Flare Audio Flares Jet 1 and Jet 2 Earphone ReviewFlare Audio is a British firm which was founded a few years ago by inventor and all-round clever chap Davies Roberts; they've been busy developing new patented technology in order to more precisely reproduce the music (see below)..
- Great sound for both with great detail
- Good construction
- Light and comfortable
- Grills not present so syringe those ears
Design and AppearanceBoth models are very light compared to other in-ear designs; the Jet 1 capsules being constructed of a polymer material and the Jet 2 capsules aluminium. The nozzles or soundports themselves form an attractive shape as they narrow from the capsule to the eartip end, giving them a very unique look. They sport Flare's patented design called 'Jet technology' which apparently both equalises pressure on both sides of the driver, and maximises efficiency.
Durability and Build QualityBoth models sport a light but tough-looking cable which is pliable; the coating is a little bit grippy which can be annoying should the cable become tangled, so no putting into your pocket between uses (a rule which is worth following with any earphone). Strain reliefs are quite adequate, and these are black and red where the cable meets the capsules, for left and right respectively. There's also a single button control and mic on each model so the Jets are suitable for phone calls. One point of concern is the lack of grills on both models; knowing how some earphones can end up after prolonged use, earwax can get in and interfere with the sound, or stop it altogether. The long and narrow design of the nozzles on both the Jet 1 & Jet 2 does lend itself well to a deep-insertion wearing style which could exacerbate the issue, so a shallow fit is recommended unless you're wax free.
ComfortThe capsule design and placement of the mic/control on the cable suggests that the Flares Jet 1 & 2 are meant to be worn with the cable hanging down from the ear, as opposed to the 'over the ear' wearing style. Given how light both models are (Jet 1 is just under 12 grams and Jet 2 is 14 grams), they draw little attention to themselves other than by the sound they provide, although microphonics (vibrations travelling up the cable through movement) can be an issue.
Sound CharacteristicsThe Jet 1 and Jet 2 are slightly different beasts; the former has a little more emphasis on bass (or rather, a slightly reduced midrange) and the Jet 2 has a more neutral sound to it.