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JBL Jembe

Powered speaker system

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Item # 109JEMBE

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The distinctive shape of the JBL Jembe powered speakers may catch your eye, but it's the full-bodied sound they deliver that grabs your attention. Sitting on either side of your laptop, portable music player, or smartphone, these babies can deliver the sonic goods.

Cool look, cooler sound

The distinctive shape of the JBL Jembe powered speakers may catch your eye, but it's the full-bodied sound they deliver that grabs your attention. Sitting on either side of your laptop, portable music player, or smartphone, these babies can deliver the sonic goods.

The Jembe's full-range speakers deliver clean highs and clear, accurate mid range. Bass ports in the back help reinforce the lows, giving your music a nice, full sound. And the built-in amplifier can provide 6 watts per channel — plenty of power for your desktop concert.

Simple and fun

The Jembe system is easy to setup, and easy to use. Just plug in the power adapter, and run the connecting cord from one speaker to the other. Simple stereo minijacks serve as the system's input, so you can plug in just about any sound source — smartphone, portable game console, PDA, or computer.

The top of one of the speakers serves as the volume control. Place a finger in the indentation and turn. It's easy to dial up — or down — the sound.

Just connected these speakers to my office computer and they sound great. So much better than my old speakers. Hook up was easy and they look attractive. I highly recommend.

Shane, South Dakota

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Computer loudspeakers
  • AC power adapter (with attached 6' AC power cord)
  • Easy Setup Guide
  • Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

  • compact powered speaker system
  • two 6-watt amplifiers built into the right speaker
  • full-range speakers with passive radiators for stronger bass
  • frequency response: 80Hz-20,000Hz
  • metal speaker grilles
  • minijack stereo input
  • AC power adapter
  • speaker dimensions (each): 4-3/16"W x 5-5/16"H x 4-3/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Overview: The stylish JBL Jembe two-piece entertainment loudspeaker system includes a built-in power amplifier and a Slipstream port that creates rich bass with low distortion from a 2.0 computer system. The 3.5mm input connects easily to your PC, laptop or portable MP3 music device. The Jembe loudspeakers fit unobtrusively on any desk or bookshelf, and can elevate your multimedia experience with JBL's realistic sound quality.

Stylish JBL Weave Design: The Jembe system looks sharp and stylish in any room. The speakers feature JBL's Weave design which represents a perfect convergence of form and function.

Compact & Portable: The Jembe system will not clutter your desk or home. Because the loudspeakers are small enough to pack easily into a bag, you can take great sound wherever you go.

Built-in Power Amplifier: The Jembe two-piece entertainment loudspeaker system employs a built-in amplifier (6W+6W) that provides sufficient power and high-quality audio for music and movies with an enhanced acoustics that add depth and space.

Full-Range Drivers: Each Jembe speaker is equipped with a single full-range driver. This unique full-range driver has been designed specifically to fit into small speaker enclosures while providing significant low bass. The result is a compact and elegant computer speaker that provides superior low bass, midrange and highs (80Hz to 20,000Hz).

Slipstream Port Technology: The Jembe loudspeaker system utilizes JBL Slipstream port technologies to ensure powerful, smooth-sounding bass with low distortion.

Dual Audio Inputs: The Jembe two-piece loudspeaker system offers two analog audio inputs. There is a female 3.5mm port to connect your portable MP3 player using a minijack audio cable (sold separately). There is also an attached 69" stereo minijack cable terminated by a male 3.5mm connector which plugs directly into the audio output jack of your computer.

Note: In addition there is an attached 69" mono-RCA cable on one of the speakers which connects to the Mono-RCA jack on the other speaker.

Headphone Output: The Jembe speaker system is fitted with a 3.5mm headphone output to connect a set of headphones for private listening.

Power Requirements: The Jembe computer speaker system operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied AC power adapter.

  • Input: 100-240V - 50/60Hz, 500mA
  • Output: 12.0V - 1500mA

Power Saver: The JBL Jembe speaker system has a built-in power-saving feature. If no audio signal is present for approximately three minutes, the speakers will go into power-standby mode and the white LED will turn off. Once the JBL Jembe system detects an audio signal, the speakers will return to normal playing mode, and the white LED will light up.

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Jamming with the Jembe

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 4/16/2012 2:40:00 PM

These speakers might be dangerous on my desktop. They look so much like my travel mug, I might accidentally take a swing from one! Seriously though, the Jembe has a very distinctive look, and one I like very much. They're stylish and compact, two pluses for desktop use. Volume control is a rotating disc on top of one of the speakers (very cool).

Audio quality is pretty good, with the speakers presenting a nice, full soundstage. Although the bass wasn't room-shaking, it definitely had presence — especially at higher volume levels. The sound kept its detail, even when I turned the speakers way down. These would be a great choice for my workspace — just plug them into the headphone jack of my computer, and I'm ready to go.

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Why did you buy this?

Price, brand , warranrty, free ship, tech chat service [ Marc  May 20, 2016 ]
Good reviews, at the price point I was looking for, positive previous experience with Crutchfield. [ Mark  Mar 04, 2016 ]
JBL brand is legendary for sound, no matter the size of the speakers. [ RBryan  Dec 08, 2015 ]

2 questions already asked

I think you could set them up either way. [ CRAIG  Dec 28, 2015 ]
I put the one with the on/off dial on top on the left. I can't remember why I chose to do that, but it seems to work OK. Hope that helps (I don't have my manual handy). [ THOMAS  Dec 21, 2015 ]
I bought both speakers n works beautiful well until today. Their sound really well n i love it. [ CLAUDE  Dec 21, 2015 ]
good answer!!! [ the zoster  Feb 01, 2014 ]
They are very good speakers, however I haven't used them with a PC only with a satellite stereo in my office space. They have good sound and a nice bass response even at low volumes. I am comparing them to my the harmon/kardons I was using that came with my PC at work and I would say these JBL's are much better. [ JOHN  Jan 16, 2014 ]
In terms of sound quality, would say yes - these are a great option. My complaint with them is the auto shut off feature can't be disabled. If no sound for a couple min they turn off, then you don't hear any computer sounds (new email pings, alert tones, etc.). They don't turn back on until a more sustained sound is played (like music). This limits their utility as a computer speaker IMHO. [ TODD  Jan 15, 2014 ]
I think they are pretty decent speakers for the price. They have a nice all around sound to them not just that mid range flat sound like most cheap PC speakers have. There definitely not top quality speaker to be compared with more expensive ones but yes for ones below $100 I think they are worth it. [ DAVID  Jan 14, 2014 ]
No bad. Bose maybe a little better [ JOE D  Jan 14, 2014 ]
The price and sound are both the selling points for me.I'm really impressed with the sound quality and power.I would by them again.I have the wired model and think they are great for stationary use such as desk use or if you want to move them,no big deal.They really have a good weight and quality feel to them also [ KENNETH  Jan 14, 2014 ]
I'm very satisfied. I replaced a Bose wave radio with these and am very pleased. The wave always had too much "fake bass". These have a truer sound. [ JOHN H  Jan 14, 2014 ]
I'm using these speakers for my office at work and for this purpose they are great. I looked for awhile for an affordable pair of speakers until I came across the JBL. I'm very pleased with the sound and would recommend them for a small space like an office. [ MICHAEL  Jan 14, 2014 ]