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So glad to have found these, highly recommend if you enjoy listening to audiobooks and podcasts. They're never going to be the best sound quality but that's not what I got these for.
These headphones are great for my job as I have to take my bag on and off repeatedly throughout the day and so having wires around my neck is really inconvenient. If you want to have clear hearing, you don't have to take them out then dangle them around your neck and then fish around for them (or have them slide off), you can just 'dislodge' them and they'll stay clamped on your head in front of / behind your ears, which for me is really useful for crossing roads and just quickly regaining my hearing if I need it.
These sit over any hats and caps I'm wearing and actually provide a bit of insulation in the cold weather! Very comfortable, I could wear them for hours, unlike most other bluetooth headphones, where the weight is borne by my (admittedly small) ears.
My only issue with them has been that I cannot adjust the volume, which would have been a really good extra feature. But you can pause them and even voice-dictate by pressing the big button on the right ear.
And just a tip for anyone who has read this far, I found these for half the price on another well known internet shopping site, although they were in a different colour, they were the same brand.
The company seems to think this is just for those who remember the eighties, but I prefer over ear headphones. Buds fall out - especially when exercising. These are decent, functional headphones that never fall out. Slightly fiddly to recharge, but they work well and the sound quality is good.
Edit: 12 mnths later. Still going strong. Battery lasts a week. Recharges in 2 hours. Bluetooth syncs easily with iphone. Excellent product.
Very good set of retro style Bluetooth headphones for the most part. The charging slot is hidden away nicely and the sound quality is plenty good enough considering what they are. There is also three EQ modes built in you can switch between which is good and works well enough. The bluetooth works well and connects easily.The only real small issue I've found so far is that the foam covers come off way too easily even if you just move the headphones down to you neck. So be aware of this if you wear them out and about as you will probably lose them. You get a spare black foam set which is handy but I imagine the same problem will be present with those. Maybe there is a way to get them to stay on better but I'll have to work on that one. Finally comfortability wise they actually fit very well and sit very nicely on the noggin which I wasn't expecting.
Overall a good set of bluetooth headphones with a good retro vibe going on and nobody else is making any like this so well worth trying.
Good value, Bluetooth is reliable and sound is good, certainly for speech, nice and clear. On the other hand battery life is average, and...the latest model doesn’t talk to you! I bought a pair in June. When I switch on, an American lady says “Hello, you are connected, battery full”, or variants on that. So I bought a pair for my wife this week, five months later. No one speaks to her on switch-on or switch-off (mine also says “Goodbye”). Plus, the charge light has gone from being 1cm long to being a pinhead you can barely see, although I figured out that it's because my wife's casing is black; mine is white and lets the light thru the casing around the bulb. Still a good £20 spent though. I’d give it 3.5 for the most recent model but can’t give a point-five so have upped it to a 4. Pity it no longer talks.
I saw a few reviews saying that the sound quality on these was not brilliant, but to be honest you'd have to be a really picky audiophile to object to it - it's more than good enough for everyday use, the sound is rich and not tinny. These are good kit and they look great too. They connect reliably and easily and have a good range - I can leave my phone by my desk and go and make a cup of tea in the canteen in the next room and the connection quality is great. There's only a single control - you click the entire side of the right hand headphone - and although I'd prefer to re-map the 1-click, 2-click, 3-click and long press settings it's intuitive enough. You have to go hunting for the recharge socket a little - it lives underneath the foam earpad on the right hand phone. I've worn them for several hours on the trot and my ears don't feel any the worse for it, and they sit easily over one ear too, for when you're keeping an ear out for colleagues, etc. They don't fold down at all but they're so light they can just hang round your neck when you're not using them. If you don't like orange, don't worry - they come with a spare set of black foam earpads. For the price you absolutely cannot go wrong with these.
I bought for the retro image not expecting much in the way of sound but was pleasantly surprised. Balancing: I have a couple of pairs now, the first pair had an issue where the left ear was noticeably quieter than the right ear, this is something I have seen in other reviews. Over time the balancing seems to have improved with use. The later pair I bought didn't have this issue so I am assuming it had been fixed. I bought my sister a pair for Christmas and she says the sound is the same in both ears. Burn in: This is a weird one, most audio gear from headphones to top end speakers take a few hours burn in but these do take a long time. When I first got them they really sounded bad, I'd say it took maybe 24 hours for them to be usable. Sound Quality: They are no match for my Sennheiser HD25s but they are a fraction of the cost so it's not really fair to compare them. They are more than good enough for commuting or use when out and about, plus if you do loose them it's only £25 rather than £200! Comfort: They are very light and seem to stay on your head pretty well, though I don't think they'd survive a run. They are also quite cool, one thing I find with my HD25s is they can be quite hot to wear if it's warm. They are not very sound proof, which can be desirable for crossing roads but it may annoy fellow passengers if you crank up the volume on public transport. Battery: They battery seems to be pretty good, I have used them for a day at work and not had them die. Image: Everyone thinks they are from the 1980's - which is the whole point :)
Got these because they looked fairly comfy and are wireless. They are very convenient, the bluetooth connection is mostly fine over a distance of about 5 meters and have not encountered any issues with pairing. Build quality is decent, nothing special but nothing atrocious either. They do creak at times. Comfort wise they are good, but could have been better if the earcups swiveled horizontally, not just vertically. There's also plenty of adjustment for larger head shapes. My main issue though is the quite horrible sound quality. They are by far some of the worse headphones I've had the displeasure of listening to. No matter what preset I use they sound muffled, muddy and lack a lot of clarity. Soundstage is poor, imaging is quite bad, low end lacks extension, mids are recessed, highs are ok, but also lacking in extension or any kind of finesse. These headphones are true to the 'Retro' branding because these do sound like a cheap walkman pair of headphones from the 90s. Compared to a pair of Koss KSC-75, which are similarly priced, these are exponentially worse, several leagues bellow the Koss. I have pairs of small, cheap earphones like the Qian 39 that sound quite a lot better. Another issue I've encountered is channel imbalanced, the drivers probably aren't matched at all so there are several dB differences between the Left and Right drivers. The only impressive thing about the sound quality is that they managed to tune these drives so poorly, I'm impressed anyone at JLab listened to these headphones and thought the sound quality is adequate.
Another negative is charging, you have to lift the earpad foam a little for the microUSB cable to fit, not really convenient. Battery life at least is close-ish to the 12 hour mark if used at around 50% volume.
Don't get me wrong, they are cheap and they do the trick if you listen to audiobooks or podcasts, but I find them very inadequate for music and movies. The wireless makes them very convenient and the comfort is adequate enough to wear then for a couple of hours at a time, but again... do you want to with the sound quality being so poor?
These could be winners if Jlab resolves the sound quality issue via better tuning or using higher quality drivers and move the charging port to a more convenient location. Sadly as they are, these are more of a novelty buy if anything.
I was looking for headphones that would allow me to hear some background noise because I mostly use them for interviewing and don't want to hear my own voice all muffled. These have good sound, but I can move them slightly off my ears to get a decent ambient sound too. Foam cups (there are black and orange in the pack) are quite thin, but comfortable and basic. Voice feedback on button-pressing for on/off and battery level is good. Fiddly to get the recharging cable in (the plug doesn't go in all the way) and mine did arrive with a few dents in the foam where they'd been pressed up against the (annoying) packaging, but I really can't complain for £25. Just what I wanted.
I bought these because I liked the orange foam, retro style earpads and bluetooth. But, the sound output from both ears are imbalanced, which is quite disconcerting. The left side is about 75% of the right. The sound itself - compared to my wired (and genuinely retro) Koss Portapros - is mediocre and tinny. They're just not good. Sure, you get what you pay for and you hope that you've found a little diamond in the rough, but these aren't good headphones. Moreover, the earpads are tilted, so they don't rest flat to your head, which is quite uncomfortable and causes a lot of sound leakage.
Returning them after a few days of trying to find some redeeming qualities. There were none.
These look great, but sadly the sound is thin and reedy. Unfortunately the controls for track jumping also appear to be malfunctioning, so it skips to the next track. This hasn't happened with other bluetooth headphones. There is also an audible sibilant hiss when in operation, which is clearly audible. The online instructions say that the headphones need 40 hours of play to settle in, but i can't see that putting sonic improvements in that are already missing. I would strongly suggest avoiding altogether.