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The worst headphones I've ever purchased.
on November 24, 2014
I purchased these headphones 4 years ago on cyber Monday for $20 thinking "How great of a deal" this must be. I could not have been more wrong; these things aren't worth $5 let alone $60.
Build (Five steaming turds out of five):
I had high hopes for these things. From the outside, they look like a sleek high quality design, good cable length, and in-line controls. When I finally held them for the first time, disappointment hit me like a freight train.
Let's start with the cord. JLAB says they gave this a "premium anti-tangle" cord, but personally I'd describe it as a "cheap piece of junk". The cord is incredibly stiff making it hard to straighten, and feels like it's coated in a hard, yet strangely sticky, plastic. I know they claim that these qualities make it tangle-proof but even that is a load of BS. Bundle this thing up (say in your pocket) and it still tangles! In fact, I'd say they made it worse because the plastic coating sticks to itself making loops a gigantic pain in the rear.
Next, the other bits. All other parts (earpieces, controls/mic, 3.5mm jack) are all made of pretty nice aluminum. However my pair had a glob of glue coming out of a seam on the left earphone. It cracked off pretty easily but it's not what you'd expect from anything claiming to be "Premium".
Comfort (smooth as sand paper):
First off, the "soft silicone cushions" are not soft, nor are they cushioning. They are quite honestly the hardest ear inserts I've ever had. Due to that fact, there are three very annoying side-effects:
1) They hurt
2) The earpieces will fall out of your ears after a while if you don't re-adjust them
3) A true seal in your ear is impossible
Sound quality (Second to the Campbell's chicken noodle headphones):
If you like listening through tin cans, then you will love these but I am not one of those people. After reading through some documentation, JLAB recommends a dozen or so hours of "burn-in" using their special audio files from their website as they won't sound as intended without doing so. After completing that agonizing process, I found them sounding just as bad as before; what a surprise. There's also this large issue involving movement: that rigid plastic that coats the cord resonates taps more than I thought possible. If something hits the cord or, heaven forbid, you plan on walking, you will hear a loud *thump* completely drowning out your tin-can symphony.
Do not buy these headphones, do not gift these headphones, do not even acknowledge them as existing. Do yourself a favor and buy some Panasonic's, Audio-Technica's, Sennheiser's, or Klipsch. You will not be disappointed.