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JLab Epic Sport2 Take a look at: Wired for exercises

“The Epic Sport2 is another pair of weatherproof, durable fitness buds from JLab.”

Several customization options

IP66 weatherproof

20 hours of playback

From an outside perspective, JLab appears to be taking advantage of the qualities of its popular Epic Air Sport wireless earbuds, attaching them to a set with a wire on the two buds, and lowering the price by $ 100.

While not quite cut and dried – JLab’s new $ 49 Epic Sport2 has some significant differences besides a cable and a drop in price – it feels like it has the same sound quality as the real wireless earbuds looking for these but want a cheaper price and no matter a cable, these headphones are made for you. These fourth generation buds are still primarily intended for workouts like their predecessors, and although they may not be the same real radio spectacle as the Epic Air Sport, the Epic Sport2 are damn good for fitness.

Out of the box

The packaging of the Epic Sport2 is simple, but usual for JLab conditions: a sky-blue box with a small selection of goodies. There are the buds themselves, which are in plastic form, as well as a practical, foldable quick start guide and a small carrying case, in which a charging cable, additional earplugs and “Cush-fins” (these are the foam pads of the buds to which they are attached) are attached to yours Ear, for those who are not familiar with JLab’s jargon).

JLab Epic Sport2 earphonesNick Woodard / Digital Trends

The power switch of the inline remote control brings the Epic Sport2 to life and has a voice prompt that greets you with a “Hello”. The buds go into pairing mode after pressing the power button for eight seconds. You can then access your mobile device’s Bluetooth settings to end the connection. This process is not as easy as buds, which automatically switch to pairing mode the first time they are unpacked. However, the setup is simple.

design

I am the first to say that I was not immediately satisfied with the fit and comfort of the Epic Sport2. That’s why the company naturally has as many additional sets of earplugs and cush fins as it does.

JLab Epic Sport2 earphonesNick Woodard / Digital Trends

JLab contains four sets of standard gel earplugs that I usually like. However, the set of three-flange foam earplugs proved to be the most comfortable for me and in this case best suited my ear canals. I had to swap the cush fins for another of the three sets and finally found something with a little more padding to press against my ears.

This solved my comfort problem. The badly fitting buds were immediately comfortable to wear on long runs and very safe. All credit to JLab: you may recognize more than others that ears are not one size and offer you a wide range of the right tools to find out what works best for you.

The black earbuds (the only color JLab offers with these buds) are not tiny themselves, but they are not too big either. I think they find a decent balance. The ear hooks to which they are attached are flexible, if slightly thin, and merge into a thin wire that runs from one ear to the next. At 14.8 grams, these buds are lighter overall than the Epic Air Sport, which weighs 10 grams per bud. During a week of runs and workouts, I can probably count the number of times I had to readjust these buds.

The lightweight and comfortable fit combines a range of earbuds that are excellent in design for the intended purpose: training.

The carrying case for the Epic Sport2 resembles a stripped-down sunglasses holder with the JLab logo on the cover. I wouldn’t say that the case is pocket sized, unfortunately – it’s too big for this nickname. That means the case balances its mass with additional certainty. I am sure it is sturdy enough to fit in your backpack or training bag without fear of damaging the earbuds.

properties

Overall, it was the characteristics of the JLab Epic Air Sport that made them our favorite earphones for training. It’s no surprise that JLab has retained many of these features with the Epic Sport2.

JLab Epic Sport2 earphonesNick Woodard / Digital Trends

The Epic Air Sport had a weather protection class of IP66, which protected them from strong water jets and made them completely dustproof. The Epic Sport2 receives the same treatment and again offers these buds better protection than the Powerbeats Pro (IP56) and the Jabra Elite Active 75t (IP57).

The Epic Air Sport had a playback time of 10 hours on a single charge, with an outrageous additional charge of 60 hours available in its case. The Epic Sport2 is not quite as generous in terms of battery life, but it does offer 20 hours of playback – eight hours better than the previous Epic Sport – and a quick charge feature that lets you plug in 1.5 hours of playback in just 10 minutes. That’s probably a lot of battery for most fitness-minded people, and frankly I’m still working to discharge the battery from these buds with them after a little over a week.

Both the real wireless and wireless versions feature Bluetooth 5 technology with an estimated range of over 30 feet. With the Epic Sport2, I would say the range was accurate because I was able to move the buds between my front and back yards without failure, while my phone stayed in place on my porch. The buds only support the AAC and SBC audio codecs, and I would have liked aptX to be included in the mix. However, this isn’t a deal breaker for earphones under $ 100.

The inline remote control offers the ability to control the volume, pause / play, change tracks and call your preferred voice assistant. It’s not as easy a process as the better touchpads on the market, but it still works for most requirements.

Audio quality

Let’s just admit it: we’re all podcast listeners during training these days, right? There’s nothing better than hearing Marc Maron’s pontificate about life during the WTF podcast as he crosses a six-mile run.

JLab Epic Sport2 earphonesNick Woodard / Digital Trends

You don’t need great sound quality for Maron, though it does offer some tremendous transition guitar riffs. But at some point, podcasts lose their shine for a moment and you find yourself going to your go-to playlist. JLab knew that at some point you would come to the musical side of things and prepared accordingly.

The same dynamic 8mm neodymium magnet drivers power both the real wireless Epic Air Sport and these Epic Sport2 buds. Both have a three-mode EQ that offers Signature, Balanced and Bass Boost modes.

In this sense, our original thoughts on the audio quality of the Epic Air Sport apply a year later with the Epic Sport2. The different EQ modes help the buds work well for different genres, with the signature mode being the best mode to produce the most sound. We said the Powerbeats Pro had more fidelity than the Epic Air Sport back then, and this comparison applies here too. A more comparable option for the Epic Sport2 may be the 1More Dual Driver ANC, a pair of earphones that are also wired together. They aren’t earbuds for training, but they offer superior sound quality for around $ 100 more than what the Epic Sport 2 offers in retail.

There is a fairly problematic area of ​​the sound quality of the Epic Sport2: calls. According to the JLab website, the Epic Sport2 has built-in microphones for phone calls – and I believe them – but based on my experience, I just don’t think they’re very good. Especially when I was traveling, the primary environment for which these buds were intended, both ends of my calls encountered a certain scratchiness, as if the buds themselves were trying to clear their throats. I don’t know if you will make many calls during an intense workout. Maybe this is not a big problem. Still, it’s a subject worth mentioning.

Our opinion

The JLab Epic Sport2 are almost the likeness of their true wireless cousins, the Epic Air Sport, with solid features and sound quality in a design that is explicitly geared towards athletes, and they even saved a few dollars. The only advantages are that you have to be fine with a wire that occasionally tickles your neck and know that you are expecting call quality below average at best.

Are there any better alternatives?

The Epic Air Sport was originally retailed for $ 149 and offers a more convenient, real wireless design, albeit at a higher cost. If you like the connected style of the Epic Sport2 but don’t need a workout-centered pair of buds, the ANC Dual Driver Dual Driver sounds great for $ 150 and offers active noise cancellation.

How long will they last?

JLab offers a two-year warranty and airtight weather resistance. I don’t think these buds will soon stall.

Should you buy them

Yes. Call quality is a hit with the Epic Sport2, and real wireless has far exceeded the popularity of the connected look, but you can’t deny the features and design of these sweet-sounding buds. In short, they work out just as well as the Epic Air Sport at a fraction of the price.

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