J&L Real J&L-103 Bluetooth Earphone Quick Review
Thanks to J&L Real for the sample.
Brief: A pretty, pretty generalist Bluetooth earphone.
Price: £30 or US$36
Specifications: Bluetooth Version: V4.1, Noise Reduction: CVC 6.0, Operation Range: 33 feet, Dimensions: L540*W32*H20mm, Battery Capacity: 80mAh, Playtime:6~8 hrs, Charge time: 1-2 hrs, Standby time: 175 hrs
Accessories: 3 * Ear tips ( S, M, L), 3 * Ear hooks(S,M,L), 1 * USB Cable, 1 * User Manual, 1 * Carry Pouch
Build Quality: Seem rather good though the right bud on mine had a small rattle when they went magnetically clasped. Visually they look nice though.
Isolation: Perry reasonable. Towards the better for a dynamic so fine for out and about, on a bus, less so for Tube commutes or flights. Easily sufficient that if you don’t remember to use your eyes near traffic you’ll need a donor card.
Comfort/Fit: Great. While they were rather big I could wear them up or down with no issues. Well once I pulled of the inner ear guide things, I never like those.
Aesthetics: I love gunmetal earphones and so I think these look rather good. A little big but attractive.
Sound: Middle of the road. As Bluetooth earphones go these are bang in the centre. A highly generalist crowd pleaser. Deftly turning their hand to anything acoustically that you can throw at it. From thumping bass lines to melodic pieces it’s all pretty good. Nothing does it do exceptionally well, it’s just so even handed and fair to everything. So while it’s not perfect for any one thing in particular there is nothing it has problems with. It can do everything rather well. If you’re not going to have a huge earphone collection then this is one you could get away with having just one or if you want it as a gift. You may not know exactly the tastes of someone else but with these you don’t have to as I’d wager any mainstream user will like them. They are just so even handed and capable of everything, in equal measure. The balance too is bang on generalist crowd pleaser. The bass is a bit elevated and the mids and treble roughly in line with each other. Their tonality too, bang in the middle. Neither worm nor cold, not rich nor dry, seriously they really are just in the middle for everything. Well except maybe their price for Bluetooth and being so generally capable there is little I can fault with these. They are capable of being able to anything and everything, very much an IEM’ for all seasons.
Value: Great value for money. A bang on mainstream crowd pleaser. Great for if your going to have one Bluetooth pair for general use or you are buying for someone else. You can pretty much bet that any normal person will like their balance and abilities.
Pro’s: Highly versatile sound signature. Great value. Looks good.
Con’s: Generalist signature means they don’t excel any in particular.