Jabra Solemate Max
4 FRONT-FACING SPEAKERS
Hi-fi sound with 4 front-facing speakers (2 tweeters and 2 woofers) and a custom-designed proprietary bass radiator.
Since your smartphone will run out of power before your speaker will, Solemate Max charges your phone while you’re playing music from it.
AMP UP YOUR CONVERSATIONS
With built-in speakerphone capabilities, you can amp up your conversations from your computer, tablet or mobile phone.
With the festivities out of the way and 2015 quickly adding on another digit, swiftly bringing us to 2016, it’s time we bought in the new year with some good old audio related reviews. So kicking off the new year and kick starting 2016 and our audio category is a product any audio lover should have tucked away on a shelf. Introducing the Jabra Solemate Max. Bigger than your average portable wireless speaker, the Jabra Solemate Max boasts to play louder for longer. Think big – then bigger still……
High-Fidelity Sound for Your Main Event
Jabra Solemate Max is the portable wireless speaker with powerful Dolby sound that not only looks great in your house but is rugged enough to go outdoors too.
Jaw Dropping Sound Experience
Listen to your music in rich Dolby Sound. Jabra Solemate Max delivers sound you’d expect from a much larger speaker, packing two tweeters, two woofers and a custom-designed bass slave into a portable design. Wherever you go, it will deliver instant, awe-inspiring atmosphere.
Keep Your Party Going for Longer
Solemate Max’s built-in rechargeable battery can easily go for 14 hours, plus it charges your phone. Perfect in the home but portable and durable enough to venture outside, the Max is resistant to knocks, splashes and dust.
When you think of portable/wireless speakers, the word compact and small usually spring to mind. The Jabra Solemate Max shatters all these stereotypes and will completely change what you think you know about portable speakers. Measuring a beefy in-your-face L 30.2 x W 10.2 x H 13.8 cms and weighing a look-at-me 3KGs, the Solemate Max is as big as it is ballsy.
Unlike it’s smaller brother the Solemate that is available in a wide range of snazzy colour options, the Solemate Max is only available in one colour variety: Black/Grey. Nonetheless, the Solemate Max, out of the box looks ready to go, sporting a very rugged design. Built to last, the Solemate Max, provides tthe user with an all over rubberized coating architecture, resulting in a housing type that will accommodate the odd bump/scrape without leaving behind any evidence. Aside from being practical, from an outdoor use perspective, the casing itself looks pretty damn cool.
The front panel sports a large speaker grill finished in a light grey paintjob. Split in to two sections with the Jabra logo sitting on the center strip, sitting beneath are no less than 4 front-facing speakers (2 x 20mm tweeters and 2 x 76mm woofers) and a custom-designed 235mm x 92mm proprietary bass radiator. Sitting on the top of the Solemate Max are your main speaker controls, conveniently sitting withing a circular push button control panel. Alongside this is the Answer/end (battery status) button.
At the bottom of the unit is a thick rubber sole (that is removable) that houses the bright yellow 3.5mm cable. Snaked in to a ‘u’ shape, the 3.5mm cable allows for a multitude of optional audio gadget to be connected to the Solemate Max. Stocking with the rubberized theme again, is the rugged rubber handle that spans the height of the speaker – again Jabra have added a flash of yellow inside the handle, giving you a taste of colour without it being in your face.
When it comes to features, the Jabra Solemate Max isn’t shy and hosts a whole bundle of useful features not present on competitor speakers. The Jabra Solemate Max can connect to almost any device using both wired (using the supplied 3.5mm jack) and wireless (Bluetooth and NFC) connection types. The main bulk of your ports sits on the right side of the speaker. Along with the NFC pairing zone and battery/connection LED’s there is your on/off pairing slider, a 3.5mm jack, your USB port and a phone charging port. When the Jabra Solemate Max is connected to your mobile phone via Bluetooth, NFC or USB calls will automatically transfer to the Jabra Solemate, which will function as a your speakerphone. The auto resume function means that music will automatically pause during a call, and will resume when the call has ended.
A cool feature is the voice guidance, providing you audio commentary on the various selected settings. If you prefer not to be prompted/reminded of the various setting you choose, the audio guidance can be switched off. The operating range is rated at 33ft (10 meters) and allows for a maximum of up to 8 devices to be connected to the speaker – with two active devices connected at any one time. The battery function provides the user with up to 14 hrs of continuous audio playback and up to a whopping 130 days of standby power.
Tweaking things further is the activation code that comes bundled with your Solemate Max speaker, allowing you access to the Jabra sound app. Proposing to ‘enhance your musical experience’. Taken directly from the Jabra sound app website page:
The Jabra Sound App is a music player that adds full-spectrum Dolby® sound to your music, playlists and streamed YouTube content. Simply select your favorite YouTube content in the Sound App and play it back in enhanced Dolby® sound anytime, anywhere. Dolby® adds extra depth and dimension to your audio content – extending bass performance and enhancing high frequencies so your music retains its clarity. With the Jabra sound app, you can create and share playlists and adjust the equalizer to hear music just the way you want. You can even use the Jabra Social Jukebox™ feature to build the perfect party playlist together with your friends.
The Jabra Solemate Max is a big speaker that out of it’s shipment box looks like a audio accessory kit that means business. However when it came to audio reproduction what it pumped out in volume it lacked in depth. There’s no denying the Solemate Max can kick out higher volumes like it’s going out of fashion, however the low and mid-tones were where the Solemate Max lacked somewhat. There was plenty of kick with no oomph, no heart thumping bass or even a flicker of a rumble. That’s not to say the output audio was terrible, on the contrary, the Solemate Max has what i would call a generic sound output. A generic sound output is what would expect from most speakers, acceptable, audio with little to no distortion and a tone frequency that is acceptable on all levels, The Solemate Max has an audio output that is just a little more focused on the high tones, leaving me without any audio depth and a slightly one-tone sound stage – when all i wanted to feel was warm bass. I do have to admit though, our tests were predominantly surrounded on the Solemate Max being an indoor fixture and for the most part it served us well, offering up some high tone focused audio that didn’t sound too bad on the whole. However when used outdoors the Solemate Max fared way better, offering a more varied audio output. Yes, the low tones were pretty much lost whatever the environment, but outdoor use is probably where the Solemate Max is more suited – allowing for the lack of low/mids when it came to replaying your audio in a wide open space.
The Jabra Solemate Max, is a big speaker with a big attitude. It’s over-powering size will have you the envy of all your mates when you plonk him on the picnic table and use the one of many connection options. Yes, the Solemate Max may not pump out the bass with a passion, he does provide you with volume, and plenty of it!!!! So if you are on the lookout for a portable speaker option possessing audio perfection, with depth, clarity and a bassline that could wake the devil, the Solemate Max may not be the life and soul of the party. On the other hand, if you desire a speaker that can go all the way when it comes to volume, the Jabra Solemate is the one to look at and may just be your one-way ticket to being your major portable party gadget.