Jlab released these fitness inspired earphones back at the end of 2013. It is that time year again and you may want to get outside, start running, get fit and so forth. These wireless Bluetooth earbuds might just what you looking for. There are many sports earphones on the market and is been difficult to find something of worth. Jlab offer a variety of different earphones of headphones which are designed for specific tasks. They do also offer some cheaper versions that look quite similar to the Epic Bluetooth earbuds if £64/$99 is over your budget.
Build and Comfort
The Epic Bluetooth earbuds have a glossy black finish with a silvery Jlab logo that is carefully printed so that it is displayed when worn. These type of earphones have over ear hooks that are made of what they call memory wire. The idea is that it goes over the back of the ear so that the wires dangle down the back your neck as opposed front, staying out the way of entanglement. This is very important when doing exercises because you tend to move around a lot. Jlab have taken this into further consideration by adding mini cable management clips. Sounds really complex but isn’t really, it is just so you can click it on the wire and keep in place after folding changing it to any desired length.
You have to remember that these are wireless. It can be confusing because they do have wires attached to them, however they just go in a small loop with the in-line remote controls for your volume as well as a microphone on your right-hand side. Now with the in-line remote module there is a little cover which is fiddly to lift up with your fingers but once you’re in you will find the micro-USB port to plug-in your USB cable to charge the earbuds (J lab supply this just in case you were wondering). Once you have finished charging these, and you should really give them a really good first charge of around four hours, they will last up to 10 hours which is astounding (may vary depending on playback volume). This beats the Jaybird Bluebuds x which we have already reviewed by an extra two hours of usage time.
Jlab boast about their IPX4 rating, you might not know what that is. To put it across simply it is the water resistance rating (which is slightly above average), you can read more here but I warn in advance that there is lots of spelling mistakes in the article. Sweating is common when exercising so this will be very useful as it means you can wash them underneath the tap to get rid of any funky smells. The device itself is very light even though it appears to be rather large in size for something that goes in your ear, it weighs just 18 g. When you open the box they come with a variety of different gel ear tips to stop them from falling out of your ears. Other purchasers seem to be satisfied with them, it is very important with sport earphones that they stay in when doing vigorous exercise. Another accessory that comes with it is a carry case which has an extra slot for your for smart phone and also a clip so you can wear it on your belt. To be honest if it were me I’d just use my pocket or something but that might not be possible if you’re wearing tight sports clothing. Still whether you use or not, it is up to you, it is still nice addition to help keep things together!
After looking at different video reviews, it is quite easy to conclude that the sound quality is very good. The reason for this is because of the 8mm drivers that power the earphones, maybe not quite as big as the Jaybird’s 10mm but still enough to give a decent audio experience. I thought it was strange because another reviewer said that these were better than the jaybird’s because they had some of the largest drivers. However this now doesn’t make sense, the reason is because Jlab say Jaybird Bluebuds x have 6mm drivers which is incorrect, they are defintely 10mm so that reviewer just experienced a placebo effect.
6/11/15 Jaybird claim support staff were incorrect, they are in fact 6mm, not 10mm. Kind of frustrating when even the company themselves can’t hand out the correct information. We apologise for the mistake!
Because there is no spec sheet it difficult to properly make a comparison without the aid of a human ear which isn’t always very accurate as other forms of testing that manufacturers usually supply. Most of the Bose headphones have no specifications on display either and it always bring suspicion as to whether the product is any good. After reading customer reviews it is quite obvious that, just like beats or monster products the bass is heavily boosted. To some this is a gem, to others it is an undesirable feature. If you wish for a natural bass response then these are not for you, not to say that there is anything wrong with the clarity apart from the fact that the high mids aren’t as good as they could be meaning that vocals sound slightly muffled when listening as higher volumes.
It is easy to forget that the Jlab Epic Bluetooth earbuds are only £64. Considering the audio performance, this is really cheap in comparison to other earphones on the market. I still feel like it is worth paying an extra £14 for the Jaybird X Bluebuds just because they are a tiny bit better. If you don’t do that then these will do just fine because they’re still one of the best sports earphones on the market. The only thing is the microphone isn’t really up to scratch and the competitors do a much better job. Because the audio isn’t well balanced it puts marks down on the sound quality, give these to a sound engineer, their response will not be positive. The big but is your everyday listener won’t notice that there is anything wrong so don’t let that put you off.
Epic Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
2 mini cable management clips
Universal USB to micro USB cord
Neoprene, Eco-leather smartphone case, 3.25 x 6 x .75 inch
Six sets of silicone gel tips
JLab’s World-Class Service and One-Year Warranty
JLab Epic Bluetooth Earbuds
It is easy to forget that the Jlab Epic Bluetooth earbuds are only £64. Considering the audio performance, this is really cheap in comparison to other earphones on the market.