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Published on October 16th, 2017 | by Greg


JBL E55BT Quincy Edition: Sexy, Inside And Out

In a world crowded with headphones, it can be hard to stand out. Lots of headphones offer a vast range of features and functions, from various ways to reproduce sound (planar magnetic) and new materials (carbon fiber) to multi-driver solutions and even some with different connectors (like Lightning cabling). There are in-ear monitors and weatherproof exercise models, some with active noise cancellation built for travel, and of course wireless Bluetooth versions. Today, we’ve got the latter type of set,

The JBL E55BT Quincy Edition Wireless Over-Ear headphones certainly stand out visually, living up to the name of the legendary producer Quincy Jones, thanks to their classy gold metallic details and matte black body. The soft leather headband and fairly flexible design make them comfortable and the mid-size form fitting ear cushions help block out external sounds. There are larger, plusher types at a higher price point, but these are both affordable and attractive, without sacrificing style and without adding weight. Pairing is easy, plus you’ll get twenty hours of battery life between charges, a fairly impressive number for this level of reproduction and volume output from the 55mm drivers.

Now part of the Harman family of companies, JBL boasts a huge range of models, covering just about every consumer, prosumer, and professional niche you can imagine- and we’ve seen their home theater line and soundbars, portable Bluetooth speakers, even earbuds in the past. A bit of trivia- the company name is actually an acronym for it’s founder, James Bullough Lansing, and they have over 70 years of experience making audio gear that has meant they understand the details. Included in the package are a detachable audio cable for wired listening, the necessary micro USB-to-USB charging cable, a user guide, and a basic-but-handy neoprene carrying case. We liked that these fold-up for easy portability, and only have subtle branding on the smooth exterior of the E55BTs. The buttons and onboard controls are more mixed though, and can take a little bit of practice as they are bunched together.

The best part of the set, and most distinctive feature, are the sweet sounds of Quincy himself- the custom, clearly-Quincy recorded voice prompts which were a lot of fun. We also enjoyed the overall sound signature, especially on R&B and Motown tunes, anything jazzy, thanks to brassy highs and a fair bit of warmth throughout the spectrum. Bass levels were a little muted, but sounds were clear and punchy, and made for a friendly, enjoyable pair suitable for just about anyone who loves Mr. Jones. Available now in stores and online, expect to spend around $185 for the JBL E55BT Quincy Edition- we tested them out in black but a rose gold version is also available.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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