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First things first, they're on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/JBuds-Hi-Fi-No.../dp/B000IG66VS) for $10 from $50, JLab is releasing an updated version of this soon and Amazon is trying to clear out stock.

I ordered these on Friday, they were "delivered" yesterday and I got them today when a neighbor dropped them in my mailbox. USPS sucks.

I am also not a super audiophile, I use CD rips, LP rips, and direct mp3 downloads @ 260-320 kbps mp3 or m4a (Apple) lossy music files. I have always used the worst headphones (rather, earbuds). Lately I've been reduced to using a free pair from an airliner that came with a 2x mono to stereo converter. These JLab buds are the first real headphones I've ever bought, the first was a cheap off-brand around ear pair of noise cancelers and the second was a pair from Walmart as a gift.

I was really disappointed at first glance. The Amazon packaging was just terrible, and when I called Amazon customer service (because the tracker said it was delivered, it had mis-delivered) the first thing they did was say "not our fault, why don't you wait another 8 days because we don't want to ship you another one just in case your neighbors are nice and return it to you". It is their problem, they should have shipped out another and if it came up, I would send a pair back. They received a flaming reply when they asked (in an email) if they had solved my problem. Anyway, back on packaging, it was bent and had the one layer of mini-bubble wrap on the inside. The JLabs package was 10% product, 80% ads, 8% manuals and 2% packaging, they decided a small plastic zip-lock would be enough.

I've been really impressed so far. Tested on a variety of sources (game sound update later, I'm typing this out on Ubuntu. See bottom for why )
Jazz played well, I used a really good song, Spirit of Fire by the US Navy Band (album is named "Showcase" if you want to check it out). Instrumental brass (trumpet, trombone, sax), with the usual bits of guitar (+ bass), piano, and drum set. I picked this song because it has some ridiculous fluctuations in frequency.

Then tested with the usual, some really loud songs from Linkin Park namely Don't Stay from Meteora and One Step Closer from Hybrid Theory and A Place For My Head also from Hybrid Theory for something with some faster vocals. Then finished it off with some classics: Money for Nothing by Dire Straits and Hotel California by the Eagles.

They all played excellently, no more tinny-ness like I'm used to. It played Hotel California's bass excellently, but I found out my LP rip has a little too much static on that track (it all blended in with my bad free earbuds).

The actual ear buds fit perfectly in my ears and do a decent, but not great job at noise canceling. You obviously need music playing for any real noise canceling, but I can barely hear myself clap when playing music at around 2/3 of max on my iPod (no decibel count, sorry) and when you are using a blender, you can still hear your music just fine.

They also come with two sets of replacement tips, a small and large pair. Medium is pre-installed. No offense, but people who need to use the large tips have some really abnormal ears.

From that reference of no pics earlier in the post, I have a nasty habit of opening my case without discharging capacitors or even turning it off. I reused my card reader from my old HP and there is no place to mount it in my case, so I place it on the floor of the case. After I had transfered the pictures from my camera's SD card to my computer, I closed the case up but must have hit something, because the computer lost power and now one of my fans has LEDs but isn't turning. Grub decided to boot Linux when I wasn't looking, so thats why there is nothing for a gaming review.

Anyway, I'll post gaming results if you're interested, and feedback on this brand on how long they will last would be great. I really like these, but that might just be because they are many times greater than any other I've used before.

(1st legit review!, I try to do that to all my new hardware)

jmki1

Remember, pics and gaming info later.
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