If you’re looking for an affordable pair of headphones that sound great, the Jam True Wireless ANC will do the trick. However, the design and the ANC leave much to be desired.
- The sound is crisp and clear
- Touch controls are simple
- It’s hard to get a good fit
- ANC is subtle
- UKList Price: £ 99.99
- United StatesList price: $ 119.99
Noise suppressionTrue Wireless ANC active noise cancellation
DesignThe earphones have an AirPod-like tail design
Battery lifeJam claims headphones provide up to 7 hours of battery life with ANC turned off
Touch controlsPlayback is controlled via touchpads on the headphones
Jam Audio has been making wireless audio technology since 2012 and at Trusted Reviews we’ve tested a lot of them.
From portable Zero Chill wireless speakers and Rhythm and Symphony wireless speakers to Ultra headphones, none of the brand products we reviewed scored less than 3.5 stars. In fact, all but these last got a 4 and up, which is why I was delighted to take a closer look at the Jam True Wireless ANC.
The True Wireless ANCs are currently the most expensive in the Jam line of headphones, sitting on top of the Black TWS Exec and TWS Game On, along with Live Loud and Live Free headphones.
- The headphones have a simple rod-shaped design
- It can be difficult to get the right fit
- There is no IP index
The Jam True Wireless ANC have a fairly simple appearance. The earbuds are matte black and thick, with an oval shaped top and Apple AirPod-like stem. Visually, they remind me of EarFun Air and Urbanista London.
The headphones come with a choice of four silicone tips – the pair on top of the headphones, plus three extras in the box in sizes small, medium, and large – so you can go with the pair that offers the best seal.
It’s always important to have a waterproof seal between your ears and a pair of headphones, and the Jam True Wireless ANC is no exception. The sound quality here is highly dependent on getting the best possible seal, which can be a challenge due to the bulky construction of these headphones.
Pictures of models wearing the headphones on the box suggest that the pair is meant to be worn with the rods pointing towards the ground, but in this position the headphones were loose and moved with very little movement.
In my experience, turning them inward has dramatically improved the sound, making them more stable in the ear – but I’m not entirely sure that’s how Jam wanted to wear the headphones.
The fit isn’t uncomfortable anyway, but the headphones move too much for my liking, affecting the audio.
The True Wireless ANC comes with a matching palm-sized charging case with USB-C support, but no wireless charging. The headphones also don’t have an IP rating, so I wouldn’t recommend taking them to the pool or using them in the rain.
- Noise suppression is poor
- Six to seven hours of battery life seems exact
- There is no support for wireless charging or fast charging
The True Wireless ANCs aren’t a feature-packed pair of headphones but, as the name suggests, they take advantage of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which isn’t always expected at this price point.
You can access ANC by triple-tapping the right earbud. I did not find a huge audible difference between activating the ANC and stopping the ANC. Plus, there’s no voice to tell you if the setting is on, making it even harder to tell the difference. According to the manual, one beep means noise cancellation is on, while two beeps mean it is off.
The sound is improved slightly with the ANC turned on, but the headphones won’t do much to cancel out noise in busy public spaces or noisy transportation.
Jam proudly announces that the True Wireless ANC enjoys a battery life of seven hours on the box. Look at the fine print and you’ll see that the headphones are rated to last seven hours without ANC, six hours with ANC, and there’s 24-28 hours of total charge in the case.
I tested the headphones playing music at an average volume until they died and found they last just over seven hours with the ANC on.
There is no support for Qi wireless charging or fast charging here, so you will need two hours to get a full charge.
- Headphones contain 10mm dynamic drivers
- The quality of the sound largely depends on how they adapt to your ear
- The sound is crisp and dynamic
Jam says that the True Wireless ANC’s 10mm dynamic drivers offer “a great combination of sound quality and affordability” and, for the price, the audio quality is very impressive.
However, as mentioned above, the sound quality of the headphones is highly dependent on the tightness achieved. As such, the quality can falter if the earbuds move around, as the True Wireless ANC so easily does.
That said, when the headphones 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 and more cramped as the track is built.
Switching to a classic track, Debussy’s Clair De Lune demonstrates crisp highs and a lot of vibrancy as the song gets louder. The soundstage is less of an issue here and overall it’s a clear, detailed performance.
The bass performance sometimes seems a little insufficient. Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now is full of energy, with the bass managing to keep up – but I wish it was a bit more punchy for a dance piece. Let the headphones slide out of their place and you’ll lose the bass altogether, but that sounds more like a design flaw than an issue with the audio.
Should we buy it?
You want a cheap pair of headphones that sound great The Jam Audio True Wireless ANC delivers crisp, balanced sound with the right seal.
You want a tight fit The bulky design causes the headphones to move with slight movements, which affects the sound quality.
The Jam Audio True Wireless ANC delivers crisp, dynamic, and generally well-balanced performance – if you’re able to get the perfect seal.
However, it is difficult to look past the weakness of the ANC and the precarious adjustment. The headphones look and sound nice, but the design seems to compromise the audio when the headphones are out of place.
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Tested the headphones for a week
Emptied the battery from 100% to 0%
Listened to a variety of musical genres
The headphones are noise-canceling.
There are touchpads on the headphones to control the music.
The Jam True Wireless ANC includes Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity for wireless listening.
RRP in UK
Recommended price in the United States
Jam True Wireless ANC
10mm dynamic driver
0.02 20 Hz
ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) uses a set of microphones in a headset to sense the frequency of sound coming from the listener, with the ANC chip creating a reverse wave (i.e. opposite sound) to remove any external noise. undesirable.
Bluetooth 5.0 is the latest iteration of the standard and can send data at twice the speed of previous standards, cover four times the distance and transfer eight times the data.
Short for ‘Ingress Protection Code’, which lets you know how waterproof or dustproof a device can be.