Total, the sound high quality on the Go Air is mediocre. I did not count on to be wowed by a $29 set of earbuds, however they’re in all probability advantageous for some folks. Extra particularly, the sound is compressed and skinny. Even with one of the best of the audio presets, there was an absence of depth to virtually all of the music I attempted. Regardless of some respectable bass, there’s an excessive amount of treble and never sufficient midrange tone. I might argue even the bass is high-pitched except you are utilizing the bass-boosting setting. Bass enhance additionally gives slightly house for the music to work, nevertheless it nonetheless sounded compressed in comparison with most different true wi-fi earbuds I’ve examined.
Throughout genres, the outcomes are blended. Bands like Caspian and the Appleseed Solid that create huge, open and ethereal soundscapes clearly spotlight the Go Air’s compression points. These acts are expert at constructing layered songs that appear to envelope you with every instrument. With these earbuds, that is all flat — particularly the drums. Metallic and hard-core acts like Gojira and Oh, Sleeper fare barely higher. The sound you get from JLab’s signature setting is huge and boomy, however not as a lot as it could be in any other case. Unsurprisingly, hip-hop sounds greatest with the bass-boost preset. Kaytranada’s Bubba has some good thump, however there’s little midrange, and a few of the finer particulars get misplaced.
When you’re a podcast junkie who hardly ever listens to music on the go, the Go Air will let you lower the earbud tether with what you’d spend on a few cocktails after work. Podcasts sound advantageous on these, because the audio shortcomings aren’t as apparent. They’re nonetheless removed from excellent, however in the event you primarily eat spoken content material, you can save some huge cash with a $29 gadget. Nonetheless, in order for you an all-around set well-suited for each music and podcasts, you may wish to look elsewhere.
When it comes to battery life, JLab guarantees 5 hours on a cost, which is on the low finish for true wi-fi earbuds lately. A lot of the competitors is within the 10-hour vary now. However once more, 5 hours should not be a dealbreaker on a funds set just like the Go Air. I virtually hit that 5-hour determine in my assessments — four hours, 45 minutes to be actual. It is nonetheless sufficient to get you thru a very good chunk of the day, and the included case holds three full prices. What’s extra, a quick-charge characteristic offers you an hour of playback in 15 minutes. These earbuds additionally offer you a battery replace whenever you flip them on. It is a imprecise “full,” “medium” or “low,” nevertheless it’s nonetheless useful, because it offers you a ballpark concept of how a lot battery you might have left.
I will admit I am not well-versed within the sub-$50 true wi-fi earbud market. The closest I’ve come is Audio-Technica’s ATH-CK3TW. However at $119, they’re greater than twice the price of the Go Air, and so they have flaws of their very own. JLab has piqued my curiosity although, and you may count on to learn extra about sub-$100 and even sub-$50 earbuds on Engadget any longer. When you’re contemplating the Go Air, they’re scheduled to go on sale in March.
Whereas the Go Air is not a recreation changer, it did exceed my expectations when it comes to expertise. These earbuds are simple to make use of and supply a number of useful options that more-expensive fashions typically omit. The contact controls are well-organized and dependable, which retains frustration to a minimal. Kudos to JLab for making quantity adjustments as fast and painless as doable. Ultimately, the Go Air is serviceable. However in the event you want a well-rounded seat of earbuds that may deal with each your music and podcast libraries, you may wish to take into account some options — even when meaning a much bigger funding.