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Jabra cadabra: a REVO Wireless headphones review

John Davidson | March 4, 2013
The Danish electronics house is getting into the entertainment audio business in a big way with its new headphones.

When you do use the REVOs in their eponymous Wireless mode, you also get the advantage of a touch-sensitive pad on the right headphone of the device, which is sort of like the trackpad on a laptop and which can be used for controlling the music on your phone. Scroll clockwise on the pad, and the volume goes up. Scroll anti-clockwise and the volume goes down. Tap towards the back and the music track skips backwards. Tap towards the front and it skips forwards.

That works pretty well, though we did find the pad a little too sensitive, especially at first. Try to touch your right ear for any reason (it turns out I seem to do it a lot, out of some weird habit) and the music will suddenly skip forwards or backwards, without you wanting it too. But it doesn't take too long to get used to not touching your ears.

The only thing these excellent (if pricey) headphones lack is the ability to daisy chain them with more headphones. Yes, daisy chain. You can do that with the non-wireless version of the REVOs, which have two 3.5mm stereo jacks, one on ear headphone. With those headphones, you can plug your mobile phone or iPad or whatever into the left jack, and then your friend can plug their headphones into your REVO's right jack, and hear what you can hear with (apparently) no loss of quality.

If your friend happens to have a pair of Jabra REVO's, too, then someone can daisy chain onto their headphones, and so on and so forth until suddenly you've got a whole dance party happening, all driven by the one phone. If the cables are short enough, everyone would have to dance in very close proximity to everyone else. Like, a dirty dancing party, except dead silent to the outside world. Now that would be worth the price of admission.

Which is $200 for the non-wireless REVOs.


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