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March 8, 2013 • Reviews

Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones First Look

Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones

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.comBestBuy.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.

Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones

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.

Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones

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.

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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.

Learn more here on the Jabra Revo Wirless Headphone product page.

2 Responses to " Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones First Look "

  1. […] pricey headphones. I covered a good bit of the initial ground in my ‘First Look’ post (read it) so I’ll try not to be […]

  2. […] The company is proud to have partnered with Dolby to bring high-definition sound enhanced by Dolby Digital Plus to the Jabra Vox earbuds. This is accomplished through the Jabra Sound App. The app is a free download and a code to activate it is included with the earbuds. The app does enhance the sound and offers numerous preset audio configurations for whichever style of music you are enjoying. Unfortunately, as I noted in my review of the Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones, the fact that the app appears to initially hesitate while it loads all of the songs from an iDevice’s music library each time you fire it up is more than a bit frustrating. It is worth noting that I do not find a similar lag when using the Jabra Sound App on my HTC One X Android handset! In addition, thanks to Apple’s myopic limitations, the app cannot access music from streaming services. This holds true even if you have downloaded the music to your device. Honestly, as much as I like the added delay, it isn’t worth it to me. (Read more about my issues with it the app here.) […]

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