The new Everest JBL headphones are wireless, featuring in-ear, on-ear, and around-ear styles. They combine top-notch audio technology, with wireless connectivity and ergonomics. In this post we’ll be reviewing JBL’s flagship headphones – the Everest 700 Elite model.
Everest 700 Elite JBL headphones price – $299.
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– They can be used passively with the included detachable cable.
– The option to disable noise cancellation, as well as the majority of extra features.
– Loads of awesome app features that let the consumer tailor audio to his or hers liking.
– Noise cancellation isn’t that great, bordering mediocrity.
JBL Headphones Review – The Everest 700 Elite Wireless
The Everest Elite 700 can deliver a powerful and highly customizable Bluetooth audio performance, wrapped around a comfortable design.
Talking about design, the Everest Elite 700 comes in white or black, with the overall look sporting a simple matte finish. The JBL logo is embroidered on each earcup panel, with little to none design gimmicks.
The huge over-the-ear, circumaural earpads do their job to seal off the ear completely, and the sumptuous padding is incredibly comfortable. The padding found underneath the headband is, sadly, not as great, as you will without a doubt feel the pressure on your skull if worn for long periods of time.
However, for the odd gaming session, daily subway commute, these JBL headphones proved to be exceptionally comfortable.
Moving to the left earcup, you’ll find a three-button control pad with two buttons for Volume Down or Up, and a central button that controls track navigation, call management, and playback, depending on how many times it’s pressed.
As a side note, the volume is directly hooked to your mobile device’s master volume levels.
On the right earcup, you’ll find the Smart Button that works in conjunction with the app, which we will go into further detail soon. You can set the Smart Button to automatically balance the Ambient Awareness levels tuned on your current listening environment, or you can set it to be an ON/OFF switch for when you get tired of the noise cancellation feature.
On the right earcup you’ll also find the Power Button.
Pairing is done in a jiffy, and once the mobile device of choice is paired, pressing the Power Button will automatically connect the two. But, if you need to power everything down, you can do so by using the JBL headphones with the supplied audio cable. Plugging the cable will instantaneously disable the Bluetooth connection.
An inline mic is built onto the cable, alongside a single-button remote, which controls track navigation, call management and playback. Like the central multifunctional button located on the left earcup, this too works depending on how many times it’s pressed.
The Elite Everest 700 has its own My JBL Headphones app available for iOS and Android, ensuring a highly customized audio experience. While the interface is clean and to the point, the app’s simplicity knocks us down our feet because it keeps its usefulness without making any sacrifices.
Via the app users can tailor the treble or bass to their liking, as well as turning the noise cancellation feature on or off. If it’s turned on, you can take to the app and customize how much ambient sounds you want to hear by adjusting it to Low, Medium or High.
Another great feature of the app is the TruNote custom equalization setting. If you tap on the TruNote button, it will begin to initiate the calibration process. Measuring your ears contour effects with two internal mics, JBL claims that the app provides a customized filter, which ensures the user that he is always hearing the optimal sound signature according to the shape of his ears.
Yes, this feature can be disabled if you want to, making TruNote essentially a harmless, but massively cool idea. If you don’t like how your sound is altered by it, you can easily disable TruNote by pressing both volume buttons at the same time.
Moving forward to the JBL wireless headphones battery life, the company says that they can last 15 hours on a single charge with noise cancellation and Bluetooth on, and slightly above the 25 hour mark if only the noise cancellation feature is enabled. However, results will depend from person to person, as listening to music, or podcasts varies tremendously.
There are other awesome features that come packed inside these JBL noise cancelling headphones. In the box you’ll find a Quickstart Guide with all of them – it’s basically a nice cheat sheet telling you which control does what.
Yet, my main issue with the Elite Everest 700 wireless headphones is that noise cancellation isn’t as outstanding as I expected it to be. Sure, it’s average, bordering mediocrity, and they are by far one of the most decent headphones in this price range, but the tragic, audible hiss is noticeable when not listening to music. It’s a clear sign of noise cancellation functioning at its most average levels.
Performance-wise, the JBL wireless headphones sound scrumptious, providing meaty bass tones, crunchy mids and the right amount of pitched levels. The headphones are extraordinary with or without the EQ turned on. Yet, if you do want to tailor your audio experience, you can use predetermined presets such as Jazz or Bass, or actually manually tune-up the sound to your very own preferences. Change between the ten adjustable bands to either cut or boost the frequency range.
Blood Orange’s Bad Girls track, which features all kinds of bass goodness, delivers pure, powerful bass content, without drowning the whole song in it. Going to sub-bass, we tested the JBL headphones Everest 700 Elite wireless by having a listen to Mister Lies’ False Astronomy, resulting in a tasteful auditory deep bass experience, without a hint of distortion even when we cranked the volume almost to the max.
Also, setting the listening levels to moderate managed to more than please us.
Punch Brother’s Julep offers loads of high-mid treble, given the track’s main pillars are mandoline, banjo, violin, cello, and other acoustic sounds. It has that sweet edge we audiophiles just die for.
JBL Headphones Verdict
It seems that the JBL Everest Elite 700 headphones are a jack of all trades, noting that the noise cancellation feature is mediocre and decent. For $300 a pop we can just recommend them wholeheartedly as it’s incredibly rare to find something that ouputs this much quality without dropping your wallet on a pair of $1000 plus headphones.