With a distinctive design and rich tone, this speaker had no problem in reaching customers around the globe. Whether it’s the sound, durability or design department, the Big Jambox scored nothing but praises and high remarks from the customers. The device drops with a price tag ranging anywhere from $250 to $300, putting the speaker on the pricier side within its league, but still well worth it.
Big Jambox can be used as both a speaker and a speakerphone. It’s also compatible with prominent devices such as iPads and iPhones, only further raising the portability grades. There’s also a vast array of different features this device has to offer, but we’ll get to those a bit later, so make sure to scroll down and join us for a full review in the section below.
Typically described as richer and more balanced than the competition, the sound of Big Jambox expectedly beats the similarly designed devices due to both bigger size and higher quality. The $250 price tag reflects the audio fittingly, resulting in a strong sound with massive volume and low amount of noise and crackling, even at higher volume.
Sound-wise, mid and high tones are where the Big Jambox shines the most, strongly covering the low frequency domain along the way. It is often compared to twice more expensive devices in audio terms, and that clearly says something. Considering that a vast array of users doesn’t intend to use the device for thorough listening, but rather a portable speaker, the sound quality easily beats all expectations.
The manufacturer also takes great pride in LiveAudio technology embedded within the machine, a modern features enabling richer sonic layers and a genuine feeling of listening to live music, rather than recorded material.
Big Jambox includes many features for users to tweak, allowing sound calibration to enhance the overall listening experience. The speakerphone feature tends to instantly pop up as a crowd favorite. Being not too much of standard feature, the speakerphone option can actually prove to be surprisingly useful, making it much less of a hassle to answer phone calls while your iPhone is plugged into the speaker.
As far as battery life goes, the manufacturer guarantees 15 hours of continuous playing time, which is quite fair considering the device’s size. The speaker can be connected via Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm stereo cable. Speaking of cables, a wall charger and a USB cable are also included in the $250 package.
When it comes to Big Jambox’s size, the device drops with 10.1 x 3.2 x 3.7 inches (25.2 x 8.1 x 9.28 cm) dimensions and a 2.7 lbs (1.22 kg) weight. As noted, portability is the word of the day with this one, and the light weight only reflects such an approach.
Durability and Reliability
Being an outdoor speaker, Big Jambox can withstand various weather conditions and fetched a low amount of negative remarks in this domain. It’s sturdy and compactly built, minimizing the effect of drops or rough transport. So both inside and outside, the device is strong and massive, but should still be handled with care.
As for reliability, Big Jambox doesn’t have a tendency to break down often. In fact, if you don’t take it out a lot, chances are that it will never break whatsoever. But it is an outdoor speaker first and foremost, so hitting the outdoor with it is something we’d still highly recommend.
Overall: Pros and Cons
To sum it all up, this is a very nice device we just briefly reviewed. Not for anyone’s pocket, but still quite affordable. Finally, we’ll round it all up with a rundown of pros and cons.
Big Jambox Pros
- Portability – Very light and compatible, easy to carry with a fairly long battery life. Bluetooth support is also included, turning the Big Jambox into a mobile powerhouse.
- Sound quality – The speaker’s sound often gets compared to devices twice more expensive than the given $250 price tag, and that says something
Big Jambox Cons
Not a budget device – Although users get an awesome value for the noted price, this is still not a budget device and rank among pricier portable speakers, as well as the best ones. So if you’re aiming for high quality, this is actually not a con at all, but if you’re after low-budget, look somewhere else.