It’s that time again for another wireless in-ear headphone review. We’ve reviewed a number of pairs in the past, including one from JBL and now we’re reviewing another JBL offering. Our JBL UA Headphones Wireless review takes a look at a JBL/Under Armour in-ear wireless headphone collaboration. Read on to see what we thought!
The UA Headphones Wireless earbuds have the following features and specifications:
- 10Hz–22kHz Frequency Response
- Premium 5.8mm Dynamic Driver
- TwistLock™ Technology
- Durable Build
- IPX5 Sweat Proof Construction
- JBL Signature Sound
- Bluetooth Compatible
- Universal control
- 8 Hour Battery
- One Year MapMyFitness Premium Membership ($30 value)
What’s in the Box
- 1 pair of UA Headphones Wireless Headphones
- 2 sets of enhancers (size 5 and 7)
- Carrying Case
- Micro-USB charging cable
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Card
- 1 year Premium Membership to MapMyFitness redemption card
The UA Headphones Wireless earbuds look oddly large at first glance. Each earbud is matte black with the red Under Armour logo centered on the outer part of the earbud, and the JBL logo below it on the portion that connects to the main cord. On the opposite side is an L or R to indicate which ear each earbud goes in. A bright red component is attached to the earbud and contains the sound tunnel. Two pairs of “enhancers” which cover this component are included to ensure an optimal fit. The enhancers are a greyish see through rubber which tapers out into an ear-tip. The enhancers are a bit of a pain to get on as they wrap tightly around the sound tunnel component, but once they’re on you’ll never have to worry about them slipping off.
When inserted in your ear, the enhancer fills the bowl of your year, and fits pretty snugly against the edge of it. Rather than simply sticking them into your ear, you insert the and then twist forward slightly to “lock” them into place. At first I thought the larger sized earbud would have issues staying in my ears, but with the smaller sized enhancer they fit just fine, and although the left side feels a bit loose I never had it fall out during use.
The 3-button remote sits below the right earbud, and as is pretty much standard houses the Micro-USB charging port and 3 buttons for controlling your the earbuds and your music. The housing is black, with black buttons inset in red, and an LED indicator light sits near the end closest to the right earbud.
The earbuds also come with a carrying case, which is made of a rubbery water resistant outer shell, for storing and carrying your earbuds when not using them.
Since these are sport headphones, it would have been nice to see a reflective strip on the wire like some of JBL’s other wireless offerings. Overall, the JBL UA Headphones Wireless are a fairly comfortable and sporty looking wireless in-ear pair of headphones, which also feature IPX5 sweat proof construction. While I do prefer the fit of the JBL Reflect Mini BT earbuds we previously reviewed, after a bit of use I didn’t mind the fit of the UA Headphones Wireless, it just took a bit of getting used to.
Ease of Use
The UA Headphones Wireless are easy enough to use and I had no issues. Pairing was easy, and when turning on, connecting, and powering off you’ll get voice prompts indicating as much. Holding the middle power button for about 3 seconds will turn it on, holding it for about 5s when off will turn it on and initiate pairing mode. The same button also controls playing/pausing music, and answering or hanging up on a call. The other two buttons control volume and skipping to the next and previous track.
Charging was just as easy, simply attach the included Micro-USB cable to the covered Micro-USB port on the headphones and connect to a USB wall charger or portable battery pack.
Sound on the UA Headphones Wireless is really good, and at max volume they’re not too loud but just loud enough. The range from higher to lower tones is decent, although they’re not as bass heavy as I like my earbuds to be — but they are pretty close. Songs came across crisp and clear, with no distortion with the various genres I tested.
There were no issues here with answering a call with these earbuds. The remote/microphone is positioned close enough to your mouth that the calling party had no issues hearing me speak when on the call.
JBL claims up to 8 hours of battery life on a single charge. During our testing we ranged between 8 and 10 hours. While there are other wireless earbuds that last longer, it’s definitely enough to get you through a few workouts, or even through an average day. Recharging took a little over 1 1/2 hours.
Originally priced at $180, the JBL UA Headphones Wireless are on sale for $149.99USD on the JBL website. Toss in the free one year MapMyFitness Premium upgrade ($30 value), and you’ve got a pretty reasonably priced set of sport earbuds.
If you’re looking for a pair of wireless sport earbuds with sweat proof construction, the UA Headphones Wireless offer great sound and decent battery life.[rwp-review id=”0″]
*We were sent a review sample of the JBL UA Headphones Wireless earbuds for the purposes of this review.
Last Updated on May 23, 2016.