JLab Wave Waterproof MP3 Player Review

Gadget Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 

While searching for a set of headphones to use at gym, I found the JLab Wave Waterproof MP3 player on Amazon. On the surface, it was just what I was looking for since I could use it when working out as well as for swimming.

I’ve had these headphones for about a year now. They were great for the first 8 or 9 months, but now they’re pretty much busted.


I’ve taken fairly good care of them – storing in a pouch and drying them out after each use.

Jlab Wave Waterproof MP3 Player

Right now there are four problems with the unit

  • The left speaker volume about 50% lower than right speaker, which leads me to believe there is a cable/ connection problem
  • The Speakers are now distorting, so the drivers are probably blown
  • Bass is effectively gone. When new the unit had great low end, now there’s nothing there, which is probably also a result of a blown driver.
  • One of the in ear buds is cracked. The unit ships with 6 different ones, but only one size fits my ears well, so now that those are cracked, I have to use another size, which is uncomfortable.

I now need to get another music player for the gym, and at a rate of $80 per year, the next one will not be from JLab.