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JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Apr 24, 2020 at 12:16 pm
JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless Picture
7.1
Mixed Usage
7.3
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.8
Office
5.3
Wireless Gaming
5.2
Wired Gaming
6.5
Phone Calls
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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, 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, they 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.

Our Verdict

7.1 Mixed Usage

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.

Pros
  • Well-balanced sound.
  • Low leakage.
  • Stable design for sports.
Cons
  • Finicky touch-sensitive control scheme.
  • Bulkier than other truly wireless in-ears.
  • Poor battery life.
7.3 Neutral Sound

The JBL Endurance Peak could be a decent choice for neutral sound listening. They 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 during longer listening sessions. In addition, like most in-ears, they don’t have an open, speaker-like soundstage.

7.5 Commute/Travel

The JBL Endurance Peak are good wireless in-ears for commuting. They're compact, easy to carry around, and isolate background noise 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 without bothering those around you. Unfortunately, they aren't the most comfortable truly wireless in-ears and have a relatively short playtime, though it should be long enough to get you to and from work.

8.1 Sports/Fitness

The JBL Endurance Peak are great for sports. They have a very stable twist-to-lock ear-hook design that, once you get figured out, fits nice and secure. Unfortunately, their 3.9-hour battery life isn’t the best and it may be difficult to navigate their control scheme while exercising.

6.8 Office

The JBL Endurance Peak are alright 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 coworkers. Unfortunately, they aren't the most comfortable to wear all day, and their 4-hour battery means you'll have to take multiple breaks to charge them up.

5.3 Wireless Gaming

The JBL Endurance Peak are Bluetooth-only headphones that aren't recommended for wireless gaming. Since they're Bluetooth-only, they aren't compatible with PS4 or Xbox One, and though they may be used for PC or mobile gaming, they have a mediocre-at-best microphone and too much latency to be suitable for gaming.

5.2 Wired Gaming

The JBL Endurance Peak are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired.

6.5 Phone Calls

The JBL Endurance Peak are mediocre for phone calls. While they have an integrated mic that can easily be used to take a phone call while on-the-go, their microphone doesn't perform well overall. While talking on phone calls, your voice is muffled, flat, and difficult to hear in noisy environments.

  • 7.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Neutral Sound
  • 7.5 Commute/Travel
  • 8.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.8 Office
  • 5.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.2 Wired Gaming
  • 6.5 Phone Calls
  1. Update 2/13/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The JBL Endurance Peak have a very sporty and 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, like the JBL Endurance Sprint Truly Wireless, are available in red, blue, or black.

6.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.05 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless are decently comfortable. The ear hooks are fairly malleable and fit well behind your ears, but it can take a couple of tries to get the twist-to-lock wearing style right. They come with three 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 may not be as comfortable for everyone and some may feel ear fatigue after a while.

6.0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Subpar
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

Their control scheme is identical to that of the JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless. 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 is annoying. On the bright side, they turn on/off automatically when putting them on or taking them off, which is convenient.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

These headphones have excellent breathability. Like most in-ears, they don't 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 they shouldn't make you sweat like on-ears or over-ears do.

9.2
Design
Portability
L 1.9 "
W 1.5 "
H 1.1 "
Volume 3.1 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

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
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.3 "
W 2.1 "
H 1.3 "
Volume 9.0 Cu. Inches

The JBL Endurance Peak have a good hard charging case, though it's a bit larger than the case for most truly wireless in-ears. 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.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Endurance Peak feel well-built and durable. They're made from a dense, rubberized plastic build that feels solid and relatively durable. Like the JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless, they have an IPX7 rating for sweat and water resistance, though we don't test for this.

8.0
Design
Stability

These headphones 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. They also come with 'Stability Enhancers' that help them fit snug and stable in the ear. Once you get a good fit they're stable enough for working out and running, especially since their truly wireless design means they have no cables that can get snagged or tugged.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • JBL Endurance Peak headphones
  • 3 Earbud tips
  • Stability Enhancer
  • USB charging cable
  • Charging case
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.71 db
Treble Amount
-0.82 db

The sound profile of these headphones is very well-balanced. While they have a bit of extra thump and kick, it isn't overpowering, and they're well-suited for a very wide range of genres and content, from hip-hop to audiobooks.

8.8
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.24 dB

The frequency response consistency of the JBL Endurance Peak is excellent. Once you get a proper fit and seal using the different tips provided, you should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time you use these headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.18 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
4.35 dB
Mid-Bass
3.89 dB
High-Bass
1.54 dB

These headphones have good bass accuracy. The entire range is quite flat, though it's slightly over-emphasized. This results in a punchy bass with a bit of extra thump that feels warm without sounding boomy or muddy.

9.3
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
0.92 dB
Low-Mid
0.01 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.7 dB
High-Mid
0.63 dB

The mid accuracy of these headphones is remarkable. The response throughout the range is quite even and follows our target very closely. This results in accurate and near-perfectly-balanced vocals and leads.

8.8
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.65 dB
Low-Treble
0.69 dB
Mid-Treble
0.55 dB
High-Treble
-4.23 dB

The treble accuracy of the JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless is excellent. The response is quite even throughout the low and mid-treble ranges and is overall well-balanced. Low-treble is very even and accurate, ensuring that vocals and instruments are articulate, present, and detailed. High-treble is quite recessed, which may cause some sounds to appear lifeless and dull.

8.5
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.04 db
Dips
0.62 db

These headphones have excellent peaks and dips performance. Most of the frequencies are flat and well-balanced with minor peaks or dips that shouldn't be too noticeable to most people. While the large dip in high-treble may reduce the airness of their sound, they still produce a good amount of brightness and detail overall.

9.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.16
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.57
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.52
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.2

The Endurance Peak have excellent imaging. The weighted group delay is very good and the GD graph shows that the group delay response never crosses the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. Additionally, both the left and right drivers of our test unit are 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. It's worth noting that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.8

The soundstage of these headphones is very 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 is 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 doesn't feel as open as that of open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, or the Bose SoundSport Free.

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

These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.

8.5
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.148
WHD @ 100
0.059

The weighted harmonic distortion of these headphones is excellent. Even at higher volumes, you should notice clean and pure sound reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Unknown
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones, therefore, our results are only valid at these settings.

Isolation
7.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-21.08 dB
Bass
-10.28 dB
Mid
-19.81 dB
Treble
-34.01 dB

The JBL Endurance Peak do a good job at isolating noise. While they don't have an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature, their in-ear fit helps physically block out background noise. While they won't help too much with the low rumble of bus or plane engines, they do an excellent job at blocking out background chatter.

9.3
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
25.39 dB

The leakage performance of these headphones is excellent. Their leakage sounds very thin and the overall level of the leakage isn't very loud. Even at higher volumes, you likely won't bother those close to you.

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

These headphones have an integrated microphone in the earbuds.

5.7
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
380.55 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.08 dB
HFE
2451.46 Hz
Weighted THD
11.729
Gain
35.46 dB

Like most Bluetooth truly wireless in-ears, the JBL Endurance Peak's microphone has poor recording quality. Speech recorded or transmitted with this mic sounds thin, lacking in detail and noticeably muffled. On the upside, the gain is very high, so the mic will pick up your voice well even when you speak very quietly.

6.5
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
17.01 dB

The noise handling of the microphone is only acceptable. While your voice is easy to hear in quiet situations, it gets completely lost in noisy environments.

Active Features
6.2
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
3.9 hrs
Additional Charges
5.0
Total Battery Life
23.4 hrs
Charge Time
1.4 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

The JBL Endurance Peak have mediocre overall battery performance. Although the battery only lasts for about 4 hours, there's an auto-off timer that switches off the earbuds after a short period of inactivity to help conserve battery, as well as turns them off automatically when you remove them from your ear, which is convenient. According to JBL, the Endurance Peak also have a quick charge mode that gives an hour of playback for 10 minutes of recharging, though we don't test this.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

These headphones don't have a dedicated companion app.

Connectivity
6.7
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.2
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
272 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
323 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
377 ms
Android Latency
382 ms

The JBL Endurance Peak don't support multi-device or NFC pairing. Their latency is quite high, though it's worth noting that some devices and apps appear to offer some sort of compensation though, so your mileage may vary in real-life usage. They also have one of the highest line of sight ranges we've measured to date, though again, this will vary greatly in real-life usage.

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

These headphones are Bluetooth-only.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

The JBL Endurance Peak are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired. If you want a pair of wired headphones with a well-balanced sound profile, check out the 1More Triple Driver In-Ear.

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

These headphones are Bluetooth-only and aren't compatible with PS4, though they'll connect to any Bluetooth-enabled PC.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones are Bluetooth-only and aren't compatible with Xbox One.

2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB

The JBL Endurance Peak come with a charging case that charges over micro-USB but has no additional inputs.

Compared To Other Headphones

Comparison 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, their touch-sensitive control scheme 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 the best truly wireless earbuds.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless

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

Skullcandy Push Truly Wireless

The JBL Endurance Peak are better truly wireless in-ears than the Skullcandy Push. The Peak have a more stable fit, thanks to their secure ear-hook design, isolate more noise, 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. On the other hand, 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, better battery life, much better isolation, and a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. On the other hand, the sound profile of the Sony can be customized through their dedicated companion app to match your personal tastes. The Sony WF-SP700N are also more comfortable and have a better build quality. 

Jaybird Run Truly Wireless

The Jaybird Run Truly Wireless are better truly wireless in-ears than the JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless. The Jaybird are more comfortable, and have a dedicated companion app that allows you to fully EQ their sound profile. On the other hand, the JBL are better-balanced out of the box, though they don't have any EQ settings. 

Skullcandy Push Ultra Truly Wireless

The JBL Endurance Peak Truly Wireless are better for mixed usage than the Skullcandy Push Ultra Truly Wireless. The JBL have a more portable case and do a better job of staying on your ears while also providing a far more neutral, consistent listening experience. The JBL are also more effective in reducing the volume of ambient noise. That said, the Skullcandy have a more intuitive control scheme, a case that generates a longer total battery life, and last longer off a single charge.

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