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JBL CLUB 700BT Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Jun 01, 2020 at 08:31 am
JBL CLUB 700BT Wireless Picture
6.8
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Sound
6.9
Commute/Travel
7.2
Sports/Fitness
6.9
Office
5.6
Wireless Gaming
7.2
Wired Gaming
6.6
Phone Calls
Type On-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The JBL CLUB 700BT are decent Bluetooth on-ear headphones for most uses. They look and feel very premium, are decently comfortable, and have a sleek retro design thanks to their exposed cables and metal hinges. Their well-balanced sound profile is suitable for a wide range of genres and content and can be fine-tuned via a parametric EQ within their companion app. They last nearly 55 hours off a single charge, which is outstanding, and they can be used passively with a standard audio cable if your battery happens to run out. When using them wirelessly, they have an integrated mic in the headphones themselves, but also feature an in-line mic so you can still take calls when using the headphones passively, which is nice. Unfortunately, the recording quality of the integrated mic is sub-par and suffers from a lot of distortion.

Our Verdict

6.8 Mixed Usage

The JBL CLUB 700BT are alright on-ears for mixed usage. Their well-balanced sound profile is suitable for a wide variety of genres, and can be fine-tuned through a parametric EQ or presets in their app. They last nearly 55 hours off a single charge, which is remarkable, and they can be fully charged in 1.5 hours. They feel quite well-built and durable, but unfortunately, are only decently comfortable and tend to get warm after long periods. They can be used wired, even for gaming, thanks to their in-line mic, and they feel decently stable on the head. Unfortunately, they block very little background noise, and their physical controls are somewhat difficult to use.

Pros
  • Outstanding 55-hour battery life.
  • Sleek and well-built design.
  • Decently well-balanced sound profile.
  • Dedicated app with parametric EQ.
Cons
  • Only decently comfortable.
  • Physical controls aren't the easiest to use.
  • Poor noise isolation.
6.9 Neutral Sound

The JBL CLUB 700BT are decent headphones for neutral sound listening. They have a fairly well-balanced sound profile that gives a fair amount of extra bass, but can be fine-tuned via a parametric EQ within the dedicated companion app. Unfortunately, due to their closed-back, on-ear fit, they don't have a very wide or open soundstage.

6.9 Commute/Travel

The JBL CLUB 700BT are decent on-ear headphones for commuting or travel. They don't clamp too tightly, and are decently comfortable, though they may cause your ears to get warm during longer listening sessions. Unfortunately, they don't do much to help with giving you quiet, since they block almost no background noise. On the bright side, their 55-hour battery life is outstanding, and they can be used passively with a wire if they happen to die in the middle of a long travel day.

7.2 Sports/Fitness

The JBL CLUB 700BT are decent headphones for sports. They feel somewhat stable on the head, though they slide around during more intense workouts. They're also only decently comfortable and cause you to sweat more than usual during a run or while at the gym. On the bright side, their physical controls give you a ton of functionality, and the extra bit of bass in their default EQ helps to keep you pumped up.

6.9 Office

The JBL CLUB 700BT are decent for office use. Their 55-hour battery should easily last an entire workweek, and they can be used passively with an audio cable as well. Unfortunately, they aren't the most comfortable, and while they don't clamp as tight as some other on-ear headphones, they may cause fatigue after a full workday. They also block very little background noise, so they aren't a good choice if you get easily distracted by coworkers.

5.6 Wireless Gaming

The JBL CLUB 700BT can only be used via Bluetooth or with a wire. Therefore, they can't be used wirelessly with an Xbox One or PS4. While they work with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, their high latency and sub-par integrated microphone make them a poor choice.

7.2 Wired Gaming

The JBL CLUB 700BT are decent headphones for wired gaming. They can easily be plugged into the controller of a PS4 or Xbox One, and thanks to their audio cable's in-line mic, you can talk to your teammates. Unfortunately, they aren't the most comfortable, so they likely aren't the best choice for extended gaming marathons.

6.6 Phone Calls

The JBL CLUB 700BT are okay headphones for phone calls. While they have an integrated mic, it isn't the best, and your voice sounds muffled, lacking in detail, and distorted. They also have an in-line mic on their included audio cable, which is great, though we haven't tested its quality, as we only test the primary microphone.

  • 6.8 Mixed Usage
  • 6.9 Neutral Sound
  • 6.9 Commute/Travel
  • 7.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.9 Office
  • 5.6 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.2 Wired Gaming
  • 6.6 Phone Calls

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Black CLUB 700BT
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The JBL CLUB 700BT are well-designed and premium-looking on-ears. They're all black and have a somewhat retro-look thanks to the exposed wire on each ear cup. Overall, these headphones look much more premium and high-end than the JBL Live 400BT Wireless.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.63 lbs
Clamping Force
0.9 lbs

These headphones are decently comfortable. Since these are on-ear headphones, they may get slightly uncomfortable after long periods. Luckily, they don't clamp as hard as some other options, like the JBL Live 400BT Wireless or the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. Unfortunately, due to their well-padded ear cups, they tend to get hot very quickly.

7.0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
Adjustable
Additional Controls Bass Effect + Voice Assistant

The controls of the JBL CLUB 700BT are decent. They have a lot of physical, clicky buttons along the side of each ear cup, including a large button on the 'JBL' logo on the left side. The buttons give a good selection of controls, including a 'bass boost' feature, but unfortunately, they aren't the easiest to use as the buttons are close together and it can be difficult to know which button you're pressing. The headphones also don't give any voice feedback prompts, making it tougher to know which button you've pressed.

6.4
Design
Portability
L 6.0 "
W 3.7 "
H 3.2 "
Volume 71 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The JBL CLUB 700BT have mediocre portability, though they aren't as bulky as most over-ear headphones. Unfortunately, the ear cups don't swivel to lay flat, but the headphones can be folded up in two different ways to make them smaller.

5.5
Design
Case
Type Pouch
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

The JBL CLUB 700BT come with a sub-par soft carrying pouch. While it won't protect the headphones from drops or bumps, it's covered in a rubbery material that feels waterproof enough to protect them from light rain or splashes.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of the JBL CLUB 700BT is good. They're primarily made of good quality and dense plastic. The hinges and yokes are all metal and feel well-built and premium. While their physical buttons feel like they'd be waterproof, these headphones don't seem to have any IP rating for dust or water resistance. Overall they feel well-built, but their exposed wire is likely their weakest point.

7.0
Design
Stability

The JBL CLUB 700BT are decently stable on-ears. They should stay on fine if you need to quickly jog to catch a bus, but may not be the best for more intense workouts or exercises.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • JBL CLUB 700BT headphones
  • 1/8" TRRS audio cable with an in-line mic
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
3.2 db
Treble Amount
-1.41 db

The sound profile of the JBL CLUB 700BT is quite well-balanced and accurate. They have a bit of extra bass that gives them extra thump and kick, without being too overpowering. Overall, they're well-suited for a wide range of genres and content.

6.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.82 dB

The frequency response consistency is mediocre. As is somewhat expected from on-ear headphones, they're quite sensitive to fit and seal, and people with long hair or glasses will likely experience their bass very differently. You may also have to adjust them slightly on your ears to get the same sound reproduction every time you wear them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.64 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
6.03 dB
Mid-Bass
5.42 dB
High-Bass
3.8 dB

The bass accuracy of these headphones is okay. While the entire range is quite over-emphasized, it's still fairly even and flat. Overall, these headphones give a fair amount of extra thump and kick, though unfortunately, their bass delivery varies noticeably across users, and is sensitive to the quality of the fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response, and your experience may vary.

8.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.69 dB
Low-Mid
2.16 dB
Mid-Mid
0.06 dB
High-Mid
0.99 dB

The mid accuracy of these headphones is excellent. Almost the entire range is accurate and flat. While low-mid is slightly over-emphasized, it shouldn't be too noticeable and your music shouldn't sound muddy or cluttered.

7.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.16 dB
Low-Treble
0.18 dB
Mid-Treble
1.03 dB
High-Treble
-3.59 dB

The treble accuracy of these headphones is good. Low-treble, which is responsible for the detail of almost all instruments, is almost entirely perfectly balanced and flat. Unfortunately, some mid-treble frequencies may sound dull and listless, while others sound slightly harsh and piercing. High-treble is the most uneven, though it's at high enough frequencies that it shouldn't be noticeable to most people. Like with most on-ear headphones, their treble delivery is sensitive to fit and seal, and you may need to adjust them to get the same treble reproduction every time. The response here represents the average treble response, and your experience may vary.

8.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.21 db
Dips
1.05 db

The peaks and dips performance of these headphones is great. Almost the entire frequency range is even and well-balanced. However, the big dip in mid-treble, followed by the large peak, may make some frequencies sound especially sharp and piercing.

7.7
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.27
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.53
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.67
Weighted Phase Mismatch
8.44

The imaging of these headphones is good. The GD graph shows the group delay is below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight and accurate bass and treble ranges. The L/R drivers of our unit are also decently well-matched, helping with fairly accurate placement and localization of objects (voice, instruments, footsteps) in the stereo image. Note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

4.2
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
5.74 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
1.32 dB
PRTF Distance
13.5 dB
Openness
4.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.2

The passive soundstage of the JBL CLUB 700BT is bad. The on-ear design doesn't interact much with the pinna, therefore these headphones don't have a speaker-like soundstage. Their closed-back design also doesn't sound as open as open-back headphones. Overall, their soundstage sounds fairly small and unnatural, on top of being inside your head rather than in front.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No

The JBL CLUB 700BT don't have any virtual soundstage features.

8.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.262
WHD @ 100
0.095

The weighted harmonic distortion of these headphones is great. The entire range is within good limits, even at higher volumes, resulting in clear and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.7.0
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Off
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used when testing. Therefore, our results are only valid when these headphones are used with these settings.

Isolation
5.2
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-14.26 dB
Bass
0.57 dB
Mid
-8.47 dB
Treble
-35.49 dB

The noise isolation of the JBL CLUB 700BT is bad. They don't block any low-frequency noise, like the low engine rumble of bus or plane engines. While they block a bit of background chatter, they don't block nearly as much as most other on-ears or over-ears. On the bright side, they do a good job of blocking out high frequencies sounds like fans or A/C units.

8.0
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
33.31 dB

The leakage performance of the JBL CLUB 700BT is great. Even at higher volumes, the leakage is well below the noise floor of most offices.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
Yes
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

The JBL CLUB 700BT have an integrated microphone in the headphones themselves, as well as an in-line mic if you use them wired.

6.3
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
403.18 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.78 dB
HFE
5915.41 Hz
Weighted THD
43.182
Gain
20.95 dB

The recording quality of the integrated microphone is mediocre. While on phone calls, your voice sounds thin, muffled, and distorted. Note that we only tested the integrated microphone, and the in-line mic on the wire may perform differently.

6.9
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
20.17 dB

The noise handling of the integrated microphone is decent. While the person you're speaking to should be able to hear you in quiet environments, your voice gets easily drowned out in even moderately loud situations. Note that we only tested the integrated microphone, and the in-line mic on the wire may perform differently.

Active Features
9.0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
54.8 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
54.8 hrs
Charge Time
1.5 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port USB-C

The battery performance of the JBL CLUB 700BT is excellent. The nearly 55-hour battery life is remarkable and is among the highest we've ever tested. They also fully charge in 1.5 hours, which is great, and they feature an auto-off timer to help conserve even more battery life. Unfortunately, they don't provide audio while charging, but they can be used passively with a wire should your battery die on you.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name JBL Headphones
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Parametric + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The JBL CLUB 700BT are compatible with the good JBL Headphones app. Unfortunately, the app doesn't give you many customization options, and only gives you an EQ, presets, and the ability to turn your auto-off timer on/off. On the bright side, the EQ is fully parametric, allowing you to finetune the way they sound.

Connectivity
8.3
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
305 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
182 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
258 ms
Android Latency
215 ms

The JBL CLUB 700BT are Bluetooth 5.0 headphones that can be paired to two devices simultaneously, which is convenient. Their line of sight range is excellent, though this is very dependant on your surroundings, and real-world usage will vary. Unfortunately, we recorded high latency on all devices, though again, apps and devices tend to compensate for this differently, so your mileage may vary with real-world usage.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones only support Bluetooth for a wireless connection.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.2 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The JBL CLUB 700BT can be used wired with any 1/8" TRRS cable. The included cable features an in-line mic, so you can continue to take phone calls even when using them wired, which is great.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

Thanks to the in-line mic on their wire, these headphones are fully compatible with PC or PS4 gaming when used wired.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No

Thanks to the in-line mic on their wire, the JBL CLUB 700BT are fully compatible with Xbox One by plugging them into the controller.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones don't have a base or dock.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The JBL CLUB 700BT are decent Bluetooth on-ear headphones. They look quite a bit more premium and durable than the JBL Live 400BT Wireless, though their sound profile isn't quite as well-balanced out-of-the-box. They also don't block very much background noise, and if you want something that'll give you some peace and quiet, consider the Beats Solo Pro, which do a much better job thanks to their ANC feature. Check out our recommendations for the best on-ear headphones, the best wireless Bluetooth headphones, or the best headphones overall.

JBL Live 400BT Wireless
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Amazon.com

The JBL CLUB 700BT are slightly better Bluetooth on-ears than the JBL Live 400BT Wireless. The 700BT are more comfortable and look and feel much more premium and well-built. They also have less distortion, and a much longer 55-hour battery life, which is outstanding. On the other hand, the 400BT have a slightly better-balanced out-of-the-box sound profile, feel a bit more stable on the head, and block a bit more background chatter.

JBL Live 500BT Wireless
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Amazon.com

The JBL Live 500BT Wireless and the JBL CLUB 700BT Wireless are similarly-performing headphones with different designs. The 500BT are over-ear headphones that some people may find more comfortable for extended periods, as they don't put as much pressure on your ears as the on-ear design of the 700BT. The default sound profile of the 500BT is also a bit less muddy and boomy sounding, though both headphones' sound reproduction can be customized with a parametric EQ through their companion app. While the 37-hour battery of the 500BT is impressive, the 700BT last nearly 55 hours, which is remarkable. Other than that, both headphones are similar and it comes down to whether you prefer over-ear or on-ear headphones.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless and the JBL CLUB 700BT Wireless are both decent Bluetooth on-ear headphones. The JBL are more comfortable as they don't clamp nearly as tightly. They also have a significantly longer battery and a better-dedicated companion app with a parametric EQ. On the other hand, the Beats feel more durable, have a better-balanced default sound profile, much better noise isolation thanks to their ANC feature, and offer seamless pairing to Apple devices.

Marshall MID ANC Wireless
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Amazon.com

The Marshall MID ANC Wireless are slightly better Bluetooth on-ear headphones for mixed usage than the JBL CLUB 700BT. The Marshall have a better hard carrying case, much better controls, and an iconic retro design that some people may love. They also have a slightly better-balanced sound profile that's much more consistent among various users, and better noise isolation thanks to their ANC feature, though it still works only decently well. On the other hand, the JBL have a much longer 55-hour battery life, and a dedicated companion app which lets you customize their sound via a parametric EQ.

Beats Solo3 Wireless
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BestBuy.com

The JBL CLUB 700BT Wireless are slightly better Bluetooth on-ear headphones than the Beats Solo3 Wireless. The JBL have more a more robust control scheme, a slightly better-balanced sound profile, a longer battery life, and a better app that includes a parametric EQ and presets. On the other hand, the Beats' sound profile is more consistent among users and reseats, and they feel more stable on the head.

JBL E55BT Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The JBL CLUB 700BT Wireless are better headphones than the JBL E55BT Wireless. The 700BT are on-ear headphones with a drastically longer 55-hour battery and a better control scheme that's slightly easier to use and offers more functionality. They also look and feel better-built, and have a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. They also have access to a good companion app with a fully parametric EQ, while the E55BT don't have customization options. While neither headphones do a very good job at blocking out background noise, the 700BT leak much less audio, so you can turn up your music to mask noises without bothering those nearby. On the other hand, the E55BT have an over-ear design that some people may prefer for extended periods.

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Black CLUB 700BT
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