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Good sound with design issues... while it lasted
on February 28, 2009
I brought this pair of earbuds not 2 weeks ago, after reading numerous reviews on Amazon. My initial choices were between Jlab, Sennheiser, and Vmoda. A lot of review gave Jlab J2 good ratings on sound and design, which was why I went ahead and brought these (the most expensive earbuds I have ever purchased) thinking that at last I would have good music with me to go.
The colors of the ear pieces were the first disappointment when I took these out of the package (fast shipping from amazon, good job to them). The picture of the "Black/electric blue" seems to be heavily photoshopped to enhance the color of the blue parts of the earbud-- the blue was definitely not the neon-ish shade seen in the picture, but a darker and less vibrant blue. The material that the earpiece was made of is rather flimsy though pretty comfortable (I used the smallest ear piece) up to a certain point.
I followed the instructions for breaking-in the earbuds by playing music at medium level on my iPod for approx. 25-30 hours straight. The sound was initially muddy as most people have complained, and the vocals were very "muffled" sounding which was quite bothersome. However, those problems went away almost completely after the break-in period, providing very detailed and quite accurate sounds.
Just when I thought I could finally enjoy my music with a solid pair of earbuds, these broke. Nothing physically has been done to damage them, but the right ear just gradually went out-- it started going in and out, and now completely, all within a day (I have tested these on numerous sound generating devices, and confirmed that it's not just my iPod). I had just brought these a little more than a week!This makes me question how good/worth the money this product really is: I had put my trust into the newer JLab company thinking that these new innovators might bring more quality earbuds to the market, but I am really quite disappointed.
Words of advice: Be sure to check these out yourself before you buy these! The material used to make these does seem pretty good, but might be issues with design such as the ear pieces (which, by the way, are not completely noise canceling until you have stuck them really tightly into your ear), sound (for some), and quality (maybe I'm just really unlucky). I should mention another minor issue is that the only way to distinguish between left and right is by physically looking at the letters L and R on the side of the buds (the shape of the 2 sides are identical), which can be somewhat painstaking at a place with low light.
Good luck with your purchase, and make sure to look at Sennheiser and others, since this pair may cause you disappointment.