J Lab Epic 2

9.3
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Running through the city with the sounds of cars driving by, music bumping, people talking, and brakes squealing can all serve as distractions. Focusing on your own rhythm and timing can be a challenge. That’s why music is such a necessity. You can pick your favorite uptempo song and run to the beat. You know what to expect so there are no distractions or surprises. Until your headphones slip off your head and you have to constantly readjust them. Not exactly what you were planning on when you left the house. Enter the J Lab Epic 2 earbuds. They will stay in your ear while you run and you won’t have any extra distractions. Just you, the road and the music.

If you haven’t guessed it, the Epic 2 is an adaption of the original Epic. While the second in a series isn’t always the best, this version is a significant improvement. The battery life is increased from ten to twelve hours. The water-resistant rating has been upgraded to waterproof. You can rinse these earbuds off when you’re done to remove your sweat. They added a centered power button and sent out every combination of tips to ensure these earbuds fit your ears exactly. It’s safe to say, the Lab Epic 2 is outshining its predecessor with little effort.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Wireless with Bluetooth connectivity
  • 8mm drivers in earphones for clear, solid sound
  • 12 hours of use on a single charge
  • Water and sweat proof
  • 8 sets of silicone tips, multiple flanges and mini-cable management clips for an individualized fit
  • Up to 40 foot range from source without skipping
  • In-line microphone & remote with buttons large enough for all fingers
  • Comes with zippered carrying case, micro USB and USB charge cable
Cons
  • Microphone is situated below earbud so calls may experience background noise
Activities
Activities

Activities

The J Lab Epic 2 is great for phone calls and listening to music. The individualized fitting of the earpieces will stay put into the ear canal with bouncing, movement, and twisting. They’re great for a workout, a run, for errands around town, or for a good workout in the gym.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

This model features Bluetooth connectivity, an amazing 12 hours of use without charging, individualized fit based on your preference and comfort level, an in-line microphone and remote for your mobile device, and even a zipper carry case to put it all in. The memory wire around the ear can be shaped for a personalized fit and the J Lab Epic 2 can be purchased in your choice of black, teal, and blue/grey.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

The J Lab Epic 2 features powerful audio performance with a boosted bass response. The many options of ear adapters and memory wire combination offers an exceptional fit for just your needs. This new update is waterproof. The battery compartment is ultra-sonic sealed and the microelectronics are plasma-coated to ensure no water damage is caused unless you actually take these earbuds for a long swim. The cable connecting the two earbuds is 17 inches but can be adjusted for comfort as well with the 2 cable management clips included in the package. An upgrade to the connectivity also provides a more stable connection between device and earbuds. The updated range is now 40 feet without walls between devices. The 3-button controller manages volume, tracks navigation, answers and ends calls, pairs the unit with the source and controls power.
Sound Quality
Sound Quality

Sound Quality

The mission of J Lab, since 2005, has been to “enhance how you GO through life.” They want to ensure your movements are complemented with your own soundtrack. Their products feature inspired design, innovative technology, and incredible sound. That’s it. That’s their main focus. With that, they have earned awards for designing personal audio, including headphones, speakers, and Bluetooth earbuds. The J Lab Epic 2 earbuds are evidence of that focus on quality. They improved the connectivity because a shoddy connection can result in dead spots, static and skipping. They upgraded the drivers for a clear, focused sound. They improved the sound isolation with the varying fit of the earbuds because everyone’s ear canal is not the same and you need to have the earbuds placed just right to get the full benefit of the technology. There is a slight bass emphasis without overpowering mids or highs. This is especially helpful on your runs when you’re matching your rhythm to your song. One reviewer says that the Epic 2 features close to audiophile sound quality.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

The J Lab Epic 2 features Bluetooth connectivity, a micro USB, and a USB charger. With a battery charge that lasts 12 hours, you may forget where your charger is, but you can keep it all together in the carrying case. These earbuds will connect to any iOS or Android compatible device. The Epic 2 also has an upgrade to Bluetooth 4.0 and an added built-in Bluetooth antenna for a steadier connection.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

If you’ve outgrown your over-the-ear headphones, the J Lab Epic 2 earbuds will be more your speed. They come with built-in memory wire to form the fit to your ear perfectly. They also issue 8 sets of silicone tips in extra small, small, medium, and large in an effort to please every customer. Three choices in flanges (Shallow, Double and Triple) are included as well for an individualized fit for your exact ear. Two additional mini cable management clips are included to fit the wire to your preference, whether you use the entire 17 inches or you prefer to have the wire closer to your neck. These earbuds will stay put with a decent amount of movement, whether you’re running, walking, sitting or playing dominos. If they become loose, you will notice it immediately.

Style
Style

Style

With an attractive, streamlined design, the J Lab Epic 2 is perfect for minimalists who prefer a lightweight earbud they can forget is even there. It’s a very simple construct with two earbuds, an in-line control panel with three buttons and a connecting wire. The controls multi-task for volume, track navigation, answering/ending calls, pairing, and power. Once you’ve acclimated to the 3-button construct, it’s easy enough to maneuver but you may easily skip a track when adjusting the volume if you’re not careful. The microphone is built into the control panel so you may find yourself holding the panel closer to your mouth when speaking. Available in 3 colors, black, teal, and blue/grey, the Epic 2 is a great-looking design with very little distraction. When worn properly, the sound transfers directly into your ear without any additional noise leaking to the outside, keeping with the minimalist concept.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The J Lab Epic 2 are reliable, durable earbuds. Their design is solid with no loose pieces. The additional adapters included for a proper fit ensure they sit securely and comfortably, reducing any possibility of failure due to damage or malfunction. The addition of waterproofing both internally to the microelectronics via plasma coating and externally, with an ultra-sonic sealing on the battery compartment, allows this model to withstand a good rinsing off after a sweat-filled run an, a good amount of water, short of a long swim. The earbuds, control panel and connecting wire are all treated and waterproof. The microphone is protected in the casing of the control panel so there is minimal concern over failure.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

With Bluetooth connectivity, pairing the earbuds with your device is as simple as pushing a button or two. Once the connection is made, you can adjust volume, tracks, answer and end calls, and control power directly from the control panel accessible just below the earbud. J Lab includes every possible size and a range of ear tips to ensure a perfect, individualized fit and complete satisfaction. The micro USB and USB charger fit with standard wall plugs, for a convenient charge whether you’re at work, home or the gym.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

The J Lab Epic 2 is a rechargeable wireless headset. It has a micro USB and a USB cable that can be plugged into the wall or the computer to charge. The battery holds up to a 12-hour charge without plugging in, so you can use them during any long run or a day of errands while chatting on the phone or listening to music. If you listen to the music louder, you will experience more of a drain on the charge. The USB cable is standard so you can charge the earbuds wherever you can access a wall plug, whether at work, home or the gym.
Price
Price

Price

J Lab is an award-winning designer of personal audio. They have been creating headphones, speakers and Bluetooth earbuds since 2005. That is their main focus. They didn’t evolve from a sports apparel company or a shoe line. Their main goal has been to enhance life with incredible sound and innovative technology. They embody the Southern California lifestyle and want to encourage everyone else to do it as well, without paying rockstar prices. The J Lab Epic 2 maintains these principles. These earbuds are reasonably priced and provide an above average, quality sound, so they won’t break your budget while you’re listening to your daily playlist at the gym, talking on your phone or going out for your long run.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• 8 additional sets of silicone gel tips, 3 sets of flanges and cable management clips included in the package
• Bluetooth technology for connecting to your mobile phone
• Microphone built into a control panel for voice calls
• Volume controls, track navigation, pairing and power on a control panel for ease of use
• Memory wire for a perfect fit to each individual ear
• Waterproof internally and externally
• 12-hour max battery life on a full charge
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

J Lab is a company focused entirely on sound quality. Their main goal is to enhance how you go through your life with inspired design, innovative technology, and innovative sound. They also stress that they don’t want you to have to pay a rock star price. That’s pretty exceptional considering the pricing on some of the quality headsets you see today. But they go further and back up their claims. They fully waterproofed the J Lab Epic 2, both internally and externally. They suggest you actually rinse off your earphones after a hard sweat. Crazy!

Their version of the inspired design is a cool, sleek appearance and a fantastic fit. They put so much effort into the fit working out for you that they include every possible size and flange that you might need to find a comfortable position for your earbuds to sit naturally. They added 8 additional sets of tips, 3 sets of flanges, and threw in some cable management clips for good measure. Not everyone likes to let 17 inches of wire hang on their neck when running. J Lab gets it.

The 8mm drivers they are using in the Epic 2 provide a clear, powerful audio performance with a boosted bass response. That’s the bottom line. A great audio, a comfortable fit, a reasonable price, and waterproof to boot, these earbuds are perfect.