Upon opening the box and getting a feel for the construction and its designed it was very reminiscent of the old school headsets that use to come with the old Sony walkmans. With its matte gray over the ear design with cushy foam rear muffs that provide ample padding which for those of us that grew up in the early 90’s it is sure to bring back some memories, If you’re too young to know what we are talking about then watch “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
Granted the Jam incorporates nearly 2 decades of technology into this retro design with things that back then would have seemed like stuff straight out of Star trek. The Sound Blaster Jam features a Lithium Ion battery, Bluetooth, NFC, onboard controls, built in microphone and bass enhancement. Before using the Sound Blaster Jam we would recommend that you plug it in using the lovely red Micro-USB cable that it comes with and once it is done charging you turn the headset on by pressing and holding the play button on the right ear muff and you will see a blinking green light.
Pairing and built in controls
To pair the Sound Blaster Jam with your device you want to make sure your Bluetooth is turned on your device and as mentioned before you want to turn the headset on and once you have a blinking green light you will want to press and hold in the same place and the blinking light will change to blue. Once it has paired with your device it will show as a intermittently blinking blue light. Finally you are ready to Jam out after you press the play button and listen to some tunes and or movies!
The Sound Blaster Jam controls are all located on the right ear muff. All of the controls are easy to find just by feel once you know that the play pause button is the center cap. The play pause is flush mounted pressure switch and is the same to turn on headset and to enable Bluetooth pairing. The volume switch is located near the bottom back side near where it rests near the users earlobe and is a simple raised rocker switch making it easy to find based on feel. Lastly the bass enhancement button is located in the front near the users face. Overall we found the Jams user controls to be extremely user friendly and easy to learn where the controls are.
Micro-USB charging and connectivity
The Sound Blaster Jam utilizes a Micro-USB port to charge its 200mAh lithium Ion Battery that is capable of powering the Jam for up to 12 hours of use. In addition to this the Micro-USB port can be used as a audio connection allowing the user to continue listening while the Jam is charging. However on a side note plugging in the Sound Blaster Jam via USB into your computer will not allow the user to use it as a headset since the microphone cannot be utilized.
The Sound Blaster Jam exhibits good audio quality in the mids and highs and pretty good lows in normal mode and with bass enhancement enabled it boosts the lows to give a little more bass. Throughout most of the volume range you get crystal clear audio until you reach the upper end of the volume range. Overall we felt that the Jam headset struck a nice balance with its audio performance with its small lightweight package while achieving stellar battery life,
” One of the minor issues we have with its design is the lack of controls that allow you to skip to the next song” just hold the volume up button for a couple of seconds.