Which Wireless Speaker to Buy- Skrillex Bangarang Showdown


A comparison on the 3 top bluetooth speakers available

Suppose you have $150 and you want to get the best portable speaker possible.  Say you happen to also like the loud pounding of a Skrillex song.  Well fortunately for you, most wireless speakers are well within your budget.  The Jawbone Jambox recently saw a price decrease to $129.99.  It’s one of the top selling portable speakers on the market.  After tax and shipping, you’re gonna eat up all your dough, but you will have a well packaged brick shaped speaker.

Now why don’t we have a look at the Boombotix line.  On one end you can get a Boombot2 for $69.99 and have money in the bank.  You could probably buy yourself a cool hoodie on top and STILL have money left for a burrito.  If you go to the high end, you can look at the Boombot REX.   Feature for feature, the Boombot2 is a lot like the Jawbone Jambox.  The Boombot REX has some additional features with Siri/Voice Control and track controls.

test setup

Top Portable Speakers - Boombot REX v Jambox v Boombot2

We used an iPhone5 paired to all devices.  The decibel meter was two feet away.  All devices were played at maximum volume.  The EQ profile on the device was set to flat.

skrillex bangarang provides the data

While the Jambox sounded ok, it almost seemed to be MISSING the highs on this track.  It could barely scrape to 80dB.  The Boombot2 even killed this guy getting as high as 90dB.  The Boombot REX went off the charts getting as high as 93dB.  I mean seriously, this is getting to the point where our gear is getting straight DANGEROUS.  For real.

  1. Boombot REX / 93dB
  2. Boombot2 / 90dB
  3. Jawbone Jambox / 80dB

Don’t believe it?  Watch the video:

the verdict

Some people asked us how much better our Boombot REX is from the Boombot2.  Of course we always get the question on how our product is different from the Jambox.  Well it is quite simple.  We are way louder and more portable than that thing will ever be.

Which song do you want to hear on the next showdown?  Let us know and we MIGHT just play it.

Portable Speaker Review: Jawbone Jambox v. Boombot REX

Portable Speaker Review- Jawbone Jambox v. Boombot REX

comparing the best wireless speakers in the game

In December we ran a comparison on our Boombot REX going up against the Jawbone Jambox and the Outdoor Technologies Turtle Shell.  At the time, the Boombot REX was holding it’s own on the Jambox.  It was  outputting about the same volume across most of the spectrum with a little bit less bass.  Both of the units performed significantly better than the turtle shell.  After a couple more months of fine tuning, we’ve actually manage to accomplish even more with our nano acoustic engineering.

the evolution in audio

The Boombot REX features a CSR BC5 bluetooth module.  We realized that there were certain frequencies that the unit responded to better and some that caused distortion. We spent numerous hours understanding exactly which frequencies these were.  We modified our firmware profile have a built-in profile in the DSP (digital signal processor).  What we were able to do is bring up even more mids and highs out of our device while also providing robust bass output.

This is all about allowing each driver to move more air in a crisp fashion.  You need a full understanding of exactly which frequencies cause distortion and which ones you can increase the gain on.  We isolated each frequency band with a pretty tight resolution and created a custom equalization curve to get exactly the acoustics we were looking for.
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Bluetooth Stereo Pairing Network

Creating an audio network for a short range use case

Boombotix is working a new firmware that allows two speakers to be networked via Bluetooth for true stereo sound playback.  The speakers can be used in this loft scenario to have synchronized music in the top and bottom floor of a studio loft.  They also use the Boombot2 wireless speaker to be tethered to the home stereo system for amplified sound.  If you’re looking for portable speaker tech, look no further.

In principal, what the speakers are doing with the audio source goes as follows; One bluetooth speaker pairs to an audio source (smartphone, laptop, tablet etc.)  The source must be a bluetooth source.  The audio data is sent to the speaker where it is re-encoded as a stereo audio signal.  The first speaker will play the right channel while sending the audio data for the left channel to a second speaker.  This works without any latency so the speakers are able to maintain synchronized playback wirelessly while also offering true stereo.

This feature is not currently incorporated into our devices, but it is something we are developing for future models.  We are addressing the firmware design to make this pairing process seamless and ultimately allow users to transport full wireless stereo configurations wherever they choose.  If you have any questions about this technology or you may be interested in getting involved, just let us know.


Jawbone releases Big Jambox. Is Boombotix next?

Popular portable speaker manufacturer has gone bigger and more expensive with newest model, but does that mean it’s any better?

Jawbone, best known for its easily portable, 12-ounce, brick-shaped Jambox speaker, released an upgraded model of the popular gadget this week, called the “Big Jambox.” (Creative name, right?)

I took a look at it and my review can best summed up as: Meh.

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