Futuremusic: BassJump is “pure sonic alchemy”

Future Music Twelve South BassJump Review

While our BassJump has been around a while, it’s still being discovered daily by more and more music enthusiasts. The experts over at Futuremusic took it for a spin recently and went deep in their review.

“The Twelve South BassJump speaker is not intended to provide an audiophile experience, it is merely “turbo-charging a MacBook’s speakers,” as one tester commented. Thus, instead of lugging around a pair of decent external stereo speakers when traveling, the BassJump provides a very portable solution for sound enhancement. And it turned our doubtful staffers into believers.

The build quality of the BassJump is world-class, with a gorgeous aluminum enclosure and a solid black metal grill that protects the 2.5″ speaker. The elegant 5″x5″ square chassis weighs in at 1.5 pounds and a single Mini USB plug supplies both audio and power.

…Beyond the elegant aesthetic, lies a low-mid range tuned speaker Twelve South was somehow able to sonically match to the tinny and thin sounding stereo pair embedded in the MacBook. Not that we should beat up Apple too much here since they have been systematically reducing the size, weight and thickness of the MacBook models since day one, while increasing the processing and graphical power exponentially. This scenario doesn’t leave a lot of room for full range speakers, which is why Twelve South believed BassJump needed to join the party.

Our evaluators were “floored” by the results. “I’m blown away on how Twelve South was able to turn those asthmatic speakers into a solid listening experience,” exclaimed one reviewer. “What Twelve South has done with the BassJump is pure sonic alchemy!” We tested the BassJump on the last three generations of the MacBook and found it worked quite nicely with all three models. Twelve South even went to the trouble to create specific Mac OS X versions of their software (which show up as a Preferences plug-in) for Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion. Thus, if you have an older generation of the MacBook, you can still benefit from the BassJump.”

And here’s the verdict:

“Twelve South has created an entirely new market with the entry of the BassJump, and one that is certainly worth considering if you use your MacBook daily and often take it on the road. In fact, if you’ve got a serious MacBook user on your gift list this holiday season, consider your shopping done. Recommended.”

So there you have it. Holiday shopping complete for music enthusiasts in your life? Check. Order BassJump today. (We hear sonic alchemy also makes a great stocking stuffer as we head into the holidays.)

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