The Jabra SOLEMATE Bluetooth Portable Speaker, just announced at IFA 2012 on 30 August, is with me for a review!
Fortunately, all is not lost. Once the audio runs through equalizer, the SOLEMATE comes alive! By boosting the bass and tweeter, the SOLEMATE shines. Bass becomes more apparent, treble sounds are clearer. So, when you find the initial audio experience on the SOLEMATE disappointing, just work it through an equalizer. An absolute saving grace, but nonetheless disappointing that I have to tweak the sound when playing through the SOLEMATE. It’s not a convenient thing to do when I often change from headphones to earphones to speakers. And it would be nice if the SOLEMATE comes with track controls so that I can change music tracks when I am away from the phone.
Other than playing music, the SOLEMATE can also function as a speakerphone when connected to a mobile phone. Press the call button in between the volume buttons to answer calls or dial the previous number. Speak directly to the SOLEMATE built-in mic and enjoy the freedom.
Besides Bluetooth connection, the SOLEMATE can be connected using standard 3.5mm jack. Jabra has included its own orange-coloured nylon-coated cable underneath the speaker for convenience. In addition, the SOLEMATE also supports USB audio by plugging the USB cable into the computer which auto-installs the audio driver. Effectively, you can charge the SOLEMATE and play music using one USB cable. Sweet!
So is it still worthy of its tagline “Ultimate Portable Speaker”? I would say yes. It’s ultimate features do not weigh entirely on the sound quality, but rather, the experience of using it.
– Audio loud enough to be enjoyed outdoors.
This is Jabra’s definition of portability: a device that you can bring it anywhere with you, to be enjoyed with the masses, in any weather conditions.