Rugged-feeling wireless earbuds with “surprising” sound
My take on the JBL E25BT wireless in-ear headphones? They punch WAY out of their price range. The build quality was particularly impressive. They are not waterproof, but they sport a strong, cloth-reinforced cable that rests comfortably behind your neck. And they offer a surprisingly clear and balanced sound.
Reliable signal and simple pairing process
I try out a lot of Bluetooth headphones and you'd be surprised how complicated some manufacturers make it to wirelessly pair up your phone. JBL makes it simple. As soon as I activated Bluetooth on my Galaxy S7 phone, it recognized the earbuds right away.
Whether my phone was in my pocket or on a counter across the room, the wireless signal was strong with no audio dropout. Later, when I fired up my tablet to watch west coast hockey highlights from the night before, the pairing process was just as effortless. You can jump back and forth from different Bluetooth devices without a problem.
Deeper and more detailed than I expected
Headphones at any price can struggle with Jay-Z's “Song Cry.” The female vocals and shimmering sample of Bobby Glen's “Sounds like a Love Song” juxtaposed with deep bass and boom bap drums end up sounding messy or muddy.
Through the E25BTs, the song's low end sounded full and on-point, while the upper mids and highs were well-defined and satisfying. While certainly not “audiophile,” I'd say these earbuds sound way better than “adequate” – this is max value for the price.
Hands-free, wireless calling
JBL also makes it easy to make and take phone calls wirelessly. There's a mic built in and a three-button remote on the cable. Use the remote to answer calls, skip songs, and play and pause music.