Rock Jaw Audio is an audio peripherals manufacturer from Derbyshire in England. They manufacture products with the vision that you can get the best without paying a high price. Rock Jaw makes high quality audio peripherals from premium materials that ensure a great product. Today, Rock Jaw has sent us the Alfa Genus earphones.
Drivers: 8mm dynamic
- Impedance: 16â„¦
- Sensitivity: 108+/-3db
- Frequency response: 20 â€“ 20000Hz
- Cord Length: 1.2M
- Jack type: Gold plated 3.5mm
- Interchangeable Filters
Up front, the box has a see through plastic that enables for a sneak preview of another box that contains the Alfa Genus, box-ception at its finest. At the back of the box are marketing propaganda like the product specification and features of the box. What I like about this setup by Rock Jaw is that they thoroughly explain what separates the Alfa Genus from its peers and not just get by with fancy Photoshop work.
Rock Jaw values your money so much that they decided one box is not enough to protect the Alfa Genus from the dangers of the outside world, so they decided to put the Alfa Genus inside of another box. The genius of this is that this box also serves as the container for the Alfa Genus. The box is small one, with the front covered by hard silver plastic with a square see-through plastic that give a great preview of the Alfa Genus and its alternate filters.
Rock Jaw Alfa Genus
When you open the container box, youâ€™ll see the Rock Jaw Alfa Genus with the cord wrapped around the bottom half of the box, along with the extra eartips and clip. The top half of the container is where the alternate filters are located.
The Alfa Genus is a beautiful combination of an ebony body and a little bit of aluminium to match. It give the Alfa Genus a very premium feel and the sturdiness to complete what is already a great looking package.
User Experience and Conclusion
The defining feature of the Alfa Genus is that it has two different filters that have different sound signatures. This is great if you want to mix and match different sound signatures, or if you want to have a little bit more flexibility in your listening experience. The only suggestion that I have is that Rock Jaw should make another filter that has the best parts of both filters.
The Alfa Genus’ default filters (silver) is veryÂ bass-heavy and what a bass-cannon thisÂ is. Pair it up with the hip-hop or rock tracks and if you’re a basshead like me, you’ll be sure to have a great time.
The other filter (black) is a bit more mid-centric with little to no bass presence at all and while that might sound a bit negative the truth is this is a clean sounding filter that is great if you’re into acoustic, vocal performancesÂ or slightly more spacious listening experience.Â The only thing that I have noticed with this filter is that the mids and highsÂ suffered because of it. While the vocals are more forward they fall just a bit flat along with some instruments that feel within the same frequency range.
Regardless though, this variety in sound characteristic falls nicely into place when you’re the kind of person that wants a changing listening experience that can keep your tracks fresh for the next listening session. For pedestrian use, the Alfa Genus still delivers well and its up to the user to see which filter suits his/her tastes. We personally recommend the default filters as they can adapt well with modern tunes. We recommend using the black filters if you’re into classical and unplugged performances where mid-range and vocal clarity is well
Moving over to the quality, the Alfa Genus is well-built and very sturdy. The wires of the Alfa Genus are a bit twisted and they are not easily entangled. As for finding the comfort level that you want, the Alfa Genus has 3 pairs of eartips which comes in different sizes, from small to large. It would be nicer, though, if there were more eartips to choose from and a pouch to carry the Alfa Genus in.
For the low price of 49.99 Euro, the Alfa Genus is a huge bargain. Most earphone who offer this kind of sound quality are a cut above the Alfa Genus in the price market.
Overall, The Rock Jaw Alfa Genus is a set of buds that every basshead should have and every other people looking for an IEM should try. TheÂ high build quality as well as the great sound that it produces more than makes up for its lack of extended usability, like the lack of an in-line controller for easier access to your desired sound.
BossMac’s Notes: The Rock Jaw Alfa Genus at sub-$70 pricing offers a good balance of quality build and quality audio. While it may not be as detailed higher priced IEMs, the fact that it is nearly on par with more expensive buds in terms of clarity and detail, it certainly delivers more for its price. The Alfa Genus’ filter options, also gives it more flexibility for people who want to experience a new dimension to their music without going out of their way of getting other IEMs or screwing around with the equalizer.
The Rock Jaw Alfa Genus is backed up by a 2 year warranty that shows the huge value the Rock Jaw puts on their product. We here at Back2Gaming award the Alfa Genus with the B2G Recommended and B2G Bronze Award.