JBL E65BTNC Review: A stylish way to listen to music without all the noise

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The newly released JBL E65BTNC wireless headphones don’t possess a catchy name, but when it comes to headphones the least important attribute is their name. The E65BTNC headphones provide a stylish design and a lot more, so keep reading to find out what they offer.

Design and Comfort

The JBL E65BTNC headphones are mostly made from plastic and feature a fabric headband. I was a little disappointed the headband only offered a minimal amount of padding. However, after wearing them for several days and never feeling any discomfort I found it to be more than acceptable.

In the beginning, the E65BTNC headphones were a little uncomfortable due to the tightness of the headband. After a couple of days of wearing them, they felt fine, meaning my head either got accustomed to them or they stretched out. Either way, after a few days of breaking in they fit snug — but not too tight.

The earcups are angled and use an oblong design with a soft synthetic leather with some comfortable foam padding that goes over your ears. Thanks to this padding and the tight fit, they created a great seal to help block out sounds even without the active noise cancellation enabled. Every once in awhile I would feel the inside of the earcups press against my ears. This didn’t provide much discomfort because my ears don’t stick out far from my head. But, if your ears are a little on the larger side then this is something to be aware of.

The JBL E65BTNC headphones come in black, white, and stone blue. With the headband being fabric, you might want to avoid the white color like I have here because nothing picks up stains worse than white fabric.

Controls and Ports

All of the controls are found near the earcup on the right side, which is perfect for righties like myself. These controls include volume up/down, a play/pause button, Bluetooth button, noise cancellation button, and a slider switch for power. The buttons all function well, but I often mixed up the power slider and play/pause button in the beginning because they both featured a raised bump.

The 2.5mm headphone jack is also found on the right side for when you want to use them wired. It would have been nice if they used the more standard 3.5mm jack but this works fine. The included 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable uses a braided design which is harder to tangle and gives a nice premium feel. Unfortunately, there is only one button on the inline controls that is used to either play or pause with no volume controls.

On the left side is the micro USB charging port. It bothers me that anyone is still using the micro USB port these days. Personally, I’m ready for that old misshapen port to die and to only have USB-C in my life.

Sound Quality

When it comes to headphones, one of the most important aspects is the quality of sound they provide for your music. Fortunately, this is one area the JBL E65BTNC headphones really impressed me. They offered a wide soundstage with deep, booming, rich bass. The highs are still present but not piercing, and the signature JBL sound always left my ears wanting more.

Noise Canceling

It is important to note, that active noise canceling headphones are good at canceling out constant and consistent background noise. They are not the best for random loud sounds and as such you will usually hear these.

I put the JBL E65BTNC headphones up against the sound of a train, an airplane, and the HVAC system. It was successful in canceling all of these out while still supplying great sounding music. Not every pair of noise canceling headphones I’ve tried works well, but I’m happy to say the E65BTNC worked just as they should. Between the ANC processing and the tight seal from the earcups you’ll be able to enjoy your music without all the extra noise.

Bluetooth Range

The range was just as good if not better than most Bluetooth accessories I’ve tested in the past. At a distance of 30ft. or more even with walls in between, they had a solid connection and would only cut out intermittently once past 30ft. This is plenty of range for most people and right on par with other devices, so no problems here.

Battery Life

The JBL E65BTNC headphones use a 610mAh battery that claims to last you up to 24 hours for music playback alone and 15 hours with ANC turned on. I was not able to test for a full 24 hours but I can say that these last a very long time.

I’ve been listening regularly for a week so far I’ve not had to charge them up once. I’ve probably put around 14 hours on them and they are still going strong. If you’re looking for a pair of wireless headphones that can last you the full day then these certainly fit the bill. Even better is that it only takes 2 hours to charge them and they offer a wired connection as a backup.

Final Thoughts

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the JBL E65BTNC except for a stylish looking pair of headphones. After trying them, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the noise cancellation works, how good the sound quality is, and I was blown away by the fantastic battery life. For only $200, the JBL E65BTNC offers you top-notch quality and is quite affordable for a pair of wireless headphones with all of these features.

My only criticisms would be that I wish they came with a case and they were a little tight in the beginning. Besides that, if you’re looking for an affordable pair of wireless headphones with active noise cancellation and great sound, then you’ve found them.

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