Friday, December 13, 2019
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JBL E50 BT Review: Awesome Audio That Goes On and On

JBL E50 BT

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.

E50 BT

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

Band

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.

Swivel Hinges

The controls are located on the left cup, including the Bluetooth pairing button.

Controls

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.

Folded Up

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.

Features

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.

Sound Quality

Front

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?

E50 BT with Box

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
  • Weight: .3kg

About The Author

Back when I started MobileTechPinoy in 2012, phablets weren't a thing yet. I enjoyed the stares I got from iPhone owners whenever I whipped out my Samsung Galaxy Note at the time. I'm much more budget-conscious these days though and am perfectly fine with using phones from any of our locally brands.

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