Jamo S-801 Bookshelf Speaker Review

4.2 Mixed Usages
4.2 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4.3 Treble Accuracy:
4.1 Bass Accuracy:
4.2 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.2 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2018 Rating: 4.5 Warranty: 5 years 1" soft dome tweeter 4" Polyfiber woofer desktop speaker stereo speaker home theater usage: overall use

Jamo S 801 bookshelf speaker sounds bigger than its size. They sound rich, full, and balanced. If you have small spaces, Jamo S801 is best for you. They have good looks and sturdy build quality. When we played movies on our PC, the voices were loud and clear. Movie effects were more powerful than computer speakers. It adds a certain oomph to the sound, but it will not be punchier. For that, pair a subwoofer via an amplifier. Music sounds pretty good as well.

Our Verdict

If you are looking for a quality bookshelf speaker without breaking your bank, then Jamo S 801 is best for you. Since they are affordable, you have the option to purchase additional speakers to create a powerful home theater. You can connect them to your TV if you want an upgrade over built-in TV speakers. Use them as computer speakers to enjoy dramas, sports, or games. Overall, the sound is satisfying, clean, undistorted, and enjoyable. They are a great pair of speakers at this price point.

PROS
  • Cheap
  • Well built
  • Good bass
  • Decent soundstage
  • Impressive price to performance ratio
CONS
  • Not suitable as 2.0 setup for large rooms
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 2x2
Tweeter Type Soft Dome Tweeter
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 4
Woofer Type Polyfiber Woofer

SPECS

Power Range 60W / 120W
Sensitivity 85dB (2.83V @ 1m)
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Range 76Hz - 26kHz (+/- 3dB)
Crossover Frequencies 2kHz

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Speaker Level Input N/A
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: N/A
HDMI Input N/A
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type Single Binding Posts
Compatible Connector Types bare wire, pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single only).
Speaker Wire Compatibility 16AWG

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Deep bass that is adequate for its size
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: clear and intelligible voices
Treble Accuracy Smooth highs
Imaging & Soundstage: Good imaging and decent soundstage
Dynamic Range: Dynamic range of the speaker is good.
Power Handling: Power handling is good.
Frequency Response: Wide frequency response
Transient Response: Decent transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF
Color Black, Walnut, White

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 11.2
Width (inches) 6.14
Depth (inches) 6.42
Weight (pounds) 6lbs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-31

CONTROL

Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A

IN THE BOX

Accessories: 1 pair of bookshelf speakers, 2 Grilles, 2 Screws, User Manual, Safety Instructions, Warranty Information
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

The Jamo 801 S has an MDF cabinet. It has a modern look and is compact in size. You can choose from three different color options. It will blend in into any environment, from standard home spaces to fashionable rooms. They are ideal for small or compact room spaces. It has a low-profile design in the front baffle. It has rubber feet that make the speakers sit in one place. The speakers have magnetic grille with woven grille cloth. Overall, the build quality is good, and aesthetics is pleasing.

Performance:

Jamo S 801 speaker has 1” tweeter and 4” woofer. Soft dome tweeter delivers rich and smooth highs. It has integrated WaveGuide that ensures the highs are dynamic, realistic, and undistorted. It has Polyfiber woofer that produces clean and tight bass. Low ends are further boosted by a rear firing bass port. This also means you need to have some room between the speaker and rear wall.

Vocals sound clear on all occasions. Instruments are clear and accurate. You can connect them to your PC, laptop, TV, or other audio sources. The sound remains good and clear as you increase the volume. Soundstage is pleasant and wide enough for a speaker of this size. This speaker has enjoyable mids, bass is adequate, and you can increase the volume to receive undistorted sound.

Use the EQ options if they are available in your amp or receiver to tweak the sound. Allow the speakers to go through break-in period. The speakers are easy to drive so you won’t have any hassle finding a suitable amp. Other factors that you should be aware of is room acoustics. For that, go for room calibration feature id the amp supports it.

Placement:

When placing the speakers on the front side, create an equilateral triangle with the user. Elevate them so that they are at ear level. Keep a gap of around 6 ft. between them. If you use them as side surrounds, elevate them 6ft. above the ground. For rear setup, the 6 ft. will remain same. Along with that create a 20-degree angle with the user.

Connectivity and control:

The connectivity and control of the Jamo S 801 speaker will vary on the amplifier or receiver you choose.

Use case:

Jamo S 801 is suitable to use as a desktop speaker. It is best for small rooms but will also work fine in medium-sized spaces. For large rooms begin with a subwoofer and center channel via an amplifier. Then go for a 5.1 system when you can manage. Use them in home, office, kitchen, or any compact areas.

Compatible device:

You can connect one from the following or choose by your own: Technics SU-G91 Amp, Fosi Audio BT30D amp and Douk Audio T4 Pro preamp, Yamaha RX-V6A, etc.

Pair the following speakers from Jamo to create a home theater: Floorstanding loudspeakers (S805/S807/S809), bookshelf loudspeakers (S803), center channel speakers (S81C/S83C), Dolby Atmos elevation speaker (S8ATM), and powered subwoofer (S808SW/S810SW).

Cost:

Jamo S 801 is an affordable bookshelf speaker. It is one of the best bookshelf speakers under $150.

FAQ:

Are passive speakers good enough?

Passive speakers are often preferred by audio enthusiasts and purists. While active speakers have several advantages like they don’t need any amplifier or receiver, passive speakers are said to be more powerful. The debate can go on and it depends on user preference and use case. In case you want clean and clear sound, also to manually control the speaker tone (bass/treble), passive speakers are good for you. For newbies, active speaker is a better choice.

Should I play Jamo S 801 on speaker stands?

It is best to place the Jamo S 801 on speaker stands so that they remain put in one place, looks good and the sound will be directed to the user. If you choose the speaker stand with recommended height, you won’t have to manually elevate it.

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