Headphones–earbuds especially–are designed to create an enclosed and personalized jam session. When a pair is worn we are hoping for concert-for-one level quality and clarity. We expect no audible spill-over to disturb those around us. At the very least, we don’t want to clue them into to our Justin Bieber-riddled playlist of guilty pleasures.

Audio peripheral powerhouse – dB Logic’s EP-100 Earbud headphones crank in performance by dialing down your overall audio volume. ┬áIf you’re willing to sacrifice power in voluminous sound then the always-on SPL2 technology (Sound Level Pressure) empowers the the EP-100 Earbud headphones with immensely pleasant audio sessions. That cut in decibels will limit your variety of listening venues. Lets take a closer look.

The EP-100 Earbud headphones are attractive if not stunning. We were sent the black and silver shaded model. But the product also comes in pink, blue, red and green. What little they may lack in good looks, they more than compensate for with comfort. These little buds make use of a double padded ear tip design. Moreover, you get three different sizes of these chubby and comfy tips. The medium fit is snug and remains fitted even during my workout sessions, without discomfort or arching over time.

For added comfort, the EP-100 is designed to be worn traditionally or flipped up so the cord can wrap over your ears. The result is similar to that produced by the earhooks included with the V-Moda Vibrato Remote earbuds–conveniently without the earhooks. It’s an clever design scheme that adds variety added support without compromising comfort.

The massuese-like comfort that the EP-100′s offer is mirrored in it’s pillow-soft audio delivery. You simply cannot make these too loud. They won’t do it, no matter how hard you try. Bravo to dB Logic and SPL2! Mission accomplished. Pleasant and silky-smooth audio reproduction. Don’t say your “I do’s” just yet. For my taste I think these little guys are overachievers. Too soft! Forget bustling city bike rides and drowning out overly obnoxious patrons on bus rides. The always-on SLP2 is to good at what it does. Or maybe a toggle would be nice. Me thinks so! Still, at the reduced levels these work at, audio is some the most pleasant I’ve experienced in a set of earbuds, to date!

When your personal jam session wraps, so do the EP-100 Earbud headphones. Wrap the 3.5mm plug cable around 2-3 fingers and stuff the entire unit in the include carrying cylinder. It’s a cool solution for toting the little suckers concisely and simply.

As discretion seems to be a running motif with EP-100 set, it’s little surprise that the cost is just as diminutive. You can rock out in humble pleasant discretion for less than a couple Andrew Jacksons. Sounds good to me!

Editor Rating:

Rating: ★★★★☆

Great

Bottom Line: Nannies and parents take heed. These are for you and anyone who needs one ear alert and present. The lack of smashing volume makes way for pleasant audio in comfort, without closing out the world.

Pros

  • Incredibly pleasant audio reproduction
  • Comfort in spades
  • Normal or over-ear design

Cons

  • SLP2 to osoft for some situations

You can buy the JBL Tempo On-Ear Headphones at Amazon for $34.99.

 










Shawn Sanders

 
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.