Aspeaker system packaged as a jar of jam. I suppose that’s one way to stand out on the shelf at music and electronic stores where sound gadgets for mobile phones and tablets are a dime a dozen. Jam speakers from HMDX take things to the nth degree, however, by even having different “f lavours” of their tiny Bluetooth speakers – and a map on its website that shows which flavour is currently most popular, complete with a jam-covered map. Strawberry is the current f lavour of the month, in case you were wondering.
It’s all a bit silly. But the speakers themselves are great and deliver surpris-
Surprisingly awesome wireless speakers ingly large sound, considering their miniscule proportions. They’re also completely wireless and can pretty much go anywhere with you. So while I started out mildly amused with the little Jam speaker, it soon became something I liked having around.
Connecting your favourite musicplaying gadget to the Jam is easy enough. It uses Bluetooth technology to stream sound wirelessly within a range of about 10 metres or so. I tested them with an Apple iPad and had everything set up in less than a minute from removing the packaging
he speakers are rechargeable and include a micro USB cable for charging them from your computer, any USB
Sony SRS-BTV5 port or you could use the charger from a modern smartphone, excluding the iPhone. With the battery fully charged, the Jam will play for up to four hours over Bluetooth or 12 hours using the standard audio-jack and cable.
It’s surprising how useful a little wireless speaker can be. It’s great for presentations and meetings where you want to play a video and the speakers on your laptop or tablet aren’t quite up to it. It’s also awesome for braais, in the kitchen or lounging around the pool.
We were sent a Blueberry-coloured Jam to play with, but also the Jam Party Stereo Boombox, which delivers a far bigger sound and has a pop-up handle to carry it around.
The Jam makes an awesome gift – especially for.kids – and is one of those things that you wouldn’t ordinarily think of getting, but are very happy to have when you do.