The S3 Speaker
Pure’s Jongo S3 speaker can work alone or with other parts of the Jongo family. The package comes with one wireless speaker and a power cord to charge it up. That’s all you need. Users can keep the system plugged in or charge it for up to 10 hours of listening without being tethered. This makes it perfect for taking out to the yard or by the pool. It’s also important to note that you aren’t married to any specific speaker color. Pure has optional grille covers available in burnt orange, lime green, mango or white. (Those are $29.99 for the S3 and $19.99 for the A2.) Each one allows you to customize the look of Jongo in a snap—literally.
The speaker has a built in amplification for 20 watts of four-way directional sound. All of the necessary controls are on the front and back creases. The front has buttons for power, volume, and mute. Around the back, there’s a USB port to house a little nub that serves as the Bluetooth dongle, as well as an aux-in jack and buttons for Wi-Fi and Audio. The latter allows you to flip through four sound modes: Mono 360˚, Outdoor Boost, Stereo 360˚, and Stereo Forward Facing. Depending on your music, there isn’t a huge a huge difference between each one. However, I found the 360˚ modes to the best, as well as the loudest.
When the power button is green, you’re ready to rock. When connected via Bluetooth, my iPhone 4 found the speaker in seconds. It doesn’t even require any buttons to push.
I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this small speaker, but I can tell you that I was pleasantly surprised. I cranked out everything from Queen to Joan Jett to Eminem. It packs a nice little punch and didn’t have any streaming issues, using my iPhone 4.
The A2 Adapter
The A2 Wireless Hi-Fi Adapter doesn’t have the same portability as the speakers, but adds the power to stream content from your smartphone or tablet right to your existing stereo. It also supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (which we’ll get to in a minute). However, it does need to be tethered.
That’s because the A2 can’t be charged, so it needs a power source. It also needs to be connected to your home theater setup, via analog, coaxial or digital outputs. There’s a USB port for future software upgrades.
Like the speaker, the A2 offered an easy installation process. Packing in a 24-bit 192 KHz DAC, the A2 sounded nice coming through my Energy speakers. Of course, performance may depend on your setup and audio content. However, it’s a nice addition to the Jongo family. Also, at $129, it’s certainly an affordable way to stream music to an existing setup.
The A2 Hi-Fi Adapter has both digital and analog connections.
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