We have currently reviewed 33 JBL headphones. They're a well-known brand that packs their headphones full of active features like music sharing or auto-off timers.
The most versatile JBL headphones that we've tested to date are the JBL CLUB 950NC Wireless. These Bluetooth over-ears have a comfortable and stable fit, and their 25-hour continuous battery life is great for long days on the go. Their default sound profile is well-balanced and neutral, so they're suitable for listening to a wide range of music genres. If you like to tweak the sound, there's even a parametric EQ and presets available in the dedicated companion app.
On the downside, while their active noise cancelling (ANC) feature does a good job blocking out background voices and high-pitched sounds like AC units, it struggles to block out bass-heavy sounds like engines and may not be ideal to use during your commute. Also, its microphone performance isn't as good as other JBL headphones like the JBL Live 650 BTNC Wireless, so they may not be the best choice for phone calls. That being said, these headphones offer a decently versatile performance that should please many listeners.
The JBL Live 400BT are the best on-ear JBL headphones we've tested so far. Their well-balanced sound profile is great for a variety of music genres, and if you want to tweak it, the JBL Headphones app offers a full parametric EQ with presets. Their battery life is outstanding as they have 30 hours of continuous playtime and an auto-off timer, so you won't have to worry about running out of power if you forget to turn them off. They can pair with up to two devices at the same time, which is great when you want to switch between your computer and phone.
However, these headphones feel more cheaply made than the JBL Everest 310 Wireless, and they don't come with a case to help protect them when you're on the go. Also, some users may find their on-ear fit uncomfortable, especially for long listening sessions. Still, if you prefer on-ear headphones, these ones have a decent overall performance and are a solid choice from this brand.
The best budget JBL headphones we’ve tested so far are the JBL Endurance Sprint. These colorful wireless earbuds have an ear-hook design that feels fairly well-built for their price point. If you enjoy sports, these headphones are a very good option as they have a stable fit and an IPX7 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it. They're also among the best-sounding wireless earbuds that we’ve reviewed so far, and their well-balanced sound profile is easily suited for a variety of audio genres.
On the downside, their in-ear fit may not be the most comfortable for all users, and their touch controls are very sensitive, so registering an accurate command can be difficult. Still, they have a nine-hour battery life that should be enough to get you through your work day, and they can even reduce a good amount of background noise around you. At their price point, these are a pair of wireless in-ears with a decent performance.
Overall, JBL makes feature-packed headphones that usually have a well-balanced sound as they tend to closely follow the Harman curve. However, their design and fit may not always be the most comfortable, and despite their price, they have a plasticky build that can feel a bit cheap.
JBL offers a variety of headphones for different uses. They generally have a well-balanced sound, but you can EQ most of them with their companion app if you want it to sound slightly differently. While they don't produce headphones as comfortable as other popular brands such as Bose and Sennheiser, and they don't offer any models that are specifically catered for audiophiles, their colorful designs are packed with unique features like music sharing that make JBL a great brand for casual, everyday headphones.
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