Jawbone Big Jambox

8.1/10 AVG.
RATING

  • Jawbone Big Jambox
  • Jawbone Big Jambox
  • Jawbone Big Jambox

Entertaining, hip design, portable and wireless – the Big Jambox is a cool product, but there are rivals with more detailed sound.

- What Hi-Fi team , What Hi-Fi 

The Jawbone Big Jambox doesn't offer the best audio quality among portable Bluetooth speakers, but its long battery life, speakerphone features, and generally solid sound make it worth a listen.

- Will Greenwald , PC Magazine 

Specs / Features


Wireless speaker and speakerphone | Huge hi-fi sound that can fill any room or outdoor space | Small and compact; easily move it from room to room or take with you | Up to 15 hours of continuous play on a single charge | Connects via Bluetooth or 3.5mm stereo cable

Wireless speaker and speakerphone | Huge hi-fi sound that can fill any room or outdoor space | Small and compact; easily move it from room to room or take with you | Up to 15 hours of continuous play on a single charge | Connects via Bluetooth or 3.5mm stereo cable

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Specification

Brand Jawbone
Model J2011-03-US
Warranty 12 months
Size 25 x 8 cm (9.9 x 3.2 in)

Reviews summary

8.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 26 reviews

What's good  

  • Very loud for speaker size
  • Excellent speakerphone
  • Decent sound reproduction at normal volumes

What's bad  

  • Some distortion at higher volumes
  • LiveAudio washes out vocals
  • No Wi-Fi

The full lineup of Jawbone speakers include the original, the Mini and, last but not least, the Big Jambox. As the name suggests, the Big Jambox is the largest of the group, weighing a whopping 1,224.7 grams (2.7 pounds) and measuring 9.14 x 25.4 x 7.87 cm (3.6 x 10 x 3.1 inches), nearly three times as large as the original. Despite its large size, reviewers found it compact enough to grasp one-handed. Aside from the size, however, it still shares the same boxy design, perforated metal grill and rubberized top and sides.

The increased physical dimensions lead to increased audio output. It puts out 110 decibels from its dual two-inch drivers and central subwoofer, compared to the 85 decibels from the original. While it might appear that that’s only a small difference, experts explain that Big Jambox is actually more than three times as powerful. PC Mag adds, "I filled the 5,000-square-foot PC Lab with music by cranking the volume to max." Critics mention that high notes were bright and crisp, and mid-range notes were full and accurate.

In addition, Jawbone added their LiveAudio technology to the Big Jambox. LiveAudio uses a cross-talk filter to cancel out competing audio from the left and right speakers, creating the illusion of 3D audio. While good in theory, critics were less than impressed. Engadget states, "While it certainly widens the soundstage…it also tends to bury vocals and…it can soften a song's bite." Without the use of the LiveAudio feature, reviewers found the mid and high range notes to be very clear and accurate at normal volumes. At higher volumes they noticed that the sound distorted slightly.

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As with its predecessor, the Big Jambox also features speakerphone capabilities. As a type one speakerphone, it is capable of being used for the office. According to Gizmodo, "The mic works great both across a table and up close" and sound quality was good on both sides of the call.

Overall, critics were generally impressed with the quality of the speakers. One of the only major complaints was its lack of Wi-Fi. Besides this, however, it was praised. AppAdvice says, "…the quality of the product, its music playback, and the additional features on offer make it worth the price." PopSci adds, "I've never had a single speaker envelop the entire apartment…making it a worthy replacement for an expensive whole-home audio setup."

Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)


TechHive

Bigger, better, jammier than the original

from TechHive
I liked Jawbone’s offering just a little bit better when it came to filling a room with sound. The Big Jawbone’s industrial design is also much more appealing, and it’s easier to pick up and move from one room to another. As contrary as it sounds, you wouldn’t be paying too much for the Big Jawbone, even though the Roar 2 costs less and delivers more features. Both speakers are better values than JBL’s massive Xtreme... Full review
AppAdvice

Delivers impressive sound quality even at higher volumes

from AppAdvice
Jawbone’s Big JamBox doesn’t come cheap, but the quality of the product, its music playback, and the additional features on offer make it worth the price. It can fill a big room with crystal clear audio, you can stream music over effortlessly from multiple iDevices using its advanced Bluetooth technology, and if your favorite music is supported, LiveAudio can provide something of a live music experience for users of the speaker... Full review
Coolsmartphone

The sound quality is superb, the build quality is very impressive and the feature set is very wide

from Coolsmartphone
All in all, it’s a fantastic product. The sound quality is superb, the build quality is very impressive and the feature set is very wide. Is it worth the £259.99? I’m not really sure it is, sure it’s very good at what it does but couldn’t you do the same job with something a little cheaper? Even the smaller Jambox might make a better choice. If you are willing to pay that sort of money though, I would wholeheartedly recommend it. It really does look great and is an impressive addition to your wireless sound system... Full review
Pocketables

The unit has an impeccable design, long battery life, and is packed to the brim with features

from Pocketables

The big question remains, is the BIG Jambox worth $300 of your hard earned money? The unit has an impeccable design, long battery life, and is packed to the brim with features. In addition, the audio is crisp and balanced, with LiveAudio presenting an exciting way to listen to your favorite classical concerts.

If you require the boom of a louder speaker with a better sound stage, your best options are between this BIG Jawbone option and the Bose SoundLink mobile speaker. I personally recommend this unit over the Bose counterpart due to the additional features and jaw dropping design... Full review

Laptop Magazine

Stylish design and clever features

from Laptop Magazine
Like its smaller brother, the $299 Jawbone Big Jambox has a stylish design and clever features, such as LiveAudio and speakerphone capability. Those who are solely interested in audio quality will prefer the Bose SoundLink, though that device lacks the ability to make and receive calls. But if you're looking for a multipurpose portable speaker with large sound, the Big Jambox is worth a listen... Full review
Android Central

Portable and stylish Bluetooth speaker

from Android Central
If you're looking for a portable and stylish Bluetooth speaker, it's hard to go wrong with the Jambox. The app support for something like this is really impressive, and adds a ton of functionality to a prodyct that would otherwise just be a dumb audio output. The only real downside is that the pricetag might be a little steep for something so small... Full review
UnleashThePhones

Its build quality is top-notch and it does put out genuinely excellent sound

from UnleashThePhones

In conclusion, I really like the Big Jambox and would be sad to see it go once it’s time to send it back, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that its price is a bit steep if you’re just looking for a Bluetooth speaker, and it’s not really travel-friendly in any sense of the word. Its build quality is top-notch and it does put out genuinely excellent sound, especially considering its size, but you’ll definitely be paying for it. In the end, whether the Big Jambox is deserving of a recommendation really depends on your needs; if you’re looking to simplify or... Full review

Venture Beat

The only speaker you’ll ever need

from Venture Beat
I’ve been testing out several wireless audio products over the last few weeks, and the Big Jambox ranks among the leaders. It’s gorgeously designed, sounds fantastic, and is one of the most useful devices I’ve reviewed... Full review
T3

A very nice speaker indeed

from T3
There's no denying that the Big Jambox is a very nice speaker indeed. Along the minimalist design and simple controls, the reliable pairing and fantastic sound quality all win it points. It makes a great desktop speaker, although it's maybe a little too hefty to be taking away on your hols. At a touch under £260, the speaker is a tad pricey for what it is, but if you've got the cash to spare then you're unlikely to be disappointed... Full review
What Hi-Fi

A fun-sounding box that will blast out your tunes anywhere

from What Hi-Fi
The Big Jambox sounds fun and full of boundless energy, its portability and relatively compact size belying the big sound it can deliver. Its bold, attacking and lively style, however, can sometimes compromise the finer subtleties of a song – rival hi-fi docks have more finesse and elegance. The Big Jambox, on the other hand, is far more content being the life and soul of the party. Jawbone presents the Big Jambox as a 21st century version of the ’80s boombox; its portability and Bluetooth capabilities deserve to make it a popular product... Full review

Amazon.com Reviews Summary

2,145 from Amazon.com

2,145 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Jawbone Big Jambox. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

9/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

1 from Amazon.ca

1 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Jawbone Big Jambox. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

8/10

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