Jawbone, a company better known for its Bluetooth headsets, has now released a Bluetooth speaker system called the JAMBOX that makes use of two powerful acoustic drivers and ultra-small speakers that work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator packed inside an airtight enclosure. The company says this is the first time this technology has been seen in a personal speaker system and delivers more punch than you'd expect from such a small unit.
The JAMBOX pumps out 85dB with a frequency range of 60 Hz – 20 kHz to deliver high quality highs and lows that can be felt as well as heard. The unit couples sophisticated acoustic drivers with a moving-wall passive bass radiator inside an airtight enclosure constructed from stainless steel with a molded rubber casing, which comes in four colors. It weighs only 327 grams (12 oz) with dimensions of 15 x 5.7 x 4 cm (5.9 x 2.2 x 1.5 in) – adding up to small size, big sound.
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"JAMBOX exemplifies Jawbone's obsession with ensuring that form is always integrated with function," Yves Behar, Chief Creative Officer at Jawbone said. "It's built totally differently from your typical speaker: All four sides are wrapped in a single grill to cut down on moving parts, achieving a strong, minimal form unlike any other speaker, while also making it highly durable."
With Bluetooth connectivity the JAMBOX is easily connected to a computer or smartphone, and without the need for audio cables it can be carried around from room to room – or used as a boombox wherever you go. Now the kids at the bus stop playing their favorite tracks on their mobile phones can do so without it being a completely low fidelity experience. With an eight hour battery life they can even loiter at the mall inflicting their taste in music on passers by all day. Equipped with a microphone JAMBOX can also be used as a speakerphone and can be updated with new apps and features through Jawbone's online platform, MyTALK.
Priced at US$199 it does have a bit of a sting to go with the audio punch it delivers.View gallery - 6 images