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MEGATech Reviews: Earjax Tonic Earbuds
The Earjax Tonic earbuds, available in green with silver accents (as shown) or in silver with black accents, are a decent set of straight-in earphones for people who are all about that bass, 'bout that bass, no treble.
Pros
  • Metal body for premium look
  • Punchy bass
  • Good value
Cons
  • Cheap thin cable
  • Lacking treble definition
  • Minimal isolation
7Overall Score

I think it’s pretty safe to say that we all want the best in our lives, but we also realize that we can’t exactly afford the best all the time. It’s an inherent tradeoff, so we end up deciding on the products that give us the best value instead. When you’re listening to music on the go or while at the gym, you want to have a decent set of headphones. Rather than busting the bank on a pair that’ll cost you $200 or more, you might consider a far cheaper alternative like the Earjax Tonic earbuds by BodyGuardz. Are they really up to snuff to feed the adequate aural candy into your skull?

Affordable Earbuds for Everyday Folk

MEGATech Reviews: Earjax Tonic Earbuds

Make no mistake. The Earjax Tonic series earbuds are not exactly the most premium things in the world, but they have been designed to give you a decent amount of bang for your buck. Tearing open the somewhat frustrating plastic packaging, you find a pretty good assortment of included accessories.

There’s a unique metal canister containing a lanyard and you can use this tube as your carrying case. Aside from that, you get several replacement silicone tips in two colors (clear or white) and three sizes, plus one set of medium tips with three-tiered flanges. This should accommodate the majority of ear canals, I’d imagine. The carrying tube may not be the most pocket friendly, but at least it offers decent protection.

Keepin’ It Simple and Stylish

MEGATech Reviews: Earjax Tonic Earbuds

In terms of the Earjax Tonic earbuds themselves, the housing is made from anodized aluminum for more of a premium feel than if they were simple plastic. They look good. The design is certainly simpler than what we found with the Rosewill E-860 earbuds, though the thin cable here doesn’t feel as special as the ribbon-style cable or the braided cables that we find in more expensive products.

The 10mm drivers are said to be “hyper-sensitive” and “efficient” to provide “optimum sound that’s easy on your device’s battery.” You get a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, power handling of 3mW, and 16 ohm impedance. Interestingly, you won’t find the usual L/R designation anywhere on the buds themselves. Instead, if you peer through the silicone tips, you’ll see that one earpiece is red (right) and the other is black (left). It’s subtle and stylish. I did find the length of cable to the splitter portion to be a bit on the short side, particularly when using the Tonic in an over-the-ear style.

Sound Quality on the Go

MEGATech Reviews: Earjax Tonic Earbuds

Of course, the most important thing to consider with a set of earbuds is the sound quality. Not unlike some of the other “hip” and more youth-oriented brands of earbuds on the market, the Earjax Tonic demonstrate a clear inclination toward bass rather than the mid-tones or treble. This is in line with the kind of sound you’d likely want when listening to a lot of pop and hip hop, for example, but it’s not as conducive to classical or jazz.

That only makes sense, given the target demographic and the music preferences they likely have. The bass can feel a little too aggressive, comparatively speaking, depending on the kind of music (or movie) you’re listening to. I did find a dramatic improvement in the overall fidelity and clarity of sound when I used a proper sound card or amplifier, like the Sound Blaster E3 DAC or even the one that comes with the Kingston HyperX Cloud II. This made a marked difference over the on-board audio on my PC or through my smartphone.

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MEGATech Reviews: Earjax Tonic Earbuds

The Earjax Tonic earbuds, available in green with silver accents (as shown) or in silver with black accents, are a decent set of straight-in earphones for people who are all about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble. The aluminum housing gives you some confidence without too much added weight and the low-end response is commendable for a product in this price range.

You will find that because the housing is ported in the back that sound will escape out the buds and I don’t have the most confidence in the thin PVC cable. It probably wouldn’t take much for it to tear open. Retailing for less than $30, the Earjax Tonic is a decent value in an otherwise forgettable package.


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