I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on the Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones for some time. Jabra describes the Revo Wireless Headphones as combining “amazing sound clarity with peerless build and durability”. The videos on the Jabra website show just how tough the headphones are, and a live demonstration at CES 2013 reinforced the message. Yes, the Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones promise to be incredibly durable. If the sound quality is similarly impressive, then Jabra will likely have a hit on their hands.
The bad news is that we don’t yet have a final price or release date on the headphones. We do now!- They will be available on March 25th at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and Dell for $249. The good news is that a review sample showed up this morning, and I have been using them all day. The full review is coming within the week, but I am impressed enough with the Revo Wireless Headphones that I did want to get a quick first look posted.
The Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones come nicely packaged in a box that is easy to open. (Thank you Jabra!!) Inside the box are the headphones, a USB charging cable, a 1.2m detachable audio cable for using the Revo Wireless Headphones in wired mode, a protective bag, a quick start guide, and a code to unlock Jabra’s special Dolby audio app. The presentation is impressive, and it speaks to the quality of the headphones themselves.
The actual headphones are fairly light; they fold into themselves for storing and carrying in the included bag, The headphone hinges, while not heavy, are surprisingly sturdy. Jabra put this headset to the test. The cable holds up to 33 pounds, the band was bend tested 10,000 times, the hinges were folded and unfolded 3,500 times, and the headphones have been dropped from 6 1/2′ without breaking; these are serious headphones for use in the real world.
The headphones also pack serious technology inside. The left earcup doubles as a button to activate the NFC pairing mode. Yes, these headphones have NFC pairing. The on/off switch is a real on/off toggle thankfully, and it doubles as the activator for more traditional Bluetooth pairing. Inside, the Revo Wireless Headphones have Bluetooth 3.0. 12 hours of talk or music are even more impressive when you realize these have a standby time of 240 hours. And if that isn’t enough, the volume control is a touchstrip on the right earcup. Drag your finger clockwise and they get louder. Drag counterclockwise and they get softer; music controls are also touch sensitive areas of the right earcup.
All that is great, but how comfortable are the Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones and how do they sound? For that you’ll have to read the full review, but lets just put it this way — I’ve been waiting to try these since before CES 2013, and my first impression is that they were worth the wait.