updated 03:55 pm EDT, Thu June 26, 2014
Two sport models, four E-Series models offer large range of consumer options
Announcing a total of six units yesterday, JBL is bringing out new entries in the Synchros lines of in-ear, on-ear and around-ear headphones. With two Sports models and four E-Series models, consumers are offered a number of options to fit their specific needs. The new Reflect Sports headphones offer users flexibility with a wired or Bluetooth option. JBL's new E-Series units offer small in-ear units to large around-ear headphones to fit nearly any situation.
JBL's two new Synchros Reflect models are marketed to users that require some music while they are exercising. The Synchros Reflect in-ear model features a traditional cord, but adds style and functionality to it by coloring the cord to match the unit and making it reflective for low-light situations, as well as offering a secure fit with Freebit ergonomic ear tips. Each earpiece includes a magnet that allows the two of them to snap together when not in use. The Reflect is available for iPhone and universal connections, featuring a sweat-proof control unit for volume, track control and phone calls. Pricing starts at an MSRP of $60.
For those that wish to cut some of the cord, the Synchros Reflect is available in a Bluetooth model as well. The Reflect BT headphones offer five hours of battery life, with 8.5mm drivers for appropriate bass. The BT models features the same Freebit ear tips, reflective cord coloring and built-in magnets. For some adjustability, the Reflect BT has an in-line sliding clasp to for fit and position of the control unit. MSRP of the Reflect BT is slightly more than the corded version, at $100.
For those not looking for a sports-oriented pair of headphones, JBL has more options in the E-Series. The lowest-priced model, at an MSRP of $40, is another set of in-ear headphones called the Synchros E10. The unit features 8mm drivers with JBL's Signature Sound with PureBass performance. The lightweight in-ear model has a one-button in-line remote.
The E30 on-ear headphones offer a little bump in the power department, making use of 30mm drivers and JBL PureBass performance. JBL states that they offer a "broad frequency response and distortion-free bass you can feel." The headphones have a swiveling hinge for better movement. It features a detachable cable, with an in-line remote and microphone. Cost for the E30s is $80.
If the E30s aren't powerful enough and Bluetooth is important, than the Synchros E40BT may be a better choice. Bumping the drivers to 40mm, the unit features the same JBL sound with PureBass performance. The on-ear headphones feature a frequency response of 10Hz to 24kHz to give them a wide range of sound. Battery life is said to last for 16 hours uninterrupted. JBL's ShareMe technology is included in the headphones, allowing users to share content with other ShareMe-enabled units with a touch of the ear cups. The E40s also offer an earcup-based microphone, swivel hinges, leatherette ear cups, and an ergonomically designed headband for $100.
The title of the biggest of the new E-Series entries goes to the Synchros E50BTs. Using Bluetooth to deliver sound for an uninterrupted 18 hours, the headphones can also pair seamlessly to two devices, thanks to multipoint connectivity. JBL raises the drivers to 50mm, the largest size of all the new units. The E50BTs use the same PureBass performance and ShareMe technologies found in other JBL headphones. Frequency response is kept at the same parameters as the E40BTs. An ergonomic headband, swiveling hinges, leatherette ear cups and an auxiliary cable are included at an MSRP of $150.
All of the new units are currently listed at the JBL website, with only the Synchros E30s, Reflect BT and Reflect for the iPhone available now. All other units are expected to ship in August.