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Speak To Me

Speak To Me
by Gary Woods

When it comes to speakers I'm a bit of a snob. I;ve spent a substantial part of my life in recording studios listening to some of the best speakers on the planet and in my home studio I've got JBLs, Altec Lansings and for near field monitors a nice pair of Tannoys. So, when I get asked to review some Bluetooth portable speakers I hope the manufacturer is ready for what I'll dish out.

Anyway, the nice folks at HMDX sent me a pair of their Jam Plus Wireless speakers so I whipped out my trusty iPad and wirelessly hooked them up. They sent me 2 speakers which could be set up either in stereo or mono and they Bluetooth paired right away with the iPad.

The biggest problem with portable speakers is always the bass which is why a lot of small speakers will come with sub-woofers that usually reside under the desk. I tried the speakers first on Copeland's "Appalachian Spring" and then on Tower of Power's "Down to the Night Club." Both selections sounded fine throughout the sound spectrum from top to bottom and really didn't require a sub-woofer. It takes some size and weight to move the kind of air it takes to pump out a good bottom end but the Jam Plus speakers sounded very good on the bass instruments.

The HMDX Jam Plus speakers retail for $49.99 each and require 2 if you want stereo. They do a great job when you want to move around and take your music with you and I was impressed at the quality of the sound they turned out and the ease with which they set up and played. If you're looking to take your music with you and don't want to plug those Apple white ear buds in your ears check out the Jam Plus speakers.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc