Top positive review
on September 25, 2013
Best Buy had everything else in stock EXCEPT the Jabra SoleMate. (This was my first clue that the SoleMate was the one to get.) However, they did still have a demo unit on the shelf, so I decided to audition the competing products side-by-side – most notably, the Jawbone JamBox and Bose SoundLink Mini.
Hands down, the SoleMate sounded best -- it seemed to have the best overall range. The Bose SoundLink, $50 more, had a bit more low-end, but lacked definition in the mid and high frequencies. I have found that this is characteristic of Bose products which are mostly over-rated. They always sound muddy to me.
The Jawbone JamBox stakes claim to the opposite end of the spectrum – shrill at the top, and nothing on the bottom. The JamBox did nothing for me.
Picking up the SoleMate in my hands supported what my ears were hearing. This thing is a little brick. By comparison, both the Bose and Jawbone products felt feather light – probably because the speaker magnets are wimpy little things.
Admittedly, everyone's tastes are different. When possible, it's always best to audition audio components with your own ears and music. That being said, at this price-point, I believe you'll find the Jabra SoleMate gives you the best bang for the buck.