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JBLJembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound quality (11)
  • Compact (9)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Attractive (5)
  • Easy to set up (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home computer (8)
  • Music and movies (7)
  • Office computer (5)
  • Mobile device (4)
  • Basic systems (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (10), Tech savvy (4), Practical (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (7), Mac (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The speakers were what I needed

I use these speakers with my computer at work. I wanted speakers that took little room on my desk. The height didn't matter, just the "footprint." I also needed speakers that...Read complete review

I use these speakers with my computer at work. I wanted speakers that took little room on my desk. The height didn't matter, just the "footprint." I also needed speakers that connected with a mini-phone jack not a USB jack. I chose the JBL brand because they made well-rated home-audio speakers. The use is mostly for voice from video conferencing. Playback of music sounded good. I didn't expect the speakers to fully reproduce organ music with tones from the contrabombarde pipes. Of course that information is contained in the stated low-frequency end of 80 Hz.

One feature different from the JBL speakers that I replaced, these speakers go to standby after a period of no input. So the short tone to notify me of receipt of a new e-mail message is not long enough to switch the speakers back on. Since e-mail has become a monster, and since I don't care whether I get an audio alert of a new message, this is not a problem. It no doubt saves a little power if you forget to turn them off. The on-off switch is the rotating top of one of the speakers. So it's easy for me to reach around the monitor to get at it. The power light is "on" when the speakers are in use, and "off" when the power is turned of or when the speakers are in standby mode.

The power supply came with plug prongs that snap into the power supply. It may be that the power supply is adaptable to European jacks. The instructions did not say.

The price was in the range of prices for comparable speakers found during several internet searches. The seller included standard shipping (eight days)in the list price. They packed the speakers well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good for the price

I have long been a Boston speaker fan, but needed something for the computer. I wanted something decent, but not terribly expensive. It came down to the comparable B___ speakers for...Read complete review

I have long been a Boston speaker fan, but needed something for the computer. I wanted something decent, but not terribly expensive. It came down to the comparable B___ speakers for $, or the JBL Jembe for $. I thought the JBLs would be a little brighter, a little cleaner sounding, and I was right. Reviews of the B___ stressed their thumping bass quality, and I'm not in that fan base. The Jembes aren't Bostons, but they aren't supposed to be. For what they do, they are satisfactory.

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5.0

Great speakers!

By trant

from Sacramento, CA

About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Good Power Output
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Basic Systems
    • Home
    • Larger Rooms
    • Smaller Rooms

    Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

    (After a week of break-in.) Exactly what I wanted! Nice full-range speakers where I can hear the highs, mids, and lows. You can hear plenty of bass, but you can't feel the bass like with a subwoofer. That's fine by me, because I didn't want noisy bass anyways.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Perfect size

    By 93airstream

    from Northeast PA

    About Me Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Power Output
    • Great Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Basic Systems

      Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

      Great little speakers to replace the larger and older ones that don't sound as good. Well satisfied.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Neat!

      By MC

      from Cheverly, MD

      About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • Home

        Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

        I use these for my desktop PC. They're light and right sized enough to be portable and they sound good. They seem well made.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        Good for the price

        By Fingers

        from Easton, MD

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy to Mount
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Power Output

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

            I have long been a Boston speaker fan, but needed something for the computer. I wanted something decent, but not terribly expensive. It came down to the comparable B___ speakers for $, or the JBL Jembe for $. I thought the JBLs would be a little brighter, a little cleaner sounding, and I was right. Reviews of the B___ stressed their thumping bass quality, and I'm not in that fan base. The Jembes aren't Bostons, but they aren't supposed to be. For what they do, they are satisfactory.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Good Little speakers

            By Ron

            from Columbia SC

            About Me Media Artist, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Configure
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Replacement

              Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

              Fine with computer and for film editing in a home studio. They are small enough to go anywhere and have a nice range.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Solid Build Aesthetically Appealing

              By Naturalist

              from Arizona

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Pros

              • Aesthetically Appealing
              • Excellent Sounding
              • Solid

              Cons

              • Soldered Connection Leads

              Best Uses

                Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                When I initially opened the box I was perplexed as there are no written instructions, but after looking at the picture instructions, I realized how to set them up. There is no marking as to which speaker is the Right and which one is the Left. After calling India, twice as the first call was directed to an Indian who's English was poor and could not understand my question, I got someone who at least had a decent concept of the English language. I had found out that the Speaker with all of the Wires attached and the Jacks, is the Right Speaker.
                When I first connected the speakers up to my computer and and got some sound to them they sounded good but were too Heavy on the Bass for me. I got into the speaker section of my computer and set up the equilization which levelled out the Bass and brought more of the Midrange and Highs. Now they sound Great. They also look Good.
                They do turn off after 3 minutes, but as soon as a signal is detected, they immediately power back on and distribute sound. The only issue I have with the speakers is that the cords that connect to the computer and the Left speaker are hardwired probably soldered into the right speaker. I prefer the wires to be separate from the jacks
                After I completed my purchase, I read some of the reviews and was having second thoughts. When I connected the speakers up and set the equilization, I had realized that some reviewers might not have gotten familiar with the product. I would definitely recommend these speakers.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Solid Build Great Sound

                By Naturalist

                from Arizona

                About Me Electronics Knowledge

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Asthetically Appealing
                • Good Sound

                Cons

                • Hard Wired Connections
                • Poor Instructions

                Best Uses

                • Computer

                Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                When I initially opened the box I was perplexed as there are no written instructions, but after looking at the picture instructions, I realized how to set them up. There is no marking as to which speaker is the Right and which one is the Left. After calling India, twice as the first call was directed to an Indian who's English was poor and could not understand my question, I got someone who at least had a decent concept of the English language. I had found out that the Speaker with all of the Wires attached and the Jacks, is the Right Speaker.
                When I first connected the speakers up to my computer and and got some sound to them they sounded good but were too Heavy on the Bass for me. I got into the speaker section of my computer and set up the equilization which levelled out the Bass and brought more of the Midrange and Highs. Now they sound Great. They also look Good.
                They do turn off after 3 minutes, but as soon as a signal is detected, they immediately power back on and distribute sound. The only issue I have with the speakers is that the cords that connect to the computer and the Left speaker are hardwired probably soldered into the right speaker. I prefer the wires to be separate from the jacks
                After I completed my purchase, I read some of the reviews and was having second thoughts. When I connected the speakers up and set the equilization, I had realized that some reviewers might not have gotten familiar with the product. I would definitely recommend these speakers.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Great Speakers, unexpected performance

                By jayrock

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Multimedia Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Configure
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                    These are great small speakers for an office or bedroom where you don't want to wake up the entire house. The sound is surprisingly bassy and clear for the size of this. Amazing quality/price ratio.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    small, clear

                    By Conservation Media

                    from Northern Rockies, USA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                    Does the job well for a small set of computer speakers.

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                    4.0

                    Good sound and nice design

                    By Sean

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Computer
                      • Mobile Device
                      • Music and Movies
                      • Office Computer

                      Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                      These computer speakers have a small footprint but surprisingly rich sound for their size and price. Well-designed, the top volume knob is a great touch. I use them to play music in my office while working. They would not satisfy a serious audiophile's ears, but they have much better sound than any other budget computer speakers I've heard. I do wish the cord for the audio jack was longer, and I also wish they had a hard on/off switch. But those are both minor issues, overall I'm very satisfied with these speakers.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Solid Product

                      By JJFunky

                      from Southern Maryland

                      About Me Value Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy Tone Control
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Computer
                      • Music and Movies

                      Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                      Much better sounding than the stock speakers that come with your computer. The music I listen to sounds louder and richer, and I'm a musician always listening to learn songs. I bought for the good reviews and the name, and wasn't disappointed.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      Another great speaker from JBL

                      By Emes

                      from East Coast

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Computer
                        • Mobile Device
                        • Music and Movies
                        • Office Computer

                        Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                        Another great deal on desktop speakers from JBL. Having used both generations of JBL Duet speakers in the past - I can say that the new Jembe is an amazingly great deal for a desktop speaker. Should be enough for most users looking for a good looking, quality and fairly priced set up.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        4.0

                        Great little speakers!

                        By Stratspanker

                        from Waltham MA

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Added features
                        • Compact Design
                        • Convenient Auto Onoff
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound For Size
                        • Great Sound Quality
                        • Stylish And Durable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Computer
                          • Mobile Device
                          • Music and Movies
                          • Office Computer

                          Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                          I was looking for powered speakers to use with a flat screen TV that had lousy sound. I also wanted them to be portable, to put in a bag to use on vacation with an iPod or iPhone. I own several other JBL speaker sets, from studio monitors, bookshelf speakers and guitar amp speakers, and love them. Despite being Chinese-made, these speakers sound great for their size! More balanced than a 2.1 with subwoofer. What also sold me was the auto on/off feature that senses a signal, perfect for use with the TV as you can just use the TV remote, and not have to turn the speakers on and off separately, as with many powered systems. Finally, they look unique and stylish, and have metal grills that do not attract scratching attention from the cats, as fabric grills can. Highly recommended for quality sound in a small package for TV, computer or iPod/smartphone.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Sound!!

                          By John

                          from Redlands,CA

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                          Don't let the looks fool you! These little speakers rock! The sound is excellent, and I highly recommend these JBL speakers for the value you can't go wrong with them.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          Excellent!

                          By Maverik

                          from Boston, MA

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Computer
                            • Mobile Device
                            • Music and Movies
                            • Office Computer

                            Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                            I purchased the JBL Jembe powered speakers to upgrade the audio output on my new LED television. They are fantastic for their size. Rich quality sound over the entire range from bass to treble.

                            Kudos to B&H Photo for their amazing product selection and incredible lightning fast shipping.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Other

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                            5.0

                            Very good option

                            By CLV, the buyer...

                            from BHMGBR

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Sound Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Computer
                              • Music and Movies

                              Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                              Sound quality is very good. Power is enough for watching video clips or just listening to some music in a room environment.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              Awesome speakers 2.0

                              By Cleber

                              from Belo Horizonte, MG - Brazil

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Great Sound Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Computer
                                • Music and Movies

                                Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                                Sound is great, full of bass and small enough. I was looking for a speaker system 2.0. I don't like 2.1 systems because they are big and much more than I usually need.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                5.0

                                Bests everything I owned before

                                By Doga Kececioglu

                                from Istanbul, Turkiye

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Great Sound Quality

                                Cons

                                • Not mobile

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                                  Even much better than I expected. I'm not a big bass fan but from the speakers of this size you won't believe the bass you get. The clarity is just as the other reviews say. JBL may have inserted some battery slots for the go but these would possibly put onstage ontour... in trouble. The glossy finish is the only bad feature for me because of the finger prints.. A month after purchasing these I bought the Creative T20 Series II. They are also awesome but for the size it is the JBL that is unbelievable.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  4.0

                                  The speakers were what I needed

                                  By Ric

                                  from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

                                  About Me Value Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Computer
                                    • Office Computer

                                    Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                                    I use these speakers with my computer at work. I wanted speakers that took little room on my desk. The height didn't matter, just the "footprint." I also needed speakers that connected with a mini-phone jack not a USB jack. I chose the JBL brand because they made well-rated home-audio speakers. The use is mostly for voice from video conferencing. Playback of music sounded good. I didn't expect the speakers to fully reproduce organ music with tones from the contrabombarde pipes. Of course that information is contained in the stated low-frequency end of 80 Hz.

                                    One feature different from the JBL speakers that I replaced, these speakers go to standby after a period of no input. So the short tone to notify me of receipt of a new e-mail message is not long enough to switch the speakers back on. Since e-mail has become a monster, and since I don't care whether I get an audio alert of a new message, this is not a problem. It no doubt saves a little power if you forget to turn them off. The on-off switch is the rotating top of one of the speakers. So it's easy for me to reach around the monitor to get at it. The power light is "on" when the speakers are in use, and "off" when the power is turned of or when the speakers are in standby mode.

                                    The power supply came with plug prongs that snap into the power supply. It may be that the power supply is adaptable to European jacks. The instructions did not say.

                                    The price was in the range of prices for comparable speakers found during several internet searches. The seller included standard shipping (eight days)in the list price. They packed the speakers well.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    5.0

                                    they work well

                                    By big chris

                                    from nashville

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Comments about JBL Jembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System:

                                    plenty of bass. they also have an auto power off which is nice. not super loud, but more than enough for the office

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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