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3.0 out of 5 stars J2s are OK, but there are better out there, November 28, 2008
This review is from: JBuds J2 Premium Hi-FI Noise Isolating Earbuds Style Headphones (Onyx Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
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I compared these J2 earbuds directly with a pair of Sennheiser CX300 Earbuds that I bought and reviewed here on Amazon last year. I played some Ella Fitzgerald, Acoustic Alchemy and Brian Culbertson. I immediately noticed a difference in sound. The Sennheisers had more 'presence' -- the highs were clearer and the vocal range (around 1000Hz) was brighter and more natural. The J2s sounded a bit muddy or muffled in comparison.

That said though, listening is a very subjective experience. I listen for natural sounding vocals and acoustic instruments. I like a 'live' sound and not overdone or muddy bass. Just to get a different perspective, I did the same music test with my 14 year old son and his two friends. I played for them Life in the Fast Lane by the Eagles and let them switch between the two earbud sets. They hands-down chose the J2s over the Sennheisers. So much for my opinion. :-)

I think I'd conclude that if you like bass-heavier, mid-range type music - maybe genres like rock, hip-hop, alternative, techno - then these J2s would work fine for you. If you tend to be fussy about equalizer settings, like to hear a clear soundstage and presence, and critical listening to music is important to you, then I would shop around some more, or at least compare these earbuds to others in the same price range.
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2008 6:08:59 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 29, 2008 3:04:25 PM PST
Bryan, outstanding review. You said it quicker and better than I did. My 17 year old son didn't care for the rolled off highs of these headphones. I also greatly appreciated your link to the Sennheiser headphones. MrSpeakers review was outstanding. In many ways, that review could stand here also. Thanks for a well written review - keep up the good work.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2008 7:06:58 PM PST
Bryan Cass says:
Thanks, Daniel. I appreciate JLab's review of our reviews and their concern to make the customer happy. That's certainly commendable. And to be fair, no, I did not burn in the earbuds for 24 hours before comparing them with my Sennheisers and a pair of Sony MDR-V6 I have. I think the J2s are just fine for the demographic that they are marketed to -- the younger, iPod-carrying masses. I'm sure J2s will sell very well. I'm just not in the demographic, and being a musician, I am picky about the quality of the music I listen to. Like I said -- listening is a subjective experience and I will bet that most people will be very satisfied with their J2s.

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Posted on Dec 14, 2010 7:24:17 AM PST
Joseph Kirby says:
Human vocal range is 80 Hz to 1100 Hz. 1000kH is not audiable that's 1,000,000 Hz.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2010 7:37:16 AM PST
Bryan Cass says:
Oops! Yes you are right, thank you! I just fixed it.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 5:22:59 PM PDT
Page Adams says:
Thanks for the comment.

- Team JLab

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 1:17:50 PM PDT
RobertH says:
Thanks for the relevant details in your review!

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 9:32:01 AM PDT
David says:
Aren't the CX300's much more expensive at about $70? The J2's are about $15 or less (sometimes even under $7). I would expect some differences, but this doesn't speak to the comparative value.
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