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if you are never on the move, they are fine
on 20 September 2013
JBL J33i headphones.
After more then 20 years as a happy owner of JBL speakers, it was with average expectation I bought the JBL J33i headphones. The sound quality is as expected, it is rather good, but beside that, the overall product experience is no less than very disappointing.
J33i is a classic example of a product being produced in the development department, and being released before it has been field-tested.
- The length of the wires is totally off, unless your head if 100% bigger then average and you have your iPhone in your boots. Lots of experiences has been done in this field, why not learn from that.
- The wire is way too heavy, I appreciate that it is a strong wire that can take a beating, but this is overkill, it is to heavy and to stiff to be held by the headphones
- The clip that comes to hold the wire attached to your shirt, was obviously not designed for the wire, the wire will not stay in the clip, and the clip is necessary to use the headphones, because of the heavy wire.
- The design of the in-ear unit, is to long, it sticks so far out of the ear that it is really hard to keep then in the ear because of the heavy weight of the wire, no matter what rubber you use on the headphone.
- The worst problem with the J33i is the wire noise, any movement that makes the wire touch you shirt, jacket or beard goes directly in the headphones, it is almost like the nois is being amplified. This is only made worse by the heavy wire and the microphone. The microphone is a noise generator on it own, shake it a bit and you can hear the buttons are loose, this again goes on to the wire and to the headphones.
- The packaging of the headphones, was done so tight that, it is impossible to straighten the wire after you have unpacked the headphones. This problem, is amplified by the thick heavy wire.
If you only use J33i at home, sitting still listening to music, the headphones work just fine, but if that is you wanted application, you would probably buy over or on ear headphones, which I really wish I had done instead.
I am extremely disappointed, I did not expect the best headphones in the world at around 100 UDS, but I certainly did not expect the worst either.