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Bluetooth Speaker Jam Classic 2.0 

Not a totally new item but an enhanced version and if anything it is a little smaller than previous versions I have seen. There are occasions when headphones or earbuds are unsuitable and for one reason or another full room speakers also so this small unit can then has its say.

Jam Classic Bluetooth Wireless Portable Speaker
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It is 7cm tall and 7cm across at the base it then barrels out slightly and then tapers towards the top where it is 6cm across, it weighs 204grams.

My unit was red apart from the bottom 2cm that was purple.

Just below the top is where the up pointed speaker is, the only control is underneath in a very slightly recessed area where a push button on/off resides and the area around this is rubber so whatever you place it on will not be marked and for those playing high intensity music it keeps the unit grounded.

There are two connections at the back near the base micro USB – marked charge – and 3.5mm plug – marked Aux – a lead for the former is provided in the storage container it comes in along with an instruction sheet in 21 languages. The English part is four short paragraphs which seem to cover safety instruction the controls are shown in ten diagrams at the top of the sheet.

The front of the unit has two LEDs red and Blue, the latter will flash until a pair has been made. The Bluetooth claim is the normal ‘10 metres’ but in a lot of solidly constructed buildings this will be far less and most people are reluctant to let their SmartPhone out of their sight.

While most will use this unit via Bluetooth if you have a 3.5mm to 3.5mm lead you can connect anything to it even items that do not have Bluetooth like an MP3 player.

The stated time between charges is five hours when on Bluetooth, I exceeded that when connected via cable to my MP3 player that gets called in to use for all headphones and earbud tests as I keep a whole range of files of various Genres on it to test range. The unit has three built in sounds one to tell you it’s turned on, another for turning off and the third to say it’s paired.

While I have my favourite Genre of Jazz I can also when in the right mood enjoy some classical, I am not a pop fan and I dislike with a passion Opera but all these files and more reside to test the sound of whatever output device I am testing.

This is ideal for listening in a small room where you still need to hear external sounds like a doorbell or phone or perhaps a crying child when you end up babysitting. With headphones or noise reducing earbuds you might not hear any of those items mentioned above.

This unit has no real volume or tone controls so relies on your SmartPhone or MP3 player to produce both the sound and the volume. There are red on red + and – buttons in the band beside the LEDs but this has little effect.

The Jam Classic 2.0 is available from Amazon for £19.99, with free delivery. I see it is also available in two tone blue or black at the same price.

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