JBL Synchros Reflect BT

In-ear wireless sports headphones (Black)

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Music and fitness shouldn't be at odds

JBL Synchros Reflect BT wireless sports headphones

The Sychros Reflect BT headphones use special ear tips designed to keep them in place during movement (shown in Green).

Lots of things can slow you down when you're working out, but your music shouldn't be one of them. Cut the cord connecting your headphones to your smartphone with the JBL Synchros Reflect BT. These wireless headphones use Bluetooth to sync with your phone, so you can run, walk, climb, or bike unimpeded by dangling cables. Heart-pounding JBL sound will keep you moving, with clear detail and punchy bass. The sweat-proof earpieces aren't afraid of a little moisture, giving you no excuses to give up on that last lap or final few reps.

Wireless music and calls

A wireless Bluetooth connection lets you stream music and audio from your smartphone to the Synchros Reflect BT headphones from as far as 40 feet away. That's helpful if you'd rather set your phone down instead of having it strapped to your arm. The built-in rechargeable battery offers up to five hours of playback and can be refueled via the included micro USB cable. A three-button remote on the reflective cable that connects the earpieces is designed for an iPhone® or iPod®, so you can adjust the volume, skip songs, and play and pause music. There's also a tiny built-in microphone so you can take hands-free calls.

Clever design

A couple of cool design features set these headphones apart from other Bluetooth models. The earpieces are magnetic. When you're taking a water break and want to remove the headphones, just clasp the earpieces together and hang them around your neck so you don't have to set them down and risk losing them. You can also adjust the length of the cord that connects the earpieces using the retractable tether.

Product Highlights:

  • 8.5mm dynamic driver in each earpiece
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and A2DP connectivity for wireless music listening and phone calls with compatible smartphones
  • sweat-proof
  • magnetic earpieces let you connect them to wear around neck when not in use
  • three-button remote for controlling music playback and volume with an iPhone, iPad, and iPod
  • built-in microphone for making calls with an iPhone
  • wireless range: up to 40 feet
  • built-in rechargeable battery offers 5 hours of listening (USB charging cable included)
  • earpieces are connected by a bright, reflective cord with a retractable tether for custom length
  • includes 3 pairs of silicone ear tips to ensure a comfortable fit and proper noise isolation
  • frequency response: 10-22,000 Hz
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • In-ear Bluetooth earphones (black) with 24" connecting cable and 3-button in-line remote/microphone
  • Pair of black medium sport eartips (installed)
  • Pair of black large sport eartips
  • Pair of black small sport eartips
  • 23" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro USB on other end)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Quick Start Guide correction statement
  • Safety Warning sheet
  • FCC and IC Statement
  • Warranty sheet

Features and Specs

General
Fit Style In-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth Yes
Frequency Response 10-22k Hz
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 0.8 ounces
Cord Length 24"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

Overview: The JBL Synchros Reflect BT in-ear sport headphones are designed for active lifestyles. The ergonomic ear buds stay in your ear as you go through your workout. They are equipped with a highly-reflective cable to give you added visibility at night.

Drivers: The headphones are equipped with premium 8.5mm drivers for solid bass response and clear highs.

Bluetooth: The Synchros Reflect BT features Bluetooth 4.0 technology for a wireless connection. You can keep your smartphone or Bluetooth music player in your pocket or gym bag while you workout. The Bluetooth connection has a range of up to 40 feet.

Note: The headphones do not include a wired connection.

Compatibility: The in-line 3-button remote and microphone is compatible with a wide range of smartphones and mobile devices. The outer buttons turn the volume up or down as needed, while the center button turns on the power, pause/play your music, or answer/end your phone calls. The remote/mic works with iPad (mini, 3rd and 4th generation), iPhone (5s, 5c, 5, and 4s), iPod touch, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, Android 1.5 (Cupcake) to Android 4.4 (KitKat), and Blackberry 1.0 to Blackberry 10 OS.

Freebit Ear Tips: The JBL Synchros Reflect BT in-ear sport headphones include three pairs of Freebit ergonomic ear tips, making sure there's a size to fit most everyone. These ear tips are angled to match your ear canal, and have flanges that help keep them in your ears, even during the most rigorous activities.

Rechargeable Battery: These in-ear headphones are powered by a rechargeable battery located in the right ear bud. The battery can be charged in approximately 2 hours via the supplied Micro USB cable. A fully charged battery provides about 5 hours of battery life.

Retractable Cord: The headphones are connected together via a 2' sweat-proof retractable flat cable. You can adjust the length of the cable for the best fit, using the attached cord clips.

Magnetic Cable Management: Each ear bud has a magnet along the bottom that enables you to keep them securely clasped together around your neck when they're not in use.

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JBL Synchros Reflect BT

Written By Anonymous, Philadelphia Pa on Saturday, November 22, 2014

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Exactly what I was looking for

Pros: Excellent product , great fit

Cons: None as of yet

Sound Quality Very Poor

Written By ITC3, California on Thursday, November 13, 2014

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The look cool while wearing. Very convenient when walking or working out. However, the sound quality is dramatically different from my BOSE SoundTrue's. The difference was dramatic enough for me to return the JBLs & keep using my wired BOSE SoundTrue's. Everything else was ok but sound quality is a deal breaker for me......JBLs just aren't comparable to BOSE.

JBL make my wife happy

Written By Bruce from Surf City, California on Sunday, November 09, 2014

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My wife is happy. After trying my blue tooth cheapos, two pairs of Motorola and a JBL knockoff, I bought her the real thing. She is happy so I am happy.

Pros: Fits her and I get no complaints

Bluetooth headset

Written By Tony, Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Friday, October 31, 2014

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Sound quality is awesome, connectivity easy, charging easy.

Pros: Sounds very good when connection is there

Cons: Cuts in and out even when connection is by you

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Written By JPD, Kansas City, Kansas on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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I absolutely enjoy having the JBL Synchros added to my iTouch. it allows me to workout without having the cord catch on anything when lifting weights, running, or cycling. My friends are jealous and that battery lasts a decent time even with long rides. I don't ever want to go back to normal ear buds.

Pros: Setup, use, and quality are representative of JBL brand name. Sound quality meets/exceeds my needs to enable me to workout and enjoy music. The fit is adjustable and I have experienced no problems. bottom line: I would purchase again, I will purchase for my wife and would recommend them to anyone. If the next version is waterproof it may support triathletes.

Cons: Sometimes it can lose the Bluetooth link with my iTouch but it rapidly re-establishes link. I keep my iTounch on my arm and that helps.

Closest out there, but still not quite perfect yet.

Written By Ryan F, San Diego, CA on Saturday, October 25, 2014

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I'm actually really impressed with the durability of these and even more impressed with the sound quality. They sound great for how light they are.

I use these strictly for my training, which is pretty intense. So far they've stayed in 100% and haven't had any issues with the comfortability during training sessions. I believe these are the best workout headphone out there (bluetooth, or even wired for that matter) but I'll list 2 areas where I think they dropped the ball on these.

First issue is the bluetooth connection, it's surprising, good and bad. I thought it would be stronger while my iPod was on my body, doesn't matter if I'm holding it or wearing it on my hip, my music seems to cut out regularly. On the flip side, my solution in the gym is to clip my iPod to my water bottle and can walk around up to ~75ft away with no connection issues at all.

2nd issue I have with these is the tension clips, these are such a bad design. I can appreciate an adjustable fit, it was a major selling point for me, however for active headphones there needs to be a way to lock these clips in place. I like a fit closer to my head but I find these clips move out all workout and I have to adjust them at least 10x workout. It's so annoying I'll either return these until JBL fixes it or put some janky electrical tape on them.

These just aren't in that perfect realm just yet, but at this price, these are the best out compared to everything else.

JBL Synchros Reflect BT

Written By Anonymous, lynchburg va on Sunday, October 19, 2014

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awesome

Great product!

Written By Tony, Los Angeles on Friday, October 17, 2014

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Great product, well made & easy to use.

Pros: Easy to use - durable , can talk on phone

Cons: Sound not too loud but you get used to it & it's probably better for your ears

JBL Synchros Reflect BT

Written By CWEEKS, Hirqm, Ga on Monday, October 13, 2014

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Used while riding a road bicycle. Connecting strap was not a problem, once you spread the two black clips apart, which eliminates the "bowtie" and locks in the adjusted strap length. On a ~40 mile ride they stayed in place, no problem with wind noise, no interruptions in sound, and no snags from strap on clothing or helmet straps. They were comfortable and sound quality was excellent. Also used on a 3.1 mile run. They stayed in place the entire run, no snagging of strap on clothes. Although, with iphone in my pocket while running, the audio would interrupt briefly, but with phone in hand or in an arm band I had no interruptions. The magnets on the back of the plugs held in place flawlessly around my neck while walking/driving. Great buy!

JBL Synchros

Written By Dennis, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Overall I'm very satisfied with the JBL wireless headphones. They are great during exercise or using during travel. I've synched them to my iPhone, GPS, iPad and iPod with no issues. When using conventional headphones I would constantly be pulling the headphones from the device during any physical activity which is no longer the case with the JBLs. Very satisfied with this purchase.

Pros: No cables to tangle and/or pull out of your device. Bluetooth, good price.

Cons: Cable connect right and left headphone could be more flexible.

Good sound, stay in place decently

Written By Mike, Evanston, IL on Monday, August 25, 2014

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I looked long and hard for a set of headphones to replace my broken Motorola S9-HDs. I finally found them with these JBL Reflect's. The sound quality won't blow you away but it won't leave you disappointed either. I'm not an audiophile but I know what good sound is. I like the design of these, though I find the strap adjustment is mostly useless. I have to expand it all the way or when I turn my head the cord sticks to my neck and pulls a plug out of one ear. My only problem so far is that these do tend to slip out even when I'm just sitting at my desk (which is where I mostly use these). It's not that big of an issue. Considering all the other options on the market right now I think these are hands-down the best given the price and functionality.

I really wanted headphones I could use at work without disturbing my co-workers. All the over-ear ones I tried leaked sound so bad my co-workers could hear every word (yes, I listen to music a little loud for most people). These don't leak at all and, as I said, they sound pretty darn good. I can't even crank these all the way up because it would be too loud.

Pros: Sound, Bluetooth, Price

Cons: Fit could be more secure, Inline controls don't change track

Not so cool looking

Written By hChristopher, Birmingham, Al on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Good concept but lacking basic track control features. The wire band is very rigid contributing to awkward fit around neck. Magnetic feature to hold ends together around neck while not in use are ineffective as magnets are too weak to keep held together.

Pros: Good, snug fit in ear; Appears to be of good quality

Cons: Button controls adjusts volume only and does not advance track like the competition offers

Finally

Written By Brenda, Arcata CA on Sunday, August 10, 2014

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These are great good sound not too expensive nothing better than not being connected to your ipod/ipad by a tether.

Pros: looks good sounds good

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