If you've been thinking of adding speakers around the house but are loath to run wires, Pure's Jongo system is now available in North America, joining the likes of Sonos' Play:3 in the wireless multi-room sound game. For now, it consists of the $129 Jongo A2, a WiFi- and Bluetooth-equipped bridge (at bottom) that spreads "perfectly synchronized" sound to different rooms, and the $199 Jongo S3 portable speaker (top left). The products will work on their own by receiving Bluetooth sound from your handheld device, together with other Pure devices like the Sensia 200D or with your existing sound system, thanks to digital and analog audio outputs on the A2. The Pure Connect iOS app coordinates the hardware and also lets you stream your local playlists, along with 15 million tracks from the Pure Music subscription service. You can deck out either product with the room-coordinating grilles (above) at $30 for the S3 and $20 for the A2, while a Jongo T6 100W flagship speaker will join the party later in the year at an undisclosed price. To see where to grab them, check the PR after the break.
Pure Announces Availability of the First Truly Accessible Multiroom Music System
Jongo S3 wireless speaker, Jongo A2 multiroom Hi-Fi adapter and companion Pure Connect iOS app now available in North America
SAN FRANCISCO – June 12, 2013 – Pure announces the availability of Jongo S3, a portable wireless speaker with 360° sound, and Jongo A2, a wireless multiroom Hi-Fi adapter, both with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Jongo S3 and A2 are part of the wider Jongo multiroom music system and work with the free companion Pure Connect iOS app (iPhone and iPad), also available to download today*. Pure Connect offers an unparalleled combination of the best of radio and music in one place and takes the user on a journey of discovery with recommendations based on listening patterns.
Pure's Jongo products can be used on their own or combined with other supported Jongo devices, such as Sensia 200D Connect and One Flow**, to deliver the most flexible and accessible multiroom audio system on the market today. The Jongo system uses Wi-Fi to stream perfectly synchronized audio within a single or multiroom environment, while Bluetooth allows users to stream content from any audio app on their smartphone or tablet, including locally stored music, to a single Jongo product. Simply add extra Jongo speakers or adapters on the same Wi-Fi network to build a multiroom system.
"Multiroom audio has never been so accessible and flexible. Pure's Jongo system in tandem with the Pure Connect app delivers an incredibly easy way to enjoy your favorite audio content throughout the home," said Noam Meppen, Pure's Director of Sales, US. "We are the first to integrate a comprehensive on-demand music and compelling free radio service, with a range of our own products making the experience truly seamless. We are approaching a quarter of a million engaged users of the Pure Connect platform and we believe that the introduction of Jongo will grow this significantly."
Jongo S3 portable, multiroom, wireless speaker
The Pure Jongo S3 portable, rechargeable wireless speaker ($199 MAP) can be used on its own or grouped together with other Jongo speakers to deliver the most flexible and accessible multiroom audio system on the market today. The compact Pure Jongo S3 offers rich, detailed and vibrant sound and comes with four tweeters for 360° audio, and an upward-firing subwoofer for powerful bass. Thanks to its five speakers and individual power amplifiers, Jongo has punchy audio and with a simple press of the 'audio' button on the rear of the unit, the user can select flexible audio profiles to make the most of any environment including 360° sound for community listening (stereo or mono); forward facing stereo or outdoor boost. Plus, a rechargeable battery pack is included as standard and provides at least 10 hours of listening per charge.
To find out more about Jongo S3, check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wKbG9pF94o.
Jongo A2 multiroom Hi-Fi adapter
Available for just $129 MAP, Jongo A2 gives users the flexibility to transform any audio system from a simple micro to a high-end Hi-Fi, into a music streamer. Jongo A2 also offers an easy way to integrate an existing Hi-Fi product into the Jongo multiroom music system and enjoy perfectly synchronized music, radio and much more through their existing audio equipment.
Jongo A2 is engineered to provide high integrity and low distortion audio and comes with a high-quality 24-bit internal DAC (digital to analog converter) as well as optical and coaxial digital and dual (RCA) phono analog audio outputs. The digital outputs allow users to connect to a digital enabled hi-fi, DAC or home cinema amplifier and the analog outputs allow connection to legacy hi-fi or other audio devices.
Pure Connect app
The new Pure Connect iOS app is also now available to download. Using Wi-Fi along with the free Pure Connect app, users can get the additional benefit of listening to multiple, tightly synchronized Jongo products in a single room or in a multiroom environment. The new Pure Connect app currently gives users access to local music on their smartphone or tablet (including iTunes playlists), over 20,000 radio stations, around 200,000 free on-demand programs and podcasts, as well as 15 million streamable music tracks via the Pure Music subscription service***.
Product Line Availability
The Jongo system is available in black, or piano (white with black covers), with a range of eye-catching optional user-fit speaker grills and clip on covers to choose from including burnt orange, lime green, mango or white (from $29.99 MAP for S3; $19.99 MAP for A2) so the user can match their home color scheme and other Jongo products. Jongo A2 and Jongo S3 are now available from retailers including Amazon.com, Target.com, OfficeMax.com and Pure.com/us.
Pure will add Jongo T6 to its Jongo multiroom music system in 2013. For more information, please visit www.pure.com/us or www.pureconnect.com.