JBL E55BT Headphones Review
THE VERDICT
The JBL E55BT headphones are a great combination of affordability, comfort, and performance all wrapped up in an attractive package.

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Design8
Value9
Features8
Ease of Use8.5
Sound Quality8
The Good
  • The JBL E55BT headphones are comfortable, affordable and have good sound quality.
The Bad
  • Good but not great bass response. No carrying case.
8.5Overall Score

In the headphone market, there’s a bit of a void. You see, once you hit the $200 mark there’s a variety of really good sounding Bluetooth headphones to choose from. However, there are slim pickings in the $100 – $150 dollar range. That’s where the JBL E55BT headphones come into play. The E55BT phones are all about balance. They’re stylish and comfortable, but not luxurious like some more expensive models. Their audio performance is uniform across the board. They have a smooth mid-range combined with excellent treble and solid bass.

 

JBL E55BT Build Quality

The JBL E55BT headphones come in five stylish color options; black, white, blue, red and teal. The ones that JBL sent us to review was of the black variety. The headband is soft and comfortable thanks to its fabric wrapping. The underbelly of the band is lightly padded to add an extra layer of comfort. Unlike some plasticky headphones, these don’t creak and groan when adjusting them. The E55BTs appear to be fairly durable with the headband surviving my normal twisting and stretching torture test.

 

Solid Set of Features

It’s easy to listen to the JBL E55BTs for hours at a time due to the faux leather, padded ear cups. The right earpiece houses the music control buttons for power, volume, Bluetooth pairing, and play/pause. The left earpiece houses the charge port.

 

I have to give JBL credit. When I first took the headphones out of the box, I thought that the volume and play/pause buttons were too close together. However, the play/pause button is slightly elevated above the volume buttons so you can easily differentiate it just by touch. A built-in microphone is also included for making calls.

JBL E55BT Review

Most of the buttons serve multiple functions. Hitting the play/pause button allows you to answer incoming calls when on the go. Call quality wasn’t great, but it was passable when I used it. Also, holding the volume buttons down for 3 seconds allows you to skip through tracks.

 

JBL includes a detachable fabric cable for wired connections. If you need a carrying case for the headphones you’ll need to supply your own. JBL doesn’t include one in the box. However, the ear cups fold up nicely making the headphones portable enough to carry in a bag or a purse.

JBL E55BT Review

Pairing the headphones with another device is incredibly quick and easy. The JBL E55BT headphones were recognized almost instantly by my iPhone 6 Plus after hitting the Bluetooth button. I was also able to easily pair the headphones with my Apple Watch Series 2 without any hiccups. The Bluetooth signal was mostly strong during use although on one or two occasions I did experience a slight signal drop.

 

JBL says that you can expect to get about 20 hours on a single charge. I never had the headphones run out of juice on me during regular use. In fact, I found that charging them once a week was more than enough to get me through.

 

Sound Quality

These headphones make for easy listening. Overall, they have a very balanced presentation. The headphones do a good job with vocals thanks to their solid mid-range. On Hozier’s “Work Song” his voice was rich, smooth and natural sounding. At times JBL E55BTs teeter on the edge of sounding bright, but they never quite reach that point.

 

Inside the headphones lurk a 55mm driver which does a solid job delivering low frequencies. Bass is punchy, but never muddy or incoherent. Even when increasing the volume to near unsafe levels the E55BT’s bass response stayed consistent.  When compared to the Beats Solos, the JBLs don’t have the same forceful low-end. However, in my opinion, Beats headphones have a tendency to put too much emphasis on bass, sometimes to the detriment of the treble and midrange. I found the JBL E55BT headphones to be more balanced in this regard.

 

The Verdict

I like the sound of the JBL E55BT. At their current price they’re a good value and if you can get them for less I think they become a no-brainer. Compared to more expensive headphones, the JBL E55BT lacks the transparency and finesse that you’ll see in $200+ models. However, in their price range, they’re one of the better headphones on the market.

 


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