It’s been a few years since we last evaluated any of Rockjaw’s audio gear, and in that time it’s done its best – which, as it turns out, is very good. It’s a go-to for good sound quality at a reasonable price.
Now that we’ve tried its genuine wireless earphones, the Avant Air, we’ve come to the same conclusion. But, with the market at this price point becoming increasingly competitive, is that good enough any longer?
Rockjaw Avant Air Review: Specs
- Drivers: Beryllium-coated diaphragm with LSR
- Codecs: aptX/SBC & AAC
- (IPX) Water Resistance: IPX5 – Sweatproof & water-resistant, in the gym or outside
- Playtime of battery: 12 Hours + 39 from case
- Range/unobstructed: 35M
- Impedance: 32 ohms
- MIC. Yes. MEMS professional microphone
- Sensitivity: 102dB @1KHz
- Frequency response: 15 – 40,000Hz
- Connects via: Bluetooth 5.2
- Ear tips included: Comply Foam (S/M/L) | silicone (S/M/L)
- Charging case weight 52g. Earbuds 6.5g each.
Rockjaw Avant Air Review: Design
- Plastic build for case and earbuds
- IPX5 water resistance
- 6.5g per earbud
When it comes to earbud testing, there is a fair degree of design duplication – there are only so many ways a separate manufacturer can play on the iconic Apple AirPods aesthetic, for example. But, for better or worse, Rockjaw does not replicate that slightly boring shortcoming.
These are earphones that don’t look like any other earbuds we’ve tried. Unfortunately, we’re not convinced it’s all in a good way this time – while they may appear different, there’s something big and spiky about the Avant Air that we can’t help but notice. They appear significantly larger in the ear than some alternatives, and the sharp edges are slightly aggressive.
You have the option of swapping out the wingtip for a glossier alternative, which we’re not sure why you’d need to do – but having the option would be good for some.
The earbuds also come with a variety of tips to try for the best fit, which we enjoy, including foam versions that provide significantly better isolation, so we were able to establish a tight enough seal that the lack of active noise-cancellation (ANC) didn’t feel too significant.
They’re also reasonably light, which helps to solid comfort when they’re in your ear, though they don’t have the “forget you’ve got them in” enchantment that other competitors have. A high amount of water resistance, on the other hand, means you don’t have to be excessively concerned with keeping them dry, which is a pleasant relief.
The case is a more simple affair, composed of black plastic with a glittering ring on top, and the earphones magnetically lock into place. It’s lightweight, which is excellent, but it lacks a sense of firmness, particularly when it comes to clamping the lid shut.
In the end, it all adds up to a mixed bag. The Avant Air undoubtedly appears unique, but we’re not sure everyone will appreciate the style they bring to the table.
Rockjaw Avant Air Review: Sound quality and features
- Qualcomm aptX supported
- 12-hour battery life (39 hours more with the case)
On the audio front, we’re pleased to report that Rockjaw makes the best of a bad scenario with the scant resources at its disposal. For the price, the headphones sound quite well.
When you need it, you’ll receive a good punch of bass, while the mid-range comes through clearly. When it comes to the high end of the spectrum, they’re not the most sensitive earbuds we’ve used, making them less than ideal for individuals who know they’ll be listening to a lot of acoustic or treble-rich tunes.
Once you’ve got it, connectivity is very secure, but we did notice that the earphones took a little while to reconnect to our iPhone when we took them out of the case. We could happily walk about with them after they were connected, though, without fear of losing anything.
In fact, you can use them for an indefinite period of time without having to worry about charging. The Avant Air can run for 12 hours without stopping, and with 39 more hours to get out of their case, you could easily go through a normal week without needing to plug them in at all, which is significantly superior to many of their more well-known competitors.
There aren’t many more noteworthy features, such as tap controls on each earbud that function well (albeit they’re a little sensitive to being activated by the process of taking the earphones out of the case in the first place). The Avant Air also works well in terms of call quality, picking up voices rather well, however, this isn’t something you can always rely on.
- Solid sound
- Excellent price
- Good battery life
- Slightly tacky case
- Don’t look great
Rockjaw Avant Air Review: Conclusion
The Rockjaw Avant Air worked great for us during the few weeks we had them. Their affordable price tag is what makes them a viable alternative for people looking for balanced sound and long battery life on a tight budget. However, with huge brands like Nothing releasing earbuds at the same price, Rockjaw’s endeavor isn’t a sure hit.
We don’t like how the Avant Air earbuds look, and the general build quality of the case and ‘buds are a little low. They’re respectable wireless earbuds, but they’re not going to remain with us for long.