JBL Everest 110 Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
7.1
Mixed Usage
7.1
Neutral Sound
7.7
Commute/Travel
7.9
Sports/Fitness
6.9
Office
5.3
Wireless Gaming
5.2
Wired Gaming
6.6
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Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The JBL Everest 110 are all-around decent wireless in-ears. They are versatile for most use cases, but won’t be ideal for watching video content and gaming. On the upside, their sound is decent but will be better suited for bass-heavy genres. They are decently comfortable, and their design is stable thanks to their fins; great for sports. If you’re looking for a single pair of portable headphones that can do a decent job at pretty much everything, the JBL Everest 110 are a good option.

Test Results
Design 7.2
Isolation 8.4
Microphone 6.2
Active Features 5.3
Connectivity 2.8
Pros
  • Stable design for sports.
  • Decently durable build.
  • Great isolation performance.
Cons
  • Cheap and hard-to-use in-line remote.
  • No customization options.
  • In-ear fit might not be comfortable for everyone.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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7.2

Design

The JBL Everest 110 are straightforward, wireless in-ears. They are decently well-built with nothing very particular about them. The stability fin design helps for a secure fit during physical activity, but their in-line remote isn’t the easiest to use and feels fairly cheaply made. On the upside, they are more comfortable than most in-ears, and you won’t sweat more when wearing them during sports.

Style

The Everest 110 are wireless in-ears that have a non-flashy look. They are low-profile due to their small earbuds and have a slightly bland design overall. They do look a bit sporty thanks to the stability fins, but that's about it. The cable is thin and the in-line remote is a bit big when compared to the rest of the headphones. These headphones come in three different colors: gunmetal, blue, and silver.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Everest 110 are quite comfortable in-ears. They don’t enter your ear canal too deeply and fit nicely in the ear. They feel stable due to the stability fins, and the rubber coating doesn’t apply too much pressure on your inner ear. They also come with different tip and fin sleeve sizes to help you find the most comfortable fit for you. On the other hand, some people may feel soreness after a while when wearing in-ear headphones like these.

6.8 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Ease of use : Subpar
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

These headphones have a common in-line remote that gives you access to most useful commands like play/pause, volume control, and track skipping. However, the remote feels cheaply made and the middle button is mushy. Multi-press commands are hard to register and unwanted single-press commands such as pausing your music can be activated instead, which is frustrating.

9.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.8 C

Like most in-ear headphones, the JBL Everest 110 don’t trap much heat inside your ears. They are suitable for sports, as you shouldn’t sweat more than usual when wearing these and you shouldn’t feel a big difference in temperature.

8.5 Portability
L : 2.1 "
W : 1.9 "
H : 1.7 "
Volume : 6.8 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like most in-ears, the Everest 110 are very portable. You can easily fit them inside pants pockets or in a bag. They are easy to carry around and can also rest easily around your neck. However, they don’t come with a case to protect them when you’re on the move and not using them.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

These headphones don’t come with a case or a pouch to protect them.

7.0 Build Quality

The JBL Everest 110 are decently built headphones. The buds feel dense enough to survive a few accidental drops without suffering too much damage. However, the cable is thin and the in-line remote feels a bit plasticky. They also don’t have any official water or dust resistance rating, unlike the similarly designed Jaybird Tarah, which are rated IPX7.

7.5 Stability

The Everest 110 are stable headphones that you should be able to use when jogging or for other physical activities. They fit nicely inside the ear thanks to the stability fins and shouldn’t pop out of your ears. Their wireless design also means they get rid of a cable being in your way, which is good since a sharp tug on the cable will remove the earbuds from your ears, even with the fin sleeves put on.

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Sound

They have a powerful, extended, and consistent bass, a good mid-range, and a great and well-balanced treble. However, the bass is slightly boomy and their mid-range makes vocals and lead instruments a bit thick-sounding and cluttered. Overall, these headphones are versatile for a wide variety of music genres, but might be better suited for bass-heavy genres. They won’t be ideal for vocal-centric music.

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
:
2.19 db
Treble Amount
:
-1.61 db
9.5 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.11 dB

The JBL Everest 110 Wireless, like most other in-ears, have excellent frequency response consistency. If the user can achieve a proper seal using the assortment of tips, then they should be able to get very consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

8.1 Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
2.61 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
1.08 dB
Mid-Bass
:
1.9 dB
High-Bass
:
4.33 dB

The bass performance of the JBL Everest 110 is great. LFE (low-frequency extension) is down to 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass and mid-bass, respectively responsible for the thump and the body of bass guitars and kick of drums, are well-balanced and follow our target curve well. However, high-bass is overemphasized by about 4dB, which adds noticeable boominess to the bass.

7.9 Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
2.76 dB
Low-Mid
:
2.56 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-2.24 dB
High-Mid
:
-2.61 dB

The mid-range of the Everest 110 is good and the overall response is well-balanced. Low-mid is slightly over our target curve. This is the continuation of the overemphasis in high-bass, which makes vocals a bit thick and cluttered. There is also an 8dB tilt favoring lower frequencies, which will reduce the intensity and projection of vocals and lead instruments.

8.6 Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
2.78 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.99 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-1.45 dB
High-Treble
:
-1.75 dB

The JBL Everest 110 have a very good treble performance. The response throughout the range is flat, even, and follows our curve accurately. There is a small dip in low-treble that will have a small negative impact on the detail and brightness of vocals, lead instruments, and cymbals, but this will barely be noticeable.

7.7 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.53 db
Dips
:
1.06 db
9.1 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.17
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.52
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.2
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
1.58

These headphones have very good imaging. Their weighted group delay value is 0.17, which is very good. This results in a tight and fast bass and clear treble. The L/R drivers of our test unit also showed very good matching, which helps with proper placement and localization of instruments and sound effects (like footsteps) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

0.6 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
2.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
0.8

The soundstage performance is poor, like most other in-ears and earbuds. Activating the resonances of the pinna is a big factor in creating a large and in-front soundstage. Due to their lack of interaction with the pinna, they will have a soundstage that is perceived, small, and located inside the head. However, unlike open earbuds like the Apple AirPods and the Google Pixel Buds, these earbuds have a closed design which further reduces the spaciousness and sense of openness of their soundstage.

8.0 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.222
WHD @ 100
:
0.090
8.4

Isolation

The JBL Everest 110 have great isolation performance. For in-ears without any ANC feature, they do a decent job at blocking lower frequencies, which makes them a good choice for commuting. They also reduce a good amount of ambient chatter, which is good for the office. Additionally, since they barely leak, you’ll be able to listen to audio content at high volumes without disturbing people surrounding you.

8.0 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-23.26 dB
Bass
:
-10.77 dB
Mid
:
-24.78 dB
Treble
:
-35.67 dB

The isolation performance is decent. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sit, they achieved 11dB of isolation, which is decent and quite impressive for passive in-ear isolation. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by about 25dB, which is very good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds and A/C system noises, they isolate by more than 36dB, which is great.

9.3 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
25.46 dB

The leakage performance is excellent. These in-ears practically do not leak, so you don't need to worry about disturbing people around you unless you are blasting your music in a very quiet room. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages 25dB SPL and peaks at 33dB SPL, which is significantly quieter than the noise floor of an average office.

6.2

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The JBL Everest 110 have a mediocre in-line microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin, noticeably muffled, and lacking in detail. However, it will still be understandable. In noisy environments, it will struggle to separate speech from background noise, even in moderately loud situations like a busy street.

6.3 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
269.09 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
2.59 dB
HFE
:
2597.24 Hz
Weighted THD
:
7.754
Gain
:
41.19 dB

The microphone has a mediocre recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 269Hz means speech recorded/transmitted with it will sound noticeably thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 2.6kHz is poor and results in speech that is noticeably muffled and lacking in detail. It also negatively affects the intelligibility of speech, but will still understandable in quiet environments.

6.2 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
14.5 dB

The in-line microphone of the Everest 110 is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 15dB, indicating they are best-suited for quiet environments and will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise in moderate to loud situations.

5.3

Active Features

The JBL Everest 110 have an okay battery life that should last you long enough for a normal day of usage, but they don’t have a companion app to let you customize their sound to your liking. With about 9 hours of continuous playback, most users should have more than enough battery, but you might need to charge them on a daily basis.

5.9 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
9.1 hrs
Additional Charges
:
0
Total Battery Life
:
9.1 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.7 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No
Charging Port : micro-USB

We measured slightly over 9 hours of battery life. This is an extra hour over the advertised 8 hours, which is nice. They also take just under 2 hours to fully charge, which isn’t too long and is fairly average for most wireless in-ears. However, they don’t have any power-saving feature, so you will need to remember to turn them off each time you stop using them, or the battery will drain out over time.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
macOS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

They don’t have a companion app to enhance your listening experience.

2.8

Connectivity

The JBL Everest 110 are pretty straightforward wireless in-ears. They are Bluetooth compatible and don’t have any wired connection, as expected. They have about average latency for Bluetooth headphones, and their wireless range is good enough for you to have a decent distance between you and your source.

6.9 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No
Line of Sight Range
:
96 ft
Default Latency
:
196 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

These headphones are Bluetooth compatible but can’t connect to more than one device at a time, which would have been useful at the office if you were to switch between your work computer and phone often. They also don’t support NFC for an easier and quicker pairing procedure, which would have been nice since they take a long time to pair.

Like most Bluetooth headphones, the Everest 110 might not be suited for watching videos. Some people may notice a delay between audio and video, which can get frustrating. However, some apps and devices seem to offer some sort of compensation, so you might not notice it as much.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A
Wired Latency
:
N/A

You can’t use these headphones wired.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
:
No
Xbox One Wired USB
:
No
Xbox One Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

These headphones do not have a dock.

In the box

  • JBL Everest 110 headphones
  • 3x tip options
  • 3x stability fin options
  • Charging cable
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The JBL Everest 110 are decent in-ears that don’t particularly stand-out in any category. They are good all-around headphones that can be used in a variety of use cases. However, their sound quality is a bit bass-heavy and their in-line remote isn’t the easiest to use. Take a look at our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds and in-ears, the best wireless earbuds for running, and the best wireless earbuds under $100.

JBL Reflect Mini 2 Wireless
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Amazon.com

The JBL Reflect Mini 2 are better mixed usage headphones than the Everest 110. Their fit is more stable for sports and their in-line remote is easier to use than the Everest 110’s. Their frequency response is a bit flatter and more well-balanced, but the difference in sound between those two headphones is negligible. On the other side, the Reflect Mini 2’s microphone is mediocre and doesn't do well in moderately loud environments. However, they do come with a small rubberized case, which the Everest 110 lack.

Bose SoundSport Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

If sound and comfort are the most important criteria for you, then the Bose SoundSport Wireless are a better option than the JBL Everest 110. Their earbud fit doesn’t enter your ear canal and they sound accurate and well-balanced. On the other hand, since they are semi-open backs, they don’t isolate well. The JBL is noticeably better in that category, making them a better option for commuting and blocking out ambient chatter at the office. The JBL also have noticeably more battery life, but can’t connect to two devices like the Bose can.

Beats BeatsX Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The JBL Everest 110 and Beats BeatsX are very similar headphones when it comes to their test performances. However, the Beats have an around-the-neck design, which is significantly different than the usual wireless in-eat build of the JBLs. Sound-wise, the Beats are more neutral, but may lack a bit of detail in the treble range. On the other hand, the JBL will sound boomier and are better suited for bass-heavy music. The Everest 110 are also slightly more comfortable, but the isolation performance of the Beats is slightly better.

Jaybird X4 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Jaybird X4 are better headphones than the JBL Everest 110. They feel more high-end and better-built, and their default audio reproduction is slightly more accurate. Also, they have an EQ that lets you customize their sound to your liking, which is nice. Their earbud-like tips are also more comfortable for most, and they also come with foam tips. However, the X4 have a restrictive charging cradle and less battery life than the Everest 110.

7.1 Mixed Usage

Passable for mixed usage. The JBL Everest 110 have a decent audio reproduction but might sound better with bass-heavy genres. On the upside, they create a good seal and have great isolation performance, which is good for commuting and the office. Their design with stability fins is great for sports, and the small buds won’t make you sweat more when being active. However, like most Bluetooth headphones, their latency may be too high for watching TV and gaming.

7.1 Neutral Sound

Decent for neutral listening. The JBL Everest 110 have a powerful, extended, and consistent bass, a good mid-range, and a great and well-balanced treble. However, the bass is slightly boomy and their mid-range makes vocals and lead instruments sound thick and cluttered. Most people will find these headphones to be versatile enough for most music, but they might be better suited for bass-heavy genres.

7.7 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. Their in-ear fit blocks a lot of ambient noise and their passive isolation is good enough for commuting. They block a surprising amount of lower-end sounds like engine rumbles, which is good. Their 9-hour battery life is also good for long rides or flights and they are decently comfortable to wear for a while.

7.9 Sports/Fitness

Good for sports. The wireless in-ear design is portable and easy to carry around. Also, thanks to their stability fins, they have a secure fit and won’t pop out of your ears while exercising. The small bud design also doesn’t trap heat in your ear and won’t make you sweat more than usual. Unfortunately, they don't have an official IP rating for dust and water resistance.

6.9 Office

Decent for the office. They isolate a great amount of ambient chatter and higher frequency noises like A/C systems, and they practically don’t leak, so you won’t bother your colleagues. Also, they are decently comfortable, but some people may feel like the in-ear fit isn’t ideal for a whole workday. If you use them during your commute, they might not have a battery life long enough to be used during the full day, and will need daily charging.

5.3 Wireless Gaming

Poor for gaming. These headphones aren’t designed for gaming purposes. Their latency will be too high for this use, and if you play multiplayer games, their in-line microphone isn’t great and won’t be the best option for communicating with friends and teammates.

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