Before leaving on my recent trip to Ethiopia, fully knowing I would be spending about two weeks in the bush, many nights at campsites. I wanted to put together a music system with which I could share my Playlists with my guides and any locals that might want to sit around the campfire, have a glass of wine and share stories.
Just before leaving I was lucky enough to be at the Apple Store where they had just got a new product by the most popular maker of discreet Bluetooth headsets for the iPhone, Jawbone. Their newest product is a small portable speaker system that can connect via analogue cable to your iPodnano, shuffle, or smartphone. Not only that, but it is blue tooth friendly with such devices as an iPhone or iPad. Testing it out in my house with multiple walls I could connect my iPhone and iPad and walk more than thirty feet away. Well enough, the name of the device is the Jambox. It’s also rated up to 85 db.
Just to give you an idea of it’s small size I took a picture next to my iPhone and connected via the analogue connector (which is supplied) to my iPodnano. (Below)
It also comes with a very slim-fit durable neoprene like case with magnetic flaps to keep the doors shut (below).
To round out my system I bought a pair of the Klipsch in-ear headphones. It comes with a nice felt bag in to which I can also keep my analogue connector, iPodnano, as well as the ear phones. Just to keep my traveling music bundle as small and portable as possible.
All in all, I found it to be an excellent as well as durable system. The charging time for the Jambox is less than 1 hour and gives up to 6 hours of playtime before a new charge is needed. You can adjust the volume from your music device and/or the top of the Jambox with a simple + and – raised buttons. I think this is a must get item for any of our travelers that miss the high quality of their music systems at home. At around US $200, it may not be the cheapest alternative out there but it could be the best based on sound quality, size and ergonomics.