BassJump 2 : a portable subwoofer reviewed
s you may or may not know, internal speakers of laptops have a lack of oomph when it comes to base. Dispite to what you may think the Macbooks are no exception. Twelvesouth soon realised that this could easily be solved by adding a small woofer, hoping to replace external speakers forever.
s you may or may not know, internal speakers of laptops have a lack of oomph when it comes to base. Despite to what you may think the Macbook’s are no exception. Twelvesouth soon realised that this could easily be solved by adding a small woofer, hoping to replace external speakers forever.
The bassjump 2 is the successor to the bassjump 1 and is equipped with a 3 inch subwoofer. The neat looking device only weighs around 1.4 punts (0.64 Kg) and takes up roughly 13x13x6 cm of your lovely desk space. The bassjump is powered through one USB, so no AC adaptor is delivered.
This may be as much of a disadvantage as it is an advantage since the speakers will eat up all your precious battery life of your Macbook. In the box comes a handy carrying bag to take your beloved speaker with you, and with these specifications you certainly won’t mind taking it with you. By updating to the second version of the Basejump Twelvesouth added another eight decibels by adjusting the new software. (As they point out they ‘remastered’ it) So for you out there who already own a bassjump 1 just update your software here and enjoy your bassjump 2. One of the more exciting updates is the support for iMacs, Thunderbolt and, surprisingly enough, external speakers to!
Some reviewers complain about the length of the usb cable, but I doubt that a device like this is meant to stand far away from you, since it’s not a huge subwoofer. And if that prevents you from buying one you can always connect a longer mini-usb cable. (Mini-usb male– Usb male)
I certainly wouldn’t call this a mini sound-system but it does drastically improve your shabby laptop speakers by creating a real 2.1 system. The bassjump features a rich and clear sound and gives you the extra oomph you need when listening to music. Installing the bassjump is really easy, just plug it in and install the software from the website, Done. The software is written for macs and allows you to adjust some nifty settings such as its relative volume and bass level. The equaliser has 5 presets out of which you can choose from. The feature you will like the most is the crossover frequency settings, with this you can decide when your sub kicks in. After installation you can just plug-and-play without bothering to look at the software ever again.
One of the negative elements about the bassjump is the fact that it’s yet another USB device. If you connect the device to a macbook air you will only have one USB plug left for you other devices. if you are lucky you still have your macbook air hooked up to a cinema display at that moment, providing you with some extra usb headers. But then I don’t see why you wouldn’t connect external speakers to your Macbook. An integrated usb hub or a pass-through USB connection would be more then welcome. If I had to think about another disadvantage I would say that’s it’s inconvenient to install the software manually, it would be nice if the bassjump would install it’s software all by itself.
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Reality as it is you can find other, better sounding devices then this one. But you won’t find one, this small, portable and convenient as this one. The brushed metal cover blends in perfectly with your mac and the listening experience between your internal speakers with or without the bassjump is just astonishing.
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If you are a music lover or you need a good alternative to a pair of headphones, bassjump is perfect for you. It will enhance your listening experience significantly without the bad looks that normally come with it.
-Premium design, matches with your mac
-No fumbling with cables
-Yet another USB device
-Only available for mac users
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The bassjump really lives up to it’s expectations and therefore gets a well deserved Techinbits Gold award!