The JLab earbuds are the first pair of headphones I have ever used. The sound is fantastic, and they stay in my ears even when I am jogging or doing other activities. They also come with a lifetime warranty, so you can get them replaced for free if they break! You can’t beat that. Good quality headphones at an affordable price? Yes, please!
The JLab earbuds are perfect for anyone looking for high-quality sound on a budget. They’re durable, comfortable, and stylish too – what more could you ask for?
This JLab earbuds review will help guide your decision-making process by presenting the pros and cons of each option. You’ll be able to make an informed choice before buying!
JLab JBuds Air review
Pros And Cons
- Wind noise is minimal
- After an hour, you feel uneasy
- Only AAC and SBC
- Only calls can be made through the right earbud
Who is it for?
Athletes. Thanks to JLab Audio being the official audio sponsor for Major League Soccer, these earbuds were designed for athletes. These buds are virtually indestructible thanks to their IP55 water- and dust resistance.
Wireless listeners that work on a budget. These buds are worth the money, even though there are cheaper true wireless options. Although the accessories are limited, you can choose from three presets to customize your experience and enjoy three hours of listening before needing to recharge.
Commuters. These earbuds can effectively block out noise from the surrounding environment without the aid of noise reduction software.
Does it include accessories?
The JLab JBuds Air true wireless includes two pairs of Cush-Fins, three ear tips, a charging bag with an integrated USB charging cable, and true wireless earbuds. The packaging’s interior is very user-friendly.
It displays the advanced controls of the earbuds, which I often used when learning how to use them.
How was the JLab JBuds air built?
Plastic is a popular material, and everything in the 500mAh case and the earbuds is made from it. Although this reduces the overall look and feel of JBuds Air, it also allows for an IP55 durability rating.
The tradeoff will depend on the listener. However, if you don’t mind putting these earbuds in the weight room, then embrace the all-plastic look.
Let’s start with the most significant problem: the size. These Jlab Jbuds air earbuds are not as big as the Bose SoundSport Free wireless ‘buds, but they are still quite bulky. Each earbud is only 6 grams in weight.
The JLab JBuds Air true wireless is slim in style but has excellent functionality. The included earbuds are comfortable and stable, so they can be worn while running, biking, weight lifting, rock climbing, or running.
Although the nozzles have been angled to provide an ergonomic fit, this doesn’t alleviate the discomfort that can be felt after only one hour of pairing.
This Jlab Jbuds air true wireless earbuds would be unacceptable for studio pairs of ears, but it is normal for workout earbuds since most people don’t spend more time at the gym.
The included charging case provides an additional 10 hours of playback, and the buds charge automatically when they are holstered.
Although I was skeptical at first about the durability of the USB charging cable, JLab claims it has been tested to endure at least 10,000 bends before showing signs of wear.
Playback controls and EQ options
The Jlab Jbuds air earbuds can be used for more advanced control, such as volume adjustment or accessing Siri or Google’s virtual assistant by double-tapping on the right earbud.
You can cycle through three EQ presets, including signature, balanced, and boost, by clicking on either earbud panel. You can also download JLab’s app to make the same adjustments.
My voice becomes distorted when speaking through the JLab JBuds Air true wireless mic. This is due to low-end attenuation. It’s not pleasant to take calls in a quiet environment.
It sounds almost like you are speaking 10 feet away. If you want better microphone quality, you will need to spend more on premium earbuds such as the Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus and Apple AirPods.
The JLab JBuds Air Earbuds are water and dust-resistant with an IP55 rating. They fit perfectly. The bulky design is a bit annoying, but the Cush-Fins that come with them make it almost impossible to remove the earbuds unintentionally.
These Cush-Fins earbuds are not only gym-appropriate; you can also run outside with them. The Jlab Jbuds air earbuds are good at isolating noise, so it’s essential to stick to designated paths and sidewalks to remain safe.
Battery life is lower than average for truly wireless earbuds. Our objective testing showed that the earbuds could play for 3.07 hours when subjected to a constant 75dB(SPL).
This Jlab Jbuds air is not remarkable, but it is sufficient for most commutes and workouts. The 500mAH battery charging case gives you an extra 10 hours of battery life, so running low on juice is not a concern.
The JLab JBuds Air Class 1 Bluetooth 2.0 support allows for a 10-meter range. However, it does not provide aptX support. This is a minor drawback that can be easily overlooked with its sub-$50 cost. AAC support is available for iPhone users.
This helps to reduce any audio-visual lag Android users may experience. The earbuds’ auto on/off feature is flawless and works every time they are taken out of the charging case. The earbuds are pleasant to listen to, with only occasional connectivity stutters.
These are JLab true wireless earbuds workout earphones that cost less than $50. The emphasis is placed on the low-end frequencies, which can be great for keeping you motivated during your workouts.
However, clarity and perception of midrange frequencies suffer. If you aren’t planning to use them beyond the gym or trail, the sound quality may be acceptable.
However, if your goal is to make a master of all trades with the JLab JBuds Air, you will need to look into wireless alternatives.
All songs will be reviewed through the JLab balanced EQ preset to ensure consistency and consistency throughout testing. It is evident that switching between signature or balanced to bass boost makes a big difference.
However, it cannot be easy to distinguish the differences, especially when listening passively. However, signature amplifies the bass and treble frequencies, while balanced attempts reproduce a more neutral-sounding reproduction.
Lows, Mids, And Highs
Pynk is Janelle Monae’s song. The song opens with a synthesized, snapping bassline. From the beginning, the low-end is highlighted, although not overly so. The JBuds Air is less clear than the Sony WF1000XM3 due to auditory masking.
Monae singing the word pink is a clear example of how bass emphasis affects midrange frequencies. Skip ahead to 0 to 21. The bass masks the -nk, consonant sounds of Monae singing pink.
Confessed audiophiles avoid this, but those who use them for exercise will love the balanced bass boost. Although it’s not overpowering, the boost in balanced mode is very noticeable.
You can also choose the boost mode to get even more power. It was too overemphasized for me, and it severely reduced clarity.
The performance of Youth by Daughter is well-known for its ability to evoke solemn, evocative feelings in listeners. It isn’t easy to hear the minor notes plucking from the guitar above the drum beats during the chorus.
Although the fundamental frequencies can be heard, the delicate harmonic resonances that Daughter fans are familiar with are lost to the kick drum.
This may seem a shame to analytical listeners. However, gym-goers do not tend to think about the harmonic resonance of an Am chord as they finish their set of rows.
What is the difference between JLab JBuds Air and JLab JBuds Air Icon?
The JLab JBuds Air is well-known. The JBudsAir Icon features a longer battery life and a smaller housing design if you are happy with what you have read. It’s possible to upgrade the touch-capacitive controls depending on your preference.
I found the touch controls less reliable than physical buttons. Both headsets are IP55-rated. However, the JBuds Air Icon vastly improved over the original model thanks to its dual connection system that improves stability.
I believe the JLab JBuds Air Icon is worth the $15 extra. The upgrade is more difficult if you already have the JLab JBuds Air.
How does the JLab JBudsAir compared to other wireless earbuds that are true wireless?
Edifier TWS1 is another option if you have a tight budget of $50. These earphones can support aptX and Qualcomm True Wireless Stereo Plus, which is rare at this price range.
The technology creates two independent connections from the source device, one to each earbud. This allows for less latency and better connection strength.
These earbuds are IPX5-rated, but they don’t provide as secure a fit for exercise as the JBuds Air. These are the best wireless earbuds under $50 if you value quality above all else.
The JBuds Air is not as old as the Bose SoundSport Free. For those looking for durable workout earphones, the JBuds Air is a great value and offers unique JLab features.
The JBuds Air is the best value for money if you have a limited budget. There are many great options for a little more money. The Creative Outlier Air is one of our favorite pairing of JBud true wireless earbuds. They support AAC and aptX, are IPX5-rated, and have a fantastic 7.78-hour battery.
You might have some spare cash; if so, you should consider the Apple AirPods Pro and Beats Powerbeats Pro. The H1 chip in both sets of earbuds is Apple’s.
It improves battery life and allows hands-free Siri access. The AirPods Pro, Apple’s first noise-canceling earbuds, has been completely redesigned since the AirPods (2019).
Beats’ headset has an ear hook design which provides additional security and allows you to move by your workout.
JLab Go Air Review
Pros And Cons
- Only $29
- Convenient and compact
- Reliable touch controls
- The USB cable can be attached to the charging case
- Subpar sound quality
- Battery life is only okay
- Presets of audio, but not customization
Price and availability
The JLab Go Air True Wireless Earbuds are only $29 / PS29. While we wait for an official confirmation on pricing outside the US and UK, it works out to around AU$40.
This is an excellent price for truly wireless earbuds. The new Go Airs are $20 less than the brand’s budget model, JBuds Air. We gave it four stars in our review.
The Go Airs is a fraction cheaper than the Sony WF1000XM3s, costing $230/PS220/AU$400.
The JLab Go Air True Wireless Earbuds are white, navy blue, black, and khaki green. The JLab Go Air True Wireless Earbuds can be plugged into their charging cases magnetically.
However, a quick look at the charging case will give you an idea of JLab’s clever pricing strategy. There is no cover, so the buds are exposed to the elements.
The magnetic magic of magnets ensures that the earbuds won’t come out of their cases if they are held upside down. We can also confirm that vigorous jiggling will not cause them to fall from their housings (although we cannot guarantee the same if the charging case is thrown across the room).
The JLab Go Airs feel safe in their cases, but the absence of a lid means they are exposed to dust and other debris. You’ll need to clean them regularly.
These JLab true wireless earbuds are also very affordable due to the materials used. Everything feels a bit plasticky. The Go Airs won’t win any design awards, but it’s not necessarily bad.
Like previous JLab models, the charging case has an integrated USB cable cord that fits in a groove in the bottom. This valuable feature will save you the hassle of searching for a cable each time you need it.
However, it is essential to remember that if the integrated cable fails, you won’t be able to top up your charging case and your buds.
The Go Airs are smaller than the JBuds Air (20% less) and come with three sizes of gel ear tips so that you can achieve a snug fit. They were comfortable and easy to use. You can also add ear fins to increase your security.
The JLab logo is on the outer housing of the earbuds. Here you will also find the touch-sensitive controls. You can tap to play, pause, skip tracks, adjust the volume and sound profile. (More later).
Double-tapping the left earbud can be used to call your phone’s voice assistant. This works regardless of whether you are using Siri or Google Assistant.
JLab informed us that the touch-sensitive controls on the Go Airs are still being refined through a software upgrade. This will occur before their March release.
We found that the controls work well enough as it is. However, they occasionally struggle to detect the difference between two or more taps. This should be fixed in the next few weeks.
Battery Life And Connectivity
The JLab Go Airs is an excellent choice for battery life. The charging case provides 15 hours of battery life, while the buds provide up to five hours of use time.
This is the lowest price range for JLab true wireless earbuds. However, it isn’t much more than the Apple AirPods, which last about 24 hours. When listening to music at medium volume, we found the battery life was adequate.
Connectivity is a good feature. Bluetooth 5.0 support makes the pair quick and easy. Once you have paired your Go Airs with your device, they will automatically connect when you take them out of their charging case.
The JLab Go Airs truly wireless are cheap because they have two earbuds that can connect independently. This means that you can listen to one earbud and single charge the other, which could double your battery life.
The JLab Go Air True Wireless Earbuds leave a lot to be desired in terms of quality.
Like other JLab headphones, these buds support three equalizers presets, JLab Signature, Balanced, and Bass Boost.
JLab Signature amplifies both the high and low frequencies, while Bass Boost only intensifies the lower frequencies. You can guess that Balanced is designed for an even sound with no one frequency amplified over the others.
We prefer to use the Balanced preset. We find the mids too recessed with JLab Signature and the bass frequencies too muddy, using Bass Boost too distracting.
We could hear Little Simz’s Selfish’s rap vocals enough, but the track sounded very unclear due to the muddy bass.
The vast string melodies often accompanied by wistful backing vocals sound subdued and tinny, while the usual sloppy percussion sounds dull.
101 FM’s lighter sound was better. It had a more airy sound with pleasant melodies in the bouncing sine wave music. However, the bass dominated almost all of it. Both tracks had a distinct hiss, which obscured the music. It also occurs when there is no music playing.
The Beach Boys Wouldn’t It Be Nice has a more expansive sound than other bassier tracks. While the JLab Go Airs can’t reproduce the song’s full audio fidelity, the JLab Go Airs do an excellent job of capturing the song’s essence with their exuberant brass and strong vocal harmonies.
These truly wireless earbuds can cause noticeable lag when watching the video, mainly if the Go Airs are used for mobile gaming. These earbuds don’t support codecs like aptX Low Latency. This is normal at this price range. However, at less than $30 / PS30, these earbuds are too slow to recommend for video.
JLab Epic 2 Review
It is essential to have the earbuds fitted correctly and comfortably. This will allow you to use the earbuds for more extended periods and maximize sound isolation.
These buds are especially important when dealing with sports headphones. You’ll need earbuds that fit like a glove, whether you’re using them at the gym to drown out the background noise or during marathons.
This is where the JLab Epic 2 falls short. There are eight tips available, with varying sizes and shapes. However, it is not guaranteed that you will find the perfect fit. This is because these earbuds are $100.
Comply foam tips would be a great addition. They have proven effective, but you’d need to purchase them separately, increasing the already high cost.
These headphones are designed to be worn behind your ear. This can cause problems if you’re new to it. These earbuds have memory wires which allow you to shape them in any way you like. However, they won’t convince you to wear them behind your ear if you aren’t already a fan.
Earbuds for sports are more durable than regular earbuds. This is why the design of sports earbuds is so essential. It may even be harder to make them last longer. Here is the introductory “on-paper” thought.
The Epic 2 earbuds can be used in both waterproof and sweatproof environments. They are not as good as the rest, but they have an IPX5 rating which is better than many sub-$100 options. They can withstand being rained on and even washed in running water with an IPX5 rating.
A quick look at user reviews online will reveal a completely different story.
The JLab Epic 2’s durability is a problem. The JLab Epic 2 is not a wireless earbud that has received good user reviews, especially at this price point. It’s impossible to fit too much technology in such a small space.
It’s something you should be aware of. Although the 1-year warranty provides some assurance, you probably want your $100 earbuds for longer than that. And honestly, it’s as reliable as a coin flip to know if they will last or not.
Battery life is the only thing that makes it last. It’s advertised at 12 hours but consistently delivers at least 10 hours. The battery can be charged in just 4 hours from empty to full.
The Epic 2 earbuds come with Bluetooth 4.0, and more importantly, AptX. AptX, an audio compression codec, makes wireless music infinitely more enjoyable by reducing latency, bit rate, without affecting audio quality. It also solves Bluetooth’s bandwidth problem.
It must work on both the receiver and transmitter. Unfortunately, Apple omitted AptX in its iPhones. AptX is a feature that’s found in most new Android phones. It makes headphones very worthwhile, but iPhone users won’t get the best quality.
This means that you won’t get what you pay for if your iPhone is an iPhone user. It’s a shame because the headphones are not to blame, but it is what it IS.
These earbuds also come with Beacon Signal Technology, which reduces interference. Although both devices will benefit from this technology, the effects are a bit dubious.
This is an excellent place to mention the microphone, which is neatly placed with the in-line controller. Although the microphone is not bad in itself, its positioning is poor. If you don’t use the microphone hands-free, you won’t have fun with the person you are talking to. It’s too far from your lips.
Two things to remember when evaluating Epic 2’s sound quality
These earbuds can be worn while you exercise. Jlab quality is not as crucial as with a regular pair of earbuds. It is essential to have the proper sound isolation and fit that the volume can easily be increased without causing distortion.
Remember that these are wireless headphones. Wireless technology is often viewed as a positive because of its convenience. You’ll need the convenience of wireless earbuds while running or going to the gym.
However, wireless technology comes with its limitations: reduced audio quality and lag and the risk of signal interference.
Although the Beacon Signal Technology prevents interference, the AptX will decide if you buy them. Without it, the headphones lose a lot in value. AptX is turned on in this paragraph to evaluate the quality.
The audio quality of the Epic 2’s Epic 2 is excellent, and it works well with wireless headphones. The sound signature is precisely what you would expect. The bass is slightly amplified, but it is done so with taste. Mids and highs are still clear and precise.
The soundstage was also surprisingly good, with better instrument separation than expected. Your ears will be much more open to distortion before it kicks in.
Should You Buy The JLab JBuds Air?
After a few days of using the JLab Air True Wireless Earbuds, we realized that you get what your money pays for. These are not the fitting earbuds for gamers or audiophiles who want great sound but can’t overlook their meager price point.
Wireless earbuds are now affordable at a fraction of the cost of traditional branded models, which can be as low as $30/PS30. Are you looking for affordable wireless earbuds that your children will love? JLab Go Airs might be your best choice.
These could be an excellent choice for anyone who needs a spare pair of budget-friendly headphones to go on camping, festivals, and so forth.
Should You Buy The JLab Go Air?
These earbuds have become less attractive since the launch of the JBuds Air Icon in March 2020. The battery’s three-hour life is waning, and almost all JLab earphones have the IP55 certification.
The JLab Go Air wireless is a good choice if you are hesitant about trying true wireless. They are smaller than the Air Icon and can provide up to five hours of playtime with a single charge.
They are also more affordable than the JLab JBuds Air, operate using the same Bluetooth version, and support the same AAC/SBC codecs.
Although the IP rating has been reduced from IP55 to IP44 for the TWS1, the two devices are almost identical. The Edifier TWS is another option if you prefer something sleeker and with better audio quality.
Should You Buy The JLab Epic 2
The Epic 2 headphones can be used as an intermediate choice. Although they aren’t as good as high-end products, they don’t cost as much or offer the same quality as lower-budget options.
These headphones are worth considering if you have a tight budget. They offer superior quality than the cheaper models. However, if you own Apple products, it is not worth purchasing them.
If you’re looking for a great new pair of earbuds that will help improve your listening experience, we highly recommend the Jlab brand. These pair of earbuds are comfortable to wear and produce high-quality sounds with deep bass tones.
Jlab earbuds come in multiple colors to match any outfit or mood, plus they have tangle-free wires, which is an excellent feature if you spend hours on end using them.
Whether it’s music, podcasts, audiobooks, or movies, these pair of earbuds offer something for everyone! Hooke Audio hopes this article was helpful to you–if not, please