Jamo has produced high-quality loudspeakers since 1996, but only now has it diversified into the world of earphones. The new wEAR series offers three models, and today we're looking at the cheapest of the lot. The wEAR In20m retail for £69.99, putting them in competition with such mid-range big-hitters as the Etymotic HF5, V-Moda Vibe and the new Ultimate Ears 400.
The Jamo wEAR In20m bear a striking resemblance to the Klipsch S2. We'd go as far as to say they look identical aside from the logo and additional hands-free housing used in the Jamo pair. Should someone be calling a lawyer? Not just yet because Jamo is now owned by the Klipsch Group, and has been since 2005. No Sherlock Holmes'ing required.
These earphones use a dual rubber and plastic construction. The main body sections are hard shiny plastic while the back bit, which tapers into the earphone cable, is rubberised. This helps when moving the In20m in and out of your ears, as does the slight ridge where these plastic and rubber sections join.
Are they comfortable though? Well, yes, but they're certainly not perfect. The rubber tips are very comfortable and easy to insert while the angled design keeps the whole lot relatively low profile - assuming you don't want to wear them over-the-ears. However, they're rather long and the housing is somewhat thick so they don't go unnoticed. Thankfully though, they're light enough to wear for hours without causing discomfort.
The Jamo In20M only include the bare minimum number of rubber tips for an in-ear pair like this - three pairs, covering small, medium and large sizes. Ideally, we'd like to see some more sizes included, as well as some foam varieties too, though as rubber tips go these are among the best. Ultimate Ears, Shure and Denon all tend to include a wider selection of tips.
About 20cm down the right earphone cable is the hands-free remote housing, controlled with just a single button. There's no additional music control functionality jammed-in - just the ability to take calls using the mic that's also part of this housing.
The Jamo In20M use passive noise isolation, the rubber tips creating a seal with your ear rather than employing any fancy signal processing. It won't block out noise completely, but makes these earphones suitable for use in noisy environments like the London Underground, where standard earbuds have to be pumped-up to volumes that would worry audiologists and annoy fellow passengers. The majority of this pair's rivals use similar isolating rubber tips though. Again, this is wear foam tips have an advantage as they block out even more noise.