Jam Audio Review: Jam Symphony and Jam Rhythm WiFi Home Audio Speakers

jam-audio-1I have written about Jam Audio products in the past, and I was surprised that I was sent these two stereo speakers to review. This is our review of the Jam Rhythm and the Jam Symphony, which allows streaming music from your phone through these speakers.

What is interesting is that you can sync up to eight of these Jam Audio WiFi speakers which will literally flood your house with sound. Seriously, I don’t live in a house with eight rooms, but these speakers can really flood the place with your music.

In order get your music on this connected speaker system, you need to download the free JAM application to stream Spotify, Rhapsody, iHeart Radio, with any personal music library.

jam-audio-2Now, I will have to admit that the Jam Rhythm and Jam Symphony doesn’t have a lot of differences between the specs. They have booming sound of immense bass with Massive 2.1 stereo sound.

Oh yes, one is bigger than the other. You can find the Jam Symphony on the Jam Audio site for $169.99, and you can find the smaller Jam Rhythm for about $119.99.

Sengled Pulse Solo, a Light Bulb/Speaker

sengled-1Here’s a really interesting product from Sengled known as the Pulse Solo, which has a function as cool as it’s name. It is essentially a light bulb that acts as a Bluetooth speaker.

Not just any type of Bluetooth speaker, but an integrated JBL speaker. It has 3-watt speakers, on two sides of the bulb. All you need to do is just screw it in, and you can hear the tones as you pair it.

From there, it is as simple as playing your tunes, and now what makes light also makes sound as well. Whoa, that sentence actually came out better than I thought. In case you are wondering why it is called the Pulse Solo, it is because it can only work on itself.

By the way, there is an Android/iOS app that can control the light, not to mention the sound. Now that is one useful feature!

Yes, this is something really great, but I will have to say that I wish the light was more spread-out, as it is only on top. Yeah, this is hard to explain, but I suppose if you have a product that is a stereo speaker, where else are you going to have the speaker.

You should be able to purchase the Pulse Solo on the Sengled website for about $49.99, which might be a mark down from the usual $59.99 price.

Monster Christmas, Part 1: SuperStar HotShot Portable Bluetooth Speaker

monster-1Well, it has been a while since I have reviewed anything from Monster. I don’t know if I will go to their party at CES 2017, but I did get a chance to review three of their products: the Superstar HotShot Bluetooth Speaker, the iSport Victory Athlete’s headphone, and the Monster Power.

The Monster SuperStar HotShot is known as a “Little Speaker with a Loud Attitude”. The HotShot is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and you can see that it has a loop there for a clip.

Yes, this is made for life on the road, but it doesn’t look as waterproof as speakers that I have seen from other companies. It does have a 5.5 hour play life, so it is good for at least the afternoon.

Oh, it is also NFC capable, and it can be used as a speakerphone for conference calls. It also is able to connect to any audio source with a wire as well.

All in all, it could make a good stocking stuffer provided your stocking has a wide mouth. Yeah, you might want to put this on top. It is available on the Monster site in black with neon-blue, black with black platinum, white with chrome, and black with gold for $49.99.

Moment Portable Bluetooth Speaker from Soundmatters

soundmatters-moment-2One thing that I love about being a gadget and tech reviewer is how good it is to review more than one product from one company. Oftentimes, I lose contact with a company, but when I reconnect, reviewing their product is like being reunited with an old friend. Such is the case with Soundmatters, as it has been years since I reviewed the FoxL DASH7 and the Dash-A, but I finally had a chance to review the Moment.

The Moment is a speaker that will fit in the palm of your hand, but you would be surprised at how much sound it can put out. It is billed as an ultra-portable audiophile speaker, the company says that it uses patented carbon-poly acoustic drivers and carbon-fiber infused body in order to provide near-field listening. I paired the Moment with my smartphone to listen to music, and I will testify to the ultra-precise, wide-frequency sound, as well as clear detailing and deep dynamics.

soundmatters-moment-1The battery life is good for up to 10 hours, with 90 minutes on a full charge. Now would be the time to talk about how it can charge. There is a place on the back of the moment that is one of those Energizer Wireless Charging technology stamps. In fact, the Moment comes with a stand that you can see here that allows connection to a USB/micro USB cord. All you do is just stick it on, and it is like the Moment is a bust, and the stand/charger is the neck. By the way, the charging cord can be used on the Moment speaker itself.

All in all, the Moment is one terrific Bluetooth speaker, and it can be purchased for about $169.00 ($249 MSRP) on the Soundmatters site.

iHome for the Holidays, Part 3: iHome Wireless Bluetooth Speaker or iBT9

ihome-3Okay, so it is time to conclude our iHome review products for the holiday with a product that isn’t going out of style anytime soon, the wireless, waterproof, and shockproof Bluetooth speaker. That’s about the best name I can give this product, besides its name of iBT9.

I’ll just get this out of the way and say that I have seen this product before from Fugoo and others, but this does not make it inferior. The iHome Waterproof speaker is understandably waterproof and dustproof, and it is also made to be shockproof.

Just imagine taking this to the beach. That seems to be the thing that I always say when I am reviewing speakers like this. You can stream your tunes to it via Bluetooth, so make certain that your tablet or smartphone has a good playlist. I’m told that you have nine hours with a full charge.

This has the usual stuff like an aux-in jack, and a USB port for charging other devices. So it is part speaker and part mobile battery.

You should be able to pick the iBT9 up at the iHome site for about $99.99.

iHome for the Holidays, Part 1: Vanity Speaker or iHome iCVBT5

ihome-1Ah, yes, there is nothing like iHome for the Holidays. I have reviewed many iHome products many a time. So many times, that I just don’t feel like putting in hyperlinks. I’m going to close out this week with three different iHome products, and I’m going to start with the most unusual: the iHome Vanity Speaker or iCVBT5.

The iCVBT5 is essentially made to be that one vanity mirror that we all have to take a good look at ourselves. It has the 1x and 5x magnification settings, and it also has some bright LED action going on. The issue is that this vanity mirror is a speaker.

You can join it with a mobile device via Bluetooth or just a wired connection. The iHome Vanity Speaker is something that should be wireless, but it does require plugging it into the wall. I’m not certain if you should use it by your bathroom sink if you are worried that the cord could get wet. What is interesting is how the iHome iCVBT5 has a USB port, so you can charge something while you’re looking at yourself.

The one drawback for the iCVBT5 is that the box says full spectrum color, and I thought that meant you could make the LED light on it any color. That might be a great feature for the next version of this product, but sadly, the only color of the light is white.

Still, the iHome Vanity Speaker is a very, very useful item for any home in any room. It is available on the iHome website for $99.99.

Sound Cover Tablet Speaker from Onanoff

sound-coverIt’s been a while since I have reviewed a good Onanoff product, and since they make a lot of good ones, that is a shame. I will quickly summarize this product saying that it is a speaker made for tablets, and it is stated that it can boost the iPad volume by 400 percent.

I have to admit that this is one product that I thought would be something else, but when I reviewed it, it did more than I thought. You see, what I thought this was a speaker that can mount itself on the back of an iPad. The packaging says that it is from the iPad Air, so I thought this Sound Cover speaker was designed for the iPad Air, but honestly, I think it would work for any tablet.

In fact, I tried it out with my Android smartphone, and it worked with the Bluetooth for it. Yes, this speaker works wirelessly, and it works with an included wire too. In fact, out of curiosity, I connected this with my desktop, and I had a great speaker.

onanoff-sound-coverThe speaker is very thin, but it has a lot of power to it with a 20 kHz high frequency performance. The front of it vibrates intensely, so it would be a mistake to lean your tablet against it. You will notice how the speaker has a backing that can lean out, and the design is pretty impressive.

There are some other great features, such as a built-in microphone. It also comes with a travel bag, the 3.5 mm stereo cable, and a USB charging cable. The battery is a 3300mAh Lithium Polymer type, with 15 hours of playtime when fully charged.

In short, it is quite something, and should work with whatever you got. It used to be $199.99, but is now available on the Onanoff site for $129.99 in gold, silver, and black.

Our Hands-On Review of the BRAVEN BALANCE

BRAVEN BalanceIt’s been a while since we reviewed a decent BRAVEN product, and man, were we pleased to receive the BALANCE. The company has a reputation for making Bluetooth speakers that are durable and formidable, and this one is no exception.

What you are seeing here is the wireless Bluetooth speaker that is pretty flat, which is why I chose this shot here as an image. There is a Boost Mode which is very loud, and the side speakers are elastic which probably improves its overall loudness. At least, that is what I am assuming it does, because I am not an audiophile.

The BALANCE is well-named as it has a big battery of 4,000 mAh which can charge smartphones, and it has an 18 hour playtime. Oh, it is also a good BALANCE because it is certified IPX7 waterproof which means it is good for poolside and it can be submerged in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

You should be able to purchase the BRAVEN BALANCE for about $129.99 on the BRAVEN site, and it comes in the colors of Yellow, Pink, Black, Blue, White, and Orange. It also comes with cords for all kinds of countries, for some reason, but hey, that is one of its many BRAVEN BALANCE bonuses.

Secur Products Part 3: Bluetooth Speaker Lantern and Flashlight

Secur SP-5004_product_aOkay, I finally got around to reviewing my last of the Secur products, and you can read my reviews of the Folding Solar Powered Lantern and the Bluetooth Flashlight and Powerbank. This time, it is the Bluetooth Speaker Lantern and Flashlight, or SP-5004.

Let me start with the Bluetooth Speaker. I have no idea if this is a standard for Bluetooth Speakers, but it does tell you when it is time to pair, and when it has paired. It was pretty easy to get that set up, and I had some terrific sound coming from this thing.

Oh, and lets talk about the flashlight. As you can see from the picture here, the device can extend like a lantern thanks to a spring thing inside it. So you can turn on the thing and it will light an area around it. You can also flatten the thing, and it will shine in one direction like a regular flashlight.

So, like most Secur products, it can do a lot in one single package. It is just a matter of specs like can it play music in 8 hours, 4 hours of charging time, and 3 Watt Bluetooth Speaker. You should able to purchase it for about $59.95, and there is more information at the Secur site.

iHome Part 2: The iBT74 Wireless Color Changing Speaker

iHome IBT74Well, today’s iHome product isn’t like any that I haven’t seen before, but it is quite great. The iBT74 color changing rechargeable Bluetooth speaker is a gem of a product, and you can quote me on that.

Why would I say something like that? Well, it does kind of look like a gem, you know, a well-polished one. So, there are some really cool color effects that can do this thing where it slowly changes or blinks. There is a push-button thing to change it.

Syncing to the iBT74 is pretty easy through Bluetooth, and I had a brief problem syncing it, but I got through it. It also works via direct line-in via the included cable and any device with a headphone jack.

For those that want to use it for Bluetooth phone calls, that is possible. Another bonus is the convenient carrying strap included with it.

Something like this is quite good, and it is available for $59.99 on the iHome site.