I’m not sure if it’s because I am old skool or the fact that I’ve never really given in-ear Bluetooth headphones a chance before, but the time I spent with the JBL Everest 100 Bluetooth headphones was a surprising one, in a good way of course. I have experienced JBL as a company before, reviewing some over-ear cans and speakers before though so I know JBL pull through when it comes to sound quality.

Being in the in-ear fashion, the JBL Everest 100s have two ear buds attached to each other with a cord long enough to fit round the front or back of your neck depending on preference. The Bluetooth aspect is controlled by what is usually the microphone for hands-free calling, though that function is still present and extremely good. The feedback I received from the people I was speaking to over the phone was that my voice was very clear, and only began to crackle when I hit the 10 or so metre away from my phone mark. This distance is the same with audio.

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Inside the box you can find a set of instructions, a USB charging cable and different sized ear buds for your lug holes. I kept the already installed mid-sized buds attached and they were comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of time during my commute to the office, and also while at my desk. They’re comfortable enough to be your daily driver, and even though the buds look a little complex, fitting them inside my ears was a synch. Are they secure? Yes, for walking around, but for your fitness freaks who spend their hours in a gym, I don’t think I could recommend these over a full wrap-around style of earphones.

However, as it’s the 21st Century and people have their phones in their pockets 24/7, this shouldn’t be a problem. Once I was next to my phone, music playback was pretty decent. I ran the headphones through my usual testing of genres and was impressed with what I through at them. Even the bassier tracks were clear at higher volumes. I would have liked to hear a little more come through on the mids and treble frequencies, but by no means was the bass overpowering. The sound was very warm and full, giving you a richness that is uncommon in the in-ear headphone market.

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A fantastic feature which I found was the fact the headphones went back into their stand-by mode if there wasn’t audio flowing through them. This is fantastic and ensures their promised eight-hour battery life stays for eight hours worth of listening. I can confirm that putting these to the test we got just under eight hours at higher volumes.

Yes, the JBL Everest 100 Bluetooth headphones are fantastic, and for around £80, they are a little on the expensive side. But you are promised quality, not just in the build but in the audio department too. You can find more information on JBL’s website.

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