up sequence happens rarely (unless you suffer a lot of power outages, or move the speaker from room - room frequently).
ABOUT THE COMPANION APP:
The free companion app is needed for the initial setup of the speaker - give it the password for your WiFi network and it’s ready to go. The speaker is now visible to all iPads and iPhones, even if they do not have the app installed. You could delete the app after initial setup if you wanted to, although you might wish to keep it around for occasional firmware updates, or to use some of the app specialized features like the intercom, or to manage things if you own multiple Jam WiFi speakers. (I had only a single speaker to test, so cannot comment on multiple speaker performance).
The app supports iOS and Android - it can stream music from Spotify, Rhapsody, iHeart Radio, or the music library on your phone or tablet. It runs only in portrait mode, and is a very basic music player. After setup you only need the app if you want to change Bass / Treble, use the intercom feature, update the firmware, or program the “preset” buttons. Frankly, I didn’t use the Jam app much after setup.
After setup I was able to use the Control Center to select the JAM speaker as my audio output device, the same way the Apple TV can be selected. This allows you to use your preferred app to send sound directly to the speaker. It worked flawlessly with the Amazon Music app, the Apple Music app, and the Apple Podcast app.
The app is needed to adjust the Bass and Treble. I found the adjustment to have a rather subtle effect from minimum to maximum, but still it’s better than many wireless speakers that do not provide any adjustments.
The app is needed to use the “Preset” buttons. I find this an odd name - I was expecting “Presets” to be pre-defined Bass / Treble settings, but they are not. Instead they are quick selections of playlists. No problem - I just don’t use them.
The Intercom feature isn’t a true two-way intercom. You can send your voice through the speaker, but you cannot listen to whats going on around the speaker. You need the app to use this feature.
NOTES / SPECIFICATIONS:
I tested using a variety of Apple devices, including iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, older iPad 4’s, and newer iPad Pro’s. Only one of these devices had the free JAM app installed, but all were able to play music and podcasts through the speaker and respond to the speakers volume and playback control buttons.
Size is roughly 13 x 8 x 6-1/2 inches (WxHxD).
The thick rubber feet require an area of 3-1/4 x 9-1/2 inches.
My digital scale shows the weight is 96.3 oz (6.02 lb. / 2.73 kg).
I measured power consumption in Standby Mode at 0.01 Amps * 120V which works out to 1.2 watts. This is 10.5 KHW costing just $1.35 per year (using eia.gov’s average US electrical cost of $0.128 per KWH). This is a very efficient!
Power supply: Input 120-240V 50/60 Hz 1A, Output 18V 2A or 36 watts, Efficiency level VI
DLNA compliant device (Digital Living Network Alliance).
Warranty: 1 year
I rate the APP at 3.5 stars - it’s a good reliable app that gets the job done, but nothing special.
I rate the speaker at 4.5 stars - it’s seems to be a well built, solid device with surprisingly good sound for it’s size, and price.
My overall rating is 5 stars, rounding up the 4.5 stars and ignoring the app’s rating since it does not have to be used after setup.
I have 8 Amazon echo's throughout my house, I walk from room to room and issue commands like I am on Star Trek,
I even set the wake word to 'computer'
I wanted a "Boom Box" to play my amazon tunes out by the pool. and this seemed to be the perfect device. BUT unless you and your wet hands want to tell it to play a song, you have to run the app.. Ok, Streaming, With all my amazon echo's I would just have it play in Multiroom. NO
-- all devices EXCEPT The JAM show If I tell the jam to play multiroom, it does, ON ALL OTHER DEVICES BUT THE JAM.
Also I tried pairing a BT 'button' with the Jam, so I can activate Alexa remotly from the pool .. NO
i have no reason why these two simple and obvious things are not enabled.
on the one that wouldn't update I emailed and called the manufacturer who advised me to take it back to the store (about 50 miles away) or send it back to them for a replacement which would take about 4-6 weeks to come.
I really wanted to like these because I can't justify forking out the money that Sonos cost, but regretting the purchase. alternative that's for sure.
The only good things about this speaker are the Wi-Fi streaming capabilities, it's looks, and the price.
I say stick with BOSE or if you can Save enough money & Invest on a SONOS Wi-Fi speaker, they are #TheRealDeal