Rock Jaw has come a long way since we reviewed the original Alfa Genus
over a year ago. Although the company’s lineup has now grown a bit smaller and is
headlined by the Alfa Genus V2,
the company continues to ship good, affordable earphones all over the
world.

The latest product in the range is also Rock Jaw’s most
affordable pair of earphones yet, the Clarito. Despite its somewhat
silly name, the Clarito promises to be a solid upgrade to the bundled
in-ears that come with your smartphone. Priced at GBP24 (Approximately
Rs. 2,100), these British-engineered earphones are on the review bench
today. Find out how they perform in our review.

Design, specifications, and comfort
While
the company’s earlier products were made of wood, the current range has
switched to a more modern-looking and durable metal construction. Like
the Alfa Genus V2, the Clarito is also built almost entirely of metal,
with plastic featuring only in the stalks that connect the cables to the
ear casings. The small size of each earphone keeps the headset light, and the overall design is simple and sophisticated. The back of each
casing features the new Rock Jaw logo.

The 1.2m cable of the
headset is rubber coated, which makes it durable and resistant to strain, but also extremely tangle-prone. There’s no microphone,
but a shirt clip and soft carry-pouch have been included in the sales
package, along with a handful of silicone ear tips. The Clarito is easy
to wear and comfortable over long periods.

The Rock
Jaw Clarito is powered by 8mm dynamic drivers, has an impedance of
16Ohms, a frequency response range of 20-20,000Hz, and a rather high
sensitivity rating of 108dB. As a result, it’s incredibly loud at peak
volume, which will appeal to a lot of users looking for a loud pair of
earphones.

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Performance
We tested the Rock Jaw Clarito with
our reference Fiio X1
high-resolution audio player, as well as the iBasso DX80, a OnePlus 3 (Review), and a
Windows laptop. Focus tracks for the review were Martin Solveig’s
Intoxicated and Alt-J’s Taro.

Starting with Intoxicated, we were
immediately treated to an intense bass-oriented sonic signature, which could be felt and heard right from the beginning of the track. It’s occasionally
a bit too powerful and attacking, overpowering the mid-range but not
the highs, in much the same way that any product with a V-shaped
signature operates. The sound might seem a bit too aggressive at times,
but bass-lovers will enjoy it for what it is.

With Taro, the
sensitivity spike in the low-range can be heard even more distinctly,
although vocals aren’t as weak as with Intoxicated. The detail in
the track can be heard fairly well for headphones in this price range,
and the soundstaging and imaging are about as good as we’ve heard as
well. It’s also worth noting that the Clarito can get very loud without
much distortion or loss of detail, and it’s helped along by its
comfortable fit and noise isolating design.

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Verdict
Where
most budget in-ears fail is in boosting volume. That’s where the Rock
Jaw Clarito succeeds in a big way. It’s loud, bass-happy and exciting.
While that sound can occasionally become a bit too much to handle, it’s
still enjoyable to a certain extent.

The added bass
doesn’t get too much in the way of the rest of the sound, and
detail and soundstaging remain excellent for the price. Along with comfort, good looks and decent build quality, this makes the
Rock Jaw Clarito an option worth considering if you’re looking for a
good pair of earphones.

Price: GBP 24 (Roughly Rs. 2,100, not including import duty and taxes), available via Rock Jaw

Pros

  • Comfortable fit
  • Good looking and well-built
  • Extremely loud

Cons

  • The bass can occasionally be a bit too much
  • Tangle-prone cable

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design: 4
  • Performance: 3.5
  • Value for money: 3.5
  • Overall: 3.5



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