JBL Reflect Response Sports Headphones Quick Review
Targetted towards those who have an active lifestyle and require devices that could keep up with them, the JBL Reflect Response headphones might be the perfect companion on your next run. Here’s our quick review.
Design and Construction
Having a behind-the-neck sports design, the face of the Reflect Response flaunts a glossy plastic material with the company’s logo placed front and center. The remaining material has a rubbery feel to it and carries a matter finish to deviate from the main piece and give it emphasis.
The main switch is squeezed almost at the edge of the device and is accompanied by a single LED light that indicates the status of the unit whether it is on, off, or searching for a device to pair with.
Just underneath the power button is the microUSB port for charging the Reflect Response. It is protected by a rubber flap that repels liquid away from the port.
The stems that support the gadget when wrapped around your neck is somewhat similar to those that are found in sunglasses — not just with the looks but also even the flexible material they have almost felt the same, just more bendable.
Since it is poised to be used when you’re working out or going for a run, users no longer need to press anything to navigate the music. If you look closely, you’ll see the sensors embedded on the outside surface of each earbud.
This makes it possible to just lightly tap on them which will have a corresponding command depending on which side and how long you trigger the sensor.
The bundle includes a set of interchangeable buds that come in different sizes and shapes depending on what the user needs and feels comfortable with. Additionally, there’s a travel pouch included to easily pack and bring it anywhere.
Since the Reflect Response is technically called smart headphones, it should naturally have features that make it “smart”, right? Below is a rundown of the device’s features that should help individuals concentrate more on the task at hand and less on stopping just to skip to the next track.
Touch Control Technology – Control music playback and phone calls by touching the outside of each ear bud.
Ergonomic fit neckband – The device is lightweight with a patented, ergonomic designed neckband to accommodate the needs of a serious athlete.
Ergonomic ear tips – They help keep the buds to stay in place regardless of how intense your workout routine is.
Sweatproof – It has a nano-coating technology that protects the internal components from sweat so you can concentrate solely on your training.
Reflective cables – Jogging at night? Keep safe and stay visible with the reflective cable that it uses.
Bluetooth connectivity – Obviously, it connects via Bluetooth for wireless streaming of audio to the earbuds, leaving you to freely move around without getting bothered by any dangling cable.
10 hours+ audio playback – The company claims that it is equipped with a battery that could last more than 10 hours on a single charge so you could train continuously without having to worry about your headphones dying.
We got to try out the Reflect Response while jogging and even riding a bicycle on an off-road trail and one thing is for sure — the earbuds latch to your ears even when you make big and sudden movements. I personally did a lot of those especially in cycling where I had to do shoulder checks whenever I was turning or switching lanes.
Sound quality is appreciated in the entire spectrum since it’s got authoritative mids, a good brightness to its highs, and a solid bass performance considering that these are just in-ears with very little physical space for sound reverberation. Additionally, distortion was also kept to a minimum even when the volume was cranked to the loudest.
Its in-ear design also blocks off external noise, acting like passive noise cancellation. This way, you can be disconnected from the outside world while you lift weights, jog, or simply walk around the neighborhood. Be mindful, though, where you use it as being unaware of your surroundings may lead to accidents.
The JBL Reflect Response is a solid performer with specific users in mind. As mentioned in the beginning of this review, it targets those with an active lifestyle by providing the mentioned features and honestly, it delivered well doing them.
One major gripe that we do have is that there’s no way of controlling the volume aside from your smartphone. So, when an instance arises and you have to suddenly talk to someone, it’s either you just pause the music or remove an earbud. The JBL Reflect Response retails for Php7,490.
JBL Reflect Response specs:
Driver type: Dynamic
Driver size: 8.6mm
Frequency response: 10Hz – 22kHz
What we liked about it:
- Touch-sensitive controls
- Secure fit
- Full sound
- Reflective cables
What we didn’t like:
- No volume controls