JBL has been around for what seems forever. Primarily known for their loudspeakers, we have suddenly seen a sharp interest in headphones with the release of quite a few models over the past 12 months. Now it’s time to hear what the JBL E55BT headphones have to offer…
The E55BT are exactly what you’d think from the product name, a set of Bluetooth headphones. Not to be confused with the E45BT though as these are the larger, over ear version.
First of all, it’s interesting to see the look and feel JBL have gone for. They’re a bit different to previous versions and seem to be a lot more comfortable than the older J56BT. Fitting nicely around the ear and weighing only 232 grams, the E55BT don’t feel heavy and unwanted. The last thing you want is for a headphone to be constantly nagging you with comfort issues whilst you’re trying to listen to your favourite tunes.
Included in the box is your standard mini USB charging cable. I say standard but once you charge these up fully, you get whopping 18 hours of battery life from them. Really handy if you’re going away for a weekend or on a long journey. There’s your standard 3.5mm headphone connection so if you do run out of battery, you can use this as a backup. JBL has also introduced something called “ShareMe”. What it basically means is that if you have another “ShareMe” enabled headphone nearby, you can stream your music from one headphone to the other. All done with a simple touch of the ear cup. A really neat little feature. Add in the fact that you can take a phone call with a touch of the button and the E55BT really are a feature laden beast.
So it’s become quite evident that the E55BT headphones have quite a bit going on and can do more than just your average headphone, but do they sound any better than your average headphone? Let’s find out.
Driven by a pair of 50mm drivers, I expect there to be quite a bit of bass and it’s safe to say, I’m not mistaken. Although there’s plenty of bass to get your head in to, it doesn’t overpower the rest of the music. Playing a bit of “Mr Brightside” by The Killers and the track is handled superbly. The Bluetooth connection works without any hiccups for seamless audio playback. This high octane classic hit really pushes the JBL’s to their limit and nothing seems too much trouble. Vocals are clear and distinct without being harsh and I tap my feet away quite clearly enjoying one of the soundtracks of yesteryear.
One track I’ve always liked is “The River Flows In You” by Yiruma. A bit different from my usual listening habits so let’s give this a go.
Its slow, emotional piano chords effortlessly flow along through the E55s and nothing seems to be out of place. I’m only listening through Spotify so it’s not the greatest quality in the world for a piece of classical music but I’m impressed. Even when it hit the octave on the piano, there doesn’t seem to be any harshness and it’s a nice relaxing sound that I’m more than happy with.
The JBL E55BT really do handle everything you can throw at them. With this sound quality and numerous features, there really is a lot to like. Want to hear for yourself then feel free to pop into your local Richer Sounds for a demo.
Author: Bradley, Plymouth store