If you know me or you’ve seen some of my videos you know that I’m a big fan of wireless devices. I’m also a fan of Sound Blaster products as I’ve done a couple reviews of their Bluetooth speakers in the past. That’s why I wanted to do this video review of the Sound Blaster Jam Bluetooth headset.
These are wireless headphones but not only can you connect them via Bluetooth you can also connect them via NFC if you have an NFC-enabled device. For me I’ve just been using the Bluetooth option because I have an iPhone 6. That’s all I’ve been using as I’ve been testing this headset for the past week. The Sound Blaster Jam headset comes with a red USB cable to charge it. I really wish it came with a power adapter so you could charge it anywhere, but you have to charge it through a USB port on your computer. The cool thing is you can use these headphones to listen to your computer’s audio while they’re charging.
After the first initial Bluetooth connection to your device these headphones will automatically pair with your device in the future when you turn it on. They’re very easy to use. Just use the button on the right side of the headphones. It’s an all-in-one button. Hold it down for power on and power off. It also has a play and pause button and volume control buttons so you can control your device right from the headphones.
The first best feature of the Sound Blaster Jam is the battery. The battery life is extremely long. When I first got the headphones I charged them for about 1 hour and since that initial charge I haven’t had to charge it since. I’ve been listening through the Bluetooth connection for almost 15 hours. 860 minutes to be exact. I’m loving how long the battery has been lasting.
My second favorite feature about the Sound Blaster Jam is how lightweight and comfortable it is. The first thing I noticed was it’s made entirely out of plastic, and it feels kind of cheap. It feels like I could probably break it in half if I tried, but the plastic is what makes it so lightweight. When I put these on I don’t even know that I’m wearing them, that’s how light it is. At one point I wore it for about 5 hours straight, and I had no ear strain at all when I was wearing them. It feels like wearing air. The soft padded ear cushions for your ears make these so comfortable to wear as well. I wore these around my apartment, to the gym, on a treadmill, while working out, and shooting basketball. No problem whatsoever.
The sound quality is pretty decent for how small, lightweight, and affordable the Jam is. Obviously these don’t produce the best most high-quality crisp sound like you would hear from a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50’s for example. But in the $50 price range you’re not going to find much better sound quality than what the Sound Blaster Jam gives. There’s also a Bass button on the right side of the headphones and when it’s enabled it gives a little bit of a bass boost within the headphones. I was not a big fan of that because when I enabled the bass boost it seemed like it boosted it a little too much for my liking. I usually listened to songs without the bass boost on. But if you’re a bass head then you’re probably going to like the bass boost feature.
There’s also a built-in microphone so when people call you can just answer right from the headset itself and talk into the microphone on the headset. When I tested the microphone out I used it on my iPhone 6 to call somebody else on an iPhone and they said they could hear a slight echo whenever I was using the Jam microphone. I don’t know if that was because of the microphone on the Jam or just my connection from my iPhone. But there is a microphone built into these headphones that you can use for calling.
Overall I’m a fan of the Sound Blaster Jam Bluetooth headset. I think this is going to be my go-to headphones whenever I go to the gym to workout or if I’m going grocery shopping and I want to listen to a quick podcast. They’re not going to replace my professional studio headphones that I use for video editing but these are perfect if you’re looking for a cheap Bluetooth headset that is extremely lightweight, that has long battery life, and is very comfortable.