JBL has carved out an incredible name for itself in the audio industry. Its portable speakers and earphones, are one of the most reliable ones you can find out there in the industry nowadays. The JBL Reflect Mini BT, is no exception. These wireless Bluetooth earphones sport a punchy bass, a reflective wire and a comfortable fit for your sporting needs at a decent price point of S$169.
As its name suggests, the JBL Reflect Mini BT’s wire has a reflective wire which lights up in the presence of an external light source. This makes it incredibly useful for keeping runners or cyclists who love going on midnight jogs or rides safe at night.
The Reflect Mini BT’s wire is also built just the right length. It’s neither too long such that it will flail around and catch something, nor is it too short to cause any discomfort.
Along the length of the wire is also a light remote control capable of turning the device on and off as well as controlling the volume.
Comfort and fit were certainly great on these guys. The earwings and comfortable silicone tips helps the earbuds stay in the ear even during intensive crossfit workouts and Olympic style weightlifting movements in the gym. Using it for 2-3 hours continuously didn’t cause any discomfort at all.
However, it’s worth noting that the earphones have a rather large earbud that protrudes out noticeably from you ear. This isn’t an issue for me at all, but some might find this to be not as aesthetically-pleasing as they would like.
The JBL Reflect Mini BT performs superbly in the audio department. Music is played out incredibly succinctly, with little noise and distortions at louder volumes. The good noise isolation on these earphones definitely helped it quite a lot in this department.
The highs sounded decent on acoustic music and the mids were crisp and warm at the same time. Guitar strumming was really clear on Howie Day and John Mayer tracks, so I really enjoyed their performance in the higher frequencies. Vocals didn’t quite have the “umph” factor I wanted, but it was good enough for sure.
I did like the bass on these guys, it’s not the deepest bass I’ve heard, but the resonance and punchiness of the bass was superb. If you tried listening to Hardwell and W&W’s Don’t Stop the Madness, you would understand what I’m saying. It doesn’t quite have the orchestral bass feel though, so if you are looking for a concert-style bass from tracks like Hans Zimmer’s The Dream is Collapsing, you might be slightly disappointed.
You get around 8 hours of juice on a single charge with the JBL Reflect Mini BT. This is above the industry average of around 5 hours and should suffice you 1-2 days even if you use it quite a lot.
I did like the JBL Reflect Mini BT. For its price, it definitely gives you what you deserve in both the audio and design department. It’s not exactly cheap either, but if you are a sports enthusiast who places a large emphasis on secure fitting earbuds and a decent audio experience, the Reflect Mini BT is something you should consider.
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