JBL E55BT Over-Ear Wireless Headphones Black
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- Type Ear coupling: Over-ear (circumaural) Primary application: General listening Secondary application: General listening Operating principle: Closed Audio Frequency response (TX): 20Hz - 20kHz SPL: Not specified Driver diameter: 50mm THD: Not specified Noise cancelling: No Comfort Weight: Not specified Cable Style: Not specified Length: Not specified Connector: 3.5mm Built-in mic: Yes
- These wireless over-ear headphones bring the signature sound of JBL right to your ears
- Both versatile and efficient, the E55BT features up to 20 hours of battery life and an innovative, stylish fabric headband
- The ergonomic over-ear design means that your entertainment continues and your fun factor gets amped up no matter what you’re doing—working, commuting, or just making your way around town
- Multi-device connectivity allows you to seamlessly switch between two devices, so you never miss a call
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E55BT Over-Ear Wireless Headphones Black. These wireless over-ear headphones bring the signature sound of JBL right to your ears. Both versatile and efficient, the E55BT features up to 20 hours of battery life and an innovative, stylish fabric headband. The ergonomic over-ear design means that your entertainment continues and your fun factor gets amped up no matter what you’re doing—working, commuting, or just making your way around town. Multi-device connectivity allows you to seamlessly switch between two devices, so you never miss a call. With a sleek appearance, various color options and the added convenience of a detachable cable with remote and microphone, you’ll never want to be seen without your E55BT headphones.
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Let me just preface the review by saying sound is subjective and your mileage may vary. That said, I feel that JBL has packed an insane amount of value into the E55BTs, and I found the sound quality here to be simply excellent, especially for the money (I paid $150). The build quality isn’t bad necessarily, it’s just not as premium as you might be used to with other brands such as Bose, Sennheiser, or even Beats. When I first took these out of the box, I was a little skeptical since they didn’t feel as premium as other headphones I’ve owned, but as soon as I put them on, adjusted the fit, and cranked a few different genres to test them out, I was floored by how good they sound and how well they performed overall.
It’s obvious after listening to these that JBL went with less premium materials for the build so that they could afford to pack these $150 headphones with excellent drivers that offer incredibly balanced, punchy, and high-volume sound. These sound better, especially for about half the price, and better fit my needs than the last three pairs of headphones I tried: Bose Soundlink Around Ear Headphones 2 ($280), Beats Solo 3 ($300 at the time), and Bose QC 35 ($350). I also tried several other pairs of older JBL on/over-ear headphones that I ultimately wasn’t satisfied with before finding these. For details of why I like the JBL E55BTs better than all of these other headphones, keep reading. If you just want an incredibly priced pair of headphones with punchy, balanced sound and volume to spare, save yourself the time and order these now.
Bose Soundlink Around Ear Headphones 2 — I found these fairly balanced sounding and extremely comfortable, but lacking in punch, overall volume, and bass. The build quality was quite good however, and the buttons were easy to find and press. I also liked the voice prompts that told you what device was connected and what the battery life was. Though, I found myself having to consistently crank these to 90% or more to get what I would consider a high-enough volume for noisy environments or to really feel immersed in the music. Hard to justify the sound quality of these for $280.
Beats Solo 3 — These definitely packed a ton of punch and volume, had great battery life, and also had pretty good build quality. Though, they weren’t very comfortable for long sessions and didn’t sound particularly great for anything other than pop, edm, or other bass-heavy genres. I felt their soundstage was fairly cramped sounding and that everything started sounding muddy at higher volumes, which I was constantly raising to try and hear the mix of clarity and punch that I was looking for. Again, too many compromises for $300 headphones. Though, they have been significantly cheaper lately in various sales, which would’ve improved my opinion of these slightly if I would’ve had a better price/value ratio.
Bose QC 35 — I finally decided to try the QC35s since they are so widely loved in both consumer and critic reviews. The build quality and comfort here were great, almost identical to the QC25s, and I did like them overall. Though, the noise-canceling would fatigue me quite a bit over time, and there’s no way to turn it off while using these wirelessly. They largely suffered from the same problems of the Soundlink Around Ear Headphones 2. Though, they had slightly more volume, bass, and clarity. I still found myself pushing the volume to really high levels just to try and feel immersed in the sound, but at those higher levels, I felt that the treble and mid-range were a bit too harsh for my taste. For $350, I couldn’t justify keeping these either.
During the course of experimenting with different brands, I decided to give a few older JBL models a try since they were on sale and because I love my JBL bluetooth speakers so much (the Flip and Charge series are incredible). I tried the JBL Everest 300 Elite, the 700, and 700 Elite and found flaws in all of them mostly related to build quality and comfort. The sound on all three was better than any of the options I mentioned above, but I couldn’t wear them for long without being quite fatigued from the tightness and fit.
So, I was at an impasse for some time feeling like I was overpaying for sub-par experiences (or simply expecting too much from bluetooth on/over-ear headphones), and that I might not be able to find the combination of punchy and balanced sound, adequate volume, and comfort that I was looking for. Then I saw the E55BTs announced at CES for the super-affordable price (comparatively to the competition) of $150, and I waited around until they were available for purchase. I was nervous since there weren’t many reviews out and they oddly weren’t available at any local retailers, but decided to take the risk and order them anyway. I ultimately ordered them from Crutchfield because of the awesome shipping options and pricing, and I am so glad I did! They tick every single box I was looking for with the small exception being I wish the build quality was a bit better. Like I said, it’s not to say that it’s bad or that they don’t seem durable. It’s just not as premium feeling in the hand as the other pairs I mentioned. I do love the two-tone blue colors on these, and overall I find them stylish, fun, and comfortable.
The 50mm drivers and superb tuning JBL has packed into the E55BTs is so good for the price, that I am just stunned. I threw every genre that I listen to at these (rock, pop, rap, EDM, dance, metal, jazz, acoustic/unplugged, classical), and they performed excellent in every single one of them. These things have volume for days, and didn’t distort at higher levels. Highs/mids soared and pushed the vocals/instruments where they needed to be without sounding harsh, and the lows thumped hard where they should without muddying the mids or being overbearing. I also found the soundstage quite nice and felt a good amount of separation between the instrumentation and vocals. I honestly don’t think there’s a better wireless on/over-ear headphone out there for me at $150 or even twice that. If you’re in a similar boat to what I was, get these. They are hands down the best sounding headphones for the money in my opinion.
Thank you JBL!
I've never been able to use earbuds. Basically any in-ear type headsets cause pain. I picked up some around the back of the head On-Ear type of headphones but after about 30 minutes, I wanted to throw the things away. They constantly pull on the ears and the over the ear parts are too thick to sit comfortably between head and ear. Things start aching in about 20 minutes. So I bailed on the idea of small travel headphones and went shopping for something that I could wear around my neck while navigating airports. They needed to fold flat on my chest so they are out of the way as well as fit in suitcases and all when needed to be packed away.
The JBL E55BT fit the bill as far as the ergonomics of sitting on the neck and folding flat. They have a clean design that many others lack yet these fold in two axis so no functionality is lost. I prefer the circumaural earpieces that go around the ear as they are more comfortable (to me) and block out more ambient noise (especially good in the air). The E45 model sits on the ear if you prefer.
The build quality of these is better than the under $100 types I was looking at so I am hopeful these will last longer than it seems these bluetooth headphones typically do (judging from reviews). Both the USB and audio cables are of VERY high quality which means they will last with all the wrapping and unwrapping. I love the bright orange charging cable. The audio cable matches the headphone color and has a very nice cloth casing plus one end has slight angle on it. Nice attention to detail.
It's impossible to quickly find and hit the on/off button. That button should feel different but it doesn't. A dab of Hot Glue will fix that.
You can't charge them and use them at the same time. This is a pain in the butt when traveling. I'd want to boost the charge during layovers but couldn't also listen to pass the time. This sucks.
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