Bluetooth headphones area easily one of my favorite accessories and one of the things I like to window shop for when I peruse any gadget store. So when JBL offered to send over the JBL E50 BT for me to try out, I jumped at the chance. And boy, am I happy I did.
Just looking at it, the JBL E50 BT promises to deliver awesome audio through its large 50mm drivers while freeing you up from the hassle of managing a headphone cord. Of course, the it isn’t the only set of Bluetooth headphones on the market. So why pick this one? Read on to find out 🙂
Build Quality and Design
The E50 BT is constructed from a mix of plastic, aluminum, and leatherette. The band has thick padding covered in leatherette so it sits comfortably on the head. It’s flexible and can be expanded or retracted to achieve your desired fit.
This being a circum-aural pair of headphones, the ear cushions are also large and cover the ears entirely. Aiding in achieving comfort is the aluminum swivel hinges that allow you to align the ear pads almost perfectly.
The controls are located on the left cup, including the Bluetooth pairing button.
And should you need to put it away, the JBL E50 BT to be folded up for a more compact fit in your bag or desk drawer.
The JBL E50 BT is a comfortable and great-looking pair of headphones. However, it does leave something to be desired in terms of that premium feel. With its price tag, you would want something that felt a bit more premium, and though lightweight, it doesn’t quite have that premium feel.
Probably my favorite feature of the JBL E50 BT is its stellar battery life. It promises 18 hours of straight listening and even longer if it’s just on standby. From the time I powered it on to the time I put it back in the box after reviewing it, I only charged it once. And just in case it runs out of batteries, it comes with an aux cable so you can continue uninterrupted.
The JBL E50 BT does everything a pair of Bluetooth headphones should, and then some. You can use it to make or answer calls thanks to its built-in microphone located near one of the ear cups. It also comes with a nifty feature that you won’t find on most other Bluetooth headphones. In addition to its wireless capability, its built-in ShareMe technology lets you share the music you’re listening to with another ShareMe-enabled pair of headphones.
The E50 BT is equipped with large 50mm drivers that promise to pump awesome sound into your ears. Audio quality did indeed live up to expectations, although the bass was a bit subdued. Nothing that a little equalizer tweaking can’t solve. With the bass pumped up, the thump was much more noticeable, and the drivers performed admirably well with hardly any noticeable distortion.
So Should You Buy the JBL E50 BT?
When I shop for a pair of Bluetooth headphones, I’m looking for awesome sound with stellar battery life. The JBL E50 BT delivers just that and manages to look pretty good too. However, at Php6,899, it’s pretty pricey, and while audio quality isn’t an issue, the build quality could have felt a bit more premium. Still, it’s not hard to recommend these cans to anyone I know.
JBL E50 BT Specs
- 50mm driver
Dynamic frequency response: 20 – 20kHz
BT frequency range: 2.402 – 2.480GHz
BT transmitter power: <4dBm
BT transmitter modulation: GFSK π/4 DQPSK 8-DPSK
Support BT 3.0, A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.5, HFP v1.6, HSP v1.2
Maximum SPL: 117dB @ 30mW
Rated power input: 30mW
Microphone sensitivity: -42dBV/Pa @ 1kHz
Battery type: Lithium polymer (3.7V, 730mAh)
Music playing time: 18 hours
Talk time: 24 hours
Connections: 3.5mm jack