JLab has consistently produced some of the best cheap earbuds over the last few years. The company offers solid performance and decent sound quality for well under $50 in some models. For 2023, JLab is taking things a step further in multiple ways with its smallest true wireless earbuds yet and also its first premium noise-cancelling set. What’s more, the company is jumping into the over-the-counter hearing aid market with two options with “discreet” designs.
First, the $39 JBuds Mini are 30-percent smaller than that JLab’s Go Air Pop that debuted in 2021. They aren’t the company’s cheapest model, but despite the tiny stature, the JBuds Mini still pack on-board controls, Bluetooth multipoint connectivity and over six hours of listening on a charge (over 20 hours with the case) . The charging case is also quite small — about the size of a car key fob — and has an integrated key ring loop.
On the higher end, the $199 Epic Air Lab Edition earbuds are JLab’s first hybrid dual driver design and, as you might expect, the company is calling them its best-sounding option to date. Equipped with active noise cancellation (ANC) and ambient sound mode, the Epic Air Lab Edition also offers touch controls, Bluetooth multipoint and over 54 hours of use when you factor in the wireless charging case. The company says there will be multiple ANC modes available in its app and a USB-C dongle will offer low-latency Bluetooth LE audio for video and games.
Now that over-the-counter hearing aids have been approved by the FDA, you can expect to see a lot of headphone companies entering that market. JLab has two models that will debut in 2023: the OTC Hearing Aid and the Self-Fitting OTC Hearing Aid. The former is $99 while the pricing on the latter is TBD. The company says both will be compatible with iOS and Android with “impressive” battery life. Details are scarce for now, but we expect a lot more information before these two hearing aids arrive later in the year. And based on the early renders, at least one of them will look like a set of JLab true wireless earbuds.
JLab says all of these new products, which will be the focus of its CES showcase, will be available during Q3 2023.
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