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Jawbone Upsizes the Jambox to Big Jambox
Jawbone has introduced a larger version of its Jambox Bluetooth speaker, the Big Jambox.
Jawbone is best known for its Bluetooth earpieces, but last year it stepped into the Bluetooth speaker market with the Jambox. Now, it’s upgrading the Jambox to the Big Jambox, a literal bigger brother to the Jambox.
Like its name implies, the Big Jambox is a big Jambox, a Bluetooth speaker that connects wirelessly to any device that supports Bluetooth A2DP. It looks and acts just like the Jambox, but at over 10 inches long and 2.7 pounds, it’s almost twice as large as the Jambox and weighs over three times as much. It also features two passive bass radiators to the Jambox’s one. Jawbone hasn’t announced the size or number of the drivers in the Big Jambox, but considering its size, it probably is larger and more powerful.
The Big Jambox also features playback controls for switching back and forth between tracks, which the Jambox lacks. According to Jawbone, the Big Jambox’s larger battery also lets the speaker last longer unplugged, with 15 hours of play time or 500 hours of standby time. Like the regular Jambox, it can also work as a speakerphone (a 10-inch, nearly three-pound speakerphone).
The Big Jambox will retail for $299 when it goes on sale May 15, $100 more than the Jambox. It will come in red, white, and grey versions when it launches, but other colors could be in the Big Jambox’s future (the regular Jambox is currently available in black, red, grey, and blue).
Wireless speakers have come a long way in the last few years, thanks to advancements in Bluetooth audio quality and Apple’s AirPlay technology. Bluetooth works with any device that supports the Bluetooth A2DP profile, and AirPlay works with any iOS device. Jawbone has not yet made an AirPlay speaker.
For more information on wireless speakers, see PCMag’s list of the best wireless speakers currently available.
By Will Greenwald, PCMag