May 1, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
We’re big fans of the Sonos sound system around these parts, but we’re even bigger fans of competition. Sonos finally has some in the form of Big JAMBOX, a new portable speaker that supersizes the original Jambox.
The Big Jambox is a bigger speaker with bigger sound. The device measures 10.1 inches long, 3.2 wide, and 3.7 high, and clocks in at only 2.7 lbs. The increased size doesn’t sacrifice portability because Big Jamxbox is battery-powered and Bluetooth enabled, allowing it to link with almost any phone or tablet in most locations ad pump out audio. Jawbone promises up to 15 hours of continuous playback depending on volume and connection type, but it can also stay plugged-in to the wall if you aren’t on the go.
Jawbone touts its BACCH 3D LiveAudio technology that plays music “as if you’re’ on stage, in the action, hearing it live.” That may be overselling it a bit, but there should be good quality on the Big Jambox based on early reviews of some sites that were seeded the device beforehand. Aside from sounding great for music playback, the Jambox also works as a high-quality speakerphone thanks to the presence of a built-in microphone.
Big Jambox is available for pre-order for $299 at Jawbone.com. Buyers can choose between red, white, and black colors and begin streaming more sound soon. Here are a few reviews to help you make your decision.