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JBL T205BT Complete Review
22 August 2018
I was looking for a budget friendly wireless earphones similar to apple earpods as those "in-ear" types don't fit my ears properly.
I then came across the JBL Tune 205BT randomly and I did not find any reviews online.
I took the plunge and bought it. Below is my review after using it for a couple of days:
I really love these earpods style earphones as these fit my ears perfectly.
These are light weight and passed my running/jogging tests without any issues.
Since I got these I just wear them around my neck and use it a lot without hurting my ears.
Being a JBL product I had no doubts that the build quality would be top notch.
The cables are solid but the buttons are a bit squishy. I personally prefer clicky tactile buttons.
Since these are not connected to anything physically there is no tension on the wires which are around your ears which I imagine would prolong the life of these earphones.
Please note that the center button is to turn off/on and put the earphones on pairing mode.
The other two buttons are to adjust the volume and you have to hold it for a second or two to skip tracks.
To explain this better I’ll compare this with my previous earphones - Boat Bassheads which is fairly common.
Now, the Boat earphones are the "in-ear" type and these usually provide better bass since they have a better seal and tunnel the sound directly in your ear but when I used them the bass seemed to be seriously lacking.
I had enabled my phone's equalizer and used other software mods (Viper) to improve the sound but still the bass sounded "hollow" like a deep snare drum.
The JBL Tune 205BT is a thousand times better in the bass department as I found it to be really deep and it has that thump (because of the 12.5mm drivers).
I'm really impressed that these earpods sound better than in-ear earphones and are better than Apple’s earpods too. I also used previously a couple of Philips’ earpods style earphones but they too had the hollow bass effect.
I'm currently using the JBL Tune 205BT earphones without any equalizer as I find it to be tuned perfectly out of box. I generally listen to Hip-Hop and these JBL earphones really do it justice especially the 808 kicks.
I was a bit sceptic at first about the sound reading the reviews of the wired version of these earphones online but I guess the people who are complaining about the bass not being good are really conditioned to crank up the bass to the maximum which then overpowers the overall sound spectrum.
**Volume & Noise Cancellation
Since these are Bluetooth earphones the overall volume will be less than the wired ones.
That being said, I found the volume to be enough and then some more.
Don't expect noise cancellation on these because of the earpods style tips but that's great for people who jog/run as you have to pay attention to cars, people shouting etc. but turning up the volume you generally don't hear outside sounds. I tend to keep mine around 70-75% volume.
The sound doesn't distort at maximum volume.
**Connectivity, Range & Calls
The JBL Tune 205BT earphones support Bluetooth 4.0 meaning no aptX or aptxHD codec support but that's okay because the improvements are only apparent when listening to high bitrate music (FLAC).
(I have subscription to Google Play Music which plays music in 256kbps and I have no issues with the quality).
Once these earphones have been paired to your phone, the next time you turn it on it connects in 1-2 seconds.
I did not experience any disconnects or any lags. The range was pretty good, I leave the phone on the charger and move around the house without any interruptions.
When we talk about calls, I didn't find these earphones that good because the microphone rests on your shoulder and I'm not one of those who shouts when talking on the phone but if you have a loud voice then this might work for you.
**Battery Life & Charging time
The charging takes around 1 to 1.5 hours to charge from 0% all the way till 100% and based on my usage (which is a lot) these earphones easily last me a day.
Your mileage might vary.
Added bonus: You get the battery info on the status bar. I'm using OP3T on Oreo.
I thought thousands of times before buying these as I never spent so much for earphones before.
But in retrospect I'm glad I did buy these especially considering what you're getting in return.
If you're on a budget and want earpods style Bluetooth earphones then please buy this.
You won't find anything similar or even close to the sound that you’re getting. I have many JBL products (2 Bluetooth speakers, 1 home theatre system) so I can vouch for the sound.
If you're a Hip-Hop or an EDM head then you can buy this too as these have big drivers which won’t disappoint you if you crank up the bass using software equalizers.
If this is your first pair of Bluetooth earphones then be ready to be pleasantly surprised as these make your lives so much easier and I cannot imagine going back to wired earphones.