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Good Value for Money, reliable connection and OK Sound Quality,
This review is from: Jabra SOLEMATE Portable Bluetooth Speaker -Black (Electronics)
Just to put things in context I am not an audiophile, my main Hifi at home is an Onkyo Mini DAB/CD/FM unit costing around £200 with £150 speakers...
Was after a small wireless speaker for my home office so I could stream some music from my Smartphone when working from home. Initially purchased a Logitech Mini Boombox (not the new UE edition) after so many reviews praising the sound quality. I was seriously impressed by the volume output by such a small device but was not that impressed by the sound quality at the higher volumes. Even at mid volumes the sound just seemed to muddled - no clarity - it all seemed mixed up together - best way I can describe it!!
Decided to spend twice as much on this Jabra Solemate hoping for a reasonable improvement over the Boombox - logic being that if I spend twice as much I should at least see a reasonable improvement.
Whilst the Jabra did sound marginally better it did not seem any louder than the Boombox, nor did the sound seem that much clearer than the Boombox.
But I had tried out a Bose Soundlink in the store where I purchased the Solemate from and I just kept thinking how much clearer and better defined the Soundlink output sounded like - even in the noisy environment of the store.
Ummed and Aaahed for several days before finally biting the bullet and buying the Soundlink.
Ok, so just like the Jabra cost twice as much as the BoomBox, the Soundlink cost twice as much as the Solemate.
However, on this occasion the sound quality did improve considerably when going from the Solemate to the Soundlink. Cant say it is £115 better - but it is noticeably better. Everything sound so much clearer, fuller and better defined with the Soundlink.
The Solemate does have plus points - definitely more rugged than the other two, love the audio sound prompts confirming connection etc. Solemate is also considerably more portable than the Soundlink and can be charged from a standard USB charger or USB port.
However, if sound quality is key and you can justify the extra cash then I would definitely go for the Soundlink over the Solemate. However, is cash is tight or portability / ruggedness are higher priorities the Solemate is still a very good speaker.
Note that I listen a mixture of music - Classical / Instrumental, Indie rock and some pop music and I am not a fan of bass.