Alexandru Voica contributes ‘My week with’, a regular column covering consumer products that use IP technologies from Imagination.

Product design and hardware specifications

Earlier last month, an interesting email found its way in my inbox. It was from my colleagues at Pure who were announcing a stereo pair promotion for the Jongo wireless speaker system. I decided to jump right in at the offer, get myself two Jongo S3 speakers (priced at only £149 each) and share my experience with you.

Pure Jongo S3 - Ensigma RPUPure offers a range of Jongo S3 wireless speakers

All Pure Jongo wireless speakers use two exciting technologies from Imagination: Ensigma and Caskeid.

Ensigma is a revolutionary IP processor that supports a range of communications and networking protocols, including digital and terrestrial TV and radio, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and several others. By providing this programmable, multi-standard solution as a highly configurable family of IP cores, our partners can integrate baseband communications in their SoC, therefore bringing down costs and reducing power consumption.

Both Pure radios and wireless speakers use chipsets from Frontier Silicon, a subsidiary of the Toumaz Group. Frontier Silicon is a world leader in digital radio and connected audio platforms; the company uses our Ensigma IP to create very compelling and highly affordable communications solutions.

Pure Jongo S3 - Roma from Frontier Silicon - Ensigma-based platformRoma is a next generation, Ensigma-based platform for synchronised audio and multi-room from Frontier Silicon

These chipsets power innovative products like the Jongo wireless range, delivering advanced functionality that was not possible before. For example, Jongo S3 speakers retail for much less than competing solutions while delivering world-class Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and a battery life of up to ten hours.

However, the Jongo line-up has an additional secret weapon under its belt: Caskeid, the world’s most accurately synchronised wireless multiroom audio streaming technology. If you want to find out more about Caskeid, make sure you read this excellent blog and white paper from my colleague Simon Forrest, senior manager for the connected home for Imagination.Caskeid versus three leading competitive technology solutions for synchronisation

Caskeid is 8x more accurate in keeping audio synchronised compared to competing solutions

Listening experience

Last month, after becoming increasingly frustrated with the two Bluetooth speakers I used to own, I decided to replace them with two Jongo S3 speakers.

The difference these two speakers have made to the way I experience music has been incredible. I used to have two Bluetooth speakers, one in my bedroom and one in my living room; most of the music I listen to comes from my laptop so whenever I had to move between rooms, I was forced to manually disconnect from one speaker and connect to the other.

Pure Jongo S3 - my bookshelfThe two new Jongo S3 speakers playing nice with my Pure One Flow radio

Now that the Jongo speakers have been set up in my flat, I don’t have to pause my music if I’m moving around the apartment. Additionally, Caskeid makes sure that the sound is always in sync and playing smoothly no matter where I am.

Pure connect app

On top of the excellent wireless speakers, Pure offers the Connect app for iOS and Android which enables you to stream millions of tracks via the affordable subscription service or enjoy over 20,000 internet radio stations for free. However, for those of you who already have a subscription to Spotify, Pandora or any other streaming music service (myself included), there has been great news coming out of CES 2014. Thanks to the flexibility of Caskeid and Pure’s commitment to bring their unique connected audio experience to every consumer, a new software update enables all Jongo speakers to work together simultaneously ….over Bluetooth!

This had been a major deal breaker for my existing Bluetooth-only speakers and I am very excited about using my brand new Jongos together in Bluetooth mode. I’ve found setting them up to be extremely easy: whenever I had connected one of my Jongos to the network, all I had to do was select the Bluetooth Caskeid checkbox on the Jongo setup page for each speaker. All Jongos that had this box ticked were included in a Bluetooth Caskeid group that can play audio from any source on any of my devices, including my smartphone, my tablet or my laptop.

If I want to add existing speakers to the group, I can simply navigate to the Jongo list from the Now Playing page, select the Settings page for each Jongo and enable the toggle for Bluetooth Caskeid.

Thanks to Pure, I can finally enjoy my endless playlist of hardcore punk music in every room without ever pressing pause – something that my neighbours seem to appreciate too. You can order your Pure Jongo speaker from the online shop.

Do you own a Pure wireless speaker? Are you excited about the new Bluetooth Caskeid feature? Leave us a comment in the box below.

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Comments

  • eeazz

    I have a pair of s2 and the s3 for the garden. I’ve been waiting for the update all year and I’m impressed. They are so versatile and bring my BBQ’s and gatherings to another level. Affordable but bespoke.

    • I am very pleased with mine too. The Bluetooth Caskeid update has certainly brought a lot of joy in my life. The first thing I do when I get home in the evening is open Spotify on my tablet and press play.

      Regards,
      Alex.

  • spaceman

    Be great if you could also,test the T series. Reviews I have seen have been mixed and need to understand why as I really like the T6’s.

    • Thanks for the recommendation, we’ve been using two T4s in the demo room and they work perfectly fine. I’ve been using them in my many demo room tours – I haven’t seen any issues and everyone walks away impressed.

      Regards,
      Alex.

    • John Lloyd

      I bought a T6 a few weeks ago. I’m a bit disappointed with the speaker itself as there’s a bit of a lack of base and can’t quite manage undistorted sound at a volume I think a speaker at this price point should be able to reach. Happy with it other than that though. I only paid £180 for it and it’s OK for that, but I wouldn’t be happy at all if I paid the RRP £300.

  • John Lloyd

    I unfortunately had to retire my old Videologic Sirocco Crossfire speakers after the cleaner managed to put her thumb through ALL FOUR speakers. I’ve loved those speakers for many years so decided to replace them with a Jongo T6. I’m quite impressed with the wireless technology but unfortunately the speaker itself doesn’t compare to the 4.1 Sirocco set-up. Generally I’m quite please with the speaker, but had hoped for better sound quality from it.

    I need to get some replacements for the Sirocco Crossfire satellites (anyone, any suggestions?!) and plan on connecting the old system up to a Jongo A2.

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for your comments. Jongo A2 is actually a very interesting device for hooking up older Hi-Fi systems to your home router, I was planning on getting one too.

      Regards,
      Alex.

  • roninja

    Re: T6’s I have also heard them in the demo room at Kings Langley, impressive. Yet all the reviews are 3-4 out of 5.

    Also hearing them in a John Lewis dissapointing me, lack of base and distortion at high volumes are annoying.

    Pure need to retune/upgrade these Jongo T series speakers and get a 5 star review in what HiFi!

  • andycjones

    Having owned this and then a Sonos Play:1. I have to say, the Sonos is sound quality is miles ahead for slightly more money. The quality of the bass and general and clarity really did seem poor. Also the build quality felt lacking compared to the Sonos. There is such a big gap in the market for a affordable multi room audio soloution and this I was hoping was it, but fell short.

  • Seems laggy and buggy and a bit sluggish and slippy. Just me? I’ve got a T2, T4 and A2 adapter – works fine in fits and starts, but not happy overall. Will be returning the whole lot unless it sorts itself out…

    • When you are using terms like laggy, buggy, sluggish – what are you referring to exactly? I have been using them on a normal Wi-Fi network and they work perfectly fine.

      Obviously, if you overcrowd your router with many tasks at the same time, any web-based application will experience lag.

      Regards,
      Alex.

  • Good news, it works fine! I was just being unreasonable with the Bluetooth range. Pure app can crash at times, and not sure if you can Spotify and Pure from the same device, but a neat package overall.

    Would recommend the A2 to add to existing hifi, while T series has great sound for size.

  • Jongo S3 or Sonos Play:1… that’s the question! Both are the same RRP (though the S3 is £99 on Amazon now), but I just don’t which to get as it’ll be the start of a full house system.

  • Jeffrey

    I have owned the Jongo S3 speakers for close to 2 years now & have the Pure subscription to stream music. It is excellent, until Pure sent me an email “all good things must come to an end”- they will cease streaming music October 16th!.
    Now what can I do with these speakers to “stream” ie Pandora? Pure states that they will do Live Radio-(Big Deal). Blue Tooth does not give true stereo and the UK leaves you “hanging” with the US reps that no longer speak on the phone- Phones 443-489-9577, and 877-648-2644.
    NOT HAPPY

  • Martin Wkd Smith

    I’ve just got the jongo s3 and I’m not sure how it works