These JBL Everest Elite 700 V700NXTBLK headphones feature NXTGen Active Noise Canceling technology and JBL Pro Audio Sound with 40mm drivers, so you can enjoy rich, enhanced audio for all your favorite music. Bluetooth enables simple wireless syncing.
Posted by: MDB983 from: on
First and foremost, don't buy headphones based on reviews. Sound quality is subjective, take your own music source and go compare headphones in-store. Listen to your favorite Genre/Tracks and allow your ears time to become accustom to the sound with each headset.
My requirement were for good quality wireless headphones. I had initially considered the Sony MDRX950's after reading many factorable reviews. Upon listening, these proved very disappointing, the lower range was over emphasized with poor clarity in the mid and high range. Using the same sound source, I progressed to the Bose Soundlink's and the JBL Elite 700.
The Bose SoundLink's just didn't seem to work for me. Whilst these felt very comfortable to wear, the build felt a little "cheap". From a sound perspective, the soundstage felt confined, leaving you under no misapprehension that you were wearing headphones. They conveyed a definate biased towards the mid and high range, yet lacking clarity and precision. The base response left something to be desired
Moving on to the JBL 700 Elite; These felt more substantial in construction, the ear padding was certainly firmer and whilst heavier than the Bose Soundlink's, didn't feel that way once on. The soundstage was very open, inviting and exhibiting exceptional clarity across the range with a good base response. Turning up the volume, It was easy to become completely immersed in the music and forget I was standing in a Best Buy store, listening to music via Headphones ... I was that impressed.
While the requirement was for wireless headphones, I also tried the Bose QC25's which were certainly far superior to the Soundlinks, exhibiting a much clearer sound with better response across the range. Had the Soundlinks performed in the the same way, I would have been hard pressed to make a decision.
In summary, if you're looking for a wireless headset, the JBL's are hard to beat... but then again, that's my opinion, go try some and decide for yourself.
31 out of 35 found this review helpful.
Hard Choice Between this and QC25
Posted by: chenowitz from: on
I first started off using Noise Cancellation headphones since I do many long trips from the US to Asia. I first started using the QC15 and then upgraded to the QC25 which I currently use. I was looking for something with the bluetooth option, which Bose does not offer.
Then I saw the JBL display in the store and decided to buy them and give them a try.
What a night and day difference from the QC25.
The sound customization that is available by the app along with the ANC is a big difference coming from Bose. The sound was clean and crisp.
I have not been able to test the noise cancellation on an airplane yet, however in a server room it did work very well.
The only drawback is the weight difference between the two sets. The Bose is lighter, but at the end of the day, Im going to stick with the JBL.
17 out of 18 found this review helpful.
End all solution
Posted by: Audiofile2015 from: on
I am an audio junky and a long time fan of Harman products. To me audio quality is the most important thing and these have a very wide response range and are actually very clean sounding for closed back designs. Like the title I chose implies this is the only pair of headphones a person should normally need. I have a pair of open back listening for mixing music and I cant fully retire those but this has everything else. And a tip to the uninitiated the noise canceling is nice for noisy situations but the sound quality is inherently lessened but when you want the full quality it is easy to flip it off and its just astounding. Clean high and deep base. Can play my lossless music extremely well Without that narrow sound you get from the run of the mill headphones. As part of the Harman family they make amazing diaphragms and all around quality is well above the other headphones at this price. I have waited a long time for them to make something like this and I am more than pleased just buy them!
24 out of 30 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Danny from: on
Following in the prestigious heritage of the Everest line from JBL, the Elite 700 sits upon the top of its family of lifestyle consumer headphones. Though not a new type of product, in this day and a age it is still a first from JBL offering a headphone with a well-rounded feature set to ensure these will satisfy your needs in nearly all scenarios.
The packaging is typical of a premium headphone offering that grand appearance once you open the flap to reveal the contents. The Elite 700’s is nicely presented in a cut out. Once removed you can lift the box in which inside is where the zipper carrying pouch is located. This pouch is primarily good for scratch protection, as it does not have any reinforcements to absorb impact damage. Kind of a bummer because when spending this much on headphones you would want a case to truly protect them from everyday mishaps. Beneath the box is the one button standard 3.5 to 2.5mm auxiliary that can allow the Elite 700 to be used passively in case the battery dies. Next up is the micro USB cable to charge and/or sync the Elite 700 to a computer to update the firmware. Lastly, we have the warranty and quick start guide documentation.
The comfort here is excellent for the most part with super plush ear pads that uniquely contour to the back of the ear by raising up slightly. Ear pad diameter opening is also adequate; however, the headband seems to distribute the rather heavier than average weight of the Elite 700 to small area on the top of the head causing discomfort after prolonged periods of use.
On the bottom right ear cup you can find the 3.5mm input jack, the micro USB charge and sync port, as well as the built-in microphone. Turn it over and you will find the power button located on the top and the smart button, which can either toggle on and off ANC or the three levels of awareness mode located on the bottom. Moving over to the left ear cup reveals the volume up button, the play/pause, answer/hang-up phone calls and voice assistant button and the volume down button.
The Elite 700 has a companion app, which can be downloaded free from the App store or Google Play store. Functionality is nice and the way to execute is straightforward and intuitive. You can quickly toggle on and off the ANC as well as configure if you want the awareness modes to activate reversing the mics to let you hear what is going on around you. It can be adjusted for ear independently or in a preset category of low, medium or high or off. You can adjust the frequencies in this EQ area by either selecting from a preset or customizing your own. Moving back, you can disable or enable the auto off feature when there is no music playing or voice prompts and configure what the smart button on the Elite 700 will trigger. Lastly, you can activate TruNote, which measures the acoustical space between the eardrum, and the speaker to ensure the response is optimal to minimize any unwanted resonance and distortions
I am just going to get straight to the point and say it. The Elite 700 is as of today my favorite overall headphone and I never expected them to be. I was merely curious from seeing their kiosk in BestBuy and having respect for JBL as a brand to care what these have to offer as well as I figured “hey, I have a 30-day return window, what’s there to lose?” Well, these are the first Bluetooth headphones I have owned that did not make me immediately want to plug them in to hear them at their full potential. The wireless mode alone is simply excellent. The ANC does take a hit to the sound primarily in the sense of space and dynamics and resolution, but it is more than listenable and when in a noisy environment is absolutely heaven. The ANC ability of the Elite 700 is roughly close to the QC25, but not quite there. With ANC off, these sound great. Because these have a companion app to allow adjustments to the tonal balance, I really cannot say how they sound in terms of a frequency response, but in stock, they sound very neutral with a slight tilt to being warm, very slight. I will just describe the characteristics of each frequency and to start it off, the bass is tight, quick and can deliver a healthy amount of sub bass. It does run out of steam and distort when the sub bass is pushed to high levels that my V-MODA Crossfade Wireless can handle with ease, but overall the Elite 700 has a tighter and slightly more textured bass than the Crossfade Wireless. The Elite 700 conveys a midrange that is open, clean, articulated and offers a nice depth to the point where sometimes I truly cannot believe I am using a wireless headphone. No wireless headphones that I have tried has delivered this level of detail and clarity, none. Treble once again is clean and if I had to nitpick, it is not as clean and refined as say my best portables in this regard such as the Bowers & Wilkins P7 or Fidelio L2. For a wireless headphone, this is honestly quite amazing. When the Elite 700 is wired, they improve slightly immediately ranking them up there with the best portables I have heard in terms of resolution and clarity. From the stellar 15-23 hour battery life, to the nicely designed companion app to give me the ability to tune the sound the way I want to hear the music down to what seems like an exceptional design in acoustical engineering has rocketed these unsuspected headphones to the top of my recommendation list.
28 out of 37 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Dave from: on
I'll get right into it.
Sound Isolating (Also know as Passive noise cancelling)
Active Noise Cancelling (ANC)
Ambient Noise - Allows you to hear a bit of background noise, a little, lot, or none at all.
Comfortable - Snug Fit
APP - The JBL my Headphone app has 2.7 rating on App Store...You must be thinking, is this app really that bad? Could they have failed this hard? Well, the answer is yes and no. If you know how to use the app corectly, it is very useful and improves the quality of music tenfold. Jbl doesn't make any of this crystal clear; first off, the app ONLY works for the elites, and I'm told the reflects as well, have only tried the elites with the app. Second, for the app to recognize your headphones they MUST be connected through Bluetooth. Not the aux cable. If you are wanting to utilize the app through a wired pair, then I'm not really sure why you picked up a wireless set of headphones. Also in order to connect through Bluetooth wirelessly, the aux cable cannot be plugged into the headphones. The App is 4.8 stars for me. Improves the quality of music, and people who have given 1 star rating don't understand how to use the app.
CONS: So far, not many. I will, however make you as informed as possible.
The Fit - Headphone comfort varies from person to person, but to me they are very comfortable and snug fit. They do press on your head a bit but I prefer it, better passive noise cancelling against background noise.
Size - They are a bit big, but they do fold up, and they come with a case as well.
When Wired: When the battery is dead, the headphones still work with a wire (included), the App does not work, nor the awesome features of the headset. Sound goes to mediocre. Could be better, but I rarely plug them in because of 18-20 hr. battery life.
Overall, 4.8/5 stars
Hope my review helps you make a decision for the better. Feedback is welcome, and appreciated.
11 out of 12 found this review helpful.
GreatSound and Value at 299.99
Posted by: ryantheoc from: West Linn, OR on
I used my Bose QC20i as my primary noise cancelling headphones for a long time but became frustrated with the in ear style so I decided to pickup an over-the-ear set. It boiled down the offering by Bose, beats and JBL.
I noticed these in the Sunday ad and how they were a "Best Buy Exclusive" so I went down to a store to check it out. They have a really nice display that worked which went a long way. If you have been to stores sometimes this is not the case.
Before I tried them on I did a quick Google search for some details and it came up with all the of marketing splash, it is all words until you try them out in my opinion. What struck me initially trying them on is the seal around the ears. They are very comfortable on the ears and seal very well. After wearing the headset for about an hour it starts to fatigue the top of the head. Looks like they chose to make the ear the comfortable spot which is fine.
The audio sounds great, comparable with the beats in a good way. I am not a fan of the sound of the Bose headphones, they have that Bose sound which is like audio Doritos, always the same consistent sound but never blows you away lol. The NXTGEn Active Noise Cancelling technology is very interesting. Having come from Bose I had very high expectations and I would say that JBL has met those expectations and exceeded them in a few key ways, namely the Ambient Awareness. This feature is cool in that it allows you to hear what is going on around you to a degree based on preference. This would have been perfect for studying with my cohort back in school when you wanted to kill all of the background non-sense but wanted to still be able to hear someone crack a joke or ask an interesting question on a tough problem.
I think one of the coolest parts of this product is the app that you can download. I did not even know about it until I Googled it and it makes all the difference. You can set your own EQ, turn On/Off the Noise Cancel and set the level of the Ambient Aware independently for each each with is great. The hearing in my left ear sucks from driving with the window down all the time so it is nice to customize to each ear.
I attached some pictures of the app. One of the other cool things which I still do not understand how they do it but it is called TruNote. I guess it measures your head and tunes the headphones for it. I really like this feature as I usually am wearing glasses of some kind so this really helps when they are on. I did an A/B comparison with it on and off it the music was especially clear when I used the TruNote calibration.
The built-in mic is okay but it seems like it is too far up on the headset for it to be really legit. It works but I would say that I get better performance from the QC20i hanging dongle thingy.
I would recommend this to anyone looking at a 299.99 price range headset that wants great sound and utility. I cannot stress the utility enough the app really makes this headset very versatile, whether for use in the office to drone out the HVAC that always runs or for general listening in any situation.
14 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Best Overall Bluetooth Headphones
Posted by: Beemish from: Republic, MI on
Extensively tried NC Beats and Bose. Bose had the comfort Beats had the punch. NC Bose lacks bluetooth and once you've had bluetooth convenience you want to keep it. Then tried the JBLs, great sound, good comfort and bluetooth too. Simply the best of all worlds. So glad I tried them before having to settle for one of the others.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Critical management app does not work on Android
Posted by: Daniel from: on
There is no way to manage the features of this headset because the app doesn't work and hasn't been fixed for months. Here's the full story: At the Best Buy store, the JBL rep bragged about all the cool features and technology included, and how you control it via an app on your phone. I purchased the headphones but upon setup I discovered that the App gets stuck with a "Please connect headphones" screen. I tried both bluetooth and wired connections. I cleared app data and uninstalled/reinstalled. Nothing helped. On the App Store there are over 200 1-star reviews dating back months complaining about this same issue. How can JBL leave such a major issue unresolved for months? Without the app you can't turn on noise cancelling or any of the features. JBL, you should do better than that!
9 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Best Headphones I've Owned Thus Far
Posted by: MarkSta1969 from: Weatherford, TX on
Sound quality is to the ear of the listener. What sounds good or bad to someone may not sound the same to someone else. I bought these yesterday and the sound and volume level are great for me. Especially if you use the Apple or Android app to adjust frequencies. I'm far from expert on headphones but I've owned Beats Studio, Bose QC 15, Bose QC 25, Beats Studio Wireless, and Plantronics Backbeat Pro, and to me these top them all in what I require in a headphone. With ANC turned off and the EQ adjusted via the app these have more than enough volume and sound better than all of the headphones I've listed above. As for the ANC (Noise cancelling), Bose beats them but no headphone that I've owned cancels 100% of the noise. I was able to hear voices, fans, lawnmowers, toilet flushes, etc. with both the pairs of Bose headphones I've owned. The ANC on these is about the same as the Backbeat Pros (better than Beats, not as good as Bose). There is a slight hiss (comparable to the Beats and Backbeat Pro) when no music is playing and it does degrade the sound quality a bit but not to the point to say they sound bad. The ANC can be turned off through the app which eliminates the slight hiss and improves the sound quality a bit. So, to me, these are the best I've owned thus far. SUMMARY: Sounds good with all genres of music. (sounds even better with ANC off) ANC is pretty good and adjustable. Minimal sound leakage at high volumes. Comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Good features and easy to control. Can't go wrong with these in my opinion.
10 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Posted by: NewJBLFan from: on
I have had the JBL Everest Elite 700 for a few weeks now. I tried the Bose Soundtrue, Sony XtraBass, and Beats Studio and neither one could compare to the sound quality of the JBLs. The app works well and adds to the overall sound of the headphones. As of right now these are the best I have found available at Best Buy stores.
I listen to a wide variety of music from rap to metal and everything in between. They have sounded great with every genre I have thrown at them. The bass is very clean and crisp not overpowering or drowning. The mids and highs are also excellent. The one problem I find with most headphones is the overall volume being too low. With these I find my comfortable listening level at only 1/2 the total volume instead of at full volume like the Xtra bass and Bose. The Beats were plenty loud but still did not sound as good overall. I purchased the Sony Xtra Bass because they sounded great in the store display but when I got them home it was nothing like in store. On the other hand, the store display does not do these headphones justice. They sound much better than the display units.
(The sound quality does take a hit when you plug them in directly to a device but not enough to take anything away from my rating.)
The range is excellent. I can leave my phone in one room and move around the house from room to room completely with little to no drop off. I have not tested the distance with a clear line of sight but I'm sure it's as advertised. They only pair to one device at a time but I have not had any issues pairing with my iphone or computer.
The passive noise cancelling alone is pretty good due to the thick padding in the ear cup however, this pair of headphones has active noise cancelling which work very well. I can easily drown out the sound of the kids while they play just dance in the same room. This is my first experience with ANC so I really don't have anything to compare them to. I do not get that bluetooth/noise cancelling hum that some have referred to in their reviews.
The JBLs are very comfortable with their large ear cups and soft padding. They take a adjusting to find that perfect fit but once you find it you are good to go. I have done about four hours straight while doing homework and they have been awesome. They don't get hot and do not cause sweating either.
Overall these headphones are a little on the heavy side but that by no means is enough to take away from the comfort and what these headphones can do which is produce awesome sound.