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Jazz Speakers Sound Walker (JS1301)
By Justin Ong
Category : Sound
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 14th September, 2004
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


Jazzing Around

With the number of notebooks with desktop multimedia capabilities on the rise, quality of related hardware components are also on a steady climb. The components we're talking about here are on-board graphics processors, larger LCD screens, embedded audio chips and optical drives. These days, notebooks aren't just companions for work related purposes – even though they were initially drawn out to cater to business users. In today's context, a notebook is both a work machine and a good source of entertainment. In a way, whatever a desktop computer can do, current notebooks can do it and being absolutely portable while doing so.


Sadly, a crucial component in close relation to a notebook's multimedia proficiency has not been given too much thought and that is none other than the built-in speakers. For a long time running, speakers found on notebooks are barely doing justice to the multimedia potential one could fully relish from his/her investment. While some desktop replacement notebooks had been injected with better speakers (and in some cases, tiny sub-woofers), they constitute to just a tiny fraction of notebooks with better audio systems.

This missing piece was nicely addressed by Jazz Speakers and their latest Sound Walker USB Mobile Theater, the J1301. As the name implies, this portable speaker system will be utilizing a USB port to direct signals to the speakers for audio reproduction. So do plan out the assignment of your USB ports if you're keen in getting a pair to spice up your notebook's audio capabilities. Before going further into the review, let's look at the technical specifications below.

Jazz Speakers Sound Walker USB Mobile Theater (JS1301) Technical Specification
Power
  • By USB port (works with USB v1.1 and v2.0)
Power Rating
  • 1 Watt total (0.5W per side)
Driver
  • 2 tweeters per side
Impedance
  • 4 Ohms (8 Ohms x 2 parallel)
Frequency Response
  • 220Hz - 20kHz
Magnetically Shielded
  • Yes

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