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Creative Sound Blaster Jam: A budget Bluetooth headphone with audio chopsThough not without a few weaknesses, the $50 Sound Blaster Jam delivers decent sound and battery life in a lightweight on-ear design.
[MUSIC] Hi, I'm David Carnoy from cnet.com and this is the Creative Sound Blaster Jam, a $50 blue tooth head phone that's light weight, relatively comfortable to wear and sounds good, particularly for its modest price point. Until recently it was hard to find a Bluetooth headphone that sounded decent for less than $100. That's changing its higher grade chips, and components get cheaper. The sound blaster's by no means high end, and in fact, looks a little like the headphones that came with the Walkman back in the 80s, but there's something endearing about its throwback design. And as I said, it's lightweight and should fit most people pretty well. Not everybody likes an on-ear design and there is no padding on the top of the headband. Which may bother some people. They also don't fold up in any way, and while they seem sturdy enough, I can't tell you how well they'll hold up over time. As far as features go, there's a pause/play button that doubles as an answer/end button for cell phone calls, the requisite volume controls are on board, and when you hold those buttons down, they turn into transport controls, allowing you to advance tracks forward and back. You also get a bass boost button that does just that. Boosts the bass a little while sacrificing a little clarity. Last but not least, there's nfc tap-to-pair technology for devices like Samsung's Galaxy phones that support it. I did encounter some bluetooth hiccups, and I also didn't this headphones works great as a headset for calls. Caller said they heard a lot of background noise when I talked, and my voice sounded a little recessed. But on the plus side, the headphone's battery life is good at 12 hours. And the headphones sound quite good with relatively clean dynamic sound from bluetooth. Base was also strong even without engaging the base boost button, which I didn't think added much. And all this is a strong budget bluetooth headphone. But it isn't without a few weaknesses. I suppose you can't expect perfection for 50 bucks, [MUSIC] but you could always dream. I'm David [INAUDIBLE], and that's the creative soundblaster jam. Thanks for watching.