Jongo A2 Sound streamer  (factory reconditioned) @ Velocity Outlet / rakuten.co.uk £14.95 incl postage
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Jongo A2 Sound streamer (factory reconditioned) @ Velocity Outlet / rakuten.co.uk £14.95 incl postage

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Found 15th May 2016
Cheapest price I think for this, although this is reconditioned but has a full one year warranty
You don't (of course) have to use Jongo bluetooth speakers with it
Bluetooth input too
From the revues the sound quality is good.
Codec support may be a little limited (apparently does not support flac)
Got to be better than the chromecast!
Made by Pure
Apps for android and ios
Separate optical phono or tos outputs plus stereo phono plus usb (but only for dedicated Ethernet) (which I would have preferred over wi-fi)
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Instantly upgrading your existing hi-fi speakers to Wi-Fi
Making the most of your old equipment, instead of retiring it.
Stream synchronized music from any device (e.g. laptop, smartphone, tablet etc.), using any music app or music streaming service, and enjoy perfectly synchronized music on as many Jongos as you like all around your house
The chance to expand your Jongo multiroom speaker system (if you have Jongo) by adding your old hifi speakers to it
High quality 24-bit DAC
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Not as good as Chromecast Audio which Currys are/were doing at same price
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fairytooth

Not as good as Chromecast Audio which Currys are/were doing at same price


Why?
On the hardware side, it's got seperate phono outputs, and digital phone and optical and a usb port for a network card.
Chromecast audio doesn't support bluetooth. The Jongo supports bluetooth in and out.
Also the Jongo has dedicated speakers, so you don't have to muck about with buying extra Jongos. Just buy the speakers and put them anywhere, they'll all synchronise together
Also as someone said, I don't like the idea of Google spying on you all the time, they get enough of that through the web and gmail.



Edited by: "jasee" 15th May 2016
I'm not quite sure what it is, but your robust defence made me order one anyway - thanks OP - have a little more heat to take you over the 100 degree boiling point...
God dammit OP, I have absolutely no need for this but I purchased it anyway. Heat.
Banned
I really want to try it, But anyone here have tried this kind of product? The looks seems good by the way.
I have just sold the last of my 4 on eBay and good riddance to the lot of them.

The multirooming never worked. You have to use the Pure Connect app to set which speakers you want to play and everytime i loaded the app 1, maaaybe 2 A2's would show up. 1 would connect and play, the other would refuse. Then it would disappear from the app (still showing as connected to my router though). It was random as to which would show and which would not through the app although all were showing as connected on my BT HomeHub router.

The Bluetooth quality was great and it was a real shame the system simply didn't work after I invested so much money into it. After a month I gave up trying to multiroom and just used them as bluetooth receivers. In that month i probably had the multiroom working 3 times.

I've since switched to ChromeCast Audio which has been a faultless experience and has not failed me yet in daily use across 4 rooms.
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fairytooth

Not as good as Chromecast Audio which Currys are/were doing at same price

jasee

Chromecast audio doesn't support bluetooth. The Jongo supports bluetooth … Chromecast audio doesn't support bluetooth. The Jongo supports bluetooth in and out.

jasee

Also the Jongo has dedicated speakers, so you don't have to muck about … Also the Jongo has dedicated speakers, so you don't have to muck about with buying extra Jongos. Just buy the speakers and put them anywhere, they'll all synchronise together.Also as someone said, I don't like the idea of Google spying on you all the time, they get enough of that through the web and gmail.



Chromecast Audio does not need a network card, it has integrated Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac. It has optical out (via 3.5mm toslink) as well as 3.5mm analogue/3.5mm jack-2 RCA phono support.




Supporting Bluetooth is a good thing? Bluetooth has terrible audio compression, puts more of a drain on your phone/tablet battery, but the big kicker for the Jongo is that it does not support FLAC even over it's limiting 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi.



You can stream to any multi room speakers of any brand you wish with a Chromecast Audio. As for google spying, any app that you give permissions to has the ability to spy, however with the wealth of apps available you are not obligated to use a dedicated google one.

Sorry, but fairytooth is correct, despite your claim in your opening post its not better or even as good as a google chromecast both from a technical or aural viewpoint, unless of course you want the limitations that bluetooth give you, and for that you would be much better simply buying a bluetooth powered speaker to link to your phone/tablet. Bluetooth is fine for instant portability and convenience to a bluetooth enabled receiving device....car/motorcycle helmet/powered speaker in the office/garden etc....but a bolt on receiving device like this to link up to a dedicated hi-fi amplifier or powered speaker, a chromecast audio is far better.


Edited by: "cicobuff" 16th May 2016
Original Poster
fairytooth

Not as good as Chromecast Audio which Currys are/were doing at same … Not as good as Chromecast Audio which Currys are/were doing at same price

jasee

Chromecast audio doesn't support bluetooth. The Jongo supports bluetooth … Chromecast audio doesn't support bluetooth. The Jongo supports bluetooth in and out.

jasee

Also the Jongo has dedicated speakers, so you don't have to muck about … Also the Jongo has dedicated speakers, so you don't have to muck about with buying extra Jongos. Just buy the speakers and put them anywhere, they'll all synchronise together.Also as someone said, I don't like the idea of Google spying on you all the time, they get enough of that through the web and gmail.


Does Chromecast support flac!!! I'm pretty sure it doesn't.
I had a chromecast audio, which was useless for my purposes. I can't see that the sound quality through hi-fi or networking can be any worse, they both use twin 24bit D/A converters.
An ethernet connection should be more reliable
I have a 'monster' Nad1 speaker which is bluetooth enabled. Bluetoothing to that directly from phones sounds amazing, maybe I've just got cloth ears. If it enables me to connect other devices to that then that will be a bonus.
The disadvantage (to me) of bluetooth is it's range. I've got bluetooth heaphones, the quality is fine.
I sold my miserable Chromecast for £5, which is more than it was worth, IMO.
I hope this one will be better, but the whole business of streaming is fraught, apps are unreliable, media servers and players will or will not decode, if you get a system which works for you, stick with it.
By Jingo it's a Jongo.
I bought this a month ago. The app from pure to work this jongo a2 is disappointing. Connecting was frustrating on a daily basis so I returned it. Shame as I really hoped it would work well. Chromecast audio is fine but now I have a family of 4 with Google, amazon tv, tablets. System overload. Bluetooth option is still nice to have for music.
I have one of these, great little device but the app is terrible.

Good deal if you have other Jongo speakers (We got a free S3 with the Virgin Broadband deal back in Dec). Never used Chromecast Audio so I cannot compare between the 2.

Bluetooth is a really useful feature though.. great when you have friends over and they want to very easily play music on it.
rossysaurus

I have just sold the last of my 4 on eBay and good riddance to the lot of … I have just sold the last of my 4 on eBay and good riddance to the lot of them. The multirooming never worked. You have to use the Pure Connect app to set which speakers you want to play and everytime i loaded the app 1, maaaybe 2 A2's would show up. 1 would connect and play, the other would refuse. Then it would disappear from the app (still showing as connected to my router though). It was random as to which would show and which would not through the app although all were showing as connected on my BT HomeHub router. The Bluetooth quality was great and it was a real shame the system simply didn't work after I invested so much money into it. After a month I gave up trying to multiroom and just used them as bluetooth receivers. In that month i probably had the multiroom working 3 times. I've since switched to ChromeCast Audio which has been a faultless experience and has not failed me yet in daily use across 4 rooms.



Homehub eh? There's your problem.
jasee

Does Chromecast support flac!!! I'm pretty sure it doesn't.



[Yes]

jasee

I had a chromecast audio, which was useless for my purposes. I can't see … I had a chromecast audio, which was useless for my purposes. I can't see that the sound quality through hi-fi or networking can be any worse, they both use twin 24bit D/A converters.



Huh? So you take an MP3 and push it through 24 bit D/A converters and come out with something sounding better than uncompressed audio do you (_;) Not even on my Pioneer Receiver that has an ESS Sabre Premier ES9006S can it provide such 'magic' (not that I ever feed it such crap below FLAC. I know there are options with many a DAC to 'enhance' MP3s by attempting to calculate and replace what is lost through compression...but a 24 Bit DAC regardless of the quality is not going to turn an MP3 into a lossless marvel.
jasee

An ethernet connection should be more reliable



I think most people would rather stick to the convenience and distance of lack of cabling with 802.11ac, something this would never provide.

jasee

I have a 'monster' Nad1 speaker which is bluetooth enabled. Bluetoothing … I have a 'monster' Nad1 speaker which is bluetooth enabled. Bluetoothing to that directly from phones sounds amazing, maybe I've just got cloth ears. If it enables me to connect other devices to that then that will be a bonus.



Whilst being a great advocate of the sound of NAD CD Players and own two, you are never going to convince that bluetooth even with aptX sounds is anything other than lossless.

jasee

The disadvantage (to me) of bluetooth is it's range. I've got bluetooth … The disadvantage (to me) of bluetooth is it's range. I've got bluetooth heaphones, the quality is fine.


Still not lossless whatever your own thought on bluetooth, plus puts extra drain on your tablet/phone....I am quite happy using bluetooth headphones in my motorcycle helmet, or linking via bluetooth in the car for audio/calls but that's where it ends for me.

jasee

I sold my miserable Chromecast for £5, which is more than it was worth, … I sold my miserable Chromecast for £5, which is more than it was worth, IMO.


Great for the person that had a bargain.

jasee

I hope this one will be better, but the whole business of streaming is … I hope this one will be better, but the whole business of streaming is fraught, apps are unreliable, media servers and players will or will not decode, if you get a system which works for you, stick with it.



You can hope, but with a lack of third party app support, if you could not get to grips with the Chromecast Audio, I think someone else will be having an equal if not better bargain when you decide to sell it.

Bear in mind to get multiroom you will have to take bluetooth out of the equation, and deal with networking, something you clearly must have struggled with with the Chromecast Audio.

Edited by: "cicobuff" 16th May 2016
Had nothing but trouble with these(2 of them) horrible connection issues, app is awful and the sound was disappointing from anything I hooked it up to.
I have both (Jongo & Chromecast) attached to my HiFis in a multiroom setting. Chromecast setup is less clunky but the Jongos' connections to each other and to the network is much more robust by a long mile.

Instantly upgrading your existing hi-fi speakers to Wi-Fi



Upgrading? !*%$3!! my a**e! - Sonically it's a downgrade. .... I'm thinking of banning Mrs. Loathecliff from streaming Radio 4 through my 40+ yr old B&W folded horn speakers (John Bower's finest hour) from her A*ple tablet 'thing'. - It's possibly an end of life event, but a principle is at stake.
Edited by: "Loathecliff" 16th May 2016
Original Poster
Loathecliff

Upgrading? !*%$3!! my a**e! - Sonically it's a downgrade. .... I'm … Upgrading? !*%$3!! my a**e! - Sonically it's a downgrade. .... I'm thinking of banning Mrs. Loathecliff from streaming Radio 4 through my 40+ yr old B&W folded horn speakers (John Bowers finest hour) from her A*ple tablet 'thing'. - It's possibly an end of life event, but a principle is at stake.


Haha. Yes, it's as much of an upgrade as the switch to Windows 10!
The Bowers and Wilkins sound interesting, I'm a transmission line junkie myself, though I have got a couple of Lowthers
Original Poster
cicobuff

[Yes]



Ok, too much to argue about really, I don't expect it will be any better the chromecast in reality.
I think I'll end up getting a hi-fi (real) media player, which may or may not suit.
I have a couple of these and one of the speakers. The fact that they do multiroom from bluetooth is important to me, as it means that you aren't restricted to particular apps or particular OSe; I tend to play stuff from my Windows Phone.

Getting them set up to work multiroom was a bit of a faff, but now they are set up I find that they sync really well. The only other things I wish I could change are:
-I wish there was a seamless change from one bluetooth connection to another; you connect to bluetooth to one of the players and then it passes the audio over wifi to its buddies. If you wander out of range of the player that you originally connected to then you lose connection and there is a break as you connect to a new one. My house isn't huge, so it doesn't happen too much for me, but YMMV.
-I wish they were powered over USB, rather than a 5.5V wall wart.
jasee

Ok, too much to argue about really, I don't expect it will be any better … Ok, too much to argue about really, I don't expect it will be any better the chromecast in reality. I think I'll end up getting a hi-fi (real) media player, which may or may not suit.



Add to the fact that if you wanted to stream music offline it actually cost you a monthly fee on the now defunct Pure Connect Stream service, I am unsure if there is even another way to store your media in the cloud on the Pure Jongo.

You may have convinced yourself, you will have a hard job convincing me or many others of your claims its better than the Chromecast Audio. Whether it be streaming lossy crap from the cloud for free or DLNA FLAC locally from NAS/Computer with transcoding through the likes of Plex or Bubbleupnp, the only sell of the Jongo is bluetooth which has its own disadvantages.

I have a Pure Jongo A2 and an S3 speaker. The A2 is a little hit and miss with the wifi connection, but probably as I have the dreaded Virgin Super Hub.
If you don't like the Pure App you can use Bubble UPnP Server on Android (cheap for the pro version and definitely worth it). BUPNP can link to the likes of your Google Music and One Drive etc to play your music direct to the A2 (or S3). Although you cant then get multi room.
Here's the good bit. Bubble UPnP comes up as a server in the Pure App so you can actually use Google Music etc straight through to the A2 without bluetooth !!. Then you can enable the multi room feature if you have more than one Jongo.
Sound is definitely better through Wifi than Bluetooth and you don't get the issues with Bluetooth Range.

These are also available brand new from Amazon for under £20.
Edited by: "iceburglettuce" 18th May 2016
So to answer above.
Yes you can stream local content through wifi to a Jongo and you can stream NAS content through wifi too - both straight through the Pure App (no monthly fee).
If you have android you can stream cloud services such as Google Music, Drop Box, One Drive, Amazon Cloud, Tidal and Qobuz through wifi through either the Pure App or the Bubble UPnP Server app (around £3 on Play Store).
Edited by: "iceburglettuce" 18th May 2016
Mine arrived this morning. Easy to setup, sound quality to my ears is excellent. The Jongo app picked up my NAS, found my library of music and started streaming at the tap of a button. Radio selection works just as well. For the price I've no complaints.
Original Poster
paulgee31

Mine arrived this morning. Easy to setup, sound quality to my ears is … Mine arrived this morning. Easy to setup, sound quality to my ears is excellent. The Jongo app picked up my NAS, found my library of music and started streaming at the tap of a button. Radio selection works just as well. For the price I've no complaints.


That should be useful for others to know, thanks
So impressed I've splashed out on a pair of S3 as they are 2 for 1 on eBay from the Velocity Outlet ebay.co.uk/itm…126 £79.95 for two of the little beast or mix and match since the T2 is in the same offer.
cicobuff

Add to the fact that if you wanted to stream music offline it actually … Add to the fact that if you wanted to stream music offline it actually cost you a monthly fee on the now defunct Pure Connect Stream service, I am unsure if there is even another way to store your media in the cloud on the Pure Jongo. You may have convinced yourself, you will have a hard job convincing me or many others of your claims its better than the Chromecast Audio. Whether it be streaming lossy crap from the cloud for free or DLNA FLAC locally from NAS/Computer with transcoding through the likes of Plex or Bubbleupnp, the only sell of the Jongo is bluetooth which has its own disadvantages.


Spot on with all your points! Many thanks for proving there is still sanity out there.
Original Poster
frownbreaker

http://www.radioworld.co.uk/jongo_a2_collarwhite£12.25 deliver new


No, haha
Easy-to-fit, this clip on Collar is available in a range of colours. Suitable for Jongo A2
Just to follow up. Installed 3 of the A2 streamers to various older speakers and the surround system, plus the two S3 arrived. Really easy to set up. The pure connect app allows easy streaming from the NAS and sounds excellent. The S3 can be assigned as a stereo pair or used separately, built-in battery and sub make these great little units. The A2 really bring the best of out a speaker. Using the bluetooth caskeid apps like Spotify stream flawlessly to multiple speakers in different rooms.

Overall for the price, easy of use and flexibility, I am well chuffed.
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