JBL Ever­est 100


TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ DAN GAR­DINER ]

FOR A LONG time, it’s been al­most im­pos­si­ble to find a set of wire­less in-ear head­phones that doesn’t in­volve some sort of com­pro­mise — it’s like the old adage that you can ‘pick any two’ out of the three things you ac­tu­ally want. In this case, that trade off is be­tween com­pact­ness, good au­dio qual­ity and bat­tery life.

The Ever­est 100s come about as close to tick­ing all three of those boxes as we’ve found. Phys­i­cally, they’re about medium-sized when it comes to the in-ear Blue­tooth cat­e­gory — there’s no neck­band, mean­ing they can be bun­dled up quite small and eas­ily car­ried in a pocket. De­spite that, they of­fer bat­tery-life that ac­tu­ally ri­vals some of their lower-end neck­band com­peti­tors — at a claimed ‘up to 8 hours’, they’re about dou­ble what most other wire­less in-ear sets de­liver and they recharge via mi­croUSB.

In test­ing, we found that au­dio-qual­ity was gen­er­ally great — de­pend­ing on what you’re look­ing for. These are tuned to be crowd­pleas­ing rather than flat and neu­tral; au­dio­philes might find them a bit too for­ward in the midrange, and they could per­haps be a lit­tle clearer and crisper at the top-end. They cope well with a wide va­ri­ety of mu­sic styles, how­ever; dur­ing our time with them, we lis­tened to clas­si­cal, rock, rap and jazz, as well as nu­mer­ous pod­casts and never found the au­dio want­ing — and it al­ways filled-out nicely, pro­vid­ing a rich and full-bod­ied sound.

More­over, they’re even su­per-com­fort­able in-ear and easy to pop in and out, even if you’re us­ing the op­tional rub­ber hook at­tach­ments that can help keep them a bit more sta­ble (use­ful for when you’re ex­er­cis­ing) — al­though, that said, we never had any prob­lems with them fall­ing out.

In sum, af­ter us­ing these wire­less buds, it’s go­ing to be gen­uinely hard to go back to any other set — and that’s, per­haps, the high­est praise we can give.

JBL EVER­EST 100 $169 au.jbl.com CRIT­I­CAL SPECS 5.8mm driv­ers; 10–22KHz fre­quency re­sponse; 103dB max SPL; Blue­tooth 4.1; built-in mic with echo can­cel­la­tion; three sets of ear tips; three sets of hook tips; built-in Li-ion recharge­able bat­tery;...

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