Convoy International, www.ehifi.com.au
Great sound; good value
Not for bass addicts
Back in the June issue of Australian Macworld I did a massive Lab Test in which I reviewed 24 sets of earphones, ranging from $19.95 to $249.95 (available here).
These Jamz in-ear earphones from Monster would sit firmly in the middle of that group in terms of price, but would rate far higher in terms of the audio and build quality you get for your $139.
The Jamz are interesting in that they have the open, natural and detailed sound normally associated with earphones costing $50 more.
It’s a sound that will leave you enormously satisfied, though it must be said that while the bass response is good, it’s not enormous. So if you like a bit more BOOM! in your music you’ll have to spend up a bit to get, say, a pair of Monster’s $229 Beats By Dr. Dre Tours.
The Jamz have a great design and a real feeling of quality to them. The silver housings are made from machined-billet metal with a chrome finish, with thin blue and red bands to distinguish the left and right earpieces.
The cables, as you’d expect from one of the world’s foremost cable manufacturers, are top-class and keep noise to a minimum. Finally, there are three different sizes of noise-isolating earpieces and a spring-lock soft carry case in the box.
Australian Macworld’s buying advice
The Monster Jamz are excellent both in terms of audio quality and value for money. The all-metal construction gives a feeling of quality and looks good but, importantly, doesn’t make the earphones too heavy in the ear. If you don’t have $139 to spend, you could look instead to the very similar $99.95 Lil’ Jamz. We haven’t tried them, but you really can’t go wrong with Monster products.
This review originally appeared in the November issue of Australian Macworld magazine.