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4.0 out of 5 stars A quirky and useful product, 4 Dec. 2012
This review is from: HMDX HX-P230GYA-EU Jam Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker - Grey (Electronics)
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The first thing I noticed about this product is that is comes in some fantastic packaging. Named 'Jam', the little speaker comes in a jam jar that contains everything you need to work with speaker including instruction manuals and cables. Very attractive.

It's quite a compact speaker, weighing around 8oz and measuring about 2.5 inches diameter and 2.5 inches high. It's cylindrical and tapers slightly towards the top where the speaker grill is located. At the base there's a rubber ring which stops the device from moving around whichever surface you decide to place it on.

The Jam can be connected to a sound source either wirelessly through Bluetooth or via a line in port. There is also a mini USB connection which is used to re-charge the internal batteries of the device. At the bottom of the unit you've also got an on/off switch and buttons to play as well as increasing and decreasing the sound. Two small pin hole lights indicate bluetooth activity and charge status.

The device was straightforward to pair to my iPhone via bluetooth. Just switch on bluetooth on the phone, choose HMDX Jam, input the passcode, adjust the volume and you're good to go.

One thing that irritated me was that when you turn on the device it emits a very loud series of three beeps. Despite being ready for it, it grates every single time.

As an indoor loudspeaker it is more than adequate to fill a room with sound although at full volume there is an annoying hiss. Even on low volume listening to speech there is background hum although it does not impact too much on the use. As an outdoor speaker it could easily be used to provide music for a small party or gathering.

This is not a loudspeaker for the connoisseur of music (or sound) but as a general purpose speaker to provide enhanced sound to mobile devices it is very good value. With 4 hours of use using bluetooth or 12 hours with the line in connection, this is fairly good value.
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