JLab J4 Earbuds Review

In today’s increasingly mobile-friendly world, we’re using portable devices more than ever before. It’s not just iPods and Zunes for music. We’re making calls, playing games, checking our stock portfolios and updating our social network status, all from our mobile phones and/or handheld gaming devices. As a result, a good pair of headphones is more important than ever. At a glance, the J4 Earbuds from JLabs would appear to be just that. But how would they hold up under real-world conditions?

The key to any pair of earbuds, especially those designed to fit inside the ear canal, is the proper fit. To help facilitate this, the J4s include 7 different sizes of silicone tips. With a little trial and error, you should have no problem finding a comfortable fit. Once you’ve got them in your ears, you’ll find they will stay there easily and comfortably whether you’re working out, gaming, or just jamming to some tunes. While they won’t block out all the background noise around you, they do isolate you somewhat from it. Along with a wide selection of tips, the J4s include a rugged travel case, so you can take these earbuds with you anywhere without fear of breaking them.

The J4s are well put together. Unlike many earbuds, they aren’t constructed of plastic. Instead, they feature an aluminium housing, and all the connections are protected with a firm, flexible plastic housing. Like many high-end sets, they feature a tangle-preventing flat cable and gold-plated 3.5 mm audio jack. They’re quite light, but they still seem very sturdy.

Now that all the formalities are out of the way, let’s address the big question: How do they sound? Well, in short, they sound pretty darn good. Lows and mids are reproduced extremely well. The one deficiency in the set is that the lower register sounds tend to wash out the highs at times, especially in any medium that is heavy in low-end. That’s not to say that the high-end sounds are bad. When the lows don’t wash them out, they sound fine, and when they’re prominent in a song or game, they sound great.

We tested the J4 earbuds, but for those of you looking for a headset to use with your cell phone, JLabs also offers the same earbuds with an inline microphone under the moniker J4M.

All in all, the J4 earbuds offer great sound in a small package. They’re obviously well built, and they include all the extra things you’d hope for in a set of earbuds. They’re available on the JLabs website for $39.95, which is $50 off the list price. As long as they’re under $50, they’re a great buy that I would highly recommend.

Score: 9/10

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