JBL is one of the most popular brands when it comes to audio equipment. They have proven their products to be very high quality. I’ve been using their bluetooth speakers for years, and recently got to try their headphones. I decided to review the 5 best JBL headphones of this year and help you make a buying decision if you are looking for a new pair of headphones.
1. JBL Everest 300
The JBL Everest 300 may be on the high-end of the company’s lineup, however, they deliver amazing value for their price thanks to their amazing wireless performance, tremendous sound, and comfort.
The JBL Everest 300 share a strong resemblance to the aforementioned Everest 700, but they look pretty attractive despite their size nonetheless. They also provide a perfect fit, ensuring plenty of isolation, without excessive clamping force to your head, in other words, they are pretty comfortable thanks to their thick padding.
The JBL Everest 300 has a good set of controls on the headphones, apart from the usual it had the share button, so you can share your music with a friend that uses Bluetooth headphones. The wireless performance was solid and seamless, and the battery life was about 20 hours in total.
The soundstage of these headphones was pretty wide and expansive, and the bass performance was true JBL, with plenty of punch and power. The mids are pretty good as well, with crips highs up top.
Not the best headphones in the market, but the manufacturer could price them higher and I wouldn’t complain.
2. JBL Harman T450
The JBL Harman T450 headphones are one of a kind in the market, delivering excellent sound, with two 32mm dynamic drivers, a great frequency range, foldable design, and one of the most lightweight on-ear headphone model in the market. On top of all this, it has a very attractive price that will appeal to the majority of the customers.
First off, I want to talk about the total weight of these headphones, weighing in about 5.11-pounds. This is mostly thanks to its all-plastic construction, that is also pretty durable and will last you a long time before giving up, it is also worth mentioning that these headphones feature tangle-free cables, that makes everything better and easier.
JBL Harman T450’s plastic body comes in three paint jobs, white, blue and black, and all 3 look pretty good. The padding and clamping force on these headphones deliver good sound isolation, something that I did not expect, also the sound leak was minimal as well.
The sound performance of the JBL Harman T450 is trademark JBL, with boosted and punchy bass, however, the sub-bass was not as deep as I expected, although realistically I can’t complain at this price. The mids were pretty warm the highs were pretty clean, but a little dark.
3. JBL Live 100
The JBL Live 100 is an excellent pair of in-ear headphones that want the versatility and portability that comes with them. They provide an excellent sound, with a comfortable fit that is adequate for everybody, a great cable, and a reasonable price to round up this package.
First off, I want to say that these headphones are perfect for every user, especially commuters, thanks to their amazing convenience and voice assistant commands for hands-free operation. They come in a very plain and simple design, some may think to basic or of lesser quality, however, these headphones have an aluminium construction for durability and aesthetics.
Due to its in-ear design, the JBL Live 100 doesn’t showcase a wide range of features, however, it has some decent features like its frequency range from 20Hz to 20kHz, and they can get pretty loud at about 104 deciBels, pretty impressive for their size and price.
These headphones boast JBL’s signature sound that is slightly warm with tons of power. To provide that it employs 8mm drivers on each side, and I found that the treble was pretty sharp as well, but the mid-range was a bit lacking compared to the bass.
With tangle resistant cable and added comfort, the JBL Live 100 is a safe option and i would rank them as the #3 best JBL headphones.
4. JBL Everest 700
Bluetooth headphones are found in every corner these days, as every manufacturer has released its model. If you are looking for the best wireless model from JBLs lineup you should take a look at the JBL Everest 700, with noise cancellation, a smartphone app for customizing your sound and tons of features that will please every user.
The JBL Everest 700’s are slightly larger headphones with a rather simple and unassuming design, they are available in either gray, black or blue, and each of them looks great. They’re over the ear design looks and feels comfortable, and they provide adequate clamping force without being uncomfortable.
One of the biggest selling points of the JBL Everest 700 is its amazing smartphone app, that delivers you plenty of customization. It has a clean interface that is very easy to use and allows you to tailor the sound to your liking, with plenty of options that are provided. Great for those with different tastes.
The sound performance of this headset is excellent, even in its default settings with adequate performance in the whole frequency range. I tried every preset setting on the app and they were true to their names, for example, the bass preset was perfect for sub-bass heavy music.
The best wireless headphone from JBL.
5. JBL E45BT
JBL has designed and manufactured a wide range of headphones in the last few years leaving us with plenty of options. One of the most convenient options that you can find is the JBL E45BT, with plenty of power, great bass, sharp highs, amazing comfort, and attractive design in a wireless package.
The JBL E45BT is available in multiple paint jobs like the matte black, red, teal, and white, all looking excellent on this on-ear headphones. Round shaped earcups are connected by the cloth clad headband and on the earcups, you’ll spot the grilles covering the 40mm drivers on each side.
Despite being wireless headphones, the JBL E45BT can work wired as well, with the included cable that is also covered in cloth. The battery life of these headphones was about 16-hours on average, and it will get charged in no time as well. The microphone provided a clear performance as well as adequate for conversing through it.
The bass performance on the JBL E45BT was excellent providing plenty of punch and power, and there was no distortion even on higher levels. There was no apparent bleeding of the frequency ranges, the mids and highs were sharp and clear, but slightly warm and JBL signature sound, not for purists. Definitely one of the best JBL headphones out there.