BassJump: A USB Powered Portable Subwoofer

BassJump: A USB Powered Portable Subwoofer

Gregory Han
Nov 24, 2009

We're actually awaiting the arrival of a test unit of the Twelve South BassJump, a USB powered subwoofer that was designed to add back some of the low end back to your MacBook's tinny sound system, but we're jumping the gun to showcase the design. The Apple-influenced shape blends naturally alongside a MacBook (Twelve South has a history of designing aesthetic matching accessories) and offers additional audio controls that gives users better sound with a non-intrusive design.

BassJump software combines audio coming from your MacBook speakers with the low frequency bass coming from the BassJump subwoofer. By blending to two audio sources, you hear a dramatically richer, fuller sound. iTunes will sound better, and so will your favorite games. And wait till you see the BassJump preferences window. Two big, glowing, old-school style analog VU meters add a bonus visual experience to your sweeter sound. There's even a cool little VU meter in the preferences bar. The BassJump preferences window also lets you to customize the sound to suit your style of music: rock, pop, R&B, etc.

We'll report as soon as we can after we receive a review unit of the BassJump and tell you if the Mac Mini shaped speaker system can improve and fill-in overall range of sound. But if your MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air's tiny speakers aren't currently doing it for you and you want immediate gratification, you can order the BassJump for $79.99 right now.

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