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JBL SOUNDFLY SPEAKER: Big sound in a small package

A portable speaker for people who really love music.

Written by Sudhir Chowdhary |
November 1, 2012 9:12:14 pm

Audio is an increasingly mobile experience,following consumers everywhere they go. If you are looking for a good portable audio solution for your home,the JBL SoundFly BT speaker from Harman can be a good option. Harman is a leading supplier of premium audio and infotainment systems for the automotive,consumer and professional markets—supported by 15 leading brands,including AKG,Harman Kardon,Infinity,JBL,Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. Indian music icon AR Rahman promotes the JBL brand in the country.

The American firm’s latest device is a plug-in speaker that can be connected directly to a mains socket to stream audio from a smartphone or tablet. It plugs directly into your wall outlets —no wires,shelf space or expensive receiver needed. All you need is a Bluetooth-enabled audio device. Wireless connectivity from a mobile device to the speaker is facilitated through Bluetooth technology capable of connecting any Bluetooth-enabled audio device. It works with mobile phones,MP3 players,tablets,laptops and PCs. And don’t be fooled by its size; this small wonder delivers a full spectrum of sound.

The test-unit sent across to us for a review was easy to install. The JBL SoundFly BT will speak to you and guide you through the set-up,meaning you can get up and running with no hassle. The overall design is minimalistic. I configured it to my wife’s iPhone 4S,plugged in the speaker to a power source and waited for the magic to begin.

With a healthy 20 watts of power amplification and upto 20 kHz frequency response,this compact speaker delivers high quality music with crystal clear sound—the same powerful JBL sound you’ve come to love and expect over the years. A free,downloadable Android app gives you additional functionality so you can browse music with cover art,adjust volume and tone,and fully customise the digital signal processing (DSP) to get the best sound wherever you plug it in.

Strictly at a user level,the SoundFly produces killer audio and is ideal for people who really love music and would like to take it with them wherever they go. It could also make a nice kitchen or travel accessory. With underlying JBL technology that delivers exceptional dynamics,natural tonal balance,clarity and spatial definition,this JBL innovation conveys every sonic nuance of the original recording.

SPECS

Dimensions: 190 x 71 x 92 mm (W x H x D)

Amplifier power: 10 watts x 2

Frequency response: 60 Hz – 20 kHz

Signal-to-noise ratio: 80dB

Power requirement: 100V – 240V AC,50 Hz/60 Hz

Power consumption: <0.5W (standby); 30W (maximum) Weight: 0.42 kg Estimated street price: Rs 9,900

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