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Jam Travel ANC Active Noice Cancelling Headphones, 24 Hours Playtime, Black
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- Up to 24 hours of playtime with Bluetooth only; Up to 18 hours of playtime with Bluetooth and ANC
- ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) uses technology to identity background noise and generates counter frequencies that cancel out the noise
- Control the Convo-Pause your music and take calls hands-free with your Travel ANC headphones. And when your call is done, press play.
- Fold the headphones to easily fit in a compact space. Use the pivot and folder features together to fold flat and slide into the narrow space in your bag
- Padded ear cushions and headphone for ultimate comfort with replaceable ear cushions
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Hear the music, not your environment. The Travel ANC
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to keep up with your busy lifestyle on the go, Travel ANC’s 24
hours of playtime and compact folding design make them the
ultimate travel-friendly companion. The plush ear cushions and
comfortable shape are perfect for extended listening on that long
commute. It’s all about the journey. Travel ANC will help you get
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Hear the music, not your environment. The Travel ANC headphones include active noise cancellation to reduce unwanted background noise so you can focus on what’s important. Made to keep up with your busy lifestyle on the go, Travel ANC’s 24 hours of playtime and compact folding design make them the ultimate travel-friendly companion. The plush ear cushions and comfortable shape are perfect for extended listening on that long commute. It’s all about the journey. Travel ANC will help you get there.
Superb Noise Cancellation
ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) uses technology to identify background noise and generates counter frequencies that cancel out the noise.
Up to 24 Hours of playtime with Bluetooth® only; Up to 18 Hours of playtime with Bluetooth® & ANC.
Folds and Pivots
Fold the headphones to easily fit in a compact space. Use the pivot and fold feature together to fold flat and slide into the narrow space in your bag.
- Height: 7.00 in
- Width: 6.00 in
- Depth: 2.50 in
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Noise cancelling isn't great.
My husband bought these for me to assist with my studying at home. He was sold these in store and told that this will assist to cancel out the noise of annoying native birds we have surrounding our home. They aren't effective in cancelling out any noise and if anything I feel constant pressure in my ears that I need to release by yawning. I'm sure these are great headphones but for the intended purpose they were a let down.
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Jam True Wireless ANC Review
Good sound but loose fitting
If you’re looking for an affordable pair of earbuds that sound good, the Jam True Wireless ANC will do the job. However, the design and ANC leave something to be desired.
- Audio is crisp and clear
- Touch controls are simple
- It’s difficult to get a good fit
- ANC is subtle
- UK RRP: £99.99
- USA RRP: $119.99
- Noise cancelling The True Wireless ANC feature Active Noise Cancellation
- Design The earbuds have an AirPod-like, tail-shaped design
- Battery life Jam claims the earbuds offer up to 7 hours of battery with ANC switched off
- Touch controls Playback is controlled via touchpads on the earbuds
Jam Audio has been making wireless audio tech since 2012 and we here at Trusted Reviews have tested plenty of it.
From the portable Zero Chill to the Rhythm and Symphony wireless speakers, and the Ultra earbuds, none of the brand’s products we’ve reviewed have scored below 3.5 stars. In fact, all but the latter have gained a 4 and above, which is why I was excited to take a closer look at the Jam True Wireless ANC.
The True Wireless ANC are currently the priciest set in Jam’s earbud lineup, sitting above the Black TWS Exec and the TWS Game On, as well as the Live Loud and Live Free earbuds.
- The earbuds have a simple, stem-shaped design
- It can be difficult to get the right fit
- There’s no IP rating
The Jam True Wireless ANC have a rather simple appearance. The earbuds are matte black and chunky, with an oval-shaped top and an Apple AirPod -like stem. Visually, they remind me of the EarFun Air and the Urbanista London .
The earbuds come with a choice of four silicone ear tips – the pair on the earbuds, plus three extras in the box in sizes small, medium and large – so you can opt for the pair that delivers the best seal.
It’s always important to get a tight seal between your ears and a pair of earbuds, and the Jam True Wireless ANC are no exception. Here, the sound quality relies heavily on getting the best seal possible, which can be a challenge as a result of these earbuds’ bulky build.
The images of models wearing the earbuds on the box suggest the pair are supposed to be worn with the stems pointing toward the floor, but in this position the earbuds felt loose and shifted out of place with any small movement.
In my experience, twisting them inward significantly improved the audio, making them feel more stable in the ear – but I’m not entirely sure this is how Jam intended the earbuds to be worn.
The fit isn’t uncomfortable either way, but the earbuds do shift around too much for my liking, affecting the audio.
The True Wireless ANC come with a matching palm-sized charging case with support for USB-C, but no wireless charging. The earbuds also lack an IP rating, so I wouldn’t recommend taking them to the pool or using them in the rain.
- Noise cancellation is weak
- The six to seven hours of battery life seems accurate
- There’s no support for wireless charging or fast charging
The True Wireless ANC aren’t a feature-packed pair of earbuds but, as the name suggests, they do take advantage of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which isn’t always expected at this price.
You can access ANC by tapping the right earbud three times. I didn’t find a huge audible difference between having ANC on and ANC off. In addition, there’s no voice to tell you if the setting is switched on, making it even tougher to tell the difference. According to the manual, one beep means noise cancelling is on, while two beeps means it’s off.
The sound is slightly improved with ANC on, but the earbuds won’t do much to cancel noise in busy public spaces or on noisy transport.
Jam proudly announces that the True Wireless ANC take advantage of a seven-hour battery life on the box. Look at the smaller print and you’ll see the earbuds are estimated to last seven hours without ANC, six hours with ANC, and that there are 24 to 28 hours of charge in total in the case.
I tested the earbuds playing music at a medium volume until they died and found they lasted just over seven hours with ANC on.
There’s no support for Qi wireless charging or fast charging here, so you’ll need two hours to achieve a full charge.
- The earbuds pack 10mm dynamic drivers
- The sound quality depends largely on how they fit in your ear
- Audio is crisp and dynamic
Jam says the 10mm dynamic drivers in the True Wireless ANC offer “a great combination of sound quality and affordability” and, for their price, the audio quality is very impressive.
However, as mentioned above, how good the earbuds sound depends heavily on the seal achieved. As such, the quality can waver if the earbuds shift out of place – as the True Wireless ANC so easily do.
That said, when the earbuds are in the right place they sound great.
David Bowie’s Heroes offers a good balance of highs, mids and lows, with little distortion unless you push the volume to its limit. However, the soundstage could be more spacious; the instruments sound more cramped as the track builds.
Moving onto a classical piece, Debussy’s Clair De Lune demonstrates crisp highs and plenty of dynamism as the song becomes louder. The soundstage is less of an issue here and, overall, it’s a clear and detailed performance.
Bass performance feels a bit lacking at times. Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now is full of energy, with the bass managing to keep up – but I wish it were a little more hard-hitting for a dance track. Let the earbuds slip out of place and you’ll lose the bass entirely, but this feels like a design fault more than an issue with the audio.
Should you buy it.
You want a cheap pair of earbuds that sound great The Jam Audio True Wireless ANC offer a crisp and balanced sound with the right seal.
You want a snug fit The bulky design causes the earbuds to move out of place with slight movements, which affects the quality of the sound.
The Jam Audio True Wireless ANC offer a crisp, dynamic and generally well-balanced performance – if you’re able to get the perfect seal.
However, it’s difficult to look past the weak ANC and precarious fit. The earbuds look and sound nice, but the design seems to compromise the audio when the earbuds shift out of place.
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JAM Audio's latest wireless headphones offer ANC and a fold-away design for US$60
JAM Audio has announced that it is seeking to bring ANC to the affordable end of the wireless headphone market with its new product. The Travel ANC set is indeed rated for this sought-after spec: its OEM claims that it can even work with its audio switched off for a bit of quiet in crowded or distracting environments.
The Travel ANC s are rated for 18 hours of playback, or 24 with its eponymous function turned off. JAM Audio also claims that the headphones deliver "hard-hitting bass with full-range sound". Their ear cushions are padded, and they can bend along the headband and pivot at the ear-cups for compact storage when necessary.
The headphones have physical controls for media and calls, and also feature a 3.5mm jack for the option of wired listening (there is also an AUX cable in the box). Next to this port is one for microUSB - which implies a major compromise with these well-priced ANC accessories: in other words, it may take a long time (which goes unspecified by the OEM) to charge them.
Accordingly, the JAM Audio Travel ANC wireless headphones are just US$59.99 . They are available from certain US retailers, or from the company's own website , from now.
Travel ANC Headphones - Black
Wireless Headphones. Hear the music, not your environment.
The Travel ANC headphones include active noise cancellation to reduce unwanted background noise so you can focus on what’s important. Made to keep up with your busy lifestyle on the go, Travel ANC’s 24 hours of playtime and compact folding design make them the ultimate travel-friendly companion.
The plush ear cushions and comfortable shape are perfect for extended listening on that long commute. It’s all about the journey. Travel ANC will help you get there.
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Review: Jam Transit City Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth headphones
You’ve got to wonder how they do it. Audio gear maker Jam Audio has managed to pack both Bluetooth connectivity and active noise cancelling into a pair of headphones selling for just under $200. So the question is: are they worth it?
These are fairly large over-ear models. That is, when you’re wearing them your entire ears fit within the soft ear cups. But they fold up quite well – old-fashioned Beats style – and can be carried in the soft pouch provided with them. Style wise, they are finished in black plastic with a silvery trim. A spring metal headband may or may not visible within the plastic and padded sheath, depending on whether you have to extend the ear sections. Left and right are clearly marked.
There’s a Micro-B USB charging port on the bottom of the left ear cup. The controls and the input for the 3.5mm audio cable are on the right. The cable need not be connected of course. Indeed, I didn’t use it at all until my perfunctory check when it came to writing this review. All the rest of my listening was via Bluetooth.
The purpose of the analogue cable is for use if the battery runs down. There is no in-line remote on the cable.
The built in batteries are rated to 14 hours of Bluetooth operation. The power switches off automatically after two minutes if the headphones are not connected via Bluetooth to a source device. If they are connected but nothing’s playing, they switch off after fifteen minutes. But that’s only the Bluetooth/amp section. The noise reduction is switched on and off independently and remains on until explicitly switched off.
So you can use them on an airplane to reduce noise without actually listening to anything.
The controls are well laid out and very easy to operate. There are two smaller buttons at the back of the control section: one for Bluetooth (and internal amplifier) power, and the other for noise reduction. That’s kind of important. You can have the noise reduction on even if you’re using the cable.
Also, there’s volume up and down, play/pause (which doubles as answer/pickup) and track skip forwards and reverse. If you hold down a track skip key it fast-forwards or fast-rewinds as appropriate. Control functionality was simply excellent.
The formal model number of these headphones is CMP-HXHP150GYA.
First thing to note was comfort. They were at least as comfortable as any headphones I’ve used, and way more so than typical “on-ear” models. A potential problem is that comfort can be a result of relatively light inwards pressure on the head, which can mean they are insecure. And, yes, the pressure on my head was fairly light.
But, no, they didn’t feel in the least insecure. I found myself – now that the weather here in Canberra has gone cold – able to jog without any sense of discomfort or feeling that they may slip off. And indeed they didn’t. Which is quite the feat, given the excessive ungainliness of my jogging gait.
As for battery life, I really don’t know how long they last. But whatever it was, it was plenty long enough for me. I’d spend two or three hours, sometimes four, with them on my head. Every two or three days I’d start to worry that perhaps they should be topped up, so I’d plug them in. I never ran them down.
But if I did, having the physical cable as a backup would have solved the immediate problem.
Incidentally, you can listen via the cable or by Bluetooth even while the headphones are being charged. I can envisage the usefulness of that on a long haul flight on one of the many aircraft that now have USB sockets for each seat.
The Bluetooth connection was impressively solid. Walking around, it was just a little touchy when the iPod Nano was in my front left pocket, but otherwise it worked extremely well. Last night I returned home in the car and accidentally left the Nano in the car’s centre console. I went into my office out the back, perhaps fifteen metres away, and worked for a while. Then I went into the house to its furthest corner, and only then were there some dropouts to remind me that I didn’t have the Nano with me. The Bluetooth signal had made its way through the car’s door, a brick wall, a kitchen and a couple of internal walls.
There was one scary aspect of these headphones: when the Bluetooth/amp section was switched on or off, or automatically switched itself all, they announced the operation with a V-for-Victory descending tone with a long, deep bass trailing off at the end. It was loud. Very loud.
On a couple of occasions, I’d left the headphones on my head while I was working at the computer after the music had stopped. And then fifteen minutes would pass. Fortunately my heart appears to be in pretty good shape.
I’ve used quite a few of these over the years, and I’d say that the Jam Transit City headphones has about the least aggressive noise reduction of any of them. It certainly works, and seems to do most of its work in the midrange and lower midrange so, perhaps counterintuitively, you suddenly find you can hear conversations around you more clearly because those higher frequencies aren’t being masked as much any more.
But I’m thinking this is actually pretty good tuning, especially for when you’re on a plane. Most of the noise on an aircraft is indeed in the midrange, and especially the lower midrange (and bass, but that’s less troubling). Cutting even half a dozen decibels from the level of that is very welcome. Combined with the natural noise reduction from the closed-back, over ear design, the external noise reduction was very effective.
As for the sound delivered by the headphones, it was bold and effective, if not particularly subtle. The bass was clearly strong – stronger than is natural – but undistorted and reasonably well extended. Importantly, the treble was not harsh, making for a smooth and comfortable listen. The overall balance was towards the bass because the headphones had been clearly designed for that purpose. Not surprising for street-wear style head gear. I could tell because when connected by cable, the bass wasn’t as strong. So it seems the built in electronics EQ the sound when the amp is running.
Voice coherence wasn’t noticeably compromised. There was clear higher frequency extension. Just no unseemly boosts.
The headphones made most podcasts sound better than they actually were, since they tend to be a little light on the bass in the voices, although some close-miked male speakers had their chestiness emphasised somewhat.
Most music also benefited in the sense of engaging listening, even though it wasn’t all that accurate. Live Janice Joplin, Eminem on The Marshall Mathers LP , Muse, all got more engaging thanks to super strong bass lines. Audiophile listening? No way. Fun listening? Pretty much.
So, back to our original question: are the Jam Transit City headphones worth it? For those who want to be out and about, very much so.
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