A review of the unique, Omni Bluetooth Folding Headphones by JLab
By Anthony Sabatini (Tech Columnist, advicesisters.com)
Rarely are Bluetooth fun to use. They can be a major pain since you are required to charge and pair them before you use them, turning them. And it can be a royal pain when turning them on and turning them off, and using the control functions like stop, play music, forward, reverse, answer phone or skip selection. But in the JLab Omni Bluetooth folding headphones we are reviewing in this feature, not only is the Bluetooth exceedingly easy to use but the headphones are quite reasonably priced (at $100.00). They also sound incredibly good for the price point (audio aficionados would take umbrage at certain enhancements made to the sound which make music sound more vibrant and present, but most people will just be pleasantly surprised). The Omni headphones have C3 (Crystal Clear Clarity) technology with sound that is nicely balanced, clear, and lets you connect intimately with the music, thanks to their high performance 40mm drivers.
JLab has really well considered the whole concept of travel headphones, from the well designed and good looking (hard sided) leatherette zippered pouch, to how the headphones fold, to adjustments in the headphones to make them feel good on any head size. Additionally, unlike some popular headphones, the band is nicely padded, as are the earcups, making them ideal if you are wearing them for long periods of time. You can get up to 15 hours of play time out of these headphones (that’s about five movies 0r 150 songs ). They’re full over the ear headphones, optimally coupling you to the music.
One unique function is the track wheel, featuring LED lights and an attractive, brushed metal finish. There is a power button in the middle (on and off, Play/Pause/Answer/Hang Up Call) and Siri for Apple. Turn clockwise and counter clockwise functions for Forward, Back, Volume Up and Volume Down — all you need, literally at your fingertips:
If we have any issues with the design of these really excellent headphones, it’s that the soft, cushy earpieces don’t guarantee “quiet” for anyone sitting next to you. We heard muffled music through the headphones sitting more than two couch lengths away. Also, these JLab Omni headphones are not noise-cancelling headphones, which means if you are near the entrance in an airplane (or any noisy environment) there is going to be some sound “bleed” there.
But there are some nice plusses. Stream your music from up to 30ft away and you’ll still connect without “glitches.” Another Bluetooth bonus is that with the flip of a switch you can convert your JLab OMNI into a Bluetooth receiver to share music with someone wearing other headphones, or you can also plug into your car or home stereo and instantly transform them into a wireless studio with the In/Out Aux cable. Connect the AUX cable to the OMNI AUX port and your device to use as a non-Bluetooth headphone (the trackwheel functions won’t work however). OMNI does not need to be turned on for AUX INPUT function.The OMNI will power both devices and the button function will work alongside both headphones.
Below we are including a chart supplied by JLab Omni, showing what they say are similar headphones to these. Judge for yourself, but we think the JLab Omni Bluetooth folding headphones are impressive. In all, we would recommend these headphones based on their reasonably good sound, comfort, easy of use, travel-friendly and overall quality.