The sound is different than my last JBuds (the previous model to these.) I had to fiddle with the equalizer a bit to get it sounding right. Maybe I had to overcompensate for the previous ones, or maybe these need the overcompensating... hard to tell. Either way, if you ever think that headphones are supposed to sound great out of the box without touching the EQ, you're wrong. (Now, if you mess around with the EQ and still can't get them to sound good, it's probably the headphones.)
The barrel of the headphones is about twice as long as the previous model JBuds. They kind of hit my ears and feel a bit bulky, but I have gotten used to them quite easily. If the Apple ear buds bug you, or you find that most brands are 'too big', them these are definitely not for you.
These are also about 3-4 inches shorter than the previous model, measured side by side from jack to ear bud. But the plastic molded splitter is much farther down the cord than the previous model.
They have an "L" and "R" printed on the outside of the earbud for those that care to know.
Another difference from the previous model is that the jack is not a 90-degree angle one, but comes straight out.
The bass is also a bit deeper on these. Not necessarily better, but more pronounced and deeper. There is a slight tin-can feel (due to the extra-long barrel shape) to the bass and high end, but I just used the EQ to help that.
You may want to be warned, just because the JBud J2 earbuds are inexpensive it does not mean that they are not high performance. The JBud J2 sound great and are very comfortable. It should be noted that they are not "Noise Canceling" but "Noise Isolating". While I am not sure how you define "Noise Isolating" I can say that seem to block some of the ambient noise that is in the background. These earbuds do not provide an active noise canceling system (hence there are no batteries) but they do provide … more
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