Pure Jongo S3 Bluetooth/WiFi speaker from Tesco Direct. (RRP £170). £99.99 at Tesco Direct - HotUKDeals
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I've fallen down the rabbit hole of looking for a decent Bluetooth or wireless speaker. There are loads out there! I naturally found my budget creeping upwards until I was in Sonos territory. Then I found this.

The Pure Jongo range appears to be Pure's attempt at a Sonos competitor. But a lot of their stuff is MUCH cheaper. Anyway, I'm going to get this, compare it to my friend's Sonos Play 1 and if the Jongo is embarrassingly outclassed, I'll use Tesco's no hassle return.
Blurb:
Explore your possibilities with the Jongo S3 wireless speaker from Pure. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, Jongo also offers 360° sound for limitless listening.

Projecting an incredibly rich and vibrant sound thanks to the four speakers and an upward firing subwoofer for powerful bass, the S3's versatility is exceptional, with a range of audio profiles to suit your mood.

Use Bluetooth to play your music on a single Jongo speaker, or use Wi-Fi to go multiroom with fully synchronised speakers in as many rooms as you like; all you need is a speaker and free Pure Connect app. Furthermore, the S3 is built with a rechargeable battery with 10 hours life for portable use.

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#1
Meant to say, 500 extra club card points too. It's not nothing!
#2
Nice alternative to Sonos.

Does anyone know if the speaker sync is done by the app or by the speakers automatically?

What I'm looking for is be able to play Spotify through bluetooth and for the speakers to take care of the muli-room part.
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It uses a system called caskeid, read more about it here

http://www.pure.com/press-release/use-any-music-or-radio-app-with-jongo-multiroom-speaker-system2/

Be aware the S3 and T2 sound rubbish, the only ok sounding ones are the T4 & T6

Edited By: JAMAL on Jul 18, 2014 08:30
#4
JAMAL
It uses a system called caskeid, read more about it here

http://www.pure.com/press-release/use-any-music-or-radio-app-with-jongo-multiroom-speaker-system2/

Be aware the S3 and T2 sound rubbish, the only ok sounding ones are the T4 & T6

That's what I was afraid of. What HiFi reviews are positive enough (at almost twice this price). Couldn't find one in a shop to listen to so I thought I'd try it out courtesy of Tesco. I'm no audiophile, so there's a chance that paying Sonos money would be overkill.

At the risk of going off-topic, if you're just looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker, the new £170 Denon Evanya is amazing.
#5
You need to try these in the shop, i was put right off buying them :)
#6
The reviews seem very positive, maybe because it's final competition to Sonos and Bose. I have also taken a punt so will collect it tomorrow.
#7
omneo
The reviews seem very positive, maybe because it's final competition to Sonos and Bose. I have also taken a punt so will collect it tomorrow.


That's what I'm thinking. At the price (and with risk-free return) it's worth a go. The thing that pushed me over the edge was seeing that it would cost me £250 for a Sonos adapter for my separates. Jongo equivalent is £50.
#8
I have the A2 adapter and a S3 speaker. The multiroom timing is spot on and I feel sound quality of the S3 is more then acceptable. Don't forget the S3 is portable to so can take your multiroom into the garden too. Or just take the S3 to the park etc. Very flexible unit. The software is not quite at the level of Sonos, but improving all the time.


Edited By: Justy101 on Jul 18, 2014 16:41
#9
JAMAL
the only ok sounding ones are the T4 & T6

Hey Jamal, Have you got/tried the T4 and T6 units? I am tempted to expand, not seen many reviews of the bigger units


Edited By: Justy101 on Jul 18, 2014 16:45
#10
Justy101
JAMAL
the only ok sounding ones are the T4 & T6

Hey Jamal, Have you got/tried the T4 and T6 units? I am tempted to expand, not seen many reviews of the bigger units


hi,

They sound ok really and the only ones i thought worth having :) the many online reviews i thought were spot on.
#11
does this Tesco "no quibble" returns policy included 'used' items?
#12
MarkTomo
does this Tesco "no quibble" returns policy included 'used' items?
I presume it includes items 'used' enough for the buyer to decide that they're not happy with their purchase.

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#13
I've just ordered a pair from Tesco as the Sonos equivalent would have cost £370 (£170 for 2 Sonos Play:1's and a Sonos Bridge), the S3's have a rechargeable battery and also bluetooth so you can stick a unit in your bathroom and also take outside.
Most reviews say that the sound is very good, just not quite at Sonos' level, so providing this is correct then this is a no-brainer I'm afraid unless you are a audiophile.

The Caskeid system also allows you to play content to multiple units via bluetooth which I believe is a first, so you aren't restricted to the app...which by the way, I downloaded last night and it seems very good indeed contrary to the negative reviews. I haven't connected to any devices yet obviously as I don't have any, but I can only imagine the bad press is either a witch-hunt by persons with Bose and Sonos tattoo's, or that Pure have recently made vast improvements to the apps interface. Remember, Spotify was awful at first...look at it now.

I feel this is very much a similar scenario to the battle between iOS and android...iOS (Sonos) being slightly slicker and slightly better quality vrs Android's (Pure) affordability and flexibility. Android was criticized massively when it was first released by columnists who had all probably just shelled out £1000 over 24 months for a 1st generation iphone. This is probably not much different and in time the Jongo will ultimately prove to be the better choice, much like Android.

My opinion. Will know for sure on Saturday...
#14
I got mine from Tesco and took it round to my mate's house for a head-to-head comparison with the Sonos Play 1 - the Sonos Play 1 sounds noticably better (I'm no audiophile) but as I was looking at them I realised that I was comparing to pretty different items.

The Jongo is built for portability and versatility. The Sonos is not. Everything about Sonos is built around sound quality. If that is your only criterion (and money is no object) then forget the Jongo and go Sonos.

My budget could have stretched to the Sonos Play 1 but it didn't sound that much better than the Jongo so I've kept the Jongo.

Since then the Jongo has been entertaining us in the garden (something that would have required an extension lead and a strong wireless signal for the Sonos), and has had several family and friends playing their music on it through Bluetooth (impossible on the Sonos). Like I say - not really a fair comparison.

The money I've saved will get me either another Jongo speaker for another room or a couple of Jongo Hi-Fi adapters for existing stereos.

I must say through all of this that I haven't really dug into the Pure Connect multi-room offering, I've just been streaming through bluetooth.

Edited By: pedd on Aug 08, 2014 11:32
#15
2 delivered, sync'd and app working well.
Sound: 7/10. Weak bass.
Worth £100 a unit? Definately.
Worth RRP? Definately not. Buy Sonos.
Returning? Just cannot decide.
#16
I bought the Pure Jongo S3 from JL for the same price, it's ok, fine for what I want it for which is mostly spoken word rather than music. I think it is better in stereo mode than 360 mono - it is worth experimenting a bit with its position/mode. I find it irritating that it doesn't connect via BT automatically (unless of course someone else knows different)...

I'm intrigued by the comments regarding the T6 as this was a Which 'don't buy' (May 2014)...

Edited By: MJOB on Aug 16, 2014 17:20
#17
Haven't tried the S3 yet but got the T6 yesterday - So far I have only been able to try the bluetooth connection due to connection issues with my router. I am a bit disappointed with the sound quality compared to my Bose Soundlink mini and JBL encounter 2.1. Treble and mid range are too much emphasized to my liking. Even when you turn the volume up, the sound remains flat. Was hoping for more at this price

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