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Product: JBL Everest Elite 700 ANC
Type: Closed Circumaural Headphones
Preferred Use: Portable
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
JBL Everest Elite 700, Product Overview
JBL just recently launched a brand-new pair of premium Bluetooth headphones, the Everest Elite 700, and it seems they got a nice little winner with this one. I got to test these for a few days, so I’ll share my impressions with you.
The Everest Elite 700s are available in black or white and they look gorgeous with a matte finish. Being an over-ear headphone, the earpads are bit small to fit most ears. I did a measuring and I measured about 38mm across and 58mm high. For me personally, it was not a big problem. The padding on the earcups is very big and amazingly comfortable, even if you wear glasses.
The headband is of course adjustable and provides a rubberized cushioning underneath. Not much padding though, but I did not feel any discomfort. The headband itself has the same matte finish as the rest of the headphones. The whole headphone, including the pads, have this premium matte look, which is something I really like about the Elite 700’s.
For extra portability, the cups fold in nicely and don’t take up much space.
Although the Everest Elite 700s are Bluetooth headphones, JBL still provides a cable, which is cool since you can also use these wired. A full charge of the battery will give you approx 15 hours with noise cancelling active. And 25 hours if you use the cable and noise cancelling active. After that, you can still use the headphones with the cable, but without noise cancelling.
The JBL Everest Elite 700 has a lot of nice features!
On Ear Controls
Using the controls on both earcups, you can control your music and phone calls. On the left earcup, there’s an up & down button to control the volume and between those a button to mute the sound. These buttons also function as a way to control your tracks. On the right earcup, you have a button to switch on/off the headphones and the noise cancelling feature. Cool thing, the headphones will automatically switch off when not in use to conserve power!
This is the Active Noise Cancelling tech that’s being used in the Elite 700. Cool thing is that you can actually control the ANC level. JBL calls this “Awareness”. There are three levels of Awareness, Low, Medium and High. The higher the setting the higher the awareness level and the less noise cancelling is used. If you want the strongest active noise cancelling, then set Awareness to OFF. Something to mention is that the ANC does cause an annoying hiss sound in the background. At first I did not notice it, but when I turned off and on the ANC the hiss was definitely hearable on low volumes.
The ANC is definitely not on par with the Bose QuietComfort 25!
My JBL Headphones App
JBL offers an app which you can use to control a lot of stuff on your headphones. Settings, preferences and even EQ settings can be controlled from your smartphone. About the EQ settings, you can choose from a couple of presets and even create your own custom ones.
TruNoteTM Auto Sound Calibration
Via the app you can start the so-called TruNote Auto Calibration. This will “tune” the headphones when you’re wearing them, Maybe it’s just me, but I could not hear any difference in sound.
The Elite 700 comes with JBL’s “Legendary Pro Audio Sound” according to the box. I’m not sure what to make from that since it sounds more like a marketing thing than anything else. But I have to admit these cans actually sound pretty nice. I did however notice a slight lack of detail with the noise cancelling on
They’re not neutral headphones. By default, the bass has an actually good weight to it and there’s an EQ Prefix called “Bass” if you actually desire to take it to the next level.
Very fun headphones to listen to and, even more amazing with action movies. It was a very immersing experience watching “The Rock” with these headphones. One of my all time favourite Jerry Bruckheimer flicks! Nonetheless, unless you are an audiophile, these headphones are a pleasure with any kind of music genre.
Please keep in mind these are closed headphones and therefore do not expect a very wide soundstage. I would not recommend them for critical listening. But for casual fun listening and movies, they are highly recommended.
They’re available at a list price of $299.95 which is okay in my opinion, considering they’re Bluetooth ANC headphones.
A very stylish and premium looking headphone with a lot of useful features. The active noise cancellation does a great job and the ability to control the amount of awareness to your surroundings is a nice and useful touch! Too bad about that hiss on low volumes though…
Sound quality wise these are fun to listen to, but if you want to do critical listening, you should probably look somewhere else. If you like that typical JBL sound, then I advise you to try these out!
Comfort & Design
Active Noise Cancellation
A great fun Bluetooth headphone with a lot of features to play with!