The JBL Everest Elite 700 are above-average and versatile wireless headphones for most use cases. They have a stylish-looking design similar to the JBL Everest 700, but the Elite variant is noise canceling. They're packed with features, cancel enough noise for commuting and don't leak much so you can also use them at the office. Unfortunately, they're a bit bulky headphones, and although they have a decent sound, they may not be the ideal headphones for more critical listeners.
- Sleek and sturdy wireless design.
- High isolation and Low leakage.
- Great active features.
- A bit tight on the head.
- Bulky build quality.
Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.
The JBL Everest Elite 700 have a sleek and stylish yet durable build quality. They have a decently responsive control scheme that takes some getting used to and a somewhat portable design, despite being relatively large headphones. They're well padded and tight enough for a light jog. However, this also makes them a bit fatiguing to wear during long listening sessions and they're still too cumbersome to use while working out or exercising. Also, the case they come with feels a bit cheap.
The JBL Everest 700 have a simple and sleek form factor that's a bit reminiscent of the Beats Studio Wireless. They have thick padding on the ear cups and look somewhat high-end thanks to the subtle accents on the headband and the matte finish. However, because of the thick pads, the ear cups tend to stick out a bit, leaving a gap between your head and the headband that's not always aesthetically pleasing. Overall though, the design looks premium and will stand out in a crowd.
Comfort-wise, these headphones are above-average. They are a bit tight on the head. They have sufficiently large ear cups to fit most listeners and they're well padded so even tough they're tight, they don't feel too uncomfortable when you put them on. However, after a long listening session, they get a bit fatiguing and the headband doesn't extend far enough to accommodate all head sizes, which is not ideal.
The controls scheme is a bit confusing but provides all the essential functions and the buttons are responsive. You can skip tracks, play/pause audio, and control the volume. They also have an additional button for the optimizer (press and hold) that also doubles as the toggle for different aware modes (quick press). Unfortunately, the button layout is not the best as you may accidentally press some of the controls when putting the headphones on and the control scheme takes a bit of time to get used to.
The JBL Everest Elite 700 will are not the most breathable headphones so they won't be ideal for more intense workouts. They have an over-ear design with fairly thick pads that are not porous like the pads on some gaming headphones such as the Logitech G433. This means they trap a considerable amount of heat which will make your ears sweat during physical activities but should be fine for more casual uses. They will make your ears a bit warm after a long listening session, but it's not out of the ordinary for most closed-back over-ear designs.
Decent portability. The JBL Everest 700 fold into a more compact format that's easier to carry and takes less space in a bag. However, they are relatively big over-ear headphones so even if they fold, they're still a bit cumbersome to carry around on your person since they won't fit in any pockets, except maybe some larger jacket pockets.
The JBL Everest Elite 700 have a good build quality. They creak a bit when unfolding them and putting them on, but the headband has a metal frame that makes it decently sturdy. 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 susceptible weak points, and the plastic coating on the ear cups and headband feels prone to scratches and may even crack if you twist the headband a bit too far.
The JBL Elite 700 are tight enough on the head that they won't easily fall during casual listening sessions. That and their wireless design make them decently stable since they won't be yanked off your head because the audio cable got hooked on something. Unfortunately, the ear cups stick out a bit too much, and they're somewhat heavy, so they sway a lot when running. They won't be the ideal headphones for working out or take to the gym as they will slip off your ears during high-intensity physical activity.
The JBL Everest Elite 700 are a good-sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a deep, well-balanced, and consistent bass, and a clear and nearly flawless mid-range. However, their treble range could sound a bit sharp and piercing on S and Ts, making them a tad forward on vocals. Overall, they are extremely versatile headphones suitable to all genres from EDM and Hip-hop, to folk and podcasts. Additionally, they image very well but they don't have a speaker-like soundstage, which is favored for critical listening applications.
The JBL Everest 700 has an excellent bass. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, indicating a very deep bass. Additionally, low-bass, mid-bass, and high-bass are basically flat and within 1dB of our target response. This indicates a neutral and well-balanced bass, with enough thump and punch to handle bass-heavy genres like EDM, Hip-hop and film scores. The only remark is the slight mismatch between L/R drivers in low-bass, which won't be audible.
The mid-range of the JBL Everest 700 is great. Low-mid and Mid are within 0.5dB of our target, which is excellent. Ensuring a clear mix and well-balanced vocals and lead instruments. High-mid shows less than 2dB of overemphasis, which is going to make the sound of these headphones very slightly forward, especially on vocals/leads.
The treble is about average. Low-treble is hyped by about 2dB, which is the continuation of the high-mid overemphasis. This is going to add a bit of excess presence to the sound, which will be mostly noticeable on vocals/leads. The dip surrounding 5KHz won't be very audible due to its narrow width. However, it will have a negligible negative impact on detail and articulation. The 10dB bump centering around 10KHz makes these headphones noticeably sibilant, and could sound sharp and piercing to those with hyper sensitive ears on overly bright tracks.
The JBL Everest Elite 700 has great frequency response consistency. Although these headphones don't have the most ergonomic design, they perform very consistently both in bass and treble ranges, with the maximum deviation in the bass range being about 4dB. This is either due to their TruNote self-calibrating mechanism, or the fact they are using the ANC (active noise-cancelling) system to get feedback about their bass delivery, similar to what is done in the QuietComfort 35 II and the WH-1000XM2.
The imaging is great. Their weighted group delay is 0.35, which is within good limits. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is 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.
The JBL Everest 700 have a lacking soundstage. Their PRTF response doesn't follow our speaker's very accurately, but there's a decent amount of pinna (outer ear) interaction regardless. This suggests a soundstage that is not very small, but is not quite natural and speaker-like either. They also don't have a "10KHz notch", suggesting their soundstage will be perceived to be located inside the listener's head as opposed to in-front.
The harmonic distortion performance is decent. The amount of harmonic distortion in the bass and mid ranges, especially at 1.5KHz, are slightly elevated, and could make the sound of those regions a bit harsh and fatiguing. In the treble range, the maximum THD measured is at about 0.2% of the input signal, which is very good, especially since there's not much an increase in the treble distortion under heavier loads.
The JBL Everest Elite 700, unlike the JBL Everest 700, are noise canceling and isolate quite well in loud environments. They block enough noise that you won't be distracted by ambient noise while on public transit, especially if you have music playing. However, in very noisy surroundings, you may still hear what's going on around you. On the upside, they're also decent to use in quieter settings as they don't leak too much, even at moderate to high volumes.
The JBL Everest 700 have a decent active noise cancellation. They provide about 9dB of isolation in the bass range, which is about average. The bass range is where the low sounds like the rumble of airplane and bus engines located. In the mid-range, important for cancelling out speech, they achieved 19dB of isolation, which is quite good. They also do well in the treble range, which is occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, and isolate by more than 34dB.
The leakage performance is good. The significant portion of their leakage sits between 500Hz and 8KHz, which is a relatively broad range. However, the overall level of leakage is quite low, below the noise-floor of most offices, meaning that the sound leaking out of these headphones will be fuller and mid-rangy compared that of an in-ear/earbud, but not loud. So unless you are in a very quiet place and blasting your music, the leakage shouldn't be an issue.
The integrated microphone has a mediocre performance. In quiet environments, speech recorded/transmitted with this mic will sound a bit thin, and quite muffled and lacking detail. But, it would still be decently understandable. In noisy situations, however, the JBL Everest Elite 700 will struggle to separate speech from ambient noise, even in moderately loud environments, like a busy street. Additionally, they could pick up low-frequency noise from the environment, like thumps and rumbles.
The microphone has a below-average recording quality. They are a bit uneven in the bass range and show a lot of sub-bass and mid-bass. This could add noise and thump to the sound. The dip in high-bass makes recorded or transmitted speech a bit thin sounding. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 2.9KHz results in a speech that lack detail and brightness.
- 100% SpNR
The integrated microphone is mediocre at noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 13dB, indicating that the microphone performs best in quiet environments and may struggle moderate and loud environments.
The JBL Everest Elite 700 have a great battery life and a well-thought-out companion app that gives you the right amount of controls. They have about 14.5 hours of continuous playtime and take quite a bit of time to fully charge but have great power saving features. You can use them wired and wirelessly while they charge and they have a good auto-off timer to shut down the headphones when inactive after a set time which you can customize via the app. The JBL headphones app also offers a bunch of customization options like an equalizer and even being able to control the level of noise canceling for each ear cup.
These headphones have a good battery life and decent charge time but are loaded with power saving features. You can enable the auto-off function via the companion app. They have passive playback, and you can use them while they charge which makes them great office headphones if you don't mind having the USB cable plugged into your PC.
The JBL Headphones Connect is an excellent app that gives you so much control over the active features of the Elite 700. You get a full parametric equalizer, auto-off and noise cancellation control that allows you to set the level of isolation in each ear cup. The app is well designed, and for the sheer number of customization options its pretty easy to use. Overall, it's an efficient and well thought-out app that enhances your listening experience.
- 10% Bluetooth
- 32% Wired
- 10% Base/Dock
- 22% Wireless Range
- 25% Latency
The JBL Everest Elite 700 are Bluetooth headphones with no simultaneous multi-device pairing or NFC support. On the upside, pairing the headphones is still fairly easy to do, and the hold-to-pair button is decently responsive. They come with an iOS cable that has a compatible in-line mic for PS4. They also have a great wireless range which makes them a good option for most environments and use cases, but like all Bluetooth headphones with no low-latency codecs, they won't be ideal for watching movies and gaming.
- 79% Multi-Device Pairing
- 20% NFC
- 0% PS4 Compatible
- 0% Xbox One Compatible
- 13% Analog
- 9% USB
- 26% PS4 Compatible
- 26% Xbox One Compatible
- 26% PC Compatible
The headphones come with an iOS cable that has an in-line remote microphone compatible with the PS4 but not the Xbox One. This gives them a secondary connection option in case you do not want to use Bluetooth to save on battery life or for less latency while watching videos or gaming.
- 4% Optical Input
- 22% Line In
- 4% Line Out
- 22% USB Input
- 4% RCA Input
- 9% PS4 Compatible
- 9% Xbox One Compatible
- 9% PC Compatible
- 2% Power Supply
- 13% Dock Charging
These headphones do not have a base/dock. If you want a versatile headset with a base that you can also use wired check out the SteelSeries Arctis 7.
The JBL Everest 700 have an excellent wireless range. They reached up to 50ft when the Bluetooth source was obstructed by walls and almost 200ft in direct line-of-sight which should be more than enough for most use cases. This makes them a decent option if you have a fixed source like a TV or PC.
These headphones have about 133ms of latency. It's relatively low for a Bluetooth headphone with no low latency codecs but will still be a bit too much to watch movies and a lot of video content without any sync issues.
In the box
- JBL Everest Elite 700 Headphones
- Carrying case
- Audio cable
- USB cable
Compared to other Headphones
The JBL Everest Elite 700 are good mixed usage headphones. They're versatile enough for most environments, thanks to their strong noise cancellation and the great customization options available through the app. This makes them good for commuting and traveling. Thanks to their low leakage, they're also a good option for the office. Unfortunately, they're a bit tight on the head and a little bulky.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 are better commuting headphones than the JBL Elite 700 thanks to their great noise canceling and more comfortable design. They sound better but have no equalizer in their app so they won't be as customizable as the JBL. If you like to tweak the sound and active features of your headphones, then the JBL are a great alternative to the QC35. However, the Bose headphones are much more comfortable and a bit better designed for every day casual use.
The Sony MDR-1000X are the older variant of the WH-1000XM2. They have the same design and a similar performance but lack the app of the newer model which makes them less customizable than the JBL Elite 700. On the upside, they have a better noise cancellation performance and feel a bit more premium than the JBLs. If you need the best option for commuting and do not have the budget for the WH-1000XM2, then get the MDR-1000X. However, for most use cases, the JBL perform slightly better at a cheaper price point.
The Beats Solo3 Wireless have a better-looking and more portable design than the JBL Everest Elite 700. They also have a better sound quality, wireless range and battery life with an excellent quick charge feature. Unfortunately, they are not noise canceling so they will not isolate as well as the JBLs in noisy conditions. So if you need a headphone primarily for blocking noise, get the Elite 700 instead.
The Bose SoundLink Around-Ear II are one of the better sounding wireless Bluetooth headphones we've tested. Like the other Bose over-ear designs, they're a lot more comfortable than the JBL Everest ELite 700. However, they do not have as many features as the JBL and since they are not noise canceling like the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, they will not isolate well in loud environments. If you need a headphone for commuting and that has a lot of customizable features, then go for the JBLs. However, for comfort and sound quality, the Bose are a bit better and a little cheaper too.