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JLab Audio - Rewind Retro Wireless On-Ear Headphones - Blue

Bridge nostalgia and modern audio technology with these retro-style JLab Audio Rewind wireless headphones. Their Bluetooth connectivity and built-in microphone let you send voice commands to Siri or Google Assistant, and the 12-hour battery life keeps you musically inspired all day. Select from the Signature, Balanced and Bass Boost sound modes of these JLab Audio Rewind wireless headphones.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • 2 ear cushions (foam)
    • JLab Audio Rewind Retro Wireless On-Ear Headphones
    • USB charging cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (95 out of 106)

    Features


    Bluetooth interface

    Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device.

    Rechargeable battery

    Offers up to 12 hours of use on a charge.

    Built-in microphone

    Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.

    On-ear design

    For comfort during extended listening sessions.

    Headset controls

    Include answer/end and play/pause.

    Voice control

    Works with Siri and Google Assistant.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 106 reviews

    90%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great for Star Lord cosplay or non-discerning kids

      Posted
      WyldeBlue
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      PROs: - Seriously...light as a feather making them ultra comfortable - BIG one-button control on ear-cup actually works very well - Bluetooth connection was quick and bulletproof - Kitschy and retro--perfect for Halloween or Comicon appearances as Star Lord - Bargain-basement price makes it decent value, especially if kitschy and retro were what you were after (a perfect stocking stuffer or white elephant gift!) - Voice assist and phone answering worked well--not sure where the mic is hidden but callers had no trouble hearing me - Comes with charging cable and another set of foam ear-pads (which you're going to need) - GREAT size/easy functionality for little kids and cheap enough that you don't cringe at the thought of giving them a set of their own CONs: - Music sounds just okay--a bit thin and a little muted; bass is muddy and imprecise, especially in DSP boost mode; mids and vocals are passable but nothing special - Colored pads like these pick up dirt quickly--after only 3 days of light use, I changed out the orange pads for black - Charging port location almost guarantees the ear-pads will wear out after repeated stretching, twisting, and removal - Clearance around the charging port is somewhat limited; if you have a chubby-ended cable you typically use for other devices, it may not fit in the space provided - No remote volume control or music repeat/rewind (only FFW) When I was 12 years old, I had a black Mura Hi-Stepper portable FM radio with headphones that looked EXACTLY like these--2 years later, I graduated to a Sony cassette Walkman with similar-looking phones. So yeah...some fond memories and sentiments are conjured up when I look at these. The thing is, what was compelling about those devices wasn't that they sounded phenomenal--they didn't--it was simply that I could bring some tunes with me pretty much anywhere without needing a grotesque "boom box" or home stereo to do so. Flash forward to today and I'm not really sure what someone else would want to get out of these. On the one hand, they sound just as retro as they look--passable, but nothing fancy or over-the-top. Is that okay? For someone like me, old enough to remember this sort of style before it was retro, my musical tastes have matured enough to where I appreciate what good-sounding headphones can sound like. That being so, I'd probably pass on these for my own use. BUT, if you weren't expecting to be blown away by the sound quality in the first place, then yeah--because you're essentially looking at a pair of "novelty headphones" updated for the wireless world. In that sense, you will get exactly what you pay for and maybe even a few more modern conveniences. They're ultra cheap and DO work as advertised both in function (wireless, voice-assist/phone answering enabled) and in form (retro--yay!), and they're incredibly comfortable because they weigh virtually nothing. Better still, if you give these to a younger listener who isn't so concerned with sound quality (like my 7 year-old daughter), the tune changes even further because everything "cool" about these headphones is that much more--light/unobtrusive, one-touch/easy-to-use features with informative voice prompts, comfortable ear-pads, wireless, just like daddy used to have, etc. For those reasons alone, I'll be keeping these. One design niggle to be aware of; there is no way to access the charging port without having to pull the foam ear pad back and away from the plastic driver housing. My experience with such pads from "back in the day" is that the foam's natural tendency to sag, wear, and break down over time is going to be accelerated by the constant stretching and manipulation necessary to keep these charged on a regular basis. For occasional use, that probably won't be an issue anyway; but if you plan to use these as everyday listeners, those days would probably be numbered. Then again, the price of entry isn't so high in the first place, so maybe you can forgive that shortcoming as well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Successful musical Deja Vu

      Posted
      TECHBEENGOOD
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
      • Top 100 ContributorTop 100 Contributor

      I’m having a musical flashback moment. I was one of the millions of people almost 50 years ago who purchased the originals on which these are based. We’ll get to the sound in a minute, but I can assure you that my 50 year old headphones didn’t have ANY of the features you can find here, for 1/3 the price! SOUND and COMFORT: I listened my way back in time, sampling Cold Play, Fitz and the Tantrums and back to early Beatles and Bob Dylan. There was no disappointment. All music genres were quite natural, nicely covering a complete range of sound, decent bass and treble with perfect voicing. Because these are NOT isolating headphones, the bass also came as a nice surprise. Bass is not pounding but it’s realistic. Dynamic range is a bit limited; in other words, these won’t get as loud as more expensive headphones before distorting. It’s physics, not magic. These are low priced headphones that sound very good. These light, soft foam headphones sit nicely on my ears and can be easily tolerated for hours on end. It does not get better than this. FEATURES and SETUP: Both the charging port and Bluetooth indicator are slightly hidden behind the foam ear cover which must be pushed away from its resting position. The large button on the right ear piece controls EVERYTHING. Bluetooth (right side ear, press button for 8 seconds to connect using phone, etc). Select “JLAB Rewind” on your BT device. Power on (Press button 2 seconds). Power Off, hold button 4 seconds. (It says goodbye!) Answering/Hanging up phone. Play. Pause are a ONE button press. Activate Siri or Google Assistant is 2 click press. Custom EQ (3 click button presses cycles through 3 equalization settings). You’ll find one you like. There’s even an extra pair of ear cushions (I could switch out my Orange for Black in my set). COMMENTS / FEELINGS: <> The packaging is bubble-pack aggravating. <> There is no direct volume control . . but Siri increased or decreased the volume from my iPhone6 with no problem. <> There is no direct hard wiring to devices; it’s total commitment to Bluetooth, and that works perfectly. <> There is NO isolation from your environment, but that’s the design objective, and it can be desirable for many end users. <> I had to work to squeeze the micro-USB into its port, but that’s only because I was initially timid about lining up the earpiece to make space. SUMMARY: JLAB may very well sell millions of these to another generation. And, no, they aren’t going to outperform today’s crop of super-accurate, completely isolating over-the-ear headphones. However, these JLAB REWIND WIRELESS RETRO headphones are tremendous fun for an absurdly low price. There is no excuse for anyone not to take an audio trip back in time, as Bob Dylan invites you “. . . to dance beneath the diamond sky . . . [and] . . . forget about today until tomorrow.” Highly recommended. Great gift idea.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      much better than they ought to be

      Posted
      nodiofile

      I've only had these little headphones for two days, but I am quite pleased with them. The sound quality is much better than you would expect at this price, with clean highs and decent bass, a rarity in cheap headphones. The three built-in EQ settings ( if flat counts as an EQ setting ) are useful as well, the bass-boost manages not to be boomy. The volume level is controlled by the source device, and I found it to be adequate with several different sources. If you are seeking to liquify your brain, look elsewhere. I gave up my audiophile pretensions a long time ago, these headphones sound fine to me. These phones are extremely lightweight and comfortable. The band is adjustable, with no silly useless padding. The earpieces pivot, and the set comes with two pairs of foam ear pads, black and orange, which gives you an extra set if you can manage not to lose it. These headphones are not for sports, they will fly off if you jerk around. Also, they don't seem the least bit waterproof or sweat-proof. There is just a single button on the right earpiece that controls everything, and the only user manual is on the back of the package, so don't throw it away too fast. It's really not hard to learn the controls, which consist of single, double, and triple clicks, and some holds, with voice prompts to guide you. There is even an undocumented skip function: hold for 2 seconds until the beep. Battery life seems adequate. There is also a microphone in the earpiece for phone calls. Bluetooth pairing is par for the course, kind of a pain, no worse than anything else. Make sure there are no other active Bluetooth devices around that might interfere with the process, and it will go better. The headphone eventually paired with every device I wanted it to. Once it is paired, connection is automatic. A usb charging cable is included, and here is where things get a little weird. The charging port is at the bottom of the right earpiece, under the foam pad. The pad is not a problem, you can push the soft foam out of the way without having to remove the pad, but there is barely enough room between the rim and the band to fit the usb jack. A simple solution is to take a razor knife and shave off some of the excess plastic on the jack connector. I have seen this problem on many other devices - the micro usb jack is one of the worst designs of all time, but sadly it is now the standard charging interface for everything. Another nit is that the headphone is not usable while charging. As far as build quality, at this price don't expect too much. Look it over good when you buy it and make sure nothing has slipped through QC. My set is flawless. The build is extremely lightweight, if you sit on them, they will be history, but other than that, I don't see anything that is just begging to to break. The headband is spring steel. I can't say how long the electronics will last, but the internal lithium battery will probably be gone in 3-4 years. At this price, if they last that long, I'll be very happy with them. I'd rather have half a dozen of these than one set of lead-filled beets.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Inexpensive and good for music

      Posted
      computerboy
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      What we have here is a rather inexpensive Bluetooth headset. It comes with its own USB cable that is used for charging the internal battery. A short manual needs to be read thoroughly so you can set it up properly. The only "switch" on the right side has many functions. First, you would charge the headset for a few hours before use, and when you try to pair this with your device, a very pleasant female voice comes on (obviously you will have to wear the headset to hear her voice) and tell you that it is ready to be paired. To charge it, you'd have to pry the earpiece apart (to see the plug), because generally, it is hidden. The little LCD light comes on when it's charged and when it's full, it changes color. I have a big head and I don't find it uncomfortable. However, my brother tried it and he thought it felt a little too tight. I think the bar can be bent a little (just like when you try on a new pair of glasses) so it will fit better. There is an extra pair of sponge cushion to replace in case the first one wears out. The earpieces are not the kind that cover your ears, so if you have it loud, the sound will be heard by others near you (but that has to be pretty loud), and it doens't cover the external noises either. I find those headset way too big and heavy for me and it's not something I want to wear if I go out for a walk (too heavy and too sweaty). So you know, you do not control the volume setting with the switch at all. It is not like you press up or down on the headset to do that. The control has to come from the device that it is connected to. I tried to use this headset for a few things. It works very nicely paired to my Samsung S5 telephone to listen to Netflix, and YouTube videos. It also works very nicely with Dell precision workstation laptop that has its own Bluetooth. It works fine with an iPad and a Samsung tablet, too. It also connected well with a desktop with the third market, a generic Bluetooth transmitter. To use it as a telephone headset – I have to say that it works, but your voice will sound a little muffled. The reason is that there is no actual microphone, like a typical headset that has a microphone sticking to the front, so the built-in microphone listens to your voice more or less from the side. You don't have to scream to talk, but if you're in a noisy room, it doesn't pick up your voice too well. This is typical for the design. I tested it with my phone and the other party was able to hear me clearly enough for a phone conversation. However, when I try to use it with my desktop to do voice dictation (I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking/Dragon Medical), the usual 99 percent to 100 percent accuracy rate (using a handheld microphone that costs 20 times more) went down to something much worse. I tried to dictate a few sentences and the program allows me to play back my own voice and it sounded like I was in the cave. It is not made for such task, but I am reporting it in case someone will want to try to use this for voice dictation. (Don't bother.) For Skype, it works fine. The other party was able to hear me clearly enough to understand me. One final thought is probably something most people do not seem to care. My brother is on the phone a lot and he asked me if this headset is able to function while it is being charged. He stated that he has tried a lot of Bluetooth headset, and he has only found another one that can keep on working while it is being charged. (He carries a little external battery that has the USB connector and he plugs it into his Bluetooth headset and it uses that external battery, instead of the internal battery which may not last him all day) I am happy to say that this model continues to work while it is being charged, while connected to an external battery. So if you are on the phone a lot or if you use it to listen to something all day, and if you do not think the eight hours runtime will be long enough, you can certainly have this thing connected to a small rechargeable block of battery and put that, say, in your pocket or something. Some people may not be too concerned about this but the truth is a headphone like this – the internal battery cannot be replaced. Any rechargeable battery will not last indefinitely and eventually, it would not hold a charge. But since this model costs less than USD20, perhaps after a year if used daily, the battery will not hold the charge so I expect the user to just buy a new one to replace it. To sum it up – it is pretty light, and it looks very retro and it is comfortable for someone with a big head like me. To listen to the music and movies – it is very clear.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent bargain headphones!

      Posted
      BobinVA
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      I already have 2 pairs of Bluetooth earbuds and a pair of on-ear mid-range headphones, so why would I want these? Because sometimes I just want a comfortable, easy to use, inexpensive pair of headphones, and these JLab headphones fit the bill. I don’t have a small head, so the first thing I’m interested in is headphones that fit. My other on-ear pair are nice, with a great build and very nice materials, but they’re ruined by a headband that’s just too small. The Rewind Retro headphones have a nice headband with plenty of room for adjustment, so they satisfied my comfort requirement. They’re also very lightweight and sit nicely on the ears, so they’re comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time. What about sound quality? Surely headphones this inexpensive can’t possibly sound good, right? Wrong! I was very pleasantly surprised at just how good these headphones sound. With 3 preset EQ choices, it’s easy to find one that sounds good with whatever you’re listening to. For the price, it’s shocking how good these sound, with a decent amount of bass as well. For going on walks with the dog, I think these are my new favorites! Now, don’t get me wrong, these aren’t going to compete with headphones costing multiple hundreds of dollars, but that’s exactly the point--you’re getting pretty decent sounding headphones without having to invest a whole lot. Maybe I don’t have the best bluetooth headphones, but I do have several others costing 5 times as much as these, and they don’t sound 5 times better than these. I don’t think these are meant for use while exercising, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use them there, as long as you don’t mind the foam earpads getting soaked with sweat. The headband provides a good amount of pressure on the ears, so I think they’d actually stay in place pretty well. I have waterproof earbuds for that purpose, so that’s not why I got these. Speaking of the foam pads, I got the black ones with orange pads. This look took me back immediately to the 80’s and my first portable cassette stereo--that’s where the “retro” comes from. They also came with a pair of black ear pads in case you want to be less conspicuous. One thing to keep in mind with headphones using this design is that they’re “open”--you’re not the only one who can hear your music when you turn it up loud enough. I do expect these pads to stretch over time, since accessing the charging port requires the foam to be pulled aside in order to insert the charging cable, which is included, by the way. Getting the cable inserted is a little annoying, but it works well to keep the headphones from being bulkier than they need to be. As for controls, these headphones feature on large button on the right ear. It’s used to turn on/off the power, and pause music. You can also use it to skip tracks, but it doesn’t control the volume. This is unfortunate, but at this price point, it’s hard to complain. The headphones do include a microphone, which worked with Siri, but it was basically unusable for making phone calls. The person on the other end really couldn’t tell what I was saying. Others have said that call quality was pretty good for them, but I would definitely not agree with that. I left myself a message and I sounded like I was across the room trying to use a poor quality speaker phone. So, I won’t be using these for calls, but that’s not why I got them in the first place. Overall, I’d say these are an unbeatable value for headphones, as long as you don’t need to use them for calls. For such a low price, you’re getting some pretty good technology and performance, and you don’t have to treat them as if you can’t afford to replace them. If you’re in the market for an inexpensive pair of Bluetooth headphones, do yourself a favor and pick these up!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good audio quality in a fun retro package

      Posted
      GadgetGuy1981
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
      • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

      These are fun. The orange foam pads and silver headband design are very retro-cool. The audio quality was great for the price range, and battery life was also impressive for something so affordable. I had the advantage of getting the rewinds right as I was working on some work projects that would have me in need of some music headphones for a few days. After unboxing and figuring out quickly where the hidden charging port was (just tilt the headphone earpiece to reveal a micro-USB port!) I gave these an overnight pre- charge and went on my way. They lasted a good portion of a work day, with on-and-off use of approximately 5 total hours. Sometimes I left them on in standby wth the music paused or stopped, but this is a typical real-world use scenario, rather than some stated manufacturer number. The audio quality really impressed me in this price segment, as they had good, well-rounded sound and decent clarity for affordable stereo phones... Were not in BOSE or SHURE territory here, but we were surprisingly close to the kind of quality I get from other Bluetooth headphones that aren’t noise canceling or isolated. These sounded every bit their price point, but also had a certain retro factor to this, as they reminded me in that way of 30 year old corded Walkman headbands. When I wasn’t wanting to look like Marty Mc Fly brought me these back from a quick DeLorean jaunt from 1985, the included black foams bring the design back to a reasonable, understated-ness that most customers who aren’t being ironic will prefer. The soft foams made these all-day comfortable, and with their simple layout and thin, light build, these could easily become your “beater” pair of travel or commute headphones, as they easily fit into a small bag and don’t carry the risk of loss or damage that extremely more expensive headphones do in the $250+ range from Sony, Bose, or Beats... All in all I enjoyed the device, and they’re now in that stable of things I’ll travel with and loan the kids to use. Things that work well but that I can stomach parting with should something happen. I get lots of questions about them when wearing them around, and I’m sure some people who don’t notice the wire-free situation just assume I’m rocking some old favorite headphones with that iPhone, Mac, or Surface device I pair them with.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Old With the New

      Posted
      Trobadour
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      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      ---SETUP--- The setup of the JLAB Audio retro headphones was easy. Like most bluetooth headphones today, these com pre-charged about 50% out of the box. The first time you turn them on, the headphones start sending the signal for your mobile devices to find and they pair up in under a minute. ---FEATURES--- The key feature of the headphones is that they have a retro 1980s look with the convenience of bluetooth. They are light and have three presets equalizer settings: signature sound (amplified vocals and bass), balanced (no enhancements), and bass boost (amplified bass and sub-bass). All functions can be access with one button. These can activate Siri (iOS) and Ok Google (Android) with voice. Full charge in 3 hours for 12 hours of use. ---PERFORMANCE--- The performance of the headphones is admirable, especially considering the price. Though they don’t have the nicer features like noise-canceling of ambient sounds, they are loud enough to drown out most of the noise around you. These aren’t being marketed for exercise but they are great for indoor use or a light to moderate paced walk. ---EXPECTATIONS--- The product meets my expectations but simplifying all functions to one button can be a chore at times, depending on how often you plan to do certain actions with it. For example, to change between preset EQ settings you must click the only button three times and no voice confirmation will tell you what setting you are currently on. If you don’t press the third click fast enough, it will activate the 2 click function, which is to summon Siri or Ok Google. Clicking it once will pause your audio or answer/hang up a call. There will be a learning curve of what each of the clicks do but expect some user errors at first. Holding the button for 2 seconds turns the headphones on and off. ---VALUE--- The price for the headphones in terms of value is great. Having a retro look is quite the conversation starter and would make great gifts. ---APPROVAL--- I highly recommend this product for those who grew up in the 80s and want to reminisce the good old times. Perfect for indoor use while you do mundane tasks like cleaning or working on a computer. Music and podcasts sound great with the bass being a standout for the price.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A trip down memory lane, but without the cords.

      Posted
      MIXMASTERICE
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      These headphones may not look like much, because they aren't. A very simplistic look aimed at replicating the style of those 80's headphones that almost everyone of that era had at one time or another. Simple foam cushions with an on-ear design. Headphones come with a spare pair of ear cushions, instructions and a micro-USB cable, which is light blue to I guess match the light blue version of these that is also available. The simplistic look is also carried over to the controls. One button (the entire outer right earpiece, controls everything. There is a mic for receiving calls, but that probably should have just been left off this design, as it doesn't work very well. You do get voice prompts at times like start up and disconnect and are also told at start up if your battery is full, medium etc.. The micro USB port is tucked away at the bottom of the left earpiece and you have to pull back the foam cushion a bit to access it. Not the best location, but not a real issue. There is a light next to it that shines red when they are charging and blue when they are fully charged. These are fully wireless headphones, so they will only connect to devices that support Bluetooth. I had no issues connecting to my LG Android phone and the connection remained constant, with only an occasional slight hiccup. Battery life I found to be around 10 hours, but of course that will vary based on how loud you play them. There is no dedicated volume control on the headphones, so your device will fully control the sound level. Sound quality on these is about to be what you would expect from a $20 pair of on-ear headphones. I was actually expecting them to sound poor, but they actually have a nice and clear sound. Bass isn't the strongest, but I wouldn't expect heavy bass from such a lightweight, inexpensive pair of headphones. There are three pre-set EQ modes you can select from the headphones to change the sound to a certain degree. All in all, these are some decent retro headphones. They won't impress anybody under 40, but those over 40 will likely remember the day when this style of headphones was very common. I think they are well worth the money.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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