JBL Everest 310 Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
6.9
Mixed Usage
7.1
Neutral Listening
7.2
Commute/Travel
7.1
Sports/Fitness
7.0
Office
5.4
Wireless Gaming
7.0
Wired Gaming
6.6
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Type : On-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The JBL Everest 310 are decent, mixed-usage, on-ear headphones. They have decent audio reproduction but are more suited for bass-heavy genres and won’t be ideal for vocal-centric music. These Bluetooth headphones have a great 24-hour battery life and can also be used wired, even if there’s no power left. Unfortunately, their on-ear design doesn’t isolate much ambient noise and isn’t the most comfortable, making them a bit less versatile than some over-ear headphones. On the upside, the Everest 310 can connect to two devices simultaneously and have a unique feature that lets you share your music with any pair of Bluetooth headphones.

Test Results
Design 6.9
Isolation 6.8
Microphone 6.3
Active Features 7.7
Connectivity 7.2
Pros
  • Decent audio reproduction.
  • Unique music sharing feature.
  • Great battery life.
Cons
  • On-ear design might not be as comfortable for everyone.
  • Slightly creaky build quality.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 8/9/2019: We've updated the Comfort score of these headphones after comparing them to other models.

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6.9

Design

The JBL Everest 310 are decently-designed headphones. Their on-ear fit might not be the most comfortable for most, and their design is a bit large and might constrain the top of your ears. They have a nice control scheme and a unique share feature that lets you transmit your music to other Bluetooth headphones. While the headphones seem sturdy, they creak a lot when manipulating them, which gives them a cheap feel. On the upside, they come with a great hard case that protects the headphones well.

Style

The Everest 310 are very similar to the Everest Elite 700, but have an on-ear design that more closely resembles that of the JBL E45BT. They look decently well-built and have thick padding on the ear cups. The headphones are mostly made of thick plastic, and they have decent padding on the headband as well. You can also see the buttons, which protrude a bit out of the edge of the ear cups.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.5 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.8 lbs

Update: 08/09/2019 After comparing these headphones to other similar models, we've raised the comfort score of the Everest 310 as we feel there's more padding than the similar E45BT and Live 400BT.

These are somewhat comfortable headphones, but the on-ear fit won’t be for everyone. They're fairly lightweight, but the cups are a bit large for on-ears, which might pinch the top of your ears and cause a bit more ear fatigue during long listening sessions. However, the headband is decently padded and puts less pressure on your head than the E45BT. You can also check out the over-ear, more comfortable variant, the JBL Everest 710.

7.4 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : Good
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 : Bluetooth Sync + Share

The Everest 310 have a decent control scheme that is easy to use. The physical buttons are right on the edge of the ear cups, and you get access to common functionalities like call/music management, volume control, and track skipping. You also get two additional buttons for Bluetooth sync and sharing your music. This means you can connect any second pair of Bluetooth headphones to the JBL Everest 310 and both can listen to the same audio content. The buttons are easy to distinguish as the middle play/pause button is raised, but the feedback is not the best, and some presses can feel a bit mushy.

7.0 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 4.0 C

Like most on-ears, the Everest 310 aren’t very breathable, but they trap less heat than over-ear headphones. Their design allows a bit of airflow to cool your ears, but you might still feel a slight difference in temperature when wearing these. They won’t be ideal for sports like in-ears, since you might get a bit of extra sweat when working out with them.

6.3 Portability
L : 5.3 "
W : 5.2 "
H : 2.7 "
Volume : 74 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The Everest 310 are not very portable on-ears. Even if they are smaller than most over-ears, they aren’t easy to carry around. Thankfully, their cups can swivel to lay flat, making it easier to carry them around your neck or slide them into a bag. They also fold into a more compact format and fit inside their great hard case, which doesn’t add too much bulk and protects the headphones well.

8.0 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 7.5 "
W : 6.9 "
H : 2.4 "
Volume : 124 Cu. Inches

The JBL Everest 310 come with a great hard case that protects the headphones against minor water exposure, scratches, and impacts. The case is somewhat molded to help keep the headphones in place and limit the wiggling room.

7.0 Build Quality

The JBL Everest 310 have a decent build quality. They creak a lot when unfolding them and putting them on, but the headband has a metal frame that makes it solid. The ear cups are also dense enough that they won't get damaged if the headphones fall once or twice. However, the hinges are somewhat weak points, and the plastic coating on the ear cups and headband feels prone to scratches.

6.5 Stability

These headphones have a somewhat loose fit and aren’t very stable on-ears. They are definitely less stable than the JBL E45BT and could come off your head easily during physical activity. The Everest 310 won’t be a great option for sports. However, since they are wireless, you don’t have to worry about a cable getting stuck on something and yanking the headphones off your head.

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Sound

They have a deep, consistent, and powerful bass, a well-balanced mid-range, and decent treble. Their bass is slightly overly thumpy, but some people may prefer this. Also, vocals and lead instruments in the mid-range may sound a bit thin, while their treble is lacking in detail and brightness. Overall, the headphones are better suited for bass-heavy genres but may not be ideal for vocal-centric music. Most users should be satisfied with their sound quality.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
8.8
Bass-Heavy
:
8.2
Warm
:
6.0
Bright
:
7.0
7.3 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.51 db
Dips
:
2.17 db
7.8 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.44 dB

The Everest 310 have a good frequency response consistency. The treble range is quite consistent across multiple re-seats, with the maximum deviation below 10KHz being about 3dB. In the bass range, the delivery is also quite consistent across re-seats and multiple human subjects, with a maximum deviation of about 4dB. Users should get very similar results if they manage to put on these on-ear headphones in a similar position every time.

8.6 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.31
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.7
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.78
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
3.13

The imaging for the Everest 310 is great. Their weighted group delay is 0.31, which is within very good limits. The GD graph also shows that the group delay response is almost entirely below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight and fast bass, and a transparent treble. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase response. This helps with the accurate placement and localization of objects, (voice, instruments, footsteps), in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

2.9 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
3.61 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
1.71 dB
PRTF Distance
:
0.65 dB
Openness
:
3.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.7

The JBL Everest 310 has a poor soundstage. Due to their on-ear design, the drivers don't have enough distance to activate the resonances of the pinna (outer ear) like a loudspeaker, and that shows in the inadequate PRTF accuracy and size values. Also, they don't show a notch in the 10KHz region, further indicating that their soundstage will be perceived to be small and located inside the listener's head as opposed to in-front.

7.7 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.316
WHD @ 100
:
0.125
6.8

Isolation

The JBL Everest 310 don’t have a noise canceling feature, and aren’t a great option for commuting since they don’t block out lower frequencies like bus engines. However, you’ll be able to block more noise, as they don’t leak too much, so you’ll be able to raise your listening volume without bothering the people surrounding you.

6.4 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-17.33 dB
Bass
:
-2.42 dB
Mid
:
-16.7 dB
Treble
:
-34.23 dB

The isolation of the Everest 310 is mediocre. Since they don’t have an ANC feature, they don’t reduce outside noise in the bass range, which is important to cancel out the rumble of bus and airplane engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking speech, they achieved 17dB of isolation, which is good. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds and fan noises like A/C systems, they reduce outside noise by more than 34dB, which is also good.

7.6 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
35.89 dB

These headphones have a good leakage performance. The significant portion of their leakage is spread from 400Hz to 4KHz, which is a relatively broad range and will mostly consist of speech, leads, and cymbals. The overall level of the leakage is not very loud, either. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away will average around 36 dB SPL and peaks at 49dB SPL, which is just under the noise floor of most offices.

6.3

Microphone

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

The integrated microphone on the Everest 310 has a mediocre performance. In quiet environments, speech recorded/transmitted with this mic will sound a bit thin, and quite muffled and lacking detail. However, it would still be decently understandable. In noisy situations, it will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise, even in moderately loud environments, like a busy street. These headphones also come with an included audio cable that has an in-line microphone, which we expect to perform better than the integrated one.

6.6 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
261.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.26 dB
HFE
:
3319.91 Hz
Weighted THD
:
3.499
Gain
:
35.94 dB

The microphone has a below-average recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 261Hz, suggesting speech transmitted/recorded to be noticeably thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 3.3KHz results in speech that is muffled and lacks detail.

6.1 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
13.6 dB

The integrated microphone is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 14dB, indicating that the microphone performs best in quiet environments and may struggle in moderate and loud environments.

7.7

Active Features

The JBL Everest 310 have a great battery life that lasts about a full day, so you won’t have to charge them daily. However, some may find their 10-minute auto-off feature a bit aggressive and too quick, especially that they still turn off even if you’re using their microphone. Thankfully, they can be used wired, even if the battery is dead. Unfortunately, they don’t have a companion app to enhance your listening experience with customization options. 

8.5 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
23.8 hrs
Additional Charges
:
0
Total Battery Life
:
23.8 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.2 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Auto-Off Timer
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
Yes
Charging Port : micro-USB

They have a great battery life that will last you a whole workday without a problem. We’ve measured about 24 hours of continuous playback, although JBL advertises its battery life to be at 20hrs. They only take about 2 hours to charge fully, which is great. They also turn off automatically after 10 minutes to save some power. However, if you’re using their microphone and are talking for 10 minutes straight, the headphones will still turn off if no audio is fed through the drivers. They can also be used wired, even when the battery is dead.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : 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

These headphones are not compatible with the JBL Headphones app, even if they are an Everest model. For similar on-ear headphones that have access to a nice app and a great parametric EQ, check out the JBL Live 400BT.

7.2

Connectivity

These headphones are Bluetooth-compatible and can also be used wired, even if the battery is dead. They can connect to two devices, which is useful, and you can also connect any other pair of Bluetooth headphones to them to share your music. Their latency is average for Bluetooth headphones, and you might notice a delay between audio and video. On the upside, their wireless range is very good.

8.5 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
:
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
:
No
Line of Sight Range
:
191 ft
Default Latency
:
197 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

These headphones are Bluetooth compatible and can be connected to two devices simultaneously, which is useful if you want to switch between your work computer and cellphone. Also, they can act as a Bluetooth transmitter with their share functionality. You can connect any other Bluetooth headset to these and listen to the same content simultaneously.

The latency of the Everest 310 is average for Bluetooth headphones. You might notice a delay when watching video content. However, some devices and apps seem to offer some sort of compensation so you might not notice this delay as much. Nevertheless, 197ms will still be too high for gaming.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.5 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.1 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms

You can use these headphones passively with the included 1/8” TRRS audio cable. It also has an in-line microphone that will be supported on PCs and consoles.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox 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

The Everest 310 don’t have a base or dock. If you're looking for headphones with a dock for customization options, look at the Arctis Pro Wireless. If you want a charging dock, look at the Astro A50, and if you're looking for wireless headphones for watching TV, look at the Sennheiser RS 185.

In the box

  • JBL Everest 310 headphones
  • 1/8” TRRS audio cable
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Hard carrying case
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The JBL Everest 310 are decent-sounding headphones that set themselves apart by their unique music sharing feature. However, their on-ear design is a bit bulky and isn’t the most comfortable, and they don’t block much noise like over-ear headphones. If you still prefer the on-ear fit, look at our recommendations for the best on-ear headphones. See also our recommendations for the best wireless headphones.

JBL E45BT Wireless
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Amazon.com

The JBL Everest 310 and JBL E45BT are very similar on-ear headphones. Both have a sound profile that is better suited for bass-heavy genres due to their recessed mid-range. However, the Everest model feels slightly better-built than the E45BT. They also isolate more noise due to their cups covering the ear more. On the other hand, the E45BT have slightly lower latency, so you might not notice the delay as much on these. They are also noticeably more stable, which is good for sports. Also, the Everest 310 has a unique music sharing feature that lets you connect another pair of Bluetooth headphones to the Everest and listen to the same audio content.

JBL Live 400BT Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The JBL Live 400BT are slightly better than the JBL Everest 310 Wireless. They're both on-ear headphones with a similar design and sound quality. However, the Live 400BT have a more flexible sound profile, thanks to the parametric EQ included in their companion app. The Live 400BT are also slightly more breathable and have longer battery life. On the other hand, the Everest 310 come with a sturdy carrying case and have a more useful additional feature. Their music sharing button is a bit more practical than the Live 400BT's talk-through mode, since they do not isolate well to begin with. Also, the 310 Wireless have a better microphone performance, a more premium build quality, and easier-to-use buttons, but are not as stable as the Live 400BT, meaning they won't be as good for sports and more demanding activities.

JBL Everest 710 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The JBL Everest 710 and JBL Everest 310 are basically the same headphones, but the 710 is the over-ear model while the 310 is the on-ear one. The Everest 710 are more versatile as they are more comfortable and better-built. They also have a more accurate bass and an overall better sound. On the other hand, the Everest 310 are more consistent across different users and are slightly less bulky than their over-ear variant.

Beats Solo3 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Beats Solo3 Wireless are better on-ear headphones than the JBL Everest 310. Their design is more comfortable, and they have a more accurate audio reproduction, especially in the treble range. Also, their battery is incredible and offers 42 hours of continuous playback. The Beats are also better built and feel more high-end than the squeaking JBLs. On the other hand, the Everest 310 can connect to two devices simultaneously and have a unique music sharing feature. They also isolate a bit more noise than the Beats.

Sony WH-CH500 Wireless
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B&H

The JBL Everest 310 are better mixed usage headphones the Sony WH-CH500. They feel better built and have a noticeably longer battery life. Their sound quality is also a bit more neutral and you can share your music with another Bluetooth headset, which is a unique feature. However, the Sonys feel more stable on your head and are more breathable, which can be great for sports. Nevertheless, the JBL should still be the best option between the two since they also isolate more noise. They can be used wired, which you can’t do with the Sonys.

Bose SoundLink On-Ear Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Bose SoundLink On-Ear are better headphones than the JBL Everest 310. They are one of the most comfortable on-ears we’ve tested so far, and are well-built as well. They also have a great neutral sound profile that is common to Bose headphones. They also have a slightly lower latency. On the other hand, the JBLs will be better suited for bass-heavy music and come with a much nicer hard case. You can also share your music with another Bluetooth headset thanks to their unique music share feature.

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Conclusion

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B&H
6.9 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. They have a decent audio reproduction for critical listening but might be better suited for bass-heavy genres. Also, their on-ear design is not the most comfortable and doesn’t isolate much noise, which means they aren’t the best option for commuting or at the office. However, they are a bit less bulky than over-ears and are more breathable, which is good for sports. Unfortunately, they aren’t stable, and their latency may be too high for watching TV and gaming.

7.1 Neutral Listening

Decent for neutral listening. They have a deep, consistent, and powerful bass, a well-balanced mid-range, and a decent treble. Their bass is slightly overly thumpy, but some people may prefer this. Also, vocals and lead instruments in the mid-range may sound a bit thin, while their treble is lacking in detail and brightness. They will be better suited for bass-heavy music, but most people should be satisfied with their sound profile.

7.2 Commute/Travel

Okay for commuting. Their on-ear design doesn’t passively block a lot of noise, and since they don’t have any ANC, they’ll let in a lot of noise into your audio, especially lower frequencies like engines rumble. Also, their large on-ear design might not be the most comfortable to wear during long bus rides or flights, as it might constrain the top of your ear.

7.1 Sports/Fitness

Decent for sports. They have decent sound quality, and their thumpy bass can keep you pumped during your workouts, but their design won’t be ideal for physical activity. They aren’t very stable on the head and aren’t as portable as in-ears.

7.0 Office

Decent for the office. They isolate a good amount of ambient chatter and higher-frequencies, which could help you concentrate on your task. They also don’t leak too much so you shouldn’t bother colleagues surrounding you. They have a great battery life that won’t need daily charging and will last you a few work shifts. Also, even if your battery is dead, you can still use them wired, which can be useful. They can connect to two devices simultaneously, which is convenient if you often switch from your work computer and phone.

5.4 Wireless Gaming

Poor for gaming. Their latency is too high for gaming, and their microphone performance is mediocre. The on-ear design of these headphones won’t be comfortable enough for long gaming sessions too. However, they come with an audio cable with an in-line microphone which gets rid of latency issues, and we expect this mic to perform better than the integrated one.

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