Jam RewindSo some of you probably know I have been asking about Bluetooth speakers on Facebook.  As you might imagine, we all spend quite a bit of time listening to music here at The Texas Music Scene.  I am always checking out the latest and greatest our scene has to offer, as well as checking out music submitted to us.  Usually, that is done in a car, driving to locations, running errands…etc.

My original intent was to ferret out opinions specifically related to a unit that was perfect for OUTDOOR use.  By that I mean taking it on a boat, on an ATV, getting it wet, dropping it, possibly spilling adult beverages on/near it.  The idea was that I needed something rugged and waterproof that I can use for my outdoors activities.

Well, I have a couple I’d really like to test out on that front:  The Fugoo Tough ($229) and the ECOXGEAR ExoXBT ($99).  Both are billed as waterproof and rugged.  So I plan on testing both of those soon.

BUT, in the meantime, I wanted to mention another Bluetooth speaker that I came across in my pursuit of the perfect outdoor speaker.  The Jam Rewind bluetooth speaker is pretty slick.  First of all, it looks like a cassette, and even comes in an old fashioned, yet oversized, plastic cassette case.  Now half of you probably don’t remember what that is, but you 80’s kids will know what I mean.

They are $79 on Amazon.com.  It is NOT waterproof, and that was not my reason for getting this one.  What I was looking for in this case was something I can carry in my pocket, but that didn’t sound like audio from a tin can.  My big fancy Chevy truck is somewhat dated in the audio department (in fact I still DO have a cassette player in there).   That means I don’t have Bluetooth, which means I can’t listen to Pandora, Spotify, or internet radio without headphones.  So I thought I might be able to get a small Bluetooth speaker that would have the volume necessary to drown out the road noise.

So browsing around Wal-Mart recently, I saw the display that had all the Bluetooth speakers set up.  I started messing with them and much to my dismay, they all sounded terrible.  They were all rather “tinny,” and none of them had any considerable volume.  Right before a manager came over to tell me to quit pushing all the buttons, I stumbled upon the Jam Rewind.  There were three other Jam products on display, and they all fell short in my opinion.  However, the Jam Rewind amazed me.  They have the display programmed to play some awful house music or some such, but I could tell that this unit had a warmer tone, and certainly more volume.  The low end was especially impressive for such a tiny device.

The Rewind is small enough to carry around in a pocket, and fits in the same cradle as my iPhone on my bicycle.  I have been using this thing for about a week, and it is brilliant.  I use it mostly in my truck to stream music from my phone.  It is impressively loud for such a small device, and it has a deep, warm tone.  The only drawback for the truck is that the back has two active speakers on it, so if you lay it down flat on its back, it will rattle.  No big deal for me as I can easily put it one of my cup holders.

It is basically, a small, 4-speaker (2 active, 2 passive) enclosure that has a retro cassette look to it.  Although I don’t use all the features, it does have voice prompts, and can work as a speakerphone.

Bottom Line:  I love it.  It isn’t the rugged, waterproof model I am still searching for, but it works great in the truck, out biking, or just out in the yard.  I have been taking it everywhere with me.  If you are looking for a better sound in a Bluetooth speaker, this one is worth a listen.

 

4 Comments

  1. Cameron Lisa
    Jul 31, 2014 @ 07:54:46

    Hi Todd,

    I represent Jam Audio and just wanted to reach out and say thank you for your review and feedback on our new product! We love to hear things like this and we’re glad you love it. I understand you were looking for a more rugged, water proof model initially, which we do offer. The Jam Street is new as well and I can have that shipped to you if you will provide me with an address. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail, and thank you again!

    Best,
    Cameron

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  2. John Cavanagh
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 16:51:23

    Hello Todd,

    I just bought the Jam Rewind at Best Buy, based upon your review. I wanted to listen to music, podcasts and internet radio programs on a speaker system which didn’t sound tinny and had reasonable volume. It also needed to be Bluetooth, in order to connect to my iPod and smartphone. I purchased the Jam Rewind without even hearing it, as Best Buy didn’t have one set up for testing.

    I got it home, opened the clever packaging, turned it on, connected via Bluetooth to my smartphone and turned on the music player. In a word, WOW! What an amazing sound from such a tiny box.

    I’m really impressed and grateful for your review Todd. It’s the best $70 I’ve spent in a long time. My only criticism, is the annoying voice accompanying each time I press a command on the unit. Other than that I’m really happy with my cool little Jazz Rewind.

    John.

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  3. James
    Jan 09, 2015 @ 04:27:34

    I have not purchased one of these yet. But, like you I was browsing through my local walmart and had the exact same experience. I was searching for reviews online before buying and I must say that your opinion and detailed description has led to another sale. They were out of stock a little while ago but I will be going back tomorrow and if they still do not have it I will simply buy online. Thank you for the information. And the retro look really caught my eye hehe.

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  4. eric
    Aug 20, 2015 @ 11:28:31

    Just picked up a Jam Rewind yesterday and I’m very pleased. I have a Sony SRS-X5 that is my primary portable Bluetooth speaker. It sounds great but it’s a couple pounds and too large to carry in my satchel all the time.

    Here is what I was looking for:
    Small- less than 6″x3″x1.5″ the depth ruled out many of the speaker I looked at
    Reasonable sound-didn’t expect great but had to be much better than just my phone
    Not expensive-I have plenty of nice toys already, just want something to stay in the satchel

    The Jam Rewind hit everything I was looking for and about half the price of my second choice.

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