The TwelveSouth BassJump 2 is more than “a bass boost just for MacBook.” It’s that and more! The BassJump 2 turns a Mac’s anemic sound into something you’ll actually want to listen to. The metal square plugs into your Mac and then, with the free downloadable software, gives your Mac an audio boost you won’t believe until you hear it.
The BassJump 2 is designed to be used with your iMac, Cinema Display, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Pro with Retina. In other words, the BassJump 2 was designed for any and all current Macs and boy does it make a huge difference in the audio you’ll get from your Apple computer.
“Designed exclusively for MacBook, BassJump is a sweet, one-of-a-kind, go anywhere, USB-powered subwoofer that turns your MacBook into a mini-sound system. One single USB cable delivers power and sound. Custom software blends the music coming from your built-in MacBook speakers with extra bass. The result is dramatically improved MacBook sound performance.”
“Your MacBook Air has never sounded better: BassJump makes the great sounding MacBook Pro even better. But the sound improvement BassJump adds to MacBook Air is truly mind-blowing. Create a hotel room sound-system, boost your next Keynote soundtrack or create a movie theater right in your bed with your MacBook and BassJump. At the office, it’s an elegant, simple way to improve the sound of your MacBook without cluttering up your workspace with clunky replacement speakers and cables.”
The software download takes just a few seconds and is available through a link on the BassJump 2 page on the TwelveSouth website. After loading the software you’ll have to reboot your computer. After that you simply pull up the software, plug in the BassJump 2, and the BassJump 3.0 Software does the rest. Updated for El Capitan, the software can also be set to reside in the menu bar. That way you can turn it on and off or adjust it with two clicks of the mouse or trackpad.
And wait till you see the redesigned BassJump preferences window. A modern VU meter adds 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.
Best of all, once the software is installed, it’s pretty much plug and play.
The BassJump 2 is just 2.24” high and 5” square. Made form extruded aluminum with a metal weave grille it weighs 1.4 pounds. The included carryon bag means you can take it on the road with you.
- Drive Unit: 77 mm subwoofer speaker cone
- Frequency range: -6db at 50Hz-20kHz
- Signal-to-noise ratio: 80dB
- Connection: USB minijack
- Minimum System Requirements: MacOS 10.6 or later
- BassJump Settings: Default, Pop, Rock, R&B, Classical, Custom
- BassJump Volume: 1 to 100% relative to System Volume (DSP limited to max clipping threshold)
- Crossover Frequency Range: 100Hz to 300Hz
I set up the BassJump 2 in a few seconds and rebooted my MacBook Pro. I then turned on the BassJump 2 and was shocked at how good it sounded. I then toggled the BassJump 2 on and off while listening to a few different songs. And it made a difference! And it wasn’t just the bass that saw a boost. No, the BassJump 2 improved the overall sound to a degree that I suddenly didn’t feel like I needed a standalone speaker to hear good music. No, the BassJump 2 and my Mac was more than enough. I’m sold, and you will be too.