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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 278 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    UltraSecure, Wireless, Great Sound, 12 hr Battery!

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    JimC
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    The JLab Epic Sport earbuds offer wireless connectivity and fit very securely in and on the ear. They are priced less than half the cost of AirPods and other fully wireless earbuds but offer some significant advantages. The battery life is much longer, the bass delivered is probably the best found in any earbud and they are much lighter, more secure and harder to lose. There are many options for playing music from your phone: internal speakers, external speakers, wired earphones and wireless earphones. I believe that for active users like me wireless earphones are the best choice. If you run, bike or work out regularly you certainly want to be free from wires and cannot use external speakers. The issue with wireless earphones is whether to get expensive self-contained earphones which fit in the ear and have no connecting wires (such as Apple AirPods) or earphones which have a cable connecting the right earphone to the left earphone. JLab has a great product called the Epic Sport wireless earbuds which are the latter type. Here are the specifications and features: • 8 mm driver for maximum bass • 20 – 20,000 Hz audio frequency range • Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity with AptX for better sound quality • Three position equalizer (high bass/high treble, balanced, high bass) • In-line control for volume, track skip, play, pause, answer calls, redial, equalizer setting, Siri/Google access • 12 hour battery life • Voice prompts (Power on/off, Pairing, Battery status) • Built-in microphone for calls • IP66 rating (resistance to heavy water sprays and complete protection from dust) • External memory wire ear loop for complete security • Six sets of alternate tips (Extra Small, Small, 2 sets of Medium, Large, Triple Flanged) • Three sets of cushioning fins • Cable management clip • Nice compact hard-sided travel case to hold everything • Audio burn-in software • One year warranty Included in the box (see photo) are the earbuds, instructions, five extra sets (extra small, small, medium, triple flanged and large) of alternate tips and three sets of cushioning fins (which fit into the ear to secure the bud), a magnetic USB charging cable, a clip to attach the wire to your clothing and a nice hard-sided case to hold everything. JLab also has a free app that you download to your phone (either Android or iPhone versions) which gives you access to a “burn-in” file which is supposed to condition the driver to provide better sound quality by loosening the diaphragm with a nonstop loop of white noise, pink noise, radio white noise, 20-20000 Hz frequency sweeps, 10-30000 Hz frequency sweeps, 20-200 Hz frequency sweeps, as well as a minute of silence in between each for a rest period. JLab recommends that this file be played for a total forty hours (in 3-5 hour sessions) in order to fully condition the driver. Everything looks very well made and the earbuds have a special sweat-resistant coating to protect them from moisture and dust infiltration. They are rated IP66 which means that they can withstand at least 3 minutes of continuous high pressure water spray in any direction with no damage. It also means that they are completely dust-proof. You could wear these earbuds in the shower without fear of damage! First step is to charge the ear buds. Just attach the magnetic charging cable, plug it into your computer or a USB outlet and the LED light will turn blue when they are fully charged (about two hours when fully discharged.) JLab says a full charge will provide twelve hours playing time and I can confirm that because I used them each day for three hours continuously (on long bike rides) for four straight days before I got the “low battery warning.” The charging system for the Epic Sport is unusual. It is a magnetic connector with a standard USB A plug that you attach to the in-line control module to charge the earphones. Most earphones use a micro USB connector. The JLab system is easier to connect but if you lose the special connector you will have to hunt for a replacement. I did not see one listed on the JLab website. Next, select the best fit for your ears from the wide range of tips and fins supplied with the JLab Epic Sport earphones. No matter how large or tiny your ears may be, you can be sure that you will be able to assemble a comfortable arrangement for your listening pleasure. After you have the earbuds put together, take the “memory wire” loop and match it to your ear, bending it to give a nice snug fit. It will retain that shape and give you absolute certainty that you will never lose these great earbuds, no matter how vigorous your workout or sports activity may become. Now you are ready to enjoy them! Pair the Epic Sport earbuds with your phone via Bluetooth. An audio prompt guides you but my phone paired them quickly and without drama. Put the earbuds in your ears and the loop will secure it there. The Bluetooth connection is super-reliable. I have used the earbuds in my home and can walk 30 feet from my phone without a connection break. If you lose connection it quickly restores itself when you come back into range. It is a Bluetooth 4.2 system with atpX. The “atpX” feature is supposed to improve the sound quality transmitted via Bluetooth with a superior codec. You can now start playing music immediately. The Epic Sport will respond to various voice commands, allow you to interact with Siri, take calls, etc. The inline control has three raised symbols (up arrow, down arrow and JLab round logo) which turn the earphones on/off, raise/lower volume, equalizer setting, skip tracks (forward and backward), pause and repeat tracks and has a microphone for use during calls. Full instructions are included but the use is pretty intuitive. Sound quality is superb, very clear and distortion-free with excellent midrange and highs. The bass is outstanding because these earphones have the largest driver (8 mm) available on the market. The earphones are very light (about one-half ounce) and the connecting cable is not noticeable when you use them, especially if you use the included clip to attach the cable to your clothing. Most wear the wire behind their head but I prefer to have it hang under my chin and find that is less noticeable when running or working out. I have two minor qualms about the earbuds. First, the control unit is placed just 1.5 inches below the loop for the right earbud. It was probably placed there to give quick access but I think if it were located a little further down it would be easier to use. The other issue I have is that the controls do not have a distinct “click” when pressed and there is no notification of which equalizer setting is in use. Not big faults but noticeable when you first use the earphones. Bottom line - the JLab Epic Sport earbuds are an excellent value for serious music fans who want an ulta-secure and dependable workout partner which can deliver thumping bass to help you maintain your pace right through the last mile of your next Marathon. You will be glad you chose them!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    nice sound for bluetooth earbuds

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    Setup: Bluetooth setup with Android phone was easy. There was no app to install. The unit came fully charged (instant gratification for those who need it). Accessories: The earbuds came with a short USB charging cable, a nice (if somewhat small) zippered case, a shirt clip, and variety of tips and “CUSH-FIN”s to customize the fit. Design: The over-the-ear design is a bit awkward and took some getting used to. I suggest adjusting each ear piece separately (without glasses if you wear them). Once you have a good fit, care is needed to keep the “memory wire” from finding a new shape when taking the earbuds on and off and when operating the remote. The unobstructed Bluetooth range is over 30 feet. The connecting cable is flexible but prone to microphonics when worn behind the neck. It is also short, making it impossible to see the light on the remote during operation without a mirror. The cable holder allows you to make the cord even shorter and attach the shirt clip. With the cord at its longest, the clip just does reach the collar of my t-shirt. A good seal is essential to getting the best possible sound quality. Be sure to select a tip that works for you. Unlike other JLAB models, there is only one ring on the barrel of each earpiece allowing for fewer options when trying to get an effective seal. In-line microphone & remote control: From what friends and colleagues tell me, the microphone works very well despite its position just below the right ear. The wireless design means that you are not tethered to a phone or computer. The in-line remote control works with Android music apps (e.g. Neutron). The center button is play/pause (short press). The up/down buttons work for volume (short press) and forward/back track selection (long press). The remote worked well for me on phone calls. A short press on the center button answers an incoming call and disconnects current calls. Battery: The downfall of any small Bluetooth device, battery life. The battery came “fully” charged. Voice messages at startup let you know the battery status, “Battery Full” (100% – 75%, “Battery Medium” (75% - 25%), and “Battery Low” (less than 25%). Charging from fully drained (using USB3 port on my computer) took about 1.5 hours. I lost a full charge when accidentally leaving them on overnight. If you remember to turn them off when not in use, you can get the advertised 12 hours of Bluetooth audio. Sound Quality: There are three equalization settings, “Signature” (bass and treble boost), “Balanced” (flat), and “Bass Boost” (… do I need to say it? ;-). A short, simultaneous press on the up and down volume buttons on the remote cycles through them in order. “Signature” was the out-of-the-box default. The effects are modest, but audible. The “Bass Boost” profile is muddy and not at all to my liking. I prefer the flat profile and equalize at the source, but my review is based on the “Signature” setting as this was the default. These are not audiophile quality in-ear-monitors (IEMs), but are very good for the price. The sound signature depends on the equalization setting chosen. For the default “Signature” equalization setting bass and treble are enhanced at the expense of the mids, but the added treble is not fatiguing for long listening sessions and quite nice, particularly with female vocals. They are a bit muddy on the low end and tinny on the high end compared with my wired, $400 IEMs. Overall: If you like the over-the-ear design and can find a tip that seals well, these earbuds are a good choice for active use. The built-in equalization settings are limited, but function well if you don’t want to fiddle with equalizing on your Bluetooth source. For the price they are a very good on-the-go, Bluetooth performer with all genres tested (rock, jazz, classical, & pop). The following albums were sampled during my review: Adam Harasiewicz: Chopin Nocturnes & Preludes Adrian Legg: Waiting for a Dancer Antonio Pleeth: Geminiani 6 cello sonatas Beatles: 1 Bill Evans: Everybody Digs Bill Evans Billy Mclaughlin: Fingerdance Bonnie Raitt: Road Tested Calum Graham: Phoenix Rising Creed: Human Clay Dirks und Wirtz: Kinski Spencer Gismonti Don Ross: PS15 Earl Klugh & Bob James: One on One Francois Sciortino: French Guitar Giovanni Palombo: La melodia segreta, A Secret Melody Goran Sollscher: Eleven-String Baroque Hoff Ensemble: Quiet Winter Night Jian Wang: The Baroque Album Joe Satriani, Surfing with the Alien, Crystal Planet, Flying in a Blue Dream, Unstoppable Momentum John Doan: A Celtic Pilgrimage John Williams: The Guitarist Julian Webber: Elgar Cello Concerto - Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No.1 Krzysztof Meisinger: Villa-Lobos Melodia Sentimental Laurence Juber: Guitar Noir Lawson Rollins: Elevation Los Angeles Guitar Quartet: Spin Luca Stricagnoli: Luca Stricagnoli Markus Segschneider: Snapshots Michel Haumont: Michel Haumont & Co Mike Dawes: What Just Happened Miles Davis: Kind of Blue Mstislav Rostropovich: Beethoven The Cello Sonatas- Vol1&2, Chopin Cello Sotatas, Schubert Schuman Debusy Cello Sonatas, The Brahms Sonatas, Vivaldi - Tartini - Boccherini Cello Concertos Nora Jones: Come Away with Me Oslo String Quartet: The Shubert Connection Peppino D'Agostino: Acoustic Guitar Ralph Towner: My Foolish Heart Ryan LeBlanc: Speechless Sarah Mclachlan: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Surfacing Sergio & Odair Assad: Sérgio & Odair Assad Play Piazzolla Steve Vai: The Ultra Zone, Fire Garden Tomasz Gaworek: Born To Be Together Tori Amos: Under the Pink, Little Earthquakes TRONDHEIMSOLISTENE: In Folk Style, Souvenir I & II, Vladimir Horowitz: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto #3 Yo-Yo Ma: Bach Cello Suites Nos. 1, 5 & 6, Rachmaninov Prokofiev Cello Sonatas, Mendelssohn Piano Trios, Op. 49 & Op. 6

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good option for active lifestyles

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    BobinVA
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    A few years ago, I got a pair of no-name Bluetooth earbuds, just to try them out. I wasn't convinced that Bluetooth could reliably deliver good quality sound and provide decent battery life in such a small package. Well, I was wrong, and those cheap buds are still going strong. So, when it came time to get a new pair, they would be the benchmark against which any new buds would be compared. The JLab Epic Sport came nicely packaged, with lots of extra tips in different sizes, as well as a nice zippered case, which turned out to be a bit of a hassle to use. They also included different sizes of "cush fins". More on these later. The Epic Sport buds are marketed to active people, so one of the main features is that they stay in your ears during activities. There's nothing more annoying that having to repeatedly push your ear buds back in, so I was anxious to see how these would measure up. They accomplish this through the use of "memory wires" that go around behind your ears. These can be bent to fit the shape of your ears. I really like this idea, but it doesn't play out as well as I'd like. The wire is more difficult to position than I would like and trying to get it to the right shape while on my ears caused my ears to get irritated. Eventually, I got it to where I liked it, but taking them off and putting them back on seems to bend the wires away from the shape I set. So, I generally just go for "close enough". Using other buds while running often resulted in a weird sort of air-pressure percussion sound in my ears, which was pretty unpleasant and distracting. This happens when the buds form a seal in the ear canal. As you run, air pushes out, creating this sound. This is a bit of a catch-22, because a good seal is necessary to get any kind of bass response from your ear buds, but it is that seal that causes the problem. The Epic Sport buds are held by the wires at a particular angle, preventing you from pushing them far enough into your ear canals to get such a seal. Again, this is a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that, without a tight seal, you don't have to deal with that annoying sound. The curse is that this prevents these buds from having any good bass sound. Speaking of the seal, it's vitally important that ear buds provide a good seal in the ear canal or you won't be happy with the sound. Fortunately, JLab provides lots of tips, and even a couple different styles. Because they're held a little farther up the ear canal, I needed to use the largest tips to get decent results. The cush fins I mentioned earlier perform the same sort of function, but in the outer ear instead of the ear canal. These are very important to get a good fit, so don't ignore them, thinking they're just decorations. These ear buds do a good job of handling ambient wind noise, and they do indeed stay put while running. There is a small control bar that dangles just behind your right ear, and this contains the on/off/pause button, as well as volume up/down buttons, which also serve to allow you to skip forward and backward in the track listing. A thin wire connects to the other ear bud, and it seems to work best to put the wire around the back of your neck. I was impressed with how this wire stays out of your way and does not become a distraction. They did a really good job with this. I think the thinness of the wire is crucial—larger or flat wires just get in the way. Battery life is quite good, and a quick rinse in the shower after a run was easily handled by these buds. They're pretty comfortable and wearing them for several hours straight was no problem. All in all, I think these did a very good job at fulfilling their intended purpose. I definitely liked the JLab Epic Sport ear buds, but there were two areas that, if improved, would put these over the top: I wish they were just a little more comfortable, and I'd like to see the overall sound signature be a little better. They're a little light on bass, and that makes a big difference. Experimenting with the rubber tips and cush fins helped somewhat, but I could never get it quite "right". For most uses, I think you'll be pleased with these, but if you have the opportunity, compare them to some others, especially those who approach the way they fit in a different manner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Among the BEST Earbuds for Workouts

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    Panther68
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    The Epic 2 Wireless Sport earbuds are being replaced with the Epic Sport Wireless earbuds (yea, I know…the “new” version just swapped words in its name, instead of calling them the “Epic 3 Wireless Sport…oh well). Anyway, disregarding the “new” name, they appear extremely similar to most of JLab’s current lineup of earbuds. So, you’re wondering, what makes these different, or special? Also, how good a sound will I get from a $99 pair of Bluetooth earbuds? And, lastly, how will they stand up to use while exercising? The Epic Sport Wireless earbuds use the same 8mm drivers as in the Epic 2, so the sound is similar…but not identical, as the earbuds offer three sound modes. The default mode (called ‘Signature Mode’) can be changed (by simultaneously pressing the “plus” & “minus” buttons) to ‘Balanced Mode’, and ‘Bass Boost’. While the ‘Signature Mode’ tends to provide “crisper & cleaner” sound, the ‘Balanced Mode’ (as the name implies) fairly evenly balanced the treble & bass. Depending on the type of music you’re listening to, sometimes the ‘Signature Mode’ is better, and sometimes the “Balanced Mode’ is better. Unfortunately, in regards to the ‘Bass Boost’, I thought it was the worst bass boost I’ve ever heard. Yes, it does boost the bass…but, unfortunately, it also sounded like the mids & highs were lowered, creating a muddy, bass-heavy sound. As much as I disliked the ‘Bass Boost’, the other two EQ modes sound extremely good. My suggestion to anyone buying these is, avoid using the ‘Bass Boost’. Another miss is that JLab didn’t bother to include anything to indicate which mode it’s in – no LED, and no audible indication. The least they could have done was a single-word indicator (such as “signature”, “balanced”, and “bass”). That being said, as long as you stick to one of the first two sound modes, you can’t go wrong. That, pretty much, answers the first two questions. As for the third question, the answer is, extremely well. They have an IP66 rating, so, while you don’t want to take a shower, or go swimming, while wearing them, they are more than adequate for fitness use. Not only that, but you won’t have to worry about them flying off while jogging, as JLab includes 5 pair of snug-fitting eartips, as well as three sizes of ear fins. The sound-isolation is better than just “good”…not equal to “noise cancelation”, but you wouldn’t want something like that while jogging. Before getting these, I had a similar pair (by another manufacturer), and I’ve always had a problem keeping them snuggly in my ears. If I whipped my head, from side-to-side, one of the earbuds usually came out…not so with the JLab Epic Sport Wireless earbuds. Once you select the proper tip & fin sizes, they should fit almost as if they were glued into your ears. Best of all, the 12-hour battery life can easily last you a few days before the earbuds need to be recharged. Are there any problems? Of course…when it comes to electronics (or, truthfully, almost anything), nothing is “perfect”. The microphone is “good”, but could be better. The earbuds are Bluetooth 4.2, instead of the more-recent Bluetooth 5.0, the charging port is microUSB, as opposed to the newer, and better-designed USB Type-C. it’s overly-easy to accidentally skip tracks when listening to music. Conclusion: While there’s room for improvement (maybe these improvements will come in the next version, which I’ll jokingly name the “Epic 2 Sport Wireless”, as opposed to the previous Epic 2 Wireless Sport), the “misses” mentioned above are not enough to detract from that that is good (or great) about them. The sound is more than just “good”…and, when one considers that these are only $99, all the better. The sound modes add value (although the “Bass Boost” detracts somewhat), as does the extensive battery life. Where most manufacturers only include 3 eartip sizes, the fact that JLab includes 5 is impressive. While there are better options out there, none are available for as low a price. You can buy two of these for the price of Bose’s offering, and still have money left over for dinner for 2. Simply put, I would easily recommend these for someone who wants really good sound, but doesn’t want to spend a lot of money. Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or anywhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Long lasting battery

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    With 6 different tip styles/sizes and 3 fins it may take some experimenting to get the right fit. However, once I found the right combination they lock in and feel pretty comfortable at that. I usually don't like wearing in-ear headphones for an extended amount of time, but these do not cause the strain that others have. The cable is light and thin and with the cable holder you can tighten it more to your head or attach the clip to keep it attached to your shirt collar. The sound quality on these is pretty solid and while pressing both volume buttons at the same time you can change through three different EQ sounds to suite your desire. The volume controls are light however seem a little out of place when trying to make changes on the move, where the controls are so far back behind your ear. This also leads to the one major flaw, the sound quality of the microphone always makes me sound distant on a phone call and the other person having issues hearing me, even in a quite environment. There are a few other quarks with this headset, such as the unique charger, which is extremely short which makes for a few limited charging positions, such as on a counter or in a computer. Otherwise it kind of dangles from a wall socket charger. Also, you really need to keep track of it as it is unique and not like you can just use your phone charging cable to replace it. However, it holds solid with a magnet. The carrying case also makes for a really tight squeeze, but is a nice way to help keep everything together. Besides, it hasn't needed a whole lot of charging with the long lasting battery.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Comfort, Great Sound and Stay Put

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    I have several pairs of earbuds both wireless and wired, so I took the opportunity to compare some of them with this item. The wired pair is from a major brand and they were just okay in terms of comfort, but they did not have the soft rubber type ear inserts so I expected that. The sound was okay but not as much bass as I wanted. I also compared with a different JLAB product Epic Executive wireless buds (with noise cancelling) which have sort of ‘cushion’ flaps or fins which catch inside your ear and then finally this item (JLAB Epic Sport Wireless) which have the soft ear inserts but also go over top of your ears. I can tell you that either one is super comfortable. This item is called sport and that’s because the over the ear would seem to have a better chance of staying in your ear while jogging; however the flaps style also stayed fine during jogging, but not quite as well. Also all three kinds could be used easily with glasses. I did not expect the over the ear type (the JLAB Epic Sport i.e. this item) to accomodate the glasses as well, but they did just fine (in fact I’m wearing them while I write this with glasses). The sound from both JLABs blew the wired pair away so my further comments will compare only the JLAB buds. Both had a great and easy method of charging, both kept the charge fine. My preference would be the ‘cushion’ flap style only because they were easier to put in my ears than the over the ear type (this item). Sound wise they were similar, but noise cancelling is a desirable feature on planes which this item did not have, but the ‘cushion’ flap style did. This item has three equalizer modes which included: Bass Boost, Balanced and a so-called Signature mode with amp’d up vocals and bass which I liked best. Bluetooth connectivity is a snap with either JLAB and I did it easily with a desktop, an android phone and also to a Sling AirTV box – nice. For running I use the over the ear (this item) and for computer work or on planes I love the JLAB Epic Executive. This item for me was easily 5 star. I would highly recommend this item i.e. the JLAB Epic Sport Wireless. JLAB has their act together for excellent comfort, super sound, Bluetooth connectivity and ease of controls and charging – great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound, Excellent Fit

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    The JLab Epic Sport bluetooth sportbuds are necklace style in-ear earphones that offer good sound with bass emphasis, three EQ modes, and a sweatproof design. The fit is really the strength of these sportbuds; they seem exceptionally secure and offer a wide range of fitting options. They come with six different ear tips and three different ear 'fins'. The over the ear hook was comfortable even with my glasses on. The sound is good with some bass emphasis in each of the three EQ modes, which may not sit well with audio purists, but played well at the gym. Sound isolation is good but not complete, so you are always aware of your surroundings. Active isolation may be great for airplanes and offices, but for running, hiking, or really any physical activity, you need awareness of your environment (eg., cars). Bluetooth pairing was quick and easy, no problems. There are voice prompts for everything. The control panel is small, but the buttons are well differentiated. As with all of these three button controls, the buttons are multi-duty depending on press length. It takes a bit to learn them all, but fortunately JLab resisted the temptation to add double and triple tap functions. A four hour stint using them ran the battery down less than half way, so the 12 hour claimed lifetime seems reasonable. That's good, because the charging cable is a USB to proprietary connector with attaches magnetically to the control panel. While it helps with the waterproofing, it makes it impossible to charge unless you're carrying the cable with you. The microphone was no better than average, but voice was acceptable. External sounds were picked up, as well as some wind noise. These are not going to take the place of a good bluetooth phone earpiece for phone calls. The Epic Sports are definitely worth your consideration, especially given the price point or if you have had difficulty with fit in the past.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nicely made but a miss

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    I have owned several different types of JLab wireless headsets over the years. The JLab Epic Sport earbuds is the latest in their Epic Sport line. It has nearly all the features you would expect - Bluetooth 4.2, water and dust resistant, good battery life , hands free phone answering , control music etc. However, there are some nice features that not all the competition has : * Magnetic charger. No more fumbling to insert a micro USB for charging, just a simple snap on charger. Far better than nearly anyone else. * 3 different sound modes - Signature, Balanced, and Bass Boost. All adjustable from the controls on headset You get many different ear tips and cush fins to create a custom fit. The wire that the ear pieces connect to wraps around the ear to give it a tight fit ( to a point.) I’ve used them over a week and it took a while to get close to a tight fit. I have small ears and never got a perfect fit that held in place all the time. For me, it took a lot of fiddling and it was tiresome. With a tight fit , the sound was good but not as good as the JLab Executive Headset. After using it during jogging, there was a decent amount of outside noise . Some of it was from a loss of fit and some of it was from a lack of noise cancellation. In a quiet environment, the sound is powerful and rich. In the real world, not so much. Answering calls is okay to hear but seemed to lose a bit on microphone pick up of my voice. The Epic Spot earbuds come with a case but when you cram the headset in the case, it loses some of the shape that you creatde for a good fit and you have to start over. All that JLab’s had to do was make a bigger case. So what is my overall impression? This is a hit and miss headset. It is built well and has great features on paper. However, the overall fit is troublesome and the lack of noise cancellation makes the sound inferior to the Executive version of this headset. Sorry JLab, I’d take a pass on this one for a non sport version or look to JLab Epic Air’s instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Underwhelming Earphones Misses Big Points

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    The JLAB Epic Sport bluetooth earbuds have a great sounding name and look the part too. The spec list looks great, 12 hours battery life, sweatproof, and built-in equalizer! What's not to like? All these add up for what makes a pretty good set of fitness earbuds on paper. Sadly, that's about where it ends - on paper. Setup is pretty straightforward with a long press on the power button. No need to read the manual there, it follows what seems to be the defacto standard with Bluetooth earbuds. One paired, everything works as expected. It even has a smart assistant trigger via pressing the power button twice quickly. It's a cool feature that sets it aside from others. Audio playback is ok, not the best, but good enough to accept for something that gets 12 hours of battery life and is sweat proof. That allows for a week or two of workouts or a few long runs without needing to remember to recharge. Call quality is great. It still is surprising when one gets great call quality, but average music playback, but I will give credit where due. However, it's going to be tough to get through all those workouts or even one of those runs, at least if your ears skew on the smaller end. I've experienced this before with JLAB, but their drivers just tend to be on the large end. It could be an engineering design to ensure a tight fit that won't slip out of your ear (despite the earhooks) when taking the sweat-proofness to the max, but for me, it ends up just being so uncomfortable that I can't wear the buds for more than 30 minutes. And after a couple sessions, I just rather deal with slipping earbuds than the ear pain. Ultimately, this is what stops this rating at 3 stars. I think the bones are there for a 4 star product, but long term comfort is a pretty big deal for earbuds in general, and particularly for ones that would be used in a workout environment where you may wear them continuously for a couple hours.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing earbuds - that also happen to be wireless

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    Many wireless earbud reviews distinguish that they're good "for wireless earbuds." So far, sound quality for wireless technology over bluetooth or aptx just can't match good old fashioned cables. However, JLab has managed to create a pair of wireless buds that sound great period, and also are water/sweat resistant, durable, and easy on the eyes too. To start, when you open the packaging, the earbuds and one of each ear piece is displayed in a clear container that looks absolutely beautiful. Does this affect the use of my buds? No, but it's nice when a company goes the extra mile to showcase their product. The buds come with a triple flange, soft pieces, and then different sizes for each. A case and charging cable are also included. The case is big enough to hold all the extras, but not so big that it's going to be a brick in your pocket or workout bag. One nice feature that might also become a negative, is the charging. While most wireless buds I've owned or currently own use usb in some form to charge, making it easy to just grab any open cable near my desk to charge, the JLab Epics use a wireless charger. The wireless charging means the connection is magnetic, so I don't have to worry about snapping a piece off if I'm charging it in my bag, but at the same time, if you lose the included charger, you can't just pick up another cable at home. The buds are comfortable in my ears when I'm working out, which they should be, since the Epics are marketed by JLab to be for runners. One thing is the sound isolation works really well, which kind of scared me. Yes you should always be paying attention when you're out, but sometimes you need audio cues to know which direction to look out for. Overall, great earbuds that do exactly what they were designed and marketed for. Highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for Exercising!

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    TechMatcher
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    I'm a sweater - meaning I sweat a lot working out. I've had many issues with finding earbuds that will stay in my ears for the duration of my activity due to my heavy perspiration. However, these EPIC Sports worked awesome, stayed snugly in place and have become my go-to earbuds when working out! I attribute most of the fit success to the adjustable memory wire that you can mold to your ear to assist holding those earbuds in place. They also come with 5 ear tips and 3 cush fins to really get the right fit for your ear. Did I mention that are IP66 splashproof? Yup - that will handle my heavy sweating - just don't take them in the pool with you. Sound quality is very good with the 8mm drivers in each earbud. There are 3 different EQ modes to choose from as well, so you are bound to like at least one of them. I haven't verified the 12 hour play time yet - likely I won't ever run them out as I recharge them weekly. Added bonus - a travel case to protect them in your backpack! Definitely a solid performer that I will use often!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great wired earbuds!

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    JackM
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    Where to begin? First of all, I need to be fair and admit that I probably qualify as an earbud collector. I acquired and accumulated at least a half-dozen sets of high-end wired headsets over the years, which I retired with the advent and availability of the wireless Bluetooth versions. I got my first wireless earbuds nearly a decade ago, and have continued to update my collection with newer models from different manufacturers, as they've become available. I've even got a couple pair of the type that the right and left ear buds are untethered / independent of one another. They seemed like a great idea, but after having one fall out of my ear and into a storm drain, they lost their appeal. I recently added the these earbuds to my collection, and they are hands down my favorites so far. The fit is excellent, not to mention incredibly comfortable, the sound quality is awesome, not to mention the customization capabilities, and the 12 hour battery life brings peace of mind to my rather OCD fear of needing to recharge at any given moment. Yup, these are my new faves, and I think a second pair is in order, just to keep in my gym bag.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A pleasure to own.

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    TheTruthRealDeal
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    The JLAB Epic Sport Wireless Earbuds are a nice addition to my portable listening experience. They Pair via Bluetooth extremely easy. All I had to do was to press the play/pause/answer/hang up button for eight seconds and wait for the blinking red and blue light to change into a slow blue blinking light. By tapping the name Jlab Epic Sport inside my device settings, I finalized the connection. Once connected, I can control Equalizer modes, volume up and down,track forward and backward, play/pause/answer and hang up all from three buttons on the control panel. The charging device is universal for all USB inputs. I have a clamp to adjust the fit of the wire and to secure the Earbuds to my shirt. I have three equalizer modes (signature, balanced, and bass boost) that enhances to music to my own peticular desires. They also answer phone calls clearly without distortion. My only complaint with the JLAB Epic Sport Wireless Earbuds is the bending of the memory wire to fit snuggly around my ear. Everytime I try to bend them to fit tightly around my ear, they spring back almost to their original position. Besides that the JLAB Epic Sport Wireless Earbuds are dynamic and a pleasure to own.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Some honesty

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    Stylian
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    Well, for one I take my ear buds very seriously and as a cyclist I always use wireless (bluetooth) variety. I recently spent over 200.00 dollars to purchase some that do a little more then just music (they take your pulse etc)... Unfortunately I only use them for music as I have other gadgets for pulse and such. So I was getting tired of the heavy expensive earbuds I use regularly. Now, this is my first JLAB so had no previous experience and low expectations. THE SOUND WAS AWESOME. I know there are three settings for sound on these and honestly I havent decided which I like more but man, I was very surprised at how nice the sound is. Also battery seems to last soooo much longer then my other ones that I have to constantly charge. The JLABS have impressed me so far, I am not a fan of the fact that the charging cord is not just a basic (android style charging usb) cord but either way thats a minor issue just making sure I do not lose this magnetic charging cord. Fits very well in the ear, they seem to give you all kinds of ear foam buds so you can find the ones you are comfortable with. Very well done and my go to ear buds now :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply awesome wireless earbuds

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    Todd
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    Ive Never been a fan at all of earbuds. Either they dont stay in well, or fit is uncomfortable. Not at all the case with thse Jlabs, fit is great, comfort is just as nice, and there are many assorted sizes inserts included. Also included is a small accesory case, and charging cable. The sound with these is really nice for any earbud Ive tried. They are clear with a good amount of bass. Battery life is great, I got 3 days of use before charging them. I really like how well they fit in the ear, and that theres a shapable cable that runs behind the ear to better keep these in place. Theres volume up & down buttons, as well as pause/answer call. While the price imo, is slightly steep. These have everything a quaility set of earbuds need. I definitely recommemd these to anyone who works out, and or likes wireless earbuds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Genuine Sports Headphones, Great Noise Isolation

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    There are a lot of sports headphones on the market. The JLab Epics are IP66 sweat resistant but what sets them apart is the ear hooks. These are PROPER ear hooks in that they have a thin strip of wire in them (I guess it's wire) that lets you mould the hooks to sit tight and comfortably around your ear. Most sports headphones just have plastic hooks that flop around. Another big distinction is the JLabs noise isolation is amazing. They have a bit of rubber that fits around the buds, so when they're in you're ear the connect is sealed. The isolation is almost as good as noise cancellation. Wow. The other thing that sets these apart is the charger is not micro USB but a magnetic attachment. I have been more prone to charging these as I don't have to fiddle with an annoying charging flap. Just drop in the charger and it all goes. Sound quality is great. You can adjust equalizer by pressing the volume up and down simultaneously for 3 different preset (I prefer the bass boost version). Very happy with the JLab Epics - finally a quality sounding sports headphones that stay in my ears and on even during heavy workouts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lots to like, sound could be better

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    RandallFlagg
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    These are a great set of earbuds. First off, they paired up easily to my Google Pixel, something that a lot of earphones don't do. The magnetic charger is so nice. It's about an inch long and it clicks to the back of the volume controls. No messing with a little rubber door that feels like it's going to rip off every time you charge the set. It comes with an assortment of ear pieces, s,m,l. ear bud cushions and 2-3 ear cushions to seal the buds. Thats the one problem I have with these buds. When I get them to seal, the bass and music sound great. Using them at the gym works. But when they don't make a seal on either ear, they sound tinny with no lows. It could just be my ears or me, but I tried the medium buds that are installed from factory and then I tried the large. The medium are the closest to fit me and the large wouldn't even go in, so there's that. The small would most likely not seal, so I didn't even try them. I chose just to mess with them a bit and get a good sound. Like I said, once they fit, they sound good. I'd recommend them to a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sport earbuds!

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    I really like these buds. The fit snug and the piece that goes around the ear is easily adjustable so the earbuds don't fall off while you are exercising. They come with several earpiece sizes for fit and comfort. The sound is excellent and have 3 different presets in the included EQ/enhancer. They were very easy to pair with my android phone. I have not drained the battery until dead, but they easily get me through a work day and to the gym, so around 8-10 hours (the first 8 hours at work obviously not constantly listening to music). They come with a nice charger that is magnetic. The only pro was the packaging, man I had to fight to get it open, other than that they are perfect, oh, and they come with 3 months of Pandora music for free!! Also a nice carrying mini pouch!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, questionable design

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    The JLAB Epic Sport Wireless Earbuds provide the sound and portability I have come to expect from the JLAB. Crisp highs, deeps low, clear mids... all in a bluetooth package. This particular design, however, left me questioning the overall practicality, durability, and construction. Unlike other versions of the JLAB portable buds, this one requires a weird magnetic connection to the control section of the neckpiece to charge. This wouldn't be a problem, except unless you happen to be carrying a wall charger in your pocket (it won't fit in the carrying case), you have to charge from a computer which makes your headphone dangle strangely from your USB port while charging. Easy to be stepped on or snagged depending on where or how your USB configuration is. PROS - JLAB SOUND QUALITY - Easy to setup - Easy to wear - Portable CONS - Design is questionable - Charging is questionable - Durability unknown - Carrying case is too small!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Secure fit for working out guaranteed!

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    Angie
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    I was looking for 'earhook' fitted earbuds because of the secure fit that it provides while working out. I also wanted something with a decent, well balanced sound quality. Tried really expensive ones that had great sound but just couldnt stay on my sweaty ears during a workout. Had powerbeats 3 but sweat destroyed them. Decided to try these because of the memory wire that can be 'hooked' over your ear like an ear hook and because it had ear grips that provide 'in ear' security. Had an intense workout and sweated profusely and I am happy to report that these earbuds stayed in place the whole time. Sounds quality is pretty good for the price (3 EQ profiles, 2 of which pack good bass). Until someone comes up with better earbuds with earhooks and a bangin' sound quality that are also sweat proof, these Jlabs are your best bet!

    I would recommend this to a friend