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Sep 4, 2013, 11:52 AM
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Jawbone today announced its third portable Bluetooth speaker, the Mini Jambox (https://jawbone.com/speakers/minijambox). Designed to complement the existing Jambox and the Big Jambox, the Mini Jambox is similar in size to the standard Jambox, but thin enough to slip into a pocket.

The Mini Jambox is 0.96 inches wide, 2.28 inches tall, 6.06 inches long, and it weighs nine ounces. In comparison, the original Jambox is more than an inch and a half wide and weighs 12 ounces.

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Like the Jambox, the Mini Jambox has a 10 hour battery life, Bluetooth 4.0, and the same sound quality. It features a unibody design and will come in nine different colors ranging from red to purple.

With the launch of the Mini Jambox, Jawbone also plans to debut a new iOS app that is designed to function as an all-in-one music source, combining playlists from apps like Rdio, Spotify, and iTunes. It also allows users to customize Jambox audio settings.

The Mini Jambox is currently available for pre-order on the Jawbone website (http://jawbone.com/store/buy/minijambox) for $180 and will begin shipping in late September.

Article Link: Jawbone Debuts Thinner 'Mini Jambox' for $180 (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/04/jawbone-debuts-thinner-jambox-mini-for-180/)



imwoblin
Sep 4, 2013, 12:13 PM
Very cool on the ios app as I sit here working listening to LA Woman (Doors) on my original Jambox. To be able to control playlists & settings on the Jambox via the app instead of being forced to go to Jawbone's site is a huge win.

taxiapple
Sep 4, 2013, 12:13 PM
Pretty impressive

I have both of the previous models.
To think that the new smaller one has even better & louder sound than the original model while still having 10 hours of battery life is impressive.

FrizzleFryBen
Sep 4, 2013, 12:14 PM
Those giant buttons are just silly

Battlefield Fan
Sep 4, 2013, 12:15 PM
I like their design!

SmoMo
Sep 4, 2013, 12:30 PM
"Like the Jambox, the Mini Jambox has a 10 hour battery life, Bluetooth 4.0, and the same sound quality. "

I'm not an acoustic engineer or anything, but I doubt it really does have the same quality what with it being so tiny, and if it does, then why bother with the big one at all?

Is the big one just the Mini Jambox inside a big empty box then?

phr0ze
Sep 4, 2013, 12:32 PM
Sorry, but the JVC blows everything away and only $99.

Go to bestbuy and just listen side by side. the JVC rocks.

keysofanxiety
Sep 4, 2013, 12:33 PM
"Like the Jambox, the Mini Jambox has a 10 hour battery life, Bluetooth 4.0, and the same sound quality. "

I'm not an acoustic engineer or anything, but I doubt it really does have the same quality what with it being so tiny, and if it does, then why bother with the big one at all?

Is the big one just the Mini Jambox inside a big empty box then?

The mini one was released after the actual Jambox. The strange thing about technology is that it evolves; much like a paper-thin laptop can have the same power as a desktop from yester-year, a small Jambox can indeed pack the same quality as its larger predecessor.

KeepCalmPeople
Sep 4, 2013, 12:34 PM
My first thought was '$180 Lego brick'.
So many other choices for less money, or for that sort of money buy a Bose.

keysofanxiety
Sep 4, 2013, 12:37 PM
or for that sort of money buy a Bose.

Any point that you were trying to make was immediately invalidated by that line.

gmcalpin
Sep 4, 2013, 12:38 PM
My first thought was '$180 Lego brick'.
So many other choices for less money, or for that sort of money buy a Bose.
Yeah, but then it will sound like a Bose.

ChristIsLORD
Sep 4, 2013, 12:56 PM
I have a Jambox and love it but don't understand why they are keeping the original model if the new one is just the guts of the original in a smaller package. Doesn't this render the original pointless?

rmbpuser
Sep 4, 2013, 12:57 PM
if i were to buy a portable speaker it would be the vers 1q ;p

jdechko
Sep 4, 2013, 01:03 PM
I have a Jambox and love it but don't understand why they are keeping the original model if the new one is just the guts of the original in a smaller package. Doesn't this render the original pointless?

The original has the problem of bouncing around on bass-heavy music. This is somewhat mitigated by the heft of the Big Jambox, but I can see it actually being worse on the Mini.

Iconoclysm
Sep 4, 2013, 01:05 PM
Yeah, but then it will sound like a Bose.

Which would sound better than this...

bugout
Sep 4, 2013, 01:07 PM
The mini one was released after the actual Jambox. The strange thing about technology is that it evolves; much like a paper-thin laptop can have the same power as a desktop from yester-year, a small Jambox can indeed pack the same quality as its larger predecessor.

I seriously hope you're kidding.

The laws of physics don't evolve like that...

KeepCalmPeople
Sep 4, 2013, 01:19 PM
Any point that you were trying to make was immediately invalidated by that line.

Nice snarky comment.
You may not think Bose products sound very good, but you have to agree they don't look like Lego.
Sound quality is very subjective, which is why there is room for so many products...

SmoMo
Sep 4, 2013, 01:25 PM
The mini one was released after the actual Jambox. The strange thing about technology is that it evolves; much like a paper-thin laptop can have the same power as a desktop from yester-year, a small Jambox can indeed pack the same quality as its larger predecessor.

Why are they selling both big and small jam box for the same price then?

https://jawbone.com/speakers

Are you really digging the whole little jam box is as awesome as big jam box because technology evolved story?

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Nice snarky comment.
You may not think Bose products sound very good, but you have to agree they don't look like Lego.
Sound quality is very subjective, which is why there is room for so many products...

Compared to what exactly? I'm sure you can buy as many different kinds of Can Openers, or Microwaves, or Vaccuum cleaners, as you can bluetooth speakers.
Is cooking a Lasagna or the quality of opening a tin of beans also 'very subjective' ?

CrAkD
Sep 4, 2013, 01:38 PM
I have an original jam box that I got for $119 during an amazon Black Friday sale and that's literally the only reason I got it. $199 is too expensive and $179 for this one is too much too

bassfingers
Sep 4, 2013, 01:58 PM
That's about $100 too much. Especially considering the regular jambox is already $50 too much. The Big jambox is a decent buy though

flux73
Sep 4, 2013, 01:59 PM
The UE Boom is $199 and has a 12 hr battery life, water resistant, has a far more attractive design. All this with sound quality that comes close to the $300 Big Jambox. Definitely worth the $20 extra over the Mini Jambox. Now that they shrunk it, I can only imagine the audio quality got worse. Listen to both in the stores...

I LOVE my UE Boom - it goes everywhere with me. Can listen to it in the shower, out on the deck, in the kitchen. It fits nicely in the drink holders in my car. I even used it for awhile as an external speaker for my MBA until I got a pair of BT Audyssey speakers.

ZipZap
Sep 4, 2013, 02:49 PM
"Like the Jambox, the Mini Jambox has a 10 hour battery life, Bluetooth 4.0, and the same sound quality. "

I'm not an acoustic engineer or anything, but I doubt it really does have the same quality what with it being so tiny, and if it does, then why bother with the big one at all?

Is the big one just the Mini Jambox inside a big empty box then?

I agree.

The original is just not loud enough. The big is plenty loud but over priced.
I suspect the mini will be worse than the original and no where near the quality of the big.

Jambox would do so much better if they significantly lowered their price points.

RolyPolyBird
Sep 4, 2013, 03:10 PM
Nice snarky comment.
You may not think Bose products sound very good, but you have to agree they don't look like Lego.
Sound quality is very subjective, which is why there is room for so many products...

I think that at the price points / quality we are talking about, sound quality is not that subjective.

Jacquesass
Sep 4, 2013, 03:11 PM
Any point that you were trying to make was immediately invalidated by that line.

Obviously you haven't heard the Bose Soundlink Mini (which is what the previous poster was referring to). I brought a Jambox to a Bose retail store and did a head-to-head - it was no comparison and I bought the Soundlink Mini on the spot. I agree that Bose gets a bad rap that is mostly justified - but you are wrong on this one example.

As for the Mini Jambox, this is just a repackaged Foxl DASH 7 (like the Jambox is a repackaged Foxl v2). Although it would be expensive, the killer application here would be true stereo Bluetooth, where you buy two Mini Jamboxes and use one as the left channel and one as the right channel. Given how small they are, you would get better sound and true stereo separation in a total package as big as the original Jambox. Unfortunately, I emailed Foxl when the DASH 7 was announced - and the response was that it only would fit in "bigger speakers". Which is BS, because the technology is software based...

http://www.csr.com/products/33/truewireless-stereo

room237
Sep 4, 2013, 04:03 PM
What an obnoxious, annoying website Jambox has.

gfg0010
Sep 4, 2013, 04:07 PM
You have to be either really dumb or really bad at comparison shopping to buy a Jambox. Pretty much anything at that price point sounds better. I got a Photive BT1000 on sale at Amazon for $30 (it's on sale for $50 now) that blows the Jambox away. The speakers are about 25% bigger in diameter than the Jambox (so they're a lot bigger in area) so it can be louder with less distortion. The battery life is advertised as 8 hours, and I've never killed it while using it at a pool party all day. And it looks as good if not better than the Jambox.

DesterWallaboo
Sep 4, 2013, 06:43 PM
Yeah, but then it will sound like a Bose.

Yup.... there's a reason why Bose doesn't disclose the specs on their speakers. Because they are highly expensive mediocre-sounding speakers.

macs4nw
Sep 5, 2013, 02:42 AM
The mini one was released after the actual Jambox. The strange thing about technology is that it evolves; much like a paper-thin laptop can have the same power as a desktop from yester-year, a small Jambox can indeed pack the same quality as its larger predecessor.

Not a completely fair analogy. The components making up computers, have been miniaturized to the nth degree over the years, and rather than a decrease in quality, these newer infinitely smaller components making up the latest computing devices, do the jobs they are created for, much better and faster than the computers of even five years ago.

But to create sound, you have to move air, a lot of it. A larger transducer can do that much better, than a smaller one, the laws of physics dictate that. Also the size of the cabinet, and it's internal design, play a large role in the realism of the created sound.

McBeats
Sep 5, 2013, 02:52 AM
If you are gonna spit out 180 bucks for this, I'd highly recommend taking a look at the UE Boom for 20 bucks more. This thing amazes me, I've already sold a half dozen people on one when I bring it out. Logitech owes me commission. Just kidding, they sell themselves. :cool:

attila
Sep 5, 2013, 03:46 AM
AirPlay, please!

flipnap
Sep 5, 2013, 08:45 AM
i bought the UE boom, the jambox large and small, and the bose. i brought all three to my place and "AB'd" them (that mean rapidly switching back and forth). I am a sound engineer and i can tell you without a doubt, the quality of the audio on the jambox is better. im not talking about loudness or "spread", simply the quality.

The bose has a richer sound in the lower "bass" spectrum but its because it sacrifices the crispness of the higher ends. youll find you wont get both on any of these speakers. but the bose sounded a tad artificial in how it goes about it. and the lower frequencies have a tendency to "reverberate" in certain rooms, giving you a boomy sound that is rather unpleasant. ("resonant frequency" if you want to research something cool)

The UE boom was simply horrible. Its like someone just stamped an equalizer setting into the hardware that they liked and tried to give it a "flavor" instead of going for a flat response. very ugly sound. this unit is an example of throwing out the baby with the bathwater in an attempt to get both high and low frequencies at equal loudness levels.

The jambox does a very level job at representing the frequencies the best of them all. it has a "live mode" which will add spacial width but sacrifice loudness. im not sure about the mini but i can say unequivocally that for the money the best bet would be the jambox. no i do not work for them but i went through a LOT of trouble trying to figure this out and thought i would share..

aliasfox
Sep 5, 2013, 09:44 AM
Not impressed with Jambox's audio quality. Tinny and not loud, definitely overpriced at $180. I was impressed by the Bose SoundLink Mini though - essentially the same price as the Jambox and much louder and fuller. No, I'm not expecting audiophile quality (I have my B&W/McIntosh system for that :-)), but I'll trade natural sound for some volume any day.

I recently moved into a new place, and wanted/needed some way to listen to music, podcasts, and Netflix before I was able to get my real sound system set up. I was looking at getting the JBL Flip, which has very good reviews, but ended up with a refurbished Braven 600 for, get this, $45 shipped. It sounds better than the Jambox, but doesn't go as loud or as deep as the SoundLink Mini. On 'bass' notes (note the quotes) the entire aluminum chassis reverberates and the sound gets boomy rather than actually bassy, and the overall volume from the Netflix app is still not that loud, but it's much more manageable than Netflix through my iPad 1's speaker. For $45, I shouldn't complain.

carmenodie
Sep 5, 2013, 10:17 AM
Only a sucker would pay $200.00 for that crap. The price is so inflated it ain't even funny.
The same Bluetooth tech you see in discounted Bluetooth speakers is the same stuff in Jambox and that junk called the Beats Pill( horrible) etc.
Theses companies are simply repackaging the same stuff at the price it was before the markdowns because the sales slipped. So their design teams comes up with new aesthetics tricks to make old sh** look new. Even that new Bose mini is overpriced. They'll soon come out with a Bose mini plus or whatever, discount the previous model and the game will start all over again.

revolt
Sep 5, 2013, 10:27 AM
While there is alot of flack against Bose (and rightfully so!), I was taken back by the new Bose Soundlink. I'm a Jambox (original) owner for the past 3 years, and I love the portability and take it on trips around the world with me. However, the Jambox has always been a hollow sound, without a lot of "beef" behind it.

That's when I saw this outdoor comparison with the new Bose Soundlink Mini and I was impressed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hca2j-aAsfA

Here is a review:
http://9to5mac.com/2013/08/17/review-the-bose-soundlink-mini-is-the-best-sounding-portable-bluetooth-speaker-ever/

kaielement
Sep 5, 2013, 10:47 AM
Never been a fan of the smaller jambox and even have talked to s few people who own them and said the sound was so distorted it vibrated the unit so much it fell off the shelve it was on. Not giving me to much confidence in jawbone.