Jabra is one of the biggest household names since the last decade when it comes to Bluetooth headsets, but recently they have expanded their efforts to target the music conscious crowd. The Jabra Solemate was one such endeavor that turned out to be quite a success for them. Today I’ll be looking at the Jabra Revo Wireless headset.
As with most Jabra products, the Revo Wireless is designed to be a completely clutter-free (from wires) solution with optimal quality sound and phone capabilities. All the controls you need are built into the headset itself, so once connected to your smartphone, the Revo Wireless becomes an all inclusive solution.
The bright yellow and clear plastic packaging shows the type of young audience Jabra is targeting with the Revo Wireless. Packed inside is a USB charge cable, a 3.5mm extension cable, a protective case and the instruction manual.
The Revo Wireless headset feels slightly chunky, but in a reassuring way. The black plastic band on top with the soft grey rubberized bottom looks awfully bland, but what you and everyone else will see are the earcups, and these look brilliantly engineered.
The dark grey, metallic metal loop connecting the earcups to the headband looks and feels cool, while the black earcups themselves look edgy with the orange colored highlights and brand insignia. The left and right markings are on the orange cloth within the earcup, to ensure everything outside looks seamless.
The left earcup has the 3.5mm jack at the bottom along with the Jabra-Sound app launching button and the NFC zone. On the right we have the micro-USB charging port, the On/Off/Bluetooth pairing button and the LED indicators. The two noise-cancelling mics are also built into the right cup. As the NFC connection zone is on the left earcup, the right earcup houses the touch-based media controls that allow you to change the volume, skip tracks and accept/ reject phone calls.
Connecting the Revo Wireless is extremely easy via either NFC or direct Bluetooth search. Once connected to my iPhone 5, I was immediately notified that there’s an app for the accessory and I should download it.
After I downloaded it, the Jabra-Sound app required a passcode which comes along with the instruction manual. The app itself will ask to download your media library. While you can simply play music with the built-in Music app on your iPhone, the reason to play audio through the Jabra app is to get access to the Dolby Digital Plus sound effect.
The app itself looks very sleek, allowing you to make custom playlists and mark songs as your favorite. Once the Dolby Digital Plus effect is activated, you have access to the equalizer as well. This can also be activated by pressing the app launching button on the left earcup.
One of the best things that happened when I connected the Revo Wireless to my iPhone 5 was that a small battery indicator appeared next to the Bluetooth indicator on the top right. Extremely convenient, and it shows up even if you don’t have the Jabra-Sound app downloaded.
Onto the sound quality, the Jabra Revo Wireless is a sort of a mixed bag. Out of the box, the vocals and highs are very clear and crisp; but the bass is tuned up way too high, so much so that it starts distorting the mid-range. The effect worsens when you turn on the Dolby Digital Plus effect, but thankfully this also gives you access to the equalizer, wherein reducing the 50Hz and 150Hz band helps out the situation a lot.
Overall, however, I came out a bit disappointed as it seems that Jabra is trying hard to appeal to the ‘Beats crowd’ at the cost of unnecessary bass. The sound, when compared to a proper audiophile headset from Sennheiser sounds very muffled, but it’s still miles ahead of Beats Solo.
Meanwhile listening to the Revo Wireless, I didn’t have to worry about recharging for a full day in the office. Granted I wasn’t listening to music all the time, but from 8am till 9pm with about 6 hours of music and 20 odd minutes of phone calls and still having roughly 30% battery left is very good in my books.
To wrap it up, using the Jabra Revo Wireless headphones is extremely easy to setup and operate, whether it’s connecting over Bluetooth or changing tracks and controlling volume from the touch panel on the earcup. Charging it is convenient thanks to the micro-USB charging port, while the battery has a respectable life. Out of the box experience isn’t as fulfilling though and the Revo Wireless needs a bit of tweaking with the nicely made Jabra-Sound app.