New JBL headphones and buds feature ergonomic twists, wireless options

Posted on June 25, 2014 

JBL has launched six new sets of headphones and ear buds with an alluring fusion of performance, design and ergonomics.

I'm still in the middle of compiling notes for my wireless speaker roundup, but my experience with JBL's Flip 2 and Clip has me eager to try out their headphones.

There are three new in-ear sets in the lineup.

The JBL Synchros E10 in-ear headphones have 8 mm drivers, and angled ear-tubes for a better fit. There is a one-button inline remote/microphone compatible with either Android or iOS. They come with three sizes of silicone ear-tips and an MSRP of $39.95.

The sweat-proof JBL Reflect are geared toward workouts. They have an interesting looking ear tip with an appendage designed to better secure them in your ears. The cable is reflective to aid low-light visibility, and the buds magnetically clasp together while around your neck or stowed away. These have a 3-button inline remote/microphone and carry an MSRP of $59.95.

The $99.95 wireless Reflect BT are a Bluetooth 3.0 iteration of JBL’s sporty ear buds. They also feature the secure fitting tips, reflective cable, 3-button inline remote/microphone and magnetic features. Also sweat-proof the Reflect BT have up to five hours of listening on a full charge. The cable length can be adjusted with a sliding clasp.

The other three new headphones from JBL fit on or over the ear.

The wireless JBL Synchros E50BT wrap around the ears. Fifty millimeter drivers help deliver a 10 Hz to 24 kHz frequency range. With "Integrated ShareMe," listeners can stream and share music with other JBL ShareMe enabled headphones. The $149.95 E50BT have single-button hands-free calling, and provide up to 18 hours of listening time. An audio cable is included for wired listening.

Next up are JBL’s Synchros Bluetooth E40BT on-ear headphones with 40 mm drivers. These $99.95 headphones offer up to 16 hours play time, but also include an audio cable.

Finally, that brings us to the $49.95 JBL Synchros E30 on-ear headphones packing 30 mm drivers and have an OS-agnostic remote/microphone cable.

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