Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2 Review
Rock Jaw, the British manufacturer of headphones had recently launched Alfa Genus V2, which is an updated version of the appreciated Alfa Genus earphones. In this review, we will let you know if the Genus V2 lives up to expectations or not.
- Drivers: 8mm dynamic
- Impedance: 16Ω
- Sensitivity: 108+/-3db
- Frequency response: 20 – 20000Hz
- Cord Length: 1.2M
- Jack type: Gold plated 3.5mm (right angle jack)
- Eartips included: (S/M/L) silicone | (M/L) memory foam | (S) double flange
- 3x Interchangeable tuning filter
Design and Build
The earphones come in a grey colored compact box. The earphones are made up of aluminum and comes with a grey color. But, the enclose is quite big, though, it’s not a deal breaker.
The two-tone aluminum housing is a durable mounting for the components, and the light and sleek design means it shouldn’t irritate your ear.
8mm dynamic drivers is a standard spec for earbuds and in this case, the components have served me well over a two-month testing period, with no tinny rattles, warbles or distortions, and a clear, robust sound and above-average volume max out.
Along with the earphones, there are few extra earbuds and three different types of tuning filters. Apart from the four standard silicon earbuds in different sizes, the company has also included two pairs of foam ear-tips and one pair of double-flanged ear-tips.
However, there is one thing that is very irritating. When the wire gets rubbed, such as against the clothes you are wearing, it produces a lot of noise. You can use the included shirt clip to reduce this.
At the 3.5mm jack, there is a 90-degree bend for sturdiness and strength. That part is more prone to damage due to unplugging and re-plugging. So, the company added more plastic for additional protection.
It comes in two variants – one with microphone and another without microphone. The version, which comes with microphone, has a single button which can be used to answer call or play/pause music.
Our unit lacks the microphone. But, it is said to be compatible with Android, iOS and Windows Phone as well.
The Alfa Genus V2 comes with an 8mm driver, that was used in its predecessor that delivers accurate and detailed sound.
The sound quality of the Alfa Genus is very well-rounded. It is crisp and bright. The audio stays detailed and there is a clear transparency of the instrument.
It comes with three interchangeable filters which you can screw on the earphones to get your preferred type of output – bass, neutral or treble. This is not just a gimmick. It actually affects the sound output.
The bass filter is great. It provides aggressive sound output and boost that it gives in the sub-bass section is also really good. It is capable of reproducing full range of frequencies from the original source, including low bass and the high treble, with equal volume.
For some people, the bass filter may be a bit more aggressive for their type. For such people, the neutral filter might work great. It is the best type of filter if you are listening podcasts or similar stuff where the core focus is on vocals. They have balanced signature and does not put focus on any particular thing.
The third filter, which comes in the box is the treble filter. It extends treble at a moderate level with decent extraction of details in the higher frequency ranges. Thus, the tracks sounds more clear and guitar riffs sound more engaging.
The RockJaw Alfa Genus V2 has a balanced driver, looks decent and delivers great sound for its price range. The option to tune the audio as per the preference with the interchangeable filters is an added benefit. It is one of the best earphones you can get under £50.
RockJaw Alfa Genus V2 Review
- Design - 7.5/107.5/10
- Build Quality - 8.2/108.2/10
- Comfort & Fit - 9/109/10
- Performance - 9/109/10
- Value For Money - 9.5/109.5/10