Pure readies Jongo wireless speakers for U.S. release
By Paul Ridden
January 11, 2013
Being able to wander from room to room throughout the house and enjoy one continuous streamed audio experience can, unfortunately, be a very expensive luxury indeed. Happily, the UK's Pure is getting ready to launch a new range of wireless speakers that promise quality audio at a much more attractive price point than similar multiroom systems offered by the likes of Sonos. The first of the new Jongo series to hit the market will be the S340B portable speaker, followed by the A140B hi-fi adapter and the T640B stereo speaker.
A division of Imagination Technologies, Pure celebrated its tenth birthday last year. The company has long been associated with the manufacture of quality DAB radios, the first models making their way to the U.S. in 2010, though its product catalog also includes some nifty audio docks.
The first of its new Jongo multiroom music streamers was actually launched in the UK last October and is available to buy there now. The S340B's four tweeters and an upward-firing subwoofer pump out 20W RMS, and the unit allows music from any audio app on a smartphone or tablet to be streamed via Bluetooth to a single unit, or via Wi-Fi to multiple units in conjunction with the Pure Connect app. A wireless internet connection also opens the system up to thousands of online radio stations, on-demand programming and music subscription services, and podcasts.
Each speaker offers up to ten hours of listening before its rechargeable battery pack needs some help from a nearby power outlet. The Jongo S340B is set for U.S. release during Q1 of 2013 for a suggested retail price of US$229.
If you have existing hi-fi equipment that would like to join the streaming party, the 4.25 x 4.17 x 2.16-inch (108 x 106 x 55 mm) A140B is the Jongo unit for you. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless hi-fi adapter has both optical and coaxial digital outputs, together with dual phono analog outputs, and features a 24-bit/192 kHz DAC (-106 dB signal to noise ratio). There's also a USB port for product updates.
The A140B will be available in the first half of 2013 and Pure has just informed us that the expected retail price for the A140B is $119.
The last member of the power trio is the 14.5 x 6.8 x 7.4-inch (370 x 175 x 190-mm) T640B wireless stereo speaker. This Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-enabled unit is reportedly capable of 100W RMS stereo output courtesy of its two custom designed, five-inch full-range drive units with dual-concentric tweeters. It also has dual phono analog inputs and a USB port (for product upgrades and Ethernet connectivity).
It comes with a stand for portrait or landscape table-top placement, or there's an optional bracket accessory kit available for mounting neatly on a wall. The T640B has been given the same availability window as the A140B for an expected retail price of $329.
Other compatible products from the Pure line (including the Sensia 200D Connect, Contour 200i Air, and One Flow) can also seamlessly synchronize with the Jongo system, and can even be used to control the system.
All Jongo products are available in black or white (with black speaker grilles), but user-fit colored grille packs or clip-on covers can also be purchased in orange, green, mango or white.