JABRA SOLE­MATE

Pro­vided bag keeps the el­e­ments out with­out af­fect­ing the sound. Sound qual­ity is only aver­age for the price.

HWM (Singapore) - - Test -

The orig­i­nal Jabra Sole­mate has been out for a while (we cov­ered its de­but at Comex 2012) and this por­ta­ble shoe-shaped speaker – hence the name – was one of the few rugged speak­ers out there that was dust-, shock- and splash-proof. The sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Sole­mate gains a few tech­ni­cal ad­vances such as NFC for touch-based de­vice pair­ing, en­hanced Dolby sound sup­port and dig­i­tal equal­izer through an up­dated Jabra Sound app, plus funky new col­ors (red, black, yel­low, cyan, white and grey ) that ac­tu­ally matches its rugged out­doors per­sona. Jabra has also gone with USB charg­ing in­stead of pro­vid­ing a mains charger.

Other­wise, the re­mov­able sole still holds an in­cluded au­dio ca­ble, and the speaker it­self re­mains largely un­changed from its ini­tial in­car­na­tion. Pair­ing by Blue­tooth was

a rel­a­tively fuss free af­fair, and we didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any con­nec­tion drops through­out our test­ing.

The Sole­mate uses front fac­ing speak­ers (two tweet­ers and a woofer) and a pro­pri­ety pas­sive bass ra­di­a­tor to pro­duce sound, and pro­duces enough sound to fill a reg­u­lar sized bed­room (or slightly small liv­ing room). We found that the Sole­mate fo­cuses more on the mid tones and the high notes, han­dling vo­cals well on tracks like Adele’s Melt My Heart to Stone and Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia by the Ea­gles, but sound­ing a lit­tle dry on the low fre­quen­cies. Hon­estly speak­ing, we ex­pected bet­ter bass given that the Sole­mate sports a ded­i­cated bass ra­di­a­tor. Be­sides our is­sues with bass, what you’ll get is a nonon­sense per­former that gives you 8 hours of play­back whether you’re at home or at the beach.

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