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Jawbone manages to stand out in a crowded Bluetooth speaker market

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Is the Big Jambox worth $300 of your hard-earned cash? Furthermore, is it worth a 100-dollar premium over the original Jambox? Aside from some nitpicks about the audio fidelity, there's no mistaking how versatile this system is with the inclusion of MyTalk apps, extended Android functionality, healthy battery life and portability -- not to mention it's an extremely capable speakerphone. As it stands, the unit would benefit from more expansive sound options, further app support for iOS and Windows Phone and the ability to share its juice with other devices.

While the $300 price tag puts it up against some worthy rivals, Jawbone still manages to stand out in the speaker dock space. And if you've been eyeing the smaller Jambox, but want something beefier, we'd recommend the Big Jambox without much hesitation. It's definitely the better value of the two.

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10 reviews
8.0
Engadget May 1, 2012

While the $300 price tag certainly puts it up against a bevy of other capable systems, Jawbone clearly has a standout in this supersaturated "speaker dock" crowd. If you've been eyeing the Jambox but want something beefier, we'd recommend the Big Jambox without much hesitation for this type of kit.

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9.0
Gizmodo May 1, 2012

Fantastic design. Great sound. Easy set up. No brainer: It's a great buy, even at $299. It is probably even a better bargain than its smaller predecessor.

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9.0
Macworld Apr 30, 2012

If you’re looking for a compact speaker system, my buying advice is pretty straightforward: Buy the Big Jambox. It’s a great choice if you want a Bluetooth speaker, a portable speaker, a speaker with good battery life, or a small speaker with killer sound.

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8.0
Wired May 1, 2012

If you find the original Jambox endearing, but (like me) wish it went louder and offered more clarity, put the Big Jambox on your short list.

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8.0
Popular Science May 1, 2012

For only $100 more than the diminutive original Jambox, the Big Jambox feels like a bargain. The little Jambox -- now feeling shockingly quiet -- is still unmatched for travel or single-room situations, but its Big cousin will take over the house.

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8.0
CNET Apr 30, 2012

The Jawbone Big Jambox doesn't quite measure up to the Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile and it carries a premium price tag, but it's an impressively designed product that offers strong performance and speakerphone capabilities.

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8.0
PC Mag May 9, 2012

The Jawbone Big Jambox doesn't offer the best audio quality among portable Bluetooth speakers, but its long battery life, speakerphone features, and generally solid sound make it worth a listen.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Dec 14, 2012

This Bluetooth speaker favors volume over richness, but its speakerphone capabilities, battery life and apps make it a very good choice.

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9.0
SlashGear Apr 30, 2012

If you like your music on the move and you want to share it, the BIG JAMBOX is an excellent way of doing that two thumbs up from SlashGear.

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9.0
ABC News May 1, 2012

The Big Jambox is certainly one of the best mobile speakers on the market. While there are more affordable options, including the $199 regular Jambox, and others with built-in iPhone charging docks, the Jambox lets you wirelessly connect multiple devices and provides loud and full sound.

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9.0
Mashable May 1, 2012

It’s got a great form factor, brilliant design and truly excellent sound quality that will fill the biggest room.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jun 22, 2012

In short, we adore the Big Jambox. It's great quality, portable enough to take almost anywhere and it looks incredible. It's also a competent, though not exceptional, hands-free phone, but again it makes itself useful to loads of people with needs beyond just music. A clever system.

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8.0
Time May 1, 2012

If you want a more versatile speaker that’s still wire-free and compact enough to go almost anywhere you do ... the Big Jambox is a big deal.

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9.0
T3 Aug 21, 2012

There's no denying that the Big Jambox is a very nice speaker indeed. Along the minimalist design and simple controls, the reliable pairing and fantastic sound quality all win it points. It makes a great desktop speaker, although it's maybe a little too hefty to be taking away on your hols.

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8.0
VentureBeat May 1, 2012

The Big Jambox sounds so good that it could end up being the only speaker many consumers need for music and movies. And since it’s portable — weighing in at 2.7 pounds with a built-in battery ... it’s also one of the most useful speakers on the market.

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6.0
TrustedReviews Jun 22, 2012

As a style statement it works, but the angular design and 1.23Kg weight are impractical when travelling while the sound quality is unremarkable and bettered by several much cheaper portable speakers. Bigger isn’t always better.

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9.0
WanKhairil WanKhairil

The sound is great; loud, clear, BUT the bass is average. Maybe Jawbone can make an optional add-on subwoofer? It is really loud for a speaker of this size. The overall design is simple, as are the controls. Battery life is surprisingly great. Bluetooth pairing works flawlessly. The Jambox can be...

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9.0
LCC0256 LCC0256

The sound is excellent. The set up is easy. The updates are fun. The build quality is solid. I would have preferred the corners to be seamed with some sort of rubberized material and the speaker itself to have a water resistant covering. No other negatives.

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smcolbert smcolbert

This is the best audio product available on the market right now. The BIG JAMBOX is not nearly as small as it's predecessor, but it makes up for it in volume. I love every Jawbone product I've ever used and the BIG JAMBOX is definitely their crowning jewel.

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sftech sftech

This is my new favorite product from Jawbone. I had the original Jambox, and I thought it was great, but the Big Jambox is just so much better. The sound quality has taken a big step up and the speakerphone capabilities work even better. The play/pause controls directly on top of the device...

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djmayhem djmayhem

I had some experience with the original Jambox, but was never truly impressed with the sound that would come out of it. I wanted something with a bit more bass, and its older brother, the Big Jambox, filled that void perfectly. I use it often with my iPad, iPhone, and even my PS3 on occasion (for...

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8.0
doowttam doowttam

The bluetooth, as expected from a company that makes bluetooth headsets, is perfect. It'll keep two devices connected which means you and your partner can both have your phones connected and trade off playing music. It connects immediately to both Android and iOS with a satisfying "ding" every...

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