We have currently tested 35 JBL headphones. They're a well-known brand that packs their headphones full of active features like music sharing or auto-off timers.
The best wireless JBL headphones that we've tested are the JBL CLUB 950NC. These well-built Bluetooth over-ears have a comfortable, stable fit and a decently versatile overall performance. Their neutral, well-balanced sound profile makes them suitable for listening to a wide range of audio content, though they're lacking low-bass. If you prefer a different sound, you can use the parametric EQ and presets in the JBL Headphones app to customize their performance. They don't leak a lot of noise, and their 25-hour continuous battery life makes them suitable for long days on-the-go. Thanks to their ANC feature, they can block out background noise typically found in an office setting, like chatter from other coworkers.
Unfortunately, their ANC feature struggles to block out bass-heavy background noises like bus and plane engines, so they may not be ideal to wear during your commute. Also, their integrated microphone has a disappointing recording quality, and they're mediocre for making phone calls. Their bulky over-ear design isn't as portable as truly wireless in-ears like the JBL LIVE 300TWS Truly Wireless, either. That said, they're still a solid choice, and they're the best JBL headphones for mixed usage that we've tested.
The best JBL headphones with an on-ear design that we've tested are the JBL Live 400BT. 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, they 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 have a decent overall performance and are a solid choice from this brand.
The best JBL headphones in the budget category that we’ve tested 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 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 tested, and their well-balanced sound profile is easily suited for a variety of audio genres.
Unfortunately, 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 workday, 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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