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JBLJembe 2-Piece Powered Computer Speaker System
 
4.7

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound quality (12)
  • Compact (9)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Attractive (6)
  • Easy to set up (5)

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), Practical (4), Tech savvy (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)
    • 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

Good Quality Inexpensive Speaker

By DShoe

from Jersey City, NJ

Verified Buyer

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

The design is very modern, however, I did enter the room for a while thinking I had left a coffee mug on my desk! Considering the size the sound is pretty good. I am very satisfied for my needs.

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5.0

Attractive Design and Clear Sound

By Shoe

from Jersey City, NJ

Verified Buyer

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

I use this speaker system on my computer desk for my desktop. When I walk into my study/office I initially think they are large coffee mugs. The sound is pretty good for the price.

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5.0

Terrific speakers!

By SamK

from NYC

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

These are great for desktop speakers. Good form, weight, and size. They don't fall over like others I've bought. Power switch is awesome, smooth action. Speakers don't hum when left on. Sound quality is great. I don't mind the wires but if you do there is a Bluetooth powered one.

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5.0

Little powerhouses!

By Lolo

from Goodyear, AZ

Verified Buyer

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

Sound is excellent from these little powerhouses!

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5.0

Small but with a big voice

By A senior citizen

from San Francisco, CA

About Me Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Smaller Rooms

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

    Great and sleek design cosmetically. Most importantly it is small but have a big voice. The high pitch is clear and the bass is dynamic as though you have a sub woofer. I equip it with my PC and I am enjoying priceless music as I work with it. It worth every penny!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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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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