Jabra Revo wireless headphones full review
Jabra has to be given a lot of credit for creating the Revo wireless headphones. They look great, sound great and come with tons of features. In short, they are what most people are looking for in a pair of wireless headphones. The only downside to Jabra Revo wireless headphones is that they are not cheap, but you do get what you pay for. See all audio reviews.
Jabra Revo wireless headphones: design
In terms of appearance we find it hard to really fault the Jabra Revo headphones. They come in a black and silver colour scheme with flashes of orange on the outerside of the earpads. This orange might not be to everyone’s taste, but we feel they give the headphones a modern look that sort of echos the modern concept of wireless headphones, so they get away with it. See also Group test: What are the best headphones?
They are a remarkably comfortable pair of headphones to wear too, which is impressive considering they are far from the lightest over-ear headphones we’ve come across. The Revo’s padded headband and memory foam ear cups –which also minimizes external noise - deserve serious credit here.
One final point about the design of the Revo needs to be mentioned and that is Jabra has done its homework with reagrds to durability. Jabra claims that the Revo’s are “tested for life”, they back this up by stating that the cable will withstand up to 15kg of pull force, while proving they can be bent and folded 10,000 and 3,500 times respectively, finally they have been drop tested from 2m without experiencing any damnge. We guess, that they are trying to get across the message that these headphones aren’t going to break the same day you get them out of the box.
Jabra Revo wireless headphones: audio quality
Without doubt the most important feature in any pair of headphones is the sound quality. With the Jabra Revo Wireless you have to split this category into two, firstly the wireless sounds quality, and secondly the passive (wired) sound quality.
You may not be surprised to learn this from a near-£200 pair of wireless headphones, but the Revo’s audio performance is impressive. During testing we played music over Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP from a cheap Android device and were more than impressed with the clarity, power and balance of the audio.
With regards to the bass performance, the Javra Revo headphones could go toe-to-toe with pretty much any other set of cans and hold it’s own. The Revo really succeeds where many other powerful bass headphones fail in respect to the mid and higher-range performance too. We can’t think of any better way of praising or describing Revo’s audio quality by saying they are as balanced as they are powerful.
The sound quality improves when you turn the headphones in to a wired device, with the experience being slightly richer and reassuring for some reason.
The Revo’s battery is no chump either. It’s box boasts a life of 12 hours music and 10 hours of talk time. We haven’t used the headphones for 12 hours straight, but we were impressed that the battery lasted for a tube ride in the morning, several hours of listening during the day, and a tube ride in the evening. More than enough for the average Joe on the go.
One of the main selling points of these headphones is the features that it has. Firstly it has to be said that the NFC pairing is a great addition – providing you have an NFC smartphone – as Bluetooth pairing has always been a hassle. With the NFC pairing, you can simply touch these headphones to your NFC smartphone and it will automatically turn your Bluetooth on and pair the two devices in rapid time.
The second major cool feature that the Revo’s have is the touch control panel on the outer right ear cup. This touch panel lets you control the sounds in the classic iPod wheel sort of way, as well as letting you skip tracks and make phone calls at the same time. What more could you want from a pair of headphones.
Jabra Revo wireless headphones: Specs
- Wireless Technology: Bluetooth
- Bluetooth version: 3.0
- Auto Pairing: Yes
- NFC Near Field Communications - Perimeter Pairing: Yes
- Frequency Response: Hifi
- Digital Signal Processing: Yes
- Microphone Type: Dual Microphone (Noise Blackout™)
- Microphone Sensitivity: Standard (E-STD)
- Talk Time: Up to 12 hours
- Music streaming time: 12 hour
- Standby Time: Up to 240 hour(s)
- USB Charging: Yes
- Dimensions: 178mm x 160mm x 73mm