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Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019 , Sam Vafaei, Simon Barbier, Ian McPhail, Yannick Khong

JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

Test Benches:

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
7.0
Mixed Usage
What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
7.2
Critical Listening
What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
7.4
Commute/Travel
What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
Score components:
8.1
Sports/Fitness
What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
Score components:
7.2
Office
What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
Score components:
5.5
TV
Score components:
4.7
Gaming
Score components:
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Truly Wireless
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The JBL Endurance Peak are a truly wireless variant of the JBL Endurance Sprint. They’re both sporty, well-built in-ear headphones with a durable, rubberized finish that is great for running or use at the gym. They sound very similar too, with a neutral and versatile sound profile that lends itself well to a wide variety of music genres. The biggest difference between these two models lies in the battery – since the Endurance Peak are truly wireless, they take a hit to their continuous playtime and last for only 4 hours on a charge compared to the Sprint’s 9 hours of battery life. On the upside, the Peak’s charging case can carry up to 24 hours of additional battery life. Unfortunately, like the Sprint, the JBL Endurance Peak have a finicky control scheme and aren’t the most comfortable in-ears, but they’re a versatile pair of earbuds that are decent for most uses.

Test Results
Design 7.6
Sound 7.2
Isolation 7.8
Microphone 6.0
Active Features 5.6
Connectivity 2.9
Pros
  • Good sound quality.
  • Low leakage.
  • Stable design for sports.
Cons
  • High latency.
  • Mediocre touch-sensitive control scheme.
  • Bulkier than other truly wireless in-ears.

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7.6

Design

Score components:
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Design Picture

The JBL Endurance Peak are nearly identical in design to the JBL Endurance Sprint, except they no longer have a cable linking the two earbuds. They’re well-designed, rubberized, sports-oriented earbuds that are very portable and come with a good charging case. Their control scheme is a bit too sensitive and doesn’t always work as intended, and they’re not the most comfortable in-ears we’ve tried, but they’re still well-designed truly wireless earbuds that active people should be satisfied with.

Style
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Design Picture 2

The JBL Endurance Peak have a very sporty yet well-built look, with dense, rubberized earbuds and thick ear-hooks. They have a magnetic base behind each earbud that the ear-hooks snap onto, allowing you to easily clip the headphones on a bag or keychain. They have a flashy design and are available in red, blue, or black like the Endurance Sprint.

6.5 Comfort
What it is: Adjustability and degrees of freedom, pressure, stiffness and weight.
When it matters: When the headphones are going to be used for long durations.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Comfort Picture
Weight : 0.05 lbs
Clamping Force
What it is: The force that the headphones exert on your head, once you have them on. This is purely a measurement of the force applied, which does not take into account the earpad's surface area and the resulting pressure you will feel, on or around your ears.
When it matters: The tighter the headphones, the more force they put on your head. This can get uncomfortable or cause pain and soreness during long listening sessions.
:
0 lbs

Like the Endurance Sprint, the JBL Endurance Peak are decently comfortable but do take a while to adjust. The ear hooks are fairly malleable and fit well behind your ears, but it can take a couple tries to get the twist-to-lock wearing style right. They come with 3 different tip sizes and are comfortable enough for sports and most casual uses, but won’t be ideal for longer listening sessions. However, the in-ear fit might not be as comfortable for everyone and some will feel ear fatigue after a while.

6.7 Controls
What it is: The control scheme of the headphones, the number of functions provided, button layout and ergonomics as well as the quality of tactile feedback.
When it matters: If you want to control volume, pause your music or make phone calls without directly interacting with your audio device.
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Controls Picture
Ease of use : Subpar
Feedback : Average
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
What it is: Being able to mix audio channels directly on the headphones.
When it matters: This is most useful when using a separate chat software so that you can mix in-game audio and chat audio depending on your needs.
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through : N/A
Additional Buttons : No

Their control scheme is identical to that of the JBL Endurance Sprint. The right earbud manages all call and music controls through touch gestures. Swiping up and down controls the volume and you can take or end calls, pause, skip, or rewind tracks by tapping the touch-sensitive surface. Unfortunately, this surface is rather small and feels overly sensitive – it can be difficult for commands to register accurately, and sometimes commands will activate by simply repositioning the earbuds, which can be a pain.

9.2 Breathability
What it is: How hot the headphones get when you wear them for an extended period of time.
When it matters: If you often have long listening sessions or use your headphones while doing physical activities like running or working out.
Score components:
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Breathability After Picture
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

The JBL Endurance Peak are very breathable headphones. Like most in-ears, they do not cover the outer ear, which remains relatively cool when exercising and working out. They do cover a bit more surface area than typical in-ears due to their bulkier ear-hook design, but it's a negligible difference and won't make you sweat like on-ears or over-ears do.

9.2 Portability
What it is: The volume of space occupied by the headphones when folded into their most compact format.
When it matters: If you're often on the move and need to carry your headphones in a bag, purse , or pocket.
Score components:
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Portability Picture
L : 1.9 "
W : 1.5 "
H : 1.1 "
Volume : 3.1 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The Endurance Peak are very easy to carry around on your person. Even though they have ear hooks that are quite large in comparison to other models like the Anker SoundBuds Curve, the Peak are quite compact and should still easily fit into most pockets and bags. They also have a clip mechanism that makes them easy to attach to a bag or keychain.

7.5 Case
What it is: The provided carrying options to protect your headphones when transporting them.
When it matters: To prevent damaging your headphones, if you often carry them in your bag or pocket.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Case Picture
Type : Hard case
L : 3.3 "
W : 2.1 "
H : 1.3 "
Volume : 9.0 Cu. Inches

The JBL Endurance Peak have a good, charging hard case. It seems sturdy enough to protect the headphones from accidental damage, but it doesn’t lock, so it may pop open upon impact. It also doesn’t have the same rubberized finish as the earbuds and feels plasticky when compared to the headphones. According to JBL, the case can also provide up to 24 hours of additional charging, which is 6 additional charges according to our measurements; however, we don’t yet have a test to verify this.

7.5 Build Quality
What it is: Durability, material quality, cheap/expensive feel.
When it matters: When the headphones are going to be used by multiple users (classes/studios), by children, in tough conditions, on a daily basis, or for exercise.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Build Quality Picture

The Endurance Peak are decently well-built for truly wireless in-ears. They have a dense, rubberized plastic build that feels solid and relatively durable. Like the Endurance Sprint, they have an IP56 rating for mild dust and water resistance but we do not yet have a test to confirm this. On the upside, since they are truly wireless, they do not have the cable of the flimsy cable of the Sprint which makes them a bit more durable overall.

8.0 Stability
What it is: How the headphones are designed to prevent them from slipping off your ears or falling off your head.
When it matters: If you plan on using the headphones while doing sports or other physical activities that requires a lot of movement.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Stability Picture

The JBL Endurance Peak have a very stable fit thanks to their large ear-hooks that twist and “lock” into place. However, there’s a bit of a learning curve and if you don’t get the twist-to-lock procedure exactly right, the earbuds may pop out of your ears sometimes. However, once you get a good fit they are stable enough for working out and running, especially since they no longer have a wire.

Cable
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Cable Picture
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A

The JBL Endurance Sprint come with a micro-USB charging cable.

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7.2

Sound

What it is: How accurately the audio is reproduced. The tests are performed with the headphones' most commonly used features enabled (noise-cancelling, wireless, etc.)
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Frequency Response

The JBL Endurance Peak are a decent-sounding pair of closed-back in-ear truly wireless headphones. They sound very similar to the Endurance Sprint and are versatile enough for most music genres. They have a deep, slightly hyped bass that is punchy without overpowering vocals and lead instruments. Their mid-range is actually less underemphasized than that of the Endurance Sprint, which means that vocals and leads sound present and clear. They have great treble, too, and sound bright and detailed. Like most other closed-back in-ear headphones, the Endurance Peak don't have a large and speaker-like soundstage, but our unit did have excellent imaging.

9.0 Bass
What it is: Frequency Response from 20Hz-250Hz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on bass frequencies, such as those of kick drums and bass guitar.
Score components:
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Bass
Std. Err.
What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in bass frequency response (20Hz-250Hz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) bass performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
1.55 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
What it is: The lowest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response.
When it matters: Shows how extended the bass is.
Good value: <40Hz
Noticeable difference: 5Hz
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 20Hz-60Hz.
When it matters: Kick drums and low frequency effects get their 'thump' from this range. Mostly felt than heard.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
2.81 dB
Mid-Bass
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 60Hz-120Hz.
When it matters: Melodic bass instruments have most of their fundamental frequencies in this range. This is where the 'body' and 'punch' of the bass sits.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
1.01 dB
High-Bass
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 120Hz-250Hz.
When it matters: Most instruments get their warmth and full-ness from this range. When over-emphasized, mixes tend to get muddy and boomy.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-0.33 dB

The JBL Endurance Peak have excellent bass. Low-frequency response (LFE) is at 10Hz, indicating a deep and extended bass. Low-bass, responsible for the low thumps and rumbles found in dubstep or in the sound effects of film scores is overemphasized by about 3dB, which is great for fans of deep, heavy bass. Mid-bass is within 1dB of our target, so bass guitars have body and kick drums sound punchy. High-bass, responsible for warmth, is very slightly underemphasized but is otherwise very close to our neutral target. Overall, the Endurance Peak have deep, thumpy bass that feels warm without sounding boomy or muddy.

8.8 Mid
What it is: Frequency Response from 250Hz-2KHz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on mid-range frequencies. This is the case for the majority of audio content.
Score components:
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Mid
Std. Err.
What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in mid frequency response (250Hz-2.5KHz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) mid performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
1.64 dB
Low-Mid
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 250Hz-500Hz.
When it matters: Most instruments have their fundamentals or low harmonics in this range. Over-emphasis in this range sounds muddy and cluttered. Under-emphasis, thins out the vocals and lead instruments.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-1.49 dB
Mid-Mid
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 500Hz-1KHz.
When it matters: This range is occupied mostly by upper harmonics. Over-emphasis sounds forward and boxy. Under-emphasis pushes instruments to the back of the mix.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-2.29 dB
High-Mid
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 1KHz-2KHz.
When it matters: Most instruments, especially vocals, get their intensity and clarity from this range. Over-emphasis sounds honky and harsh, under-emphasis sounds weak and distant.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-0.26 dB

Their mid-range performance is excellent. The response throughout the range is quite even and follows the neutral target very closely. There is a small dip in mid-mid that slightly nudges vocals and lead instruments towards the back if the mix, but at 2dB this effect will be very subtle.

8.2 Treble
What it is: Frequency Response from 2KHz-20KHz
When it matters: When the material is heavy on high-range frequencies, such as voice, cymbals, and any other material where brightness, brilliance and airiness is desired.
Score components:
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Treble
Std. Err.
What it is: The amount of deviation (weighted standard error) in treble frequency response (2.5KHz-20KHz) as compared to a target response that would sound perfectly balanced to most people.
When it matters: When a balanced and neutral (reference) treble performance is desired.
Good value: <4dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
3.23 dB
Low-Treble
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 2KHz-5KHz.
When it matters: Almost all instruments rely on this range for their presence, detail, and articulation. Over-emphasis can sound harsh and painful. Under-emphasis hurts the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
0.6 dB
Mid-Treble
What it is: The average amount of over/under emphasis in frequency response from 5KHz-10KHz.
When it matters: This is the sibilance range. Cymbals, vocals, and lead instruments rely on this range for brightness and presence. Over-emphasis sounds piercing and painful, under-emphasis sounds dull and lispy.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
0.16 dB
High-Treble
What it is: The average amount of over/under-emphasis in frequency response from 10KHz-20KHz.
When it matters: This range gives brilliance and airiness to the sound. Over-emphasis sounds hissy, under-emphasis sounds closed-up and lifeless.
Good value: +/-3dB
Noticeable difference: 0.1dB
:
-2.1 dB

The JBL Endurance Peak have very good treble. The response is quite even throughout the low and mid-treble ranges and is overall well-balanced. Low-treble is very even and nearly spot-on our neutral target, ensuring that vocals and instruments are articulate, present, and detailed. Mid-treble is a bit less even than low-treble, with a slight peak around 7KHz followed by a dip around 9Khz, but still within good limits. The JBL Endurance Peak’s high-treble drops 14dB at 12Khz, which may reduce the airiness of their sound, but overall, their treble produces a good amount of detail and brightness.

Raw Frequency Response
What it is: The average uncompensated frequency response of the headphone. For in-ears and earbuds, this corresponds to the average of 5 measurements/re-seats on the dummy head (HMS). For over/on-ear headphones, this corresponds to the average of 5 measurements/re-seats on the HMS (Head Measurement System) for the mid and treble ranges, and 5 measurements/re-seats on 5 human subjects for the bass range.
When it matters: This is for those who want to see the raw and uncompensated frequency response of the headphone. Some of the more advanced users, are able to read and evaluate headphone frequency response in its raw form and without compensation. This will be especially useful to them if they have their own headphone compensation/target curve, which may differ from the compensation curve/target response used by RTINGS.com.
8.8 Frequency Response Consistency
What it is: The amount of deviation of each frequency response pass, from the average frequency response.
When it matters: Shows how consistently the headphones perform after re-positioning them.
Score components:
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Consistency L JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Consistency R
Avg. Std. Deviation
What it is: The average amount of deviation in frequency response of 5 re-seats, from the average frequency response.
When it matters: Shows how consistently the headphones perform after re-positioning them.
Good value: <0.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
0.24 dB

The JBL Endurance Peak have very good frequency response consistency. You should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time you use these headphones once you get a proper fit and seal using the different tips provided. However, if you can’t get an air-tight seal and you find the fit doesn’t work with the shape of your ears, you may experience a drop in bass and variations in the sounds produced in the treble range.

9.0 Imaging
What it is: Imaging qualities are inherent to the audio content, the headphones have to 'reproduce' them rather than 'create' them. They determine how accurately the objects are positioned in the stereo image, and how transparent the imaging is.
When it matters: When accurate positioning of the objects in the stereo image, and clear and transparent imaging is desired.
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Group Delay JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Phase Response
Weighted Group Delay
What it is: The average amount of group delay calculated based on a perceptual weighting filter. Group delay indicates how long it takes for each frequency to reach their maximum amplitude. This is a monaural quality and can be perceived even with one ear.
When it matters: Headphones with lower group delay have more transparent imaging and a tighter bass. Headphones with higher group delay in the bass range tend to have a wimpy and loose bass, and headphones with higher group delay in the treble range tend to have a less transparent imaging.
Good value: <0.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
0.16
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
What it is: The Left/Right balance of our test unit, that is, the amount of amplitude difference between the left and right drivers. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When a properly balanced stereo image and low manufacturing tolerance is desired. A poor score indicates a noticeable difference in level between the left and right drivers.
Good value: <1.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
0.57
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
What it is: The amount of difference (Std. Err.) between the frequency response of the left and right drivers of our test unit. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When an even and stable stereo image, as well as a low manufacturing tolerance, is desired. A poor score indicates there may be 'holes' in the stereo image at certain frequencies.
Good value: <2
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
1.52
Weighted Phase Mismatch
What it is: The amount of difference (Std. Err.) between the phase response of the left and right drivers of our test unit. This is not a design test, but a marker for manufacturing tolerance and ergonomics.
When it matters: When an even and stable stereo image, as well as a low manufacturing tolerance is desired. A poor score indicates there may be inaccuracies in the stereo image reproduction at certain frequencies.
Good value: <16
Noticeable difference: 3
:
2.2

The Endurance Peak have excellent imaging. The weighted group delay is at 0.16, which is very good. The GD graph also shows that the group delay response never crosses the audibility threshold, suggesting tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, both the left and right drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image. These results are only valid for our unit, though, and yours may perform differently.

1.2 Soundstage
What it is: Soundstage qualities are not inherent to the audio content, the headphones have to 'create' them rather than 'reproduce' them. They determine whether the sound is perceived to be coming from inside or in front of the head, how open and spacious the soundstage is, how much the headphones acoustically interact with the environment, and how strong the phantom center is.
When it matters: When an accurately produced, large and spacious soundstage, similar to that of a stereo loudspeaker setup is desired.
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
What it is: The standard deviation of the PRTF (Pinna-related transfer function) of the headphones compared to a reference loudspeaker's PRTF at 30°. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test does not apply to in-ears and earbuds, due to the lack of pinna interaction.
When it matters: An accurate pinna activation is mainly responsible for how natural and speaker-like the soundstage is perceived to be. The less error in the shape of the PRTF, the more natrual and speaker-like the perception of the soundstage will be. High amounts of error may indicate a soundstage that is unnatural or odd.
Good value: <2.5
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
What it is: The average amplitude of the PRTF (Pinna-related transfer function) of the headphones compared to that of a reference loudspeaker's PRTF at 30°. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test does not apply to in-ears and earbuds, due to the lack of pinna interaction.
When it matters: This value is responsible for the perceived size of the soundstage. The higher the value, the larger the perceived size of the soundstage. However, values above the reference (5.0dB) could result in a soundstage that is perceived as unnatural or odd.
Good value: >3.7
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
What it is: The depth of the "10KHz notch" of the headphone's PRTF, which is caused by phase cancellations at the concha. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test does not apply to in-ears and earbuds, due to the lack of pinna interaction.
When it matters: This value is mainly responsible for the perceived distance and elevation of the soundstage. A small distance value may result in a soundstage that is perceived to be located inside the head. Larger values may help pull the soundstage out from inside of the head and bring it to the front.
Good value: >13
Noticeable difference: 1
:
N/A
Openness
What it is: How open the headphones are, and how open and spacious they sound. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This test differentiates between acoustically and electronically produced crosstalk and only takes the acoustically generated crosstalk into account. This value is the inverse of the Noise Isolation test score, and could be indirectly related the acoustic impedance of the headphones.
When it matters: When a headphone with a sense of an open, and spacious soundstage is desired. A value of 10 indicates a fully open headphone, and a value of 0 indicates a fully closed headphone.
Good value: >7.5
Noticeable difference: 0.5
:
2.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
What it is: How loud the headphones are, and how much they excite their environment acoustically. If the headphones are loud and open enough, the sound leaking from the headphones will be affected by the environment (reflections/reverb) before reflecting back into the open headphones and to the listener's ears. This quality is monaural and can be perceived even with one ear. This value is the inverse of the Leakage test score.
When it matters: Headphones with higher excitation values, similar to openness, tend to have soundstages that are perceived as more open and spacious.
Good value: >7.5
Noticeable difference: 0.5
:
0.8
Correlated Crosstalk
What it is: How strong and solid the phantom center is. This is mostly a stereo quality and its effects on mono content are minimal. This test is sensitive to the phase of the crosstalk and whether it is produced acoustically or electronically.
When it matters: When a true reproduction of the stereo image is desired. A value of 0 indicates no crosstalk, or that the existing crosstalk is not correlated enough to affect the phantom center. A negative score means the crosstalk is out of phase with the original signal, resulting in a slightly wider stereo image at the expense of creating a 'hole' at the center of the stereo field. A positive score means the crosstalk is in phase and positively affecting the phantom center.
Good value: >1dB
Noticeable difference: 0.3dB
:
0.0 dB

The soundstage is poor. Creating a large and speaker-like soundstage is dependent on having a speaker-like activation of the outer ear. Because in-ear headphones bypass the pinna (the outer ear) and don't interact with it, their soundstage will be perceived to be small and located inside the listener's head. The JBL Endurance Peak also have a closed-back design, which means that their soundstage won't feel as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

8.6 Total Harmonic Distortion
What it is: The subtle, unwanted frequencies (harmonics) produced alongside the intended frequencies.
When it matters: When clean and pure sound reproduction is desired, though its effect is not as noticable as frequency response.
Score components:
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at 90dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at moderate listening levels.
Good value: <0.100
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
0.44
Weighted THD @ 100
What it is: The overall amount of harmonic distortion measured at 100dB SPL. To make the score more perceptually relevant, more weight is given to the higher frequencies.
When it matters: How pure the sound is at loud listening levels.
Good value: <0.300
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
0.414

The JBL Endurance Peak have great harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of total harmonic distortion (THD) produced in the bass range is quite low and within very good limits. There is also no significant rise in THD under heavier loads; in fact, there is a decrease in THD from the high-bass to the mid-mids and again in the mid-treble ranges. This could be due to the increased flexibility of the driver at louder volumes. There are very small peaks in THD around 1KHz that could make the sound of those frequencies a bit harsh and impure, but it would be subtle.

7.8

Isolation

Score components:

The JBL Endurance Peak have very good isolation. Although they do not have an active noise-canceling (ANC) feature, they do a decent job at passively isolating noise. They won’t completely block out the deep rumble of bus and plane engines, but they will soften the sounds of office chatter. This makes them a decent choice for office use, especially since they hardly leak any sound at all, so you won’t have to worry about bothering your colleagues with your music, even if you like to listen at higher volumes.

7.1 Noise Isolation
What it is: How much outside noise is blocked out by putting the headphones on.
When it matters: If the headphones are going to be used in a noisy envinronment (airplane, subway, etc.)
Score components:
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
What it is: The simulated noise isolation of the headphones, demonstrating how much outside noise is blocked out by putting the headphones on. This recording is created using an EQ and is not an actual recording. For headphones with ANC (active noise cancellation), the playback simulates the isolation with ANC enabled.
When it matters: When the headphones are going to be used in a noisy envinronment (airplane, subway, etc.)
:
Overall Attenuation
What it is: The overall amount of environmental noise reduction in dB.
When it matters: In loud envinronments like planes, trains, offices, etc.
Good value: <-20dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
-21.08 dB
Bass
What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the bass range (20Hz-250Hz).
When it matters: When the outside noise is bass-heavy, like in airplanes.
Good value: <-15dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
-10.28 dB
Mid
What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the mid-range (250Hz-2.5KHz).
When it matters: When the environment's noise is mid-heavy, like in an office.
Good value: <-15dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
-19.81 dB
Treble
What it is: The overall amount of noise isolation in the treble range (2.5KHz-20KHz).
When it matters: When the environment's noise is treble-heavy. Although uncommon, areas with sharp sounds fall under this category.
Good value: <-30dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
-34.01 dB
Self-Noise
What it is: The amount of noise created by the active electronics of the headphones (if applicable), measured from 300Hz-20KHz. Applies mostly to wireless and noise-cancelling headphones.
When it matters: If too loud, it could become distracting when listening to quiet material like podcasts and audiobooks.
Good value: <16dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
20.91 dB

The JBL Endurance Peak do a decent job at isolating noise. They isolate sounds located in the bass range, like the deep rumble of airplane and bus engines, by about 10db, which isn’t bad for passive isolation. They isolate the mid-range very well by about 20dB, which is important for blocking out speech, and they also do a very good job at isolating the treble range, responsible for sharp noises like S and T sounds and fan noises of A/C systems, achieving 37dB of isolation.

9.3 Leakage
What it is: The amount of sound bleeding out of the headphones.
When it matters: When the listener doesn't want people around them (in office, recording studio, etc.) to hear what is being listened to.
Score components:
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Leakage
Leakage Audio
What it is: The simulated sound leakage heard 1 foot away from the user, while the user is listening to a 100dB SPL signal. This recording is created using an EQ and is not an actual recording.
When it matters: When you don't want people to hear what you are listening to.
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
What it is: The amount of sound leakage heard 1 foot away from the user, while the user is listening to a 100dB SPL signal.
When it matters: When you don't want people hear what you are listening to.
Good value: <35dB
Noticeable difference: 1dB
:
25.39 dB

The leakage performance is excellent. Their leakage sounds very thin since the significant portion of their leakage is concentrated over a very thin band around 5KHz and they hardly leak in the bass and mid ranges. The overall level of the leakage is not very loud, either. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 25dB SPL and peaks at 48dB SPL, which is about the same as the noise floor of an average office.

6.0

Microphone

What it is: The microphone section shows the quality of speech capture and transmission by the mic, as well as how well the microphone under test handles noisy environments.
When it matters: For your speech to be transmitted to and understood properly by the listener, the microphone needs to have a good recording quality. If the environment the microphone is being used in is noisy, a microphone with a good noise handling performance would be needed as well.
Score components:
Integrated
What it is: The microphone integrated in the ear cup or ear bud of a wireless headphone.
When it matters: For calls, gaming and voice over IP software or for any other use of the microphone.
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
In-line
What it is: The microphone inside the in-line remote of audio cables for wired and wireless headsets.
When it matters: In-line microphone are usually better than integrated mics. If you need better recording quality and noise handling for calls, gaming and voice over IP software then use the audio cable of your wired or wireless headphone if it has an inline microphone.
Good value: Yes
:
No
Boom
What it is: A typically better microphone, that's also adjustable and extends so that the mic is closer to your mouth.
When it matters: Much better recording quality and noise handling than in-line or integrated mics. Primarily used for gaming and voice over IP software.
Good value: Yes
:
No
Detachable Boom
What it is: A boom mic that is detachable from the headset.
When it matters: If you want to use your headphone outdoors without the bulk and hassle of the Boom mic.
:
N/A

The JBL Endurance Peak have a mediocre-at-best microphone. In quiet environments, speech transmitted or recorded with the integrated microphone of these headphones will sound thin and noticeably muffled. In noisy situations, it struggles to fully separate speech from background noise in very loud environments like a subway station, but does okay in moderately loud environments, such as a busy street.

5.5 Recording Quality
What it is: Microphone recording quality shows how natural, neutral, extended and intelligible speech would be with the device under test, in a quiet environment.
When it matters: A microphone with a good recording quality ensures that the person listening to you would hear a full, clear, and easily understandable speech. Therefore, it is important whenever a good quality of speech transmission and intelligibility is needed.
Score components:
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Microphone Frequency Response
Recorded Speech
What it is: Actual audio recording of the headphone's microphone, recorded while placed on the dummy head, with speech being played back through the dummy head's mouth simulator.
When it matters: When a clean, full, and intelligible speech transmission is required.
:
LFE
What it is: Low-frequency extension shows how deep the bass response of the microphone is, and therefore, how deep and full your voice would sound to the listener. It is the lowest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response.
When it matters: LFE is not a big factor in speech intelligibility and even speech recorded with a mic that has an LFE of 500Hz could still be easily understood. Therefore, it is mostly important if you are concerned with how deep and full your voice would be heard.
Good value: <150Hz
Noticeable difference: 30Hz
:
380.55 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
What it is: Frequency Response Standard Deviation shows how accurately and balanced sound is captured by the microphone at each frequency. FR Std. Dev. is calculated between LFE and HFE, and the rest of the spectrum is ignored.
When it matters: A good frequency response is desired when a natural and neutral speech quality is desired. As opposed to HFE which is more a metric for speech intelligibility, frequency response could be considered as a metric for a natural and neutral sound.
Good value: >3.5dB
Noticeable difference: 0.5dB
:
3.08 dB
HFE
What it is: High-frequency extension is the highest frequency at which the frequency response reaches -3dB of the target response. It shows how extended the treble response of the microphone is.
When it matters: HFE is one the most important factors in speech intelligibility. The higher the HFE, the brighter, more open, and more extended the speech quality will be which makes it a lot easier to understand by the listener.
Good value: >8KHz
Noticeable difference: 1KHz
:
2451.46 Hz
Weighted THD
What it is: The unwanted frequencies (harmonics) produced alongside the intended frequencies, which cause deformation of an output signal compared to its input.
When it matters: When clean and pure sound reproduction is desired, though its effect is not as noticable as frequency response.
Good value: <1.5
Noticeable difference: 1.0
:
11.729
Gain
What it is: Shows how much louder the microphone can go above our reference loudness level. The gain value is reported relative to our reference level, which is 94dB at a distance of 5cm from the mouth.
When it matters: A microphone with a high gain is important when the input signal (speech) is very quiet. For example when whispering, or talking on the phone in a library.
Good value: >18dB
Noticeable difference: 3dB
:
35.46 dB

Like most Bluetooth truly wireless in-ears, the JBL Endurance Peak have an integrated microphone with poor recording quality. Since the LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 380Hz and the HFE (high-frequency extension) is at 2.5KHz, speech that is recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound thin, lacking in detail and noticeably muffled, even in a quiet environment.

6.5 Noise Handling
What it is: How well the microphone is able to separate speech from background noise, so that the transmission would include more voice and less noise.
When it matters: When a clean and intelligible speech transmission is desired in a noisy situation like talking on the phone on a busy street or on the bus.
Score components:
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless SpNR
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
What it is: Speech to Noise Ratio is the difference in level between speech and background noise as heard by the listener
When it matters: If the microphone is going to be used in a noisy environment, it is important for it to be able to separate the speech from background noise, so the voice would be easily audible and understandable.
Good value: >24dB
Noticeable difference: 3dB
:
17.01 dB

The integrated microphone has average noise handling. It achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 17dB in our SpNR test, which suggests that it does an okay job at separating speech from ambient noise in moderately noisy environments, but will struggle in loud situations.

5.6

Active Features

What it is: Headphones with active components that require a battery. This includes noise cancelling and wireless headphones that actively reduce noise or transmit audio via a wireless connection.
When it matters: How suitable the power and wireless specifications of an active headphone will be, depending on your listening habits. The range and/or discharge time of the active headphone you select will be important if you're often on the move or have long uninterrupted listening sessions.
Score components:

The JBL Endurance Peak have an unremarkable battery, similar to those of other truly wireless earbuds. Their battery is only about 4 hours, but they charge relatively quickly and come with a case that can be used to charge them wirelessly as well, for up to 24 hours of total playback. They turn off when the ear hook clips onto the magnetic base and they also have an auto-off timer to save battery life. There's a quick-charge mode that gives an hour of battery life in 10 minutes of charging. Unfortunately, the JBL Endurance Peak do not support the JBL Headphones app, so you can't customize or EQ their sound profile.

6.2 Battery
What it is: The power source of your headphones. All headphones with active features have a battery that will deplete over time.
When it matters: To continue using the active features of your headphones. Some models lose features or switch off completely when the battery is drained, which limits what you can do with them until the next charge.
Battery Type
What it is: The type of battery that the headphones use. Usually AAA or embedded, Li-ion rechargeable batteries.
When it matters: When your headphones run out of power. Rechargeable batteries usually charge via the headphones Micro-USB port whereas AAA batteries have to be replaced or charged with an external device.
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
What it is: The amount of time it takes for a headphones' battery to be completely drained. Battery life will vary depending on the active features used and volume level.
When it matters: For active headphones that connect wirelessly, have noise cancellation or other audio-enhancing features, that cease to work once the battery is dead.
Good value: >10hrs
Noticeable difference: 0.5hrs
:
3.9 hrs
Charge Time
What it is: The amount of time your active headphones have to be connected to a power source to charge from 0 to a 100%. However, charging time will vary depending on your power source.
When it matters: To be able to use the active features of your headphones. Especially, wireless ones that completely switch off and need to be recharged when the battery is dead.
Good value: 2h or less
Noticeable difference: 0.25h
:
1.4 hrs
Power Saving Feature
What it is: A feature that turns off the headphones, after a set time, when they're not in use.
When it matters: To prolong battery life when the headphones are not being used, or if you forget to manually turn off your headphones.
:
Auto-Off Timer
Audio while charging
What it is: Some active headphones remain usable while charging. They continue to stream audio and do not disable other active features.
When it matters: This makes sure that your headphones's battery are not being drained when you're relatively close to a power source. However, this means wireless headphones will need a wired connection to the power source during the charging process.
:
No
Passive Playback
What it is: Active headphones that still work when all their active features are turned off or out of power.
When it matters: If you run out of power and do not have spare AA/AAA batteries or access to a power source to recharge your headphones.
:
No

The JBL Endurance Peak have a mediocre battery. Although the battery only lasts for about 4 hours, it charges in under an hour and a half, which is pretty quick. There’s also an auto-off timer which switches off the earbuds after a short period of inactivity. According to JBL, the Endurance Peak also have a quick charge mode that gives an hour of playback for 10 minutes of recharging. JBL also mentions in their spec sheet that you can get up to 24 hours of backup power by using additional charges provided by the charging case, but we do not yet have a test to measure this.

0 App Support
What it is: The additional app provided to enhance your listening experience. They typically deliver a set of practical features that give you more control over the sound, noise cancelling and effects that the headphones produce.
When it matters: An app with a lot of features allows you to customize your listening experience to suit your taste and preferences. For example, additions like an equalizer can give you more bass or treble and room effects can simulate a bigger Soundstage in closed back headphones.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
What it is: Parametric, graphic or preset sound profiles that slightly alter the frequency response.
When it matters: If you want to tailor, your listening experience. Depending on what you're listening to you may want more or less bass for some tracks or more mid-range for vocals-heavy audio.
:
N/A
ANC control
What it is: Control over the Active noise canceling technology. This could be either a simple on/off button, and adjustable slider or even adaptive self-regulating noise cancellation.
When it matters: If you're in an environment where you need to monitor your surroundings or completely isolate yourself from ambient noise.
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
What it is: Room effects that enhance the audio quality to make it more immersive.
When it matters: If you want to further tweak your listening experience. Adding room effects, can simulate a more spacious Soundstage or deliver a surround sound-like feel.
:
N/A
Playback control
What it is: An in-app player that gives you access to play/stop, track skipping or volume controls directly with the app.
When it matters: It's a shortcut that allows you to control your audio without leaving the application.
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

The JBL Endurance Peak do not come with a compatible app for added customization options.

2.9

Connectivity

What it is: The inputs and outputs of wired and wireless headphones, as well as their latency performance and range.
When it matters: To know how compatible your Bluetooth device, console or PC will be with your wired or wireless headset.
Score components:
  • 10% Bluetooth
  • 33% Wired
  • 10% Base/Dock
  • 22% Wireless Range
  • 25% Latency

The JBL Endurance Peak are truly wireless Bluetooth headphones that come with a charging case. They don’t support multi-device pairing or NFC. They also have very poor latency and don’t support any low latency codecs, so they won't be a good choice for watching a lot of video content or for gaming. On the upside, they have an excellent wireless range and their charging case holds up to 6 additional charges.

6.0 Bluetooth
What it is: Bluetooth support for wireless headphones.
When it matters: To connect wirelessly to Bluetooth sources like your phone, tablet, console, PC and TV.
Score components:
  • 80% Multi-Device Pairing
  • 20% NFC
  • <1% PS4 Compatible
  • <1% Xbox One Compatible
Bluetooth Version : 4.2
Multi-Device Pairing
What it is: A Bluetooth profile that allows some headphones to be simultaneously connected to multiple Bluetooth sources, and have full call and media support on both/all devices they are connected to.
When it matters: To quickly switch between your Bluetooth sources. For example, switching from your phone to your home or work PC and still have call and media support on both devices.
Good value: 2 devices.
:
No
NFC
What it is: Near Field Communication technology that allows you to quickly, pair your headphones with your Bluetooth and NFC-enabled device.
When it matters: This makes pairing with an NFC-enabled device a lot easier than the typical and often tedious hold-to-pair procedure that most wireless headphones have.
Good value: Yes
:
No
PS4 Compatible
What it is: Bluetooth compatibility with the PlayStation 4.
When it matters: To connect your headphones wirelessly with your PS4.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
No
Xbox One Compatible
What it is: Bluetooth compatibility with the Xbox One.
When it matters: To connect your headphones wirelessly with your Xbox one.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
No

The JBL Endurance Peak do not have multi-device pairing or NFC support. On the upside, their hold-to-pair procedure is relatively simple and registered well with various Bluetooth sources.

0 Wired
What it is: The type and compatibility of audio cables for wired and wireless headphones.
When it matters: For all devices with a regular audio jack (line-out) and also compatibility of the in-line remote/boom microphone with consoles and Personal computers.
Score components:
  • 13% Analog
  • 9% USB
  • 26% PS4 Compatible
  • 26% Xbox One Compatible
  • 26% PC Compatible
Cable Tested : N/A
Analog
What it is: A regular 1/8" TRS audio jack or a 1/4 or 1/16 TRS with a 1/8 TRS adapter.
When it matters: For all devices with a line out.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
USB
What it is: A USB or USB adapter to connect to your devices for audio and microphone.
When it matters: A digital USB adapter usually offers a slight advantages over a regular audio jack, like a DAC, and amplifier module or software support and compatibility with PCs. However it may not be as compatible with consoles.
Good value: Yes
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
What it is: PS4 compatibility with a regular 3 or 4 pin 1/8 TRS audio cable.
When it matters: When you want to use a wired headphone with your PS4 controller.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
What it is: Xbox One compatibility with a regular 3 or 4 pin 1/8 TRS audio cable.
When it matters: When you want to use a wired headphone with your Xbox One controller.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A
PC Compatible
What it is: PC compatibility with a regular 3 or 4 pin 1/8 TRS audio cable.
When it matters: When you want to use a wired headphone with your PC.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A

The JBL Endurance Peak have no wired option. If you want a decent sounding, wired design with a universal in-line remote, then check out the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear.

2.1 Base/Dock
What it is: The base station, dock or dongle transmitter of wireless headphones that receive data/audio via a proprietary frequency range.
When it matters: Knowing the inputs and outputs of the base/dock/dongle as well as its compatibility with consoles and Personal Computers. Also whether the base supports dock charging to easily recharge the headphones without any cables.
Score components:
  • 5% Optical Input
  • 22% Line In
  • 5% Line Out
  • 22% USB Input
  • 4% RCA Input
  • 9% PS4 Compatible
  • 9% Xbox One Compatible
  • 9% PC Compatible
  • 2% Power Supply
  • 13% Dock Charging
Wireless Type
What it is: The type of wireless connection used by the base station/dock to communicate with the headphones.
When it matters: For latency and range. For example Radio frequency has low latency but mediocre range when obstructed and proprietary docks have their own 2.x GHz or 5 GHz frequency which varies in performance.
:
N/A
Optical Input
What it is: Optical input for audio.
When it matters: Optical can carry a bit more data at faster speeds than typical wired connection which allows for more high quality, lossless audio.
Good value: Yes
:
No
Line In
What it is: The regular wired input via a 1/8" TRS audio jack.
When it matters: For any device that has a line out for audio transmission.
Good value: Yes
:
No
Line Out
What it is: A regular 1/8TRS audio jack output.
When it matters: If you need to share the audio source with other devices. A line out lets you connect other headphones or speakers to the dock/base station.
Good value: Yes
:
No
USB Input
What it is: A digital USB input instead of a typical 1/8 TRS line-in.
When it matters: A USB connection can provide both an audio input and power to the Dock or Base station.
:
No
RCA Input
What it is: Audio input using via an RCA connectors.
When it matters: Provides better stereo audio to the dock/base that's then transmitted to the headphones.
Good value: Yes
:
No
PS4 Compatible
What it is: Dock/Base station compatibility with the PlayStation 4.
When it matters: To be able to use all the features of the dock/base station with out losing audio or microphone capability.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
What it is: Dock/Base station compatibility with the Xbox One.
When it matters: To be able to use all the features of the dock/base station with out losing audio or microphone capability.
:
N/A
PC Compatible
What it is: Dock/Base station compatibility with your Personal Computer.
When it matters: To be able to use all the features of the dock/base station with out losing audio or microphone capability.
Good value: Audio + Microphone
:
N/A
Power Supply
What it is: The connector type of the power source.
When it matters: The accessibility of the power source. For example a power supply with USB/USB-C connects to multiple devices, PC , PS4, Xbox One or even with your regular phone charger whereas a A/C adapter is less common.
Good value: USB/USB-C
:
USB
Dock Charging
What it is: Charging the headphones via the dock/base station instead of a charging cable.
When it matters: It makes charging your headphones easier and gives you a sport to store your headphones when they are not in use.
Good value: Yes
:
Yes

The JBL Endurance Peak come with a charging case that should give them an estimated 6 additional battery charges, but has no additional inputs.

9.5 Wireless Range
What it is: Headphones that offer a cable-free listening experience over a wireless network, typically via Bluetooth or radio frequency.
When it matters: If you don't want to be limited by the length of an audio cable. This means having the freedom to move around in your home or office with a much greater range than an audio cable could provide, especially, if the Bluetooth source is heavy or difficult to carry. Note that wireless range also depends on your Bluetooth sources' signal strength which may vary from device to device or depending on your phone model.
Score components:
Obstructed Range
What it is: The range that the wireless headphones can reach before dropping any audio when the Bluetooth source was placed in another room. We test our obstructed range with a Moto E4 Plus. Results may vary depending on your phone model or Bluetooth source.
When it matters: If you can't or prefer not to carry your Bluetooth source on you, while listening to your audio in an indoor environment. Although, the obstructed wireless range will slightly depend on your home or office layout. Note that wireless range also depends on your Bluetooth sources' signal strength which may vary from device to device or depending on your phone model.
Good value: >35ft
Noticeable difference: 5ft
:
52 ft
Line of Sight Range
What it is: The range that the wireless headphones can reach before dropping any audio when in direct line of sight of the Bluetooth device.
When it matters: If you can't or prefer not to carry your Bluetooth source on you, while listening to your audio in a large and open environment.
Good value: 170ft or more
Noticeable difference: 10ft
:
272 ft

The Peak have an excellent wireless range. They reached up to 52 feet with the Bluetooth source obstructed and could go up to 272 ft in direct-line-of-site. This means they should have enough range for you to be able to leave your audio source in one room and walk into the next room over without experience audio cuts, but wireless range is highly dependant on the strength of your source’s Bluetooth signal, so results may be different.

0 Latency
What it is: How long it takes for audio to play through your headphones once the audio signal has been sent from a source.
When it matters: When gaming or watching movies. High latency means you will hear the audio much later than the images you see on screen.
Score components:
Default Latency
What it is: The Base RF latency or the default sub-band coding (SBC) of most Bluetooth headphones.
When it matters: When watching videos a high latency can cause sync issues between the images you see and the audio you hear.
Good value: 50ms or less
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
323 ms
aptX Latency
What it is: An audio coding algorithm (Codec) that improves bit rate efficiency. It reduces latency and improves sound quality over Bluetooth.
When it matters: For better sound quality if your often streaming music over Bluetooth. Also it slightly improves latency when watching videos with wireless headphones.
Good value: 50ms or less
Noticeable difference: 15ms
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
What it is: Low latency variation of aptX that significantly reduces sync issues between video and sound when using Bluetooth headphones.
When it matters: When watching videos or gaming latency is a lot more noticeable than just listening to music.
Good value: 50ms or less
Noticeable difference: 5ms
:
N/A

The JBL Endurance Peak have bad latency. Bluetooth headphones usually average around 200-220ms of delay, so their latency of 323 ms is quite a bit higher than average. This means that what you see on the screen won’t match what you hear, so they won’t suitable for watching videos and gaming. Some devices and apps appear to offer some sort of compensation, though, so your experience may vary and you might not notice the delay that much.

In the box

JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless In the box Picture

  • JBL Endurance Peak Headphones
  • 3 earbud tips
  • Stability Enhancer
  • USB charging cable
  • Charging case
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Compare Picture

The JBL Endurance Peak are great truly wireless in-ears for sports. Their matte, rubberized finish and twist-to-lock ear hook design sets them apart from similar sports headphones. However, they have a unique touch-sensitive control scheme that can be a bit finicky compared to the physical controls of other truly wireless sports in-ears. If you get easily frustrated by unwanted registered commands, take a look at our recommendations for the best headphones for running, the best wireless earbuds for running or our best truly wireless earbuds.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless

The JBL Endurance Peak and the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air are both great truly wireless earbuds, but the Liberty Air are slightly better all-around. They’re both decently well-built and have similar batteries, lasting around 4 hours on a charge and charging under an hour and a half, though the Peak’s is a bit better since they have an auto-off timer. Both headphones also have a well-balanced, neutral sound profile, but the SoundCore Liberty Air have better treble. The JBL Endurance Peak have a sportier look with a better control scheme, but the Liberty Air have a more casual look, and are more comfortable with better isolation.

Jaybird Run Truly Wireless

The JBL Endurance Peak are slightly better truly wireless headphones than the Jaybird Run, but not by much. The Endurance Peak sound better overall, but it’s possible to tweak the sound of the Jaybird Run with the Jaybird MySound app, which you can’t do with the Peak. Although their isolation performance is similar, the Jaybird Run are much more comfortable than the Endurance Peak. The Run also have a better microphone and less latency than the Peak, but their wireless range isn’t as good, and the JBL Endurance Peak have a better control scheme.

Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless

The JBL Endurance Peak are better truly wireless in-ears than the Skullcandy Push for most uses. The Peak have a more stable fit, thanks to their secure ear-hook design, and they isolate more noise. They also sound much better and have a more balanced sound profile. However, the Push are more comfortable and have a better control scheme. The Push also have a longer battery life, but they take longer to charge. Their charging case holds less additional charges and they don’t have a power-saving feature like the Endurance Peak.

Sony WF-SP700N Truly Wireless

The JBL Endurance Peak are better truly wireless in-ears than the Sony WF-SP700N. The Peak have a more stable fit and much better isolation. They also sound better, especially in the treble range. The sound of the Sony WF-SP700N can be customized through the Sony | Headphones Connect App, though. The Sony WF-SP700N are also more comfortable and have a better build quality. However, even though the touch-sensitive control scheme of the Endurance Peak is a bit finicky, it’s better than the WF-SP700N’s physical buttons. The Peak also have a better battery, since the WF-SP700N lasts for less than 3 hours of continuous playtime and their charging case only delivers up to 6 additional hours of battery life.

Conclusion

7.0Mixed Usage
What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
Score components:
The JBL Endurance Peak are decent for mixed usage thanks to their truly wireless, sporty design that works well for most use cases. Even though they’re slightly larger than average earbuds, they’re compact enough to carry around on your person and come with a good charging hard case. Although they’re not the most comfortable in-ears and don’t have a very easy-to-use control scheme, they're stable enough for most sports and isolate enough to be decent for commuting or office use.
7.2Critical Listening
What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
Score components:
The Endurance Peak could be a decent choice for critical listening. They have great audio reproduction and deliver a well-balanced, versatile sound that suits various genres of music, from hip-hop to classical. They’re not the most comfortable, though, and may get fatiguing after a bit, which isn’t great for longer listening sessions. In addition, like most in-ears, they don’t have a speaker-like soundstage, so they won't be the ideal choice for more critical listeners.
7.4Commute/Travel
What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
Score components:
Above-average for commuting. They're compact, easy to carry around, and isolate fairly well. Though they don’t block noise as well as headphones with an ANC feature, they barely leak so you can play your music a little louder if you need to block even more noise. Unfortunately, they aren't the most comfortable truly wireless in-ears we've tested. They also have a relatively short playtime, so they may not be ideal to wear for really long continuous listening sessions, like long car rides or international flights, but they should be fine for your everyday commute.
8.1Sports/Fitness
What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
Score components:
Great for sports. They have a very stable twist-to-lock ear-hook design that, once you get figured out, fits nice and secure. Though their battery life isn’t the best, you can still enjoy uninterrupted audio during your work out for up to 4 hours. If their battery is already drained, you could use the quick charge feature to get an additional hour of battery life while you’re stretching. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to navigate their delicate control scheme while exercising.
7.2Office
What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
Score components:
Decent for office use. They block out office noises like workplace chatter and fan sounds quite well, and hardly leak any sound, so you won’t disturb your colleagues, even if you like to crank up the volume sometimes. The JBL Endurance Peak may not be the most comfortable headphones to wear from 9 to 5, but you’ll need to take breaks to charge them anyways, so they’re still a decent choice.
5.5TV
Score components:
Inadequate for home theater use. The Endurance Peak have far too much latency to enjoy video content wireless and they have no other connection option besides Bluetooth, which is usually not ideal for most home-theater setups.
4.7Gaming
Score components:
Bad for gaming. They have no other connection option than Bluetooth, and unfortunately, Bluetooth is not compatible with most consoles. Though they may be used for PC or mobile gaming, they have a mediocre-at-best microphone and have too much latency to be suitable for wireless gaming.

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