Apr 19, 2013
When we talk of Jabra, I’m sure bluetooth telephony comes to mind. Jabra has been in the wireless game for a while. Long enough to have major juice. Still, I figured that having the opportunity to review a wired headset from Jabra would still be an experience, so I jumped at it. Jabra Revo Wired Headset was supposed to deliver great sound with nice aesthetics to boot.
The review piece came in a great looking, solid case with yellow and black accents. In a time when manufacturers scrimp on packaging regardless of price, it’s nice to see nice frills. It contained the headset, 3.5 mm male to male auxiliary cable, a storage bag and documentation (which included an exclusive unlock code for the Jabra Sound companion app).
The headset itself was a thing of beauty. The design angles demanded it be touched, and the greyish hues mixed well with black leather and burn orange cabling. At the risk of sounding like a lovestruck extra on Gone With the Wind, it was a sight to behold. The memory pieces on the audio outputs were indeed soft, and the padding on the headband hinted at an enviable attention to detail. The joints and extensibility were design decisions I appreciated. And it seemed tough enough; drops from about four feet didn’t faze it. I also liked the extra inlet for the new sweetheart or pesky kid brother to load up an extra headset.
But what about it’s real mission? Well, I am going to be very honest. I don’t consider myself an audiophile; I do like high end headset and speakers, and dislike warped sound. I’m a stoic guy, and am rarely prone to inappropriate public displays or inexplicable shouts of joy. I don’t fall for the hype.
The sound quality blew me away.
The sound was rich, belying the stated Dolby Digital collaboration. I thought it somehow separated the elements of the sound even while melding them together, all the while creating a hauntingly precise musical experience. It worked flawlessly with two music applications (including Google Music) and Netflix. The on-device controls worked for playing/pausing, as well as hanging up calls. The built-in microphone worked for calls, as did the volume buttons.
The Jabra Sound app was a cool extension which opened up a fairly basic music app and equalizer. Basic, because without stuff like shuffle, true music heads might sneer. It did have share functionality, so I won’t talk too much shade about it. The volume buttons did not work on my default third-party music app, but that was a minor quibble.
For a high-end piece of kit that lives up to its reputation, this headset is definitely an understated option. If wired headsets are one’s preferred option, these might do the trick. If they are not one’s preferred option, be warned: it just might be.