Jabra Rox Wire­less

HWM (Singapore) - - Test - by Kenny Yeo

CON­CLU­SION A solid pair air of buds that hat looks as good as it sounds. nds. Every­thingg else is a bonus. s.

Blue­tooth wire­less head­phones are a dime a dozen these days, but the new Rox Wire­less stands out for its sporty good looks, rugged de­sign and ease of use. These new in-ear head­phones are part of Jabra’s Mu­sic line and are crafted out of solid steel, which makes them feel re­ally well built. What’s more in­ter­est­ing about its de­sign are the mag­netic ear­buds. When not in use, sim­ply clip the two ear­buds to­gether and it will go into power-sav­ing mode. When you want to lis­ten to mu­sic again, de­tach them from each other and the Rox Wire­less will au­to­mat­i­cally re­con­nect to the pre­vi­ous source. Jabra claims a bat­tery life of around five to six hours and we found that to be fairly ac­cu­rate. The Rox Wire­less also has a built-in re­mote and mi­cro­phone that lets users eas­ily play, pause or skip tracks, and take or re­ject calls.

The Rox Wire­less comes with the usual se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent sizes of sil­i­con ear tips to en­sure a per­fect fit, and it also comes with some­thing Jabra calls “ear wings”, which fit into the ridges of your ear for an even more se­cure fit. It feels a bit un­nat­u­ral at first, but it does a good job of keep­ing the head­phones in place, which is great if you in­tend to use it for sports. And if you do, you would be happy to know that the Rox Wire­less is IP52-cer­ti­fied, so it is dust, wa­ter and sweat re­sis­tant.

The Rox Wire­less is both Blue­tooth and NFC com­pat­i­ble and pair­ing with de­vices is a straight­for­ward process. Au­dio-wise, the Rox Wire­less im­pressed us with its strong bass, clear vo­cals and a pretty wide sound­stage. On our test track, Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia, we found the strings to be clearly ren­dered and the open­ing in­tro when the bongo drums came on had lots of punch. The spa­cious­ness of its sound­stage was also ap­par­ent dur­ing the dual gui­tar so­los to­wards the end of the track. That said, there were times where we found the bass to be a tad over­pow­er­ing, drown­ing out the rest of the au­dio spec­trum.

Users can also en­hance the Rox Wire­less with Dolby Dig­i­tal Plus tech­nol­ogy by down­load­ing the free Jabra Sound App. The app is ba­si­cally a mu­sic player for lo­cal files with said Dolby Dig­i­tal Plus sound en­hance­ments built-in and equal­izer func­tions. In our ex­pe­ri­ence, en­abling Dolby Dig­i­tal Plus made the al­ready strong bass way too over­pow­er­ing and gave the over­all sound a some­what ar­ti­fi­cial feel. Note that Dolby Dig­i­tal Plus can only be turned on us­ing this app, so it does not work with other mu­sic stream­ing apps such as Spo­tify or Deezer.

All things con­sid­ered, the new Rox Wire­less is a com­mend­able pair of Blue­tooth head­phones that of­fers great sound and de­sign. We liked also like its mag­netic ear cups, which makes it easy to keep and con­serve bat­tery. And at $169, we also think it is rea­son­ably priced for what it of­fers.

Dolby sound en­hance­ments work only when us­ing the Jabra Sound app.

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