JBL Everest Elite 700 offers you noise cancellation and freedom from wires

The JBL Everest Elite 700 Bluetooth headphones is one of JBL’s top of the line pairs of headphones. They offer wireless or wired connectivity along with active noise cancellation, but are they worth your hard earned dollar?

Included in the box with the Everest Elite 700 comes a carrying case, USB charging cable, 3.5mm to 2.5mm cable, and paperwork. The cable choice was a little odd to me, I wish they used a more standard 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable instead of the 2.5mm, but regardless, having the option to use them wired is a fantastic feature and one I always look for. To make them more portable, the Everest Elite 700 fold up to fit in the included carrying case.



Design

The JBL Everest Elite 700 offers a simple and modern look. When it comes to headphone design there isn’t much you can do to be original without sacrificing comfort. The Everest Elite 700 are a little on the hefty side, but feel solid and well made. Some creaking and cracking can be heard as you flex and bend them but there is no damage. They always snap right back and it feels like they can stand up to some decent abuse.

The headband is adjustable allowing you to easily fit it to your head and ears. The ear cups are soft and very comfortable over your ears. Making them perfect for extended listening sessions. Your ears tend to get a little warm after awhile but that’s the nature of closed back headphones. Beyond that the cushion is soft and they fit over my ears just perfectly.

My only issue with the comfort was the headband. After 60 minutes in the pressure on the top of my head became uncomfortable. I found myself readjusting them trying to move the headband to different places to lessen the discomfort. If JBL had included more padding on the underside or they were lighter this would have helped tremendously.

The Everest Elite 700 offer buttons on both the right and left ear cups. On the right, the power button is on the top with the TruNote button on the bottom. Meanwhile, the micro USB charging port is on the right ear cup. Three buttons on the left control the volume, allowing you to turn the volume up, down, or mute it entirely. Unfortunately, a glaring omission is the ability to skip tracks using the buttons. I also found the buttons too easy to press when putting the headphones on, taking them off, or just adjusting them. Another minor complaint is the fact that the cable only offers a play/pause button.

Sound Quality

The Everest Elite 700 have a bright and punchy sound. I think they would be great for rock, pop, or hip-hop. Instruments do have the tendency to overlap each other some during songs. The bass adds a nice thud and the highs aren’t overpowering to a point to become piercing. Overall they have a really nice sound to them and it can be refined even more using the EQ app.

Noise Cancellation

Between the over the ear design and NXTGen Active Noise Canceling technology the JBL Everest Elite 700 helps you focus on your music. With noise cancellation turned on it definitely helps with cutting out some ambient sounds around you. You cannot expect it to drown out all sounds but it does a decent job at cutting the noise so you can enjoy your music. This mix of passive and active noise cancellation is very helpful, especially once you start to crank up your favorite tunes.

App

The app has a nice simple design making it easy to use. It allows you to enable/disable noise cancellation as well as control the level of noise cancellation. This is a fantastic feature not offered by most. It really comes in handy in situations where you want to enjoy your music but not be completely unaware of your surroundings.

The app also offers a feature called TruNote that is supposed to improve the audio quality by taking measurements of your ear. After trying this I honestly couldn’t tell any difference in the sound of the audio. I’m sure it’s doing something, but don’t expect to be blown away by the difference.

There is also access to EQ settings for the headphones within the app. It offers you a few presets as well as custom controls. It’s important to note that changes aren’t made immediately while adjusting the EQ. Results won’t be applied until after your adjustments are saved. Another small helpful feature is the battery meter. Thanks to this you will always know when it is time to charge them up.

Distance

Distance is on par with the majority of Bluetooth devices I have tested. The JBL Everest Elite 700 gives you a nice 20ft. working distance but the closer you get to 30ft. the more unreliable it becomes. This is true for most devices I’ve used and about what I’ve come to expect.

Battery

The battery is rated for 15 hours on Bluetooth with active noise cancellation turned on. The majority of the time I used them I had noise cancellation turned off so I was seeing even better endurance. These would be fantastic for flights or long road trips. What makes the JBL Everest Elite 700 even better is the wired option. Even if you do forget to charge them you won’t be stuck without your music thanks to this.

Final Thoughts

The JBL Everest Elite 700 are a bit bulky and heavy and that leads them to being uncomfortable for long listening sessions, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a good product, though. They offer good sound quality, noise cancellation, long battery life, and a convenient wired option. These tick almost all the boxes in a pair of great headphones. If they had been a little lighter then they would have been fantastic. One benefit to the heavy weight, is they feel like they can stand up to a beating which is always a bonus for an item you’re going to be traveling with.

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