Top positive review
Good sound, affordable price - Value for money
Reviewed in India on 15 January 2019
Lots of request floating in @ What the WATT - Reviews for reviewing this entry level headphones from JBL. We got this headphones from a colleague and thought its time to post a detailed review after a week of constant usage.
We tried plenty of entry level cheap headphones, time and again realizing one thing - "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low prices are forgotten"
Summary of review
1. Specifications – Mic and 1-button remote
2. Reasons to buy
a. Great fit and multiple right sleeves for that perfect bass response
b. Amazing bass
3. Reasons not to buy
a. Many options available if one can up the budget by 100 Rupees by JBL and other brands
Packaging - The one startling thing you notice when receiving this product from amazon is what lies beneath that packaging of Amazon is a great package of JBL and JBL has not compromised on their values to provide great packaging and great sound. When you compare the same with Mi or boat its pretty evident that there is a significant compromise on the packaging in order to probably provide a good product, but the compromise in other product department is also clear when one starts discovering other aspects of say MI and boat (Rating 5/5)
Design/Comfort – When choice is of great sound - its also for great aesthetics, you probably don’t want to carry an awful product in your ear/body and only enjoy great music, isn’t it ! JBL does not disappoint in design even at this entry level wired headphone. The wire is long (sometimes feels too long) but after a use of 2-3 days we find it quite manageable. The twin cable is back but JBL has some special engineering design for this good old twin cable – “High fidelity twin cable” (rating 3.5/5)
Sound – In a nutshell the audio is crisp and loud. This time I believe JBL got the voice of customer and packed a great sound in great price. The beauty of these headphones is you don’t have to screw those in your ear. One of the sleeve will fit perfectly to an Indian ear and that matters for experiencing the bass properly, a bad fit will certainly be not delivering experience of good bass. The shape of the headphone tube/canal is rightly angled – honestly we have not seen such a good design, it’s a little way from typical JBL design but we welcome that change which reflects in sound positively. Low frequency – 5/5, Mid/High Frequency – 4.5/5 – Voice clarity – 4/5. Over all sound is a go from our side and we give these headphones 4.5/5 rating
Durability – We ran an exhaustive test on these headphones especially on the electrical joints/abused them and these held on to the connections really long. Infact lifted a 2KG load with the cables to test strength and they did not break at all – A specially designed test in our labs
Call quality - Noise cancellation microphone is indeed a treat to the ears while on call and a one button remote is certainly value for money at the price. We give it 5/5 for the microphone and call quality. Remote is of great usage, smart one button remote in same microphone housing - wonderful (Single press - Mute/start music, Double click - Next song)
Overall rating – If you are looking for a budget good sounding product and value the brand you get associated with – JBL C50HI is for you. We rate these 4/5 and not many entry level headphones get past 3.5 rating from our test lab and reviewers. So go for these headphones (pick any color from 3 available).
Used it for almost 3 months now - Updating rating to 5/5 - Amazing durability