We LOVE Quiet!
A Review of the JBL EVEREST ELITE NC750 Bluetooth Headphones
By Anthony Sabatini and Alison Blackman
This is a review of the JBL EVEREST™ ELITE 750NC Wireless Over-ear NC (Noise Canceling) headphones we initially demo-d at CE Week in NYC and loved!
In the past, we have been faced with the following dilemma: When traveling in a noisy environment (e.g. an airplane) we have to use big over the ear headphones which still let through the rumble of the jet or the noise of crying babies and loud passengers, or we had to use noise-canceling headphones and suffer from inferior sound reproduction.
But JBL in the Everest Elite 750NC Wireless Over-ear NC headphones (srp. $299.95) has solved this dilemma by producing an excellent headphone which is also noise canceling.
The Sound of Quiet, Comfortably
Unlike even other noise canceling headsets, this one allows you to choose the type of noise cancellation you want (either repetitive noise such as a jet engine, and still talk comfortably., or total isolation which cancels not only repetitive noise but also transient aggravating noise such as babies crying or loud people).
Or choose the total isolation mode which cancels not only repetitive noise but also transient aggravating noise such as babies crying or loud people).
No headphone is really comfortable if you’re wearing it for hours on end, but these are nicely constructed and well padded on the earcups and even on the headband, for maximum long wear and comfort. Our review sample was steel blue, a nice change from utilitarian black. Other colors are available.
In addition, while most headphones are sized only for men, these headphones adjust to fit all adult head sizes, even those of a smaller woman or young adult.
As regular audiophile headphone, this comes out with high marks being very pleasant to listen to and very comfortable to wear.
The midranges are reproduced without coloration and the transience like drones produced very well. Like most
Like most headphones in this price category, the high end of the cymbals and the very lowest of the bass has been suppressed due to limitations in construction and materials. After listening to several hours to
But after listening to several hours to high-quality audio material (e.g. “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, Everlast, and other well-produced songs) the headphones did not lose their charm nor become annoying.
We feel that sometimes the expectations of “tech” reviewers are sometimes unrealistic when it comes to what a consumer-priced item can do.
However, we apply the same critical standards to every item. *Read all about how advicesisters.com tests and reviews audio equipment
Unique Control Configuration
As far as controls, they are all there but in a different configuration than one might expect. The on/off is a slide switch, the up and down volume surrounds the next track
The on/off is a slide switch. The up and down volume surrounds the next track button, which, unfortunately, makes it easy to skip to the next track when adjusting the volume.
On the other side of the charging port are the controls for the type of noise cancellation so you can easily set either total cancellation or just rhythmic cancellation (e.g. jet noise).
The rated charge life will get you through any non-stop flight in the world (but at 15 hours –recharge in 3 hours– you’re not going to make it to places like Australia and South Africa without taking a pocket charger as well). *check with your airline for connecting to the airplane’s audio system.
An optional audio cord is supplied if you prefer it, or your device doesn’t have Bluetooth.
The semi-hard-sided travel case is nicely designed, with a slim design that won’t take up too much room in your carry on.
The cords are neatly housed in a velcro-d “egg-shaped” pouch inside the case.
Update your headphones over the air. There are also pre-sets that help you adjust the sound through a JBL APP. There are additional noise canceling settings in the app. That’s nice, too.
We really found only one downside. You may not hear what’s going on outside of your own cocooned world, but if we were situated close to someone wearing the headphones we could hear what was being played.
If you are in close quarters (e.g. in an airplane seat next to strangers) you might need to keep the volume fairly low so as not to annoy someone sitting next to you.
After hearing them at CE week and requesting an editorial sample, we’re delighted to say that overall, we like the look, features, and capabilities of these headphones.
The Bottom Line:
If you travel and want quiet along with decent audio, you can’t go wrong with the JBL Everest Elite Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headphones 750NC Wireless Over-ear NC headphones.
The JBL Everest Elite Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headphones can be purchased $299.95 (SRP.) in a variety of places. We suggest you visit the JBL Website for more information