SOL Republic is probably better known for their modular headphones, which in the US is closely connected to amongst other the NCAA and sports. With the Jax they are going in-ear and doing it with a range of stylish colors to match your personal style.
The SOL Republic Jax headphones can probably be placed in the middle of the market price wise with a retail price around £35. They come with the SOL Republic i2 sound engine for what the company describes as a great bass experience and clear highs.
Jax are available in a range of five colours: Stellar Blue, Lemon Lime, Vivid Red, Onyx and Paper White. My personal favourite is the Vivid Red version as we all need a bit of color towards the end of winter. Besides the choice of colors, the Jax headphones feature flat tangle-free cable with the option of either a 3-button iphone controller or a single-button universal controller. For best possible fit, SOL Republic have included 4 different interchangeable silicon earbuds with the Jax.
These days the price of the Sol Republic Jax headphones can best be described as the budget end of the market. Yes, you can get cheaper headphones, but you will struggle to find any better in-ear headphones at a cheaper price. The Jax has been a pleasant surprise for the couple of weeks that I have now been testing them out.
When it comes to in-ear headphones I primarily look for a good and comfortable fit, a decent level of natural noise cancellation, and a well balanced sound. The Sol Republic Jax comes close to a top score on most of these areas for its price class. First of all, they are very lightweight, and the flat cable results in less tangling when you have to just quickly throw them in the bag or your pocket. For me, the default eartips were the right fit, but there are three other sizes to choose from as well should you find them too big or small. Comfort factor is good, although over extended periods of use if found that the edge between the silicon tip and the earbud itself would cause a slight irritation. Then again, that will vary from user to user depending on the shape of your ear canal.
Natural noise cancellation is better than expected at this price, as even a train commute did not feel to noisy and allowed to hear the music loud and clear.
Overall I found the Jax to deliver a well balanced sound. There is a good level of clarity and the bass is there, but not overpowering. Do you get the same details as a more expensive pair of headphones? No, but they are amongst the better I’ve heard at this price range.
- A good and well balanced sound for their price
- Lightweight and comfortable fit
- Tangle-free flat cord with inline remote for Apple users
- The plastic build feels a bit on the cheap side
- Inline remote sometimes a bit sensitive, especially when double clicking to skip tunes
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The SOL Republic Jax headphones are available from amongst other Amazon and Argos in the UK.