JLab Audio has the speed to create affordable listening products, most of which are designed with features and sound beyond their price points. In doing so, it may have created its own unique problem. When your products are constantly trying and pushing their own boundaries, the lines between them become confusing and ask why they exist.
So far, I have opened enough JLab packages to find out what to expect. Epic ANC earbuds are waiting for you in their own plastic trays, with the rest of the box contents underneath them. Among those tools are three tips, a micro USB charging cable, a travel purse (Jalab calls it a case, but it’s a purse) and a quick setup guide.
In other words, there is not much to see here. But this is not really a job style. The company’s products have traditionally relied on fancy weight reduction to provide a good price at a bargain price. You will see it again with Epic ANC.
Connecting is very easy, thanks to the buds automatically entering Bluetooth pairing mode when you first turn them on. These may be standard practice these days but trust me: for some products that are not in that auto pair mode, you will lose that miniature SK.
Bluetooth 5 technology is built at Epic ANC and I have no connection issues to report. Having lived in my phone room the buds were able to travel freely about my house with me. Although I don’t necessarily push the boundaries too much, I do believe in this bud category.
As I said with other earbuds in this style, these wired setups do not exactly catch the eye like the wireless wireless option. There is a perfectly reasonable reason for this: the insertion of a lot of wires introduces the possibility of occurrence or damage when trapped in daily life. In addition, real wireless earbuds usually provide a more attractive aesthetic.
Honestly, taking the back seat of these styles is a shame, as one-sided strings, much like the approach that Epic ANC designed. Starting with the buds, the included “cushion fin” (JLab terminology) helped to create a secure fit in my ears. After doing several runs with Epic ANC, I was glad to know that I only had to adjust them for a while. For a product that constantly bounces on the back of your neck during intense activity, this is a win in my book.
I opted for standard earrings in small sizes, which were made for luxurious accommodation in my ears. JLab offers triple flag ertips and a pair of cloud foam tips, but the standards fit my needs.
JLab on specs with Epic ANC is strangely lightweight, so I do not have the exact weight to report. I can say that he is very light, so it makes sense to work with him, though his brother Epic Sport 2 is very light. Although the wired buds are dedicated to working outside, their lightness is not understandable, but.
Epic ANC comes in just one color (black), so you can not find it here if you like the design options. The travel case / purse is also black, giving it a durable feel that can be used when storing buds in a travel bag or backpack.
The more I used Epic ANC, the more I thought about 1 dual driver ANC. They are both made in the same style with a view to the same audience. At half price, Epic did not understand that the ANC dual-driver would compete with the features of the ANC. But, if I learn anything from previous JLab reviews, I know how to close this brand gap while cutting costs.
For example, 1 Mor works with 20 hours of battery life and 15 hours of comfort without using active noise cancellation. For JLab, non-ANC users use balloons for 25 hours of playback, although ANC-assisted listening takes a little over 14 hours. However, Epic comes with an AUC cord adapter to plug in the ANC and your battery is depleted.
From my test, I can confirm that JLab battery claims are true. Such juices are suitable for a few days of work using active noise-cancellation. Or, if you are still working from home without having to cancel the noise-free environment, you can take out the bud battery for several days.
Epic ANC adopts IP54 weatherproof rating, protecting buds from dust and water splash from any direction. I do not mind getting wet this summer, but leave to dial for a short bath during the morning walk for the good old Pacific Northwest. Rest assured: Epic ANC handled this without any issues.
Epic ANC has an in-line remote that handles all controls for earbuds. A button on the edge of the remote wheel via ANC mode with an arrow on the opposite end for remote control volume and track switching. The double press of the bottom arrow also activates your favorite smart assistant, while the center button turns the device on and off and gives calls and answers. When it comes to regulation, most people place a high value on functionality and Epic ANC gets that bar well.
The main difference between the Epic ANC and the more expensive 1More dual driver revolves around sound. Since Epic ANC offers serviceable sound quality, they do not have the candle to dual-driver ANC’s audio experience.
This is precisely because these two products are technically inferior between weight classes. And to be clear, if Epic ANC is struggling with someone their size, they are more favorable. But when deciding whether to spend the extra money or stick to a budget option, we need to compare.
In general, the Epic ANC sounds great, with more resolution than expected at the sub-average $ 100 earbuds. There are issues on both sides of the frequency range where the bass plays on songs like Eminem’s Godzilla and tracks like Jimmy Allen’s This Is Us can feel tough at high frequencies.