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Jawbone Jambox - small size, big sound

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December 9, 2010

JAMBOX in blue

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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.

"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.

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