Friday, March 21, 2014

JBL J55 On-Ear Headphone Review

After reviewing the JBL J33i in-ear headphones, we now move over to the the more “professional” model the JBL J55. The J55 boasts premium drivers that generate clarity and extended bass as well as a bold details like brush stainless steel accents and top-notch finish.

JBL J55 Specs

  • Type: On-ear style
  • Premium driver: 1-5/8-inch (40mm)
  • Frequency response: 10Hz – 24kHz
  • Impedance: 32O
  • Flat-elastomer cable: 4' 3-3/16" (1.3M), single-side, detachable
  • Plug: 1/8" (3.5mm) gold plated

Hardware and Sound

I noticed that the review unit that was sent to me had some part of the ear foam fraying. I’m not sure if this was a factory defect or just the fact that they’ve been sending out this specific item for review to a number of people already hence speeding the usual wear and tear.

Besides the build quality, what’s equality important is the sound coming from it.

With the weeks I had to try out the J55, I was able to use it while listening to music, watching movies and the occasional YouTube viewing. I did like the clear and loud bass that the JBL J55 delivered. On some occasion, the bass would be quite dominant and drown the highs, specially when it comes to speech but on average, it really performed well, specially on music listening.

The JBL J55 uses soft leather ear cushions that is a pleasant to wear. It does block ample noise but it does sometimes get stuffy when used for a long time (at least that was what I experienced) The ear cups also rotate at 180 degrees so you can listen on one ear and then use the other for like – hearing other things :)

The flat detachable cable made tangling a thing of the past though personally I still would have preferred a braided cord as I feel flat cords droops ‘weirdly’ around me when I’m using it. Luckily the J55 sports a gold-plated jack that minimizes corrosion so that’s nice.

Along with the headphone, the box came with a 1.3m single-side detachable, flat elastomer cable, manual and padded carry pouch. It’s material is similar to those neoprene laptop sleeves. A very nice additional protection for those who frequently travels with their music player and headphones.

I personally don’t buy high-end headphones since I’m not their target market - but if I can and I’m in the market for one, the J55 is a good option to choose from. JBL has been in the sound business for the longest time and I’ve had a few JBL products that have exceeded expectations and average lifespan.

The JBL J55 retails for Php4,290 and is available at JBL showrooms below:

JBL Digital Dreams (SM North Edsa Annex 4th Floor, beside Samsung)
JBL Acoustical Space (SM Megamall Building B 4th Floor, Cyberzone Area)
JBL Sound Gallery (Bonifacio High Street B3, between Fridays and Happy Lemon)

Thanks to Beyond Innovation for this review unit.

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