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conclusion:We're mixed

77 May 7th 2014 10:53 am

With its large footprint and shoe-like bottom, the Solemate Max might make you think of one of Shaq's sneakers -- albeit with a speaker stuffed inside. But despite its unusual appearance, TechCrunch says the "rubber bottom offers up grip," and PC Mag compliments Jabra's efforts in that the company has "more or less mastered the art of making portability and ruggedness look modern and cool." However, its size is true to its name, and Expert Reviews says you will "want to move it from one room to another rather than throw in a backpack."

Ultimately, the worth of a speaker is in its sound, and critics are agreed that the Solemate Max sounds pretty good, with Gear Diary calling the sound quality "excellent" and ChipChick says "it performs best with the volume turned up." Unfortunately, PC Mag says that "deep bass issues at top volumes are relatively minor, but a slight disappointment for such a large, expensive speaker."

And price is what ultimately matters for the Solemate Max, which retails for $400 -- $100 more than its closest competitor, the Big Jambox. So while the Max is might be a hit in terms of its look and sound, it isn't enough to justify the cost.

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Critic reviews

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    8.0
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    8.4
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    8.0
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8.0
PC Mag Mar 5, 2014

The Jabra Solemate Max is a powerful, rugged portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers a solid audio experience across most genres, though deep bass can be an issue.

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7.0
TechCrunch Apr 9, 2014

If you want a decently rugged, still portable but large Bluetooth speaker that offers bells and whistles like speakerphone functions, this is probably the top option out there right now. But it’s also $400, which is a big investment to make on something like this.

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9.0
Gear Diary Jan 29, 2014

The Jabra Solemate Max puts out big Dolby sound, runs forever (okay not forever but for a day), charges the phone that will likely run out before it does, and it is tough enough to use pretty much anywhere.

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8.0
ChipChick May 4, 2014

The Solemate Max retails for $399.99 and that pricing is a bit hefty. In any case, it’s clear that Jabra, a company that built itself as a leader in hands-free technology, is quickly becoming a leader in the wireless speaker market.

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5.0
TechRadar May 6, 2014

The Jabra Solemate Max looks great and has fantastic features, but has a maxed out price tag for very little musical soul.

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SlashGear Oct 16, 2013

Digging into the specifications, the Max offers Digital Sound Processing, an Omni Directional microphone with noise filtering, and AVRCP. As far as battery goes, the unit is said to offer up to 14 hours of talk time, 400 hours at standby, and 14 hours of music streaming.

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