Launched Dec. 2021, JLab GO Air TONES true wireless earbuds come in seven skin-tone-matching colors; (photo/JLab)
Launched Dec. 2021, JLab GO Air TONES true wireless earbuds come in seven skin tone-matching colors; (photo/JLab)

Heard, Not Seen: JLab Unveils Earbuds to Match Your Skin Tone

With the release of its GO Air TONES true wireless earbuds, the audio brand moves past tone-deaf design conventions.

This week, JLab announced presales for the first-ever skin tone earbuds. In the initial production round, GO Air TONES true wireless earbuds will come in seven shades of lab-developed colors that correspond to a great range of complexions.

“Until now, there wasn’t an earbud option available in a range of nuanced, neutral, inclusive color choices,” the company stated in its press release.

But appearance isn’t the only edge the TONES have on the bottomless wireless earbud market. A slimmer profile, lighter weight, and almost-weird price tag ($20 MSRP) are all part of the GO Air TONES package. Let’s see what else these little tweeters have going on.

GO Air TONES True Wireless Skin Tone Earbuds

Launched Dec. 2021, JLab GO Air TONES true wireless skin tone earbuds come in seven skin-tone-matching colors; (photo/JLab)
(Photo/JLab)

With the GO Air TONES, JLab showcases its lightest form factor to date. Absent the charging case, the skin tone-matching earbuds are 40% lighter and 15% smaller than last year’s generation of GO Air earbuds.

On the sound end, the neutral ‘buds use 6mm neodymium dynamic drivers and three discrete EQ modes — JLab Signature, Bass Boost, and Balanced.

Industry-standard battery time (around 32 hours with a charged-up case), light-duty IPX4 sweat resistance, and dual connect Bluetooth 5.0 tech round out the GO Air TONES earbuds’ feature set.

Skin Tone Earbud Matching

Launched Dec. 2021, JLab GO Air TONES true wireless skin tone earbuds come in seven skin-tone-matching colors; (photo/JLab)
(Photo/JLab)

The company tapped ORLY Color Labs for color matching guidance. Experts zeroed in on the seven tones seen above, which they claim are the most widely complementary tones according to data and lab analysis.

JLab’s close-to-custom matching experience will extend to end users, too. Potential buyers can try JLab’s augmented-reality fitting room filter to find their best match. Each pair’s color extends to the portable charging case, USB cable, and three included sets of gel ear tips.

JLab credits customer feedback that requested subdued color options as the catalyst behind the GO Air TONES lineup. In keeping with its “customer satisfaction” vibes, JLab will direct buyers of its skin tone earbuds to an online feedback form where it can solicit suggestions for later production runs.

“JLab has always made a lot of noise in this industry by creating products that stand out in features, quality, and their accessible price,” said Win Cramer, JLab’s CEO. “GO Air TONES offers great-sounding earbuds that are designed to be heard, but not seen.”

To learn more, try a pair on virtually, or place an order, head to jlab.com/TONES.

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GO Air TONES Skin Tone Earbud Specs

  • 32+ hrs. playtime (8+ hrs. in each earbud)
  • Dual Connect technology allows each bud to be used independently
  • Built-In MEMS -42dB+/-3dB microphone in both buds
  • Patented Custom EQ3 sound and touch controls
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • Range: 30+ ft.
  • Protocols: HSP/HFP/A2DP/AVRCP
  • Codecs: SBC/AAC
  • Driver: 6mm custom-designed dynamic driver
  • 20 Hz-20 kHz frequency response
  • Impedance: 16Ω
  • Output: 92 dB
  • Input: 40mA
  • Earbud battery: 43mAh lithium polymer
  • Earbud charge time: 2.2 hrs.
  • Charging case battery: 350mAh lithium polymer
  • Case charge time: 2 hrs.
  • IP Rating: IPX4 (earbuds only)
  • Included charging case with integrated USB charging cable (24+ hrs.) and three sets of gel ear tips
  • Weight: 35.4 g (earbuds + case); 3.7 g each (earbuds); 27.5 g (case)
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Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing. In 2020, Jilli left her corporate position to pursue an outdoor-oriented life. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear network. She is based out of Austin, Texas, where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.