The JBL Everest Elite 700 are stylish-looking headphones packed with features that make them suitable for most use cases. They have a good build quality and block enough noise for commuting. They don't leak much, and they're pretty easy-to-use. However, they're still somewhat bulky headphones, and although they have a decent sound, they may not be ideal for more critical listeners.
- Sleek and sturdy wireless design.
- High isolation and Low leakage.
- Great active features.
- A bit tight on the head.
- Bulky build quality.
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The Everest Elite 700 have a sleek and stylish yet durable build quality. They have a responsive control scheme that takes some getting used to and a decently portable design, despite being relatively large headphones. They're well padded and tight enough for a light jog. However, this also makes them a bit fatiguing to wear during long listening sessions and they're still too cumbersome to use while working out or exercising. Also, the case they come with feels a bit cheap.
The JBL Everest 700 have a simple and sleek form factor that's a bit reminiscent of the Beats Studio Wireless. They have thick padding on the ear cups and look somewhat high-end thanks to the subtle accents on the headband and the matte finish. However, because of the thick pads, the ear cups tend to stick out a bit leaving a gap between your head and the headband that's not always aesthetically pleasing. Overall though, the Elite 700's design looks premium and will stand out in a crowd.
The Elite 700 are above-average comfortable but a bit tight on the head. They have sufficiently large ear cups to fit most listeners and they're well padded so even tough they're tight they don't feel too uncomfortable when you put them on. However, after a long listening session, they get a bit fatiguing and the headband doesn't extend far enough to accommodate all head sizes which is not ideal.
The controls scheme on the Elite 700 is a bit confusing but provides all the essential functions and the buttons are responsive. You can skip tracks, play/pause audio, and control the volume. They also have an additional button for the optimizer (press and hold) that also doubles as the toggle for different aware modes (quick press). Unfortunately, the button layout is not the best as you may accidentally press some of the controls when putting the headphones on and the control scheme takes a bit of time to get used to.
The Everest Elite 700 are tight enough on the head that they won't easily fall during casual listening sessions. That and their wireless design makes them decently stable since they won't be yanked off your head because the audio cable got hooked on something. Unfortunately, the ear cups stick out a bit too much, and they're somewhat heavy, so they sway a lot when running. They won't be the ideal headphones for working out or take to the gym as they will slip off your ears during high-intensity physical activity.
Decent portability. The Everest 700 fold into a more compact format that's easier to carry and takes less space in a bag. However, they are relatively big over-ear headphones so even if they fold, they're still a bit cumbersome to carry around on your person since they won't fit in any pockets, except maybe some larger jacket pockets.
The JBL Everest Elite 700 have a good build quality. They creak a bit when unfolding them and putting them on, but the headband has a metal frame that makes it decently sturdy. The ear cups are also dense enough that they won't get damaged if the headphones fall once or twice. However, the hinges are somewhat susceptible weak points, and the plastic coating on the ear cups and headband feels prone to scratches and may even crack if you twist the headband a bit too far.
The Everest Elite 700 are a good-sounding pair of closed-back headphones with nearly flawless, neutral and consistent Bass and Mid Ranges. Their Treble Range however, could sound a bit forward and sharp on overly-bright tracks, and their Imaging and Distortion performance is about average. Additionally, they don't have the most open and spacious Soundstage, which is favored for critical listening applications.
Excellent Bass Range performance. The response is basically flat and virtually flawless. The only remark is the slight mismatch between L/R drivers in low-bass, which won't be audible.
Excellent Mid Range performance. Low-mid and Mid are within 0.5dB of our target, which is excellent. High-mid shows less than 2dB of overemphasis, which is going to make the sound of these headphones very slightly forward, especially on vocals/leads.
Average Treble Range performance. Low-treble is hyped by about 2dB, which is the continuation of the high-mid overemphasis. This is going to add a bit of excess presence to the sound, which will be mostly noticeable on vocals/leads. The dip surrounding 5KHz, won't be very audible, due to its narrow width. But it will have a negligible negative impact on detail and articulation. The 10dB bump centering around 10KHz makes these headphones noticeably sibilant, and could sound sharp and piercing to those with hyper sensitive ears on overly bright tracks.
Excellent Consistency. The Everest Elite 700 don't have the most ergonomic design, which makes getting a proper fit with them slightly difficult. However, they perform very consistently both in Bass and Treble Ranges, which could be due to their TruNote self-calibrating mechanism.
Poor Soundstage. Due to their closed-back design and active noise cancellation, these headphones don't provide an open and spacious Soundstage. Additionally, because they have relatively small ear cups, they don't activate the pinna resonances like loudspeakers, and therefore their Soundstage won't be perceived in front of the listener.
Average Imaging. Like most Bluetooth headphones, there is excess phase error in the response, but, most of these phase shifts won't be audible. However, the mismatch in the phase response of the L/R drivers would have a noticeable, but small negative effect on the stereo image of these headphones.
Decent harmonic distortion performance. The amount of harmonic distortion in the Bass and Mid Ranges are slightly elevated. In the Treble Range however, the maximum distortion measured is at about 0.2% of the input signal, which is very good, especially since there's not much an increase in the Treble distortion under heavier loads.
These headphones isolate quite well in loud environments. They block enough noise that you won't be distracted by ambient noise while on public transit, especially if you have music playing. However, in very noisy surroundings you may still hear what's going on around you if you're listening to a podcast or nothing at all. On the upside, they're also decent to use in quieter settings as they don't leak too much, even at moderate to high volumes.
Decent Isolation performance. The Everest Elite 700 provides an average of 9dB of reduction in the Bass Range, which although below average, is more than what most over-ear headphones are able to achieve. In the Mid and Treble Ranges they achieve more than 19dB and 34dB of isolation respectively, with both values being good.
Good Leakage performance. The significant portion of leakage sits between 500Hz and 8KHz, which is a relatively broad range. However, the level of leakage is quite low, meaning that the sound leaking out of these headphones will be rather full and Mid rangy, but not loud.
- 100% SpNR
The Everest Elite 700 have a great set of active features and a well thought-out companion app that gives you the right amount of control. They have a great range and a decently fast wireless connection as well as an above average battery life that's further extended by the power saving features. However, they may still be a bit too laggy for watching video or gaming.
The Everest have a good range and relatively fast wireless connection despite not having any low latency codecs. They reached up to 50ft when the Bluetooth source was obstructed by walls and almost 200ft in direct line of sight which should be good for most use cases. Unfortunately, they don't have NFC although their hold to pair procedure is not as cumbersome as some other wireless headphones we've tested.
These headphones have an above-average battery life and decent charge time but are loaded with power saving features. You can enable the auto-off function via the companion app. They have passive playback, and you can use them while they charge which makes them great office headphones if you don't mind having the USB cable plugged into your PC.
The JBL Headphones Connect is an excellent app that gives you so much control over the active features of the Elite 700. You get a full, parametric equalizer, auto-off and noise cancellation control that allows you to set the level of isolation in each ear cup. The app is well designed, and for the sheer number of customization options its pretty easy to use. Overall it's an efficient and well thought-out app that enhances your listening experience.
In the box
- JBL Everest Elite 700 Headphones
- Carrying case
- Audio cable
- USB cable