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Jawbone Jambox takes on Boombotix. Raw data unveiled

We recently did a side by side comparison of the Jawbone Jambox against the Boombotix BB1+.  We were happy to see the BB2 holding some good ground against the two-hundred dollar Jambox.


If you aren’t satisfied with the raw footage, lets lay down a couple of raw facts and give you the whole range of frequencies to look at from 100Hz-16000Hz sweeps @ 2ft.  We used an App called Signal Generator to get our frequencies for the test.  Rather than using bluetooth on this test, we input all signals to the auxiliary jack to give each speaker maximum audio performance.

One of the most perplexing things in the test was the way the Jawbone Jambox actually rotates in place as we played some of the lower frequencies.  In bass heavy songs, we almost worried that the little Jambox might just wander off the table.  Good thing it’s engineered like a SOLID brick!

Looking at the frequency response, the Jawbone has fairly pronounced bass below 2000Hz where it takes two Boombotix BB1s to achieve a similar effect.  The Jawbone uses 8 watts and each Boombotix peaks out at 5W (3W rms).  Where the Boombotix really excels is the mid-range frequencies.  The BB1+ punches the mid range hard to give our snare the nasty treatment.

When it comes down to weight, the Jawbone Jambox weighs in at 12.1 oz. and the Boombotix BB1+ is dropping in at 5 oz.  Jawbone really does pick top grade materials in every piece of the product, so that’s commendable…. but its not free.  The Jawbone also comes with a nice full cable set including a wall charger, audio cable, and USB cable.  The Boombotix only comes with a short USB charging cable, but the retractable audio cable is unique and specially designed for use with Boombotix products.  Both of the devices have a robust battery life (10 hours on Jawbone and 6 hours on Boombotix.

In conclusion, the Jawbone gives you a nice, broad frequency response curve.  It’s a refined, well engineered brick that provides rich, full, dynamic sound.  If it were a car, it would be a Mercedes G-wagon.  The Boombotix BB1-Plus has amazing punch for the buck, so in the automotive world, it’s the Subaru WRX STI.    They are both different animals that have great performance, but one is designed to cruise to the Country Club for a little tenis, and the other (Boombotix) is meant to be redlined and tossed around with no regard for consequences.

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