Review: JBL Reflect Contour

As if glued stuck

Even an avid athlete will have trouble ripping the JBL out of the ears.

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JBL Reflect Contour
We think
The fit is wonderfully well, if one likes the hoop around the ear. Price and battery life are also approved.
The remote control of the wire is a little big and complicated. The sound could do well with a little more bottom and bass.
Specs
  • Dual Lock
  • Bluetooth
  • Wired remote control
  • Sweat resistant (IPX5)
  • Weight: 20 grams
  • Battery: 5 hours
  • Price: –
  • Website: jbl.com
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JBL has shown up ringside with Reflect Contour that has gone all out on the fit, which is also particularly good. They call it “Dual Lock Technology”, resulting in headphones that hardly move, no matter how hard you pull the cable that connects the two earbuds. The reason for this can be found in the double hoops on each side, which sit both inside and outside the ear. JBL should be praised for this as it is one of the most important qualities for fitness earbuds. Thus, JBL is also more suited for intense sports, and not just running. The battery life is set for eight hours, which they lived up to nicely.

The sound is a little flat

In terms of sound, the JBL Reflect Contour does not stand out. It’s clear and good, but there is not much bass, which makes them seem a touch flat. However, wanting a lot of bass when training is a matter of taste, and does not tarnish this assessment. Nevertheless, the built-in remote control detracts slightly. It feels heavy on the chord and therefore smacks against the neck when running. At the same time, having configured the centre button to make and take calls instead of the default function of jumping back and forth in the music, confused me quite a bit in the beginning. No, I did not read the instruction manual.

Conclusion

JBL is one of the well-known players in headphone tests, and they have always performed quite brilliantly. The sound quality is fine, without being flashy, and the battery life is good. Where Reflect Contour really stands out is in the fit. They just don’t want to come out, no matter how hard you tug on the cord, which is a huge plus, and if there had been more bass and the remote control was lighter, the product would have earned top marks.

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Bose SoundSport Pulse

Well playing lumps

Bose provides good sound, but disappoints regarding the battery life.

Bose is known for good sound quality and does not disappoint in this aspect. The silicone earbuds are comfortable and fits snugly in the ear.
They are just too heavy, and they have a tendency to fall out of the ears. The heart rate monitor empties the battery too quickly.

Panasonic Wings RP-BTS50E

Panasonic gives you wings

It's the inside that counts, and Panasonic is certainly not as stupid as it looks.

Panasonic’s headphones play well, and feel comfortable to wear.
The design is somewhat untraditional to put it diplomatically. The remote control on the cord is too cheap and the buttons are hard to press.

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium

Sound in the skull

Trekz Titanium does not enter the ear, but instead pumps sound in through the cheekbones.

The Titanium hoop sits as if glued to the head. Because the ears are free, one can still hear everything that is going on around one.
As expected, the sound is not outrageously deep or high. Its use is somewhat limited.

Jaybird Freedom F5

Expected more

Poor fit and flat sound in Jaybird is disappointing.

The design is pretty, and the app that comes along with it is good. When you find the right earbuds, they fit well.
The sound may be a touch flat. The solution with the detachable battery pack works poorly and makes the remote control way too heavy.

Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition

Plenty of bass

Jabra’s earbuds stay where they are meant to be, and play both loud and deep.

Jabra delivers outstanding fit and excellent sound with plenty of bass. The heart rate monitor is also very good – especially at this price.
The heavy bass effects the treble. The tight fit in the ear can feel a little too insulating.

Monster iSport Victory

These play really well

One shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

The Monster offers surprisingly good sound, packaging taken into account. Moreover, the price is at the lower end.
If one has to say anything negative, it must be the design, which is perhaps not be the prettiest.

Plantronics Backbeat Fit

Fine Bluetooth hoop

Backbeat Fit is comfortable to wear and plays well.

The headset is comfortable to wear and plays well. It's an advantage that it doesn't sit too tightly in the ear so you can still hear the traffic.
It's annoying that Plantronics has taken away the armband for the mobile phone in favour of new colours and reflectors.
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