I received these today and I must say, I am blown away by the sound, amongst other things.
When I opened the box, I was shocked at the amount of care went into the planning and presentation of these headphones. The box was a nice box, solid, but inside is a beautiful semi hard case that protects these when not in use. In that case is a 3.5mm patch plug to plug these into non-bluetooth devices, and also a bright orange charging cable....orange is synonymous with JBL, cool touch.
The headphones feel VERY solid.....no cheesy feel at all. Solid! And they fold at the ear pieces, and also twist from side to side. I got a serious feeling of solid with these, I cannot mention this enough. They aren't heavy per se, they feel like something that will last and provide decent sound.
Okay, I charged them for a short time and fired them up. The ear foam inside has a big R or L for right or left, a nice touch for people who don't like looking for the little R or L. Also, they have a solid vinyl/leather/etc. that rests against your ears, not foam. That is important to limit outside noises. And it works well in this case, my ears didn't feel hot which is a worry with this type of arrangement. JBL/Harman got this right and that is important as you wear them for hours on end.
Okay, the sound is truly amazing - not just amazing, crazy amazing. I have played all kinds of music on these, from Phantom of the Opera, to classical, to old swing, to classic rock. No disappointments from any genre's sound on these. The highs, and lows, are captured very well. And the best part is I feel depth in the music. This is not something to be taken lightly.....the depth provides a sound I've never heard in any headphones before. Wow, I cannot get enough of the sound from these. And I'm a nut about how audio sounds on speakers, headphones, etc.
So, I don't know if there are any better headphones out there, but after trying these, I would not ever need to try to find out because they sound so good. I'm finding myself to be a real headphone person, vs. earbuds or pods.
To be sure I mention any negatives, I'd mention there is no charger with these.....this is typical these days so I'm not disappointed, but wanted to be sure this is mentioned.
Also, one small problem I found was on one of the earpieces, there is a pivot and a snap...but one of them would not snap properly. Upon close examination, I saw there were 4 screws, 2 on each ear piece, and one of those screws wasn't tightened down. I tightened it down and it was perfect, both sides working fine. Just saying this so you don't force it if you find it is this way for anyone. They are small Phillips head screws, very small.
Would I recommend these to my best friend? Yes, and without any reservations. These are by far the nicest headphones I've ever tried and have to say I will be enjoying these for some time to come!