Device Devotee

Device Devotee: Who’s got the bass?

2013-10-15T11:32:00Z 2013-10-21T11:07:35Z Device Devotee: Who’s got the bass?Travis Kipper nwitimes.com
October 15, 2013 11:32 am  • 

There are so many options now for consumers of music to deliver premium audio to their ears. So what is best? This month’s technology coverage will feature the top wireless speakers that will sync with cellphones and any other music receptacle your ear can use.

Jawbone Big Jambox: $299

Though it has been on the market a few months, the new Jawbone Big Jambox builds on the original Jambox bluetooth speaker, with more weight and a $100 more price tag. The new speaker is 3.5 times heavier and six times larger. Big Jambox speaker, weighing 2.7 pounds, still keeps its portable profile in mind for its users. Not only does the speaker keep the music going at an almost staggering range of volume, the speaker can crank out more than 10 hours of music off batteries. While the speaker is better than some competitors, it still is not the best. While the music is loud, it sometimes lacks the rich deep range, and often the music will sound flat while it hits you hard with the volume.

Sonos Play 3: $299

While the speaker comes in at a higher price than many consumers feel comfortable paying, the Sonos Play 3 is still one of the most affordable all-in-one speaker solutions. The Sonos speakers come in around 5.7 pounds, and again much like the Jambox speakers has no problem filling a room with loud and rich music. Another major selling point of this well-designed small speaker is that it can easily sync up with another Sonos Play 3 speaker, further adding to leveling out the music and bring the highs and lows of the music out. However, it comes with its faults. The speakers must have a source of power running to them, meaning anywhere you choose to set them must be close to an outlet.

Logitech Mini Boombox: $99

The first thing you need to know about this speaker is it is small. Coming in at just more than half a pound, the speaker uses a slick control panel that ditches physical buttons and instead chooses a capacitive control style. The speaker again uses its small size to its advantage; with battery life quoted as lasting around 10 hours, the speakers speaks to many on-the-go consumers not concerning themselves with close proximity to an outlet. In addition, the speaker uses just two inputs: a micro usb outlet and an auxiliary port. While light, and portable, the speaker too comes with its faults. Being light, the speaker will move around like a vibrating cell phone placed on the kitchen table. From there the music does not improve; past 50 percent the music is better played out of a tin can. There are much better ways to spend your money on this poorly built, music muffling machine.

Boombotix Rex: $119

While the Boombotix speaker can be placed in a league of its very own, the speaker keeps ultra-portable chic in mind. With a rubber, resilient and slash-proof coating, the speaker also keeps toughness in mind. Boombotix aims for the user of this hexagonal speaker to be a rough and tumble adventurer needing an affordable speaker. Using a series of colored LED lights, the speaker contains two side-by-side 3 watt drivers and is backed by a subwoofer, resulting in a power-saving speaker. Not to mention, being centered on bluetooth, the speaker will serve as a second control to your phone, even able to answer phone calls. Being small and portable, the speaker also has its negatives, the largest of which is that the music will become muffled at high ranges and it lacks the range of other portable speakers at the lower volumes. This speaker will not serve as your primary speaker in a room.

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