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Jam Fusion Headphones 

Adding to its expanding range of audio products, HDMX has released a wireless headset.

HMDX HX HP610RD JAM Fusion Wireless Stereo Headphones
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Not so long ago I took a look at a small Bluetooth speaker unit developed by HMDX.  This product was delivered in the style of a pot of jam and was appropriately enough entitled Jam.  Now it is a turn of a second product in the Jam series from the same source.  This is a set of on-the-ear type wireless stereo headphones which are available in a choice of red, white or black and bear the title of Jam Fusion.  As with the first Jam product, Jam Fusion is distributed by HoMedics Group Ltd.

The product arrives stylishly packaged in a translucent box.  The kit consists the headphone set (mine was the black version), a drawstring soft carry pouch prominently emblazoned with a large Jam logo in white, a short micro-to-standard USB lead and a much longer audio lead for those non-Bluetooth music listening occasions.  You also get a set of illustrated instructions laid on in various languages.

The fact that this kit contains a carry pouch might give the clue that these headphones are of the collapsible type.  The two arms or wings holding the earpieces can be folded inwards so greatly reducing the amount of space required for storing these headphones when on the move.  The hinges that facilitate this folding are positioned at the same spot where you can extend the reach of the ear-pieces to suit various head sizes.

Unlike most of the other headphones that I have looked at recently, this Jam Fusion set offers no extra padding on the top or anywhere on the headband.  You just get a compressed rubber coating over the basic metal headband.  There is some padding over the earpieces but this is merely minimal and does not give the impression of being able to provide the wearer much in the way of comfort.  Each of the earpieces can be adjusted slightly up, down and sideways for a better fit when positioned on the ears.  Despite the minimal amount of padding, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that wearing these headphones was more comfortable than it had initially appeared.

Left and Right initial indicators are positioned just above each earpiece on the inside of the headband.  Most of the various controls with these wireless headphones are located on the right earpiece with the one exception being an input jack socket for when you want to listen to content from a non-Bluetooth device such as an MP3 player or iPod Classic.  This socket is concealed behind a rubber flap when not in use. 

The microUSB port on the right earpiece is also concealed behind its own rubber flap.  Using this microUSB port for charging the headphones can take up to three hours and this should give you up to six hours of wireless listening pleasure.  Arranged on the outside of the headband aligned, with the right earpiece, are controls to adjust the volume level, cycle backwards and forwards through tracks, turn the power on/off, activate Bluetooth pairing and switch between two different devices providing the audio content is via Bluetooth.  Naturally these two devices will need to be paired separately to the Jam Fusion headphones. 

I found the pairing process for Bluetooth to be straightforward and quick.  You simply need to hold down the power button for around five seconds before the Bluetooth LED starts to flash and you can then search for and pair to the headphones with your smartphone or tablet.  No password is required to complete the pairing process.

Being right-handed, the various controls should have been in the best position for easy access.  However I still struggled to find the required control using touch alone.  I often found it quicker, and less frustrating, to remove the headphones so that I was able to identify and use the control I required to achieve the result I wanted.  This criticism does not apply to the switch for changing the audio source.  I was able to find and use this without too much trouble as it was easier to pick out by touch alone.

As mentioned earlier wearing these headphones proved to be more comfortable than I expected due to a lack of padding.  I also found the audio delivery to be of an acceptable standard for a product priced at this level.  The Jam Fusion Headphones should be available for £69.99 from various sources such as Amazon.co.uk.

http://www.jamaudio.com/products/jam-fusion-wireless-headphones

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