6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Sol Republic Jax earphones look cheap but sound good

About Video Transcript

First Look: Sol Republic Jax earphones look cheap but sound good

1:48 /

The $40 Jax look like a $20 model but match the sound quality of some $75 to $100 models.

I'm David Carnoy, executive editor for CNET.com, and I'm here with another pair of headphones. These are the modestly-priced Sol Republic Jax. This is a $40 model. It is an in-ear headphone. And if you've never heard of Sol Republic, it made a little bit of a splash with its Tracks headphones. Those are the headphones that Michael Phelps was wearing during the Olympics. It's a relatively new company, and this is really the company's second generation in-ear headphone, and I actually liked it a lot, though it does look cheaper than its price put within [unk]. These actually do have a very plastic design. The housing is plastic. It has a nice, flat, tangle-resistant cord, the in-line remote is also a little bit cheap-looking. The build quality just doesn't inspire a tremendous amount of confidence, but there is an in-line remote and microphone, which is a nice feature to have for making cell phone calls. Because of their inexpensive look, I really didn't have high expectations for their sound quality. But when I tried them on, I was pleasantly surprised. They do fit well in your ears, they're light-weight. Sol Republic's Tracks are known for their basses. Very strong bass, little bit too over-emphasized for me. But these were more restrained. And I really did like their sound for the money. So, if you could overlook the fact, these two headphones look a little bit cheap. They do offer good sound quality. I did think they offered sound quality of headphones that cost almost as twice as much. If these were priced more in the $25 to $30 range, I probably would have rated them a little bit higher. But as it stands, they do sound good for the money, and I rated them at 3.5 stars. I'm David Carnoy, and those are the Sol Republic Jax in-ear headphones. Thanks for watching.

New releases

McLaren P1: Harbinger of the hybrid supercar revolution (CNET On Cars, Episode 58)
23:31 January 30, 2015
McLaren P1 on the track and on the street, CNET Style. How engines get their names and what it means. Also: CNET's Top 5 cars of last...
Play video
Boost's ZTE Speed is a 4.5-inch, low-priced Android
1:07 January 30, 2015
Featuring a 5-megapixel camera, a quad-core CPU, and a 4.5-inch display, the ZTE Speed is one of Boost's prepaid bargain Androids.
Play video
The LaCie Mirror is perfect for narcissists
2:14 January 30, 2015
CNET editor Dong Ngo totally likes what he sees when looking at the one-of-a-kind LaCie Mirror portable drive. And that's because (you...
Play video
Rid your Android quick settings menu of oddball toggles
1:17 January 30, 2015
CNET's Dan Graziano shows you how to fix one of the most annoying features in Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Play video
Beats Pill XL: Bigger Bluetooth speaker justifies its premium price
1:25 January 30, 2015
We weren't such big fans of Beats' original Pill, but the company's jumbo-sized model is well designed and performs much better.
Play video
Facebook using beacons to show location 'tips'
2:50 January 30, 2015
Social network's new app feature sends location tips to your feed using GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth beacons. Meanwhile, your home Internet...
Play video
Testing out 'Insane Mode' in the Tesla P85D, Ep. 190
4:28 January 30, 2015
This week we get all nostalgic with the Prynt smartphone case that makes your iPhone work like a Polaroid camera, we learn some scary...
Play video
Nvidia G-Sync is a smooth move for PC games
3:01 January 30, 2015
The right graphics card and a G-Sync monitor can make games look better.
Play video