Sol Republic Jax earphones look cheap but sound good
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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.
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