As long as audio hardware is concerned, JBL is a brand that is well known to all. The company makes a wide range of products, from loudspeakers to public address (PA) systems. They also cater to a variety of consumer and professional markets.
When it comes to headphones, JBL’s lineup also features an array of options. Whether you are looking for an entry-level wireless headphone like the Live 500BT or a sports-oriented earbud like the UA True Wireless Flash X, JBL got you covered. If you are going for high-end gaming headsets, the Quantum One is ready for you.
Are you searching for a basic pair of wired headphones or a premium option with top-tier noise cancellation? Well, options are abundant. To make choosing one easier, we have compiled a list of the best 6 JBL headphones in the market.
Overall Best: JBL Live 650 BTNC
This one goes out to the sound demons and the beat Nazis. This headphone is the combo of great sound, reasonable battery life, and comfort. The strongest suit of the JBL 650 BTNC is how long it lasts. Not the result of any fast charging tech, this headphone can last you 30 hours with just one charge.
With headphones like this, you can listen to your favorite songs through a long flight and still have some juice to start with when you arrive at your destination. The downside, however, is that the device makes use of the older Micro-USB connector. That’s not an ideal connector to use for 2021 gadgets when most tech toys are already using USB-C.
The sound quality from the JBL Live 650 BTNC is phenomenal. The device is bass-boosted to off a rather warm signature, but the rest of the sound is balanced and appealing to the ear. The dynamic range is just as superb but the soundstage seems to be under the bench because it sounds too natural and narrow.
This JBL headphone features active noise cancellation—often referred to as ANC. This feature was placed right, in line with the previous headphone generations of Sony and Bose. The Live 650 BTNC isn’t the best value for money, but it’s more preferable to having no ANC at all. You may struggle to hear people around you during ambiance mode, particularly in noisy areas.
Best Buds For Workouts: JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless
If you are a bodybuilder, fitness trainer, or gym lover, these headphones might just be the perfect one for you. The JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless has IPX7 water resistance, which means your sweat doesn’t make it sweat. Even when you are exposed to a puddle or exercising in the rain—or during a snowfall—this gadget will deliver. But don’t use this JBL product when swimming. Water-resistance or not, it isn’t ideal to wear earbuds underwater.
These earbuds render a fun sound signature and give out boosted treble and bass. As for the mids, the gadget keeps things recessed. The sound engineering on the device gives it a sharp, piercing sound. To some ears, that might begin to sound discomforting when they listen for a few minutes.
What about the JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless dynamic range? From what we found, it’s pretty much excellent. But, again, we have a problem with the soundstage. For a device like this, that’s quite below par. However, the majority of earbuds do not have a soundstage.
Best On-Ear Headphones: JBL Live 400BT
These headphones are no longer as popular as they used to be. But they are still great for many reasons. The first is its excellent sound without total isolation from the rest of your world. In turn, that is one of the reasons this product is so good on your ears. In this class, the JBL Live 400BT is the best the company has ever designed.
It has a balanced sound signature and a mildly amplified bass—both of which give the audio device a slightly warmer sound. Nevertheless, thanks to JBL’s on-ear design, the bass response from the headphone is mostly inconsistent. So, your ears are just about safe, although, sometimes, the bass can be overwhelming.
The dynamic range of these headphones gets a pass mark but the soundstage is quite small. What’s more, the instrument separation on the product design isn’t up to standard.
Best In-Ear Option: JBL Reflect Mini 2
Here comes another bearer of solid sound signature. The bass of the JBL Reflects Mini 2 is substantially amplified to give it a generally warmer sound off. The mids, as well as treble, are both balanced to give your ear only the sound it needs to hear.
For this product though, a soundstage almost does not exist. Nevertheless, this deficit is expected because the size of earbuds doesn’t really enable them to have reasonable soundstages.
Looking for comfort? If you are okay with the JBL Reflect Mini 2’s wing and bud design, comfort is guaranteed. To some people, that feature is better than having the headphones hooked inside the ear. The wing is attached to the inner portions of your ears, but not deep.
Though these earbuds do not cling as much as fitness-style headphones, it is still an uncomfortable one for some people to use. Apart from that, this JBL product is super comfortable and quite easy to use. They are also portable and can easily be worn around the neck or tossed into pockets.
Best Over-Ear Headphones: JBL E55BT Wireless
This model isn’t stylish, but it’s functional. It sounds pretty good, with boosted bass. The headphones’ midrange was given a little nudge but the treble was left normal. If you have smaller ears, the JBL E55BT Wireless should work for you.
Despite being advertised as a pair of over-ear headphones, this gadget’s cups are not as large as those on others. Simultaneously, the cups are not small enough for us to call it an on-ear audio device.
If your ears are average-sized or on the large side, the JBL E55BT Wireless will only make you uncomfortable after using it for a couple of minutes. Although headband might not squeeze your head so much that your ears start to feel warm. Even after listening for hours, you would have no qualms with the headbands.
Best True Wireless Option: JBL UA True Wireless Flash
The sound that can come out of the JBL UA True Wireless Flash is surprisingly excellent. Besides the treble being slightly jacked up, the sound remains generally balanced. Dynamic range is excellent and the soundstage is mediocre, but that’s to be expected with earbuds.
The JBL UA True Wireless Flash features a wing and bud combination to maximize comfort and fit. You should have no business with ear fatigue or discomfort. That is because the buds don’t enter the ear canal at all. Being portable is also a plus. After all, these are wireless earbuds/
The audio device’s charging case is rugged and is a little bit larger than most of its peers. However, it can fit into most pockets, even if yours is packed full of sweets and keys.