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JBL Reflect Aware

Noise-canceling sports headphones with Apple® Lightning® cable (Red)

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There can be a lot of annoying sounds at the gym — from the constant whirl of the treadmills, to over-the-top grunts from nearby weight benches. Finding a pair of sports headphones that can block out all that racket is rare. The JBL Reflect Aware in-ear headphones use active noise-canceling technology to take out loud distractions, so you can work out in peace.

Stay focused with less outside noise

JBL Reflect Aware sports headphones

The JBL Reflect Aware sports headphones include a Lightning cable for Apple devices (no 3.5 mm miniplug).

There can be a lot of annoying sounds at the gym — from the constant whirl of the treadmills, to over-the-top grunts from nearby weight benches. Finding a pair of sports headphones that can block out all that racket is rare. The JBL Reflect Aware in-ear headphones use active noise-canceling technology to take out loud distractions, so you can work out in peace.

And no bulky battery will slow you down. These headphones draw their power from your iPhone® by connecting to its Apple Lightning port. That's also how they play music, meaning they'll be ready for the iPhone 7.

Adapt to your surroundings

Now of course, there are times you need to be aware of what's going on around you — particularly during outdoor exercise. JBL lets you control the level of noise cancellation via the free My JBL Headphones app, available for download in the App Store. You choose how much external sound the Reflect Aware 'phones let in, helping you stay alert while you bump your tunes. 

Comfortable, reflective, and sweat-proof

JBL's Reflect-series headphones have long been my go-to gift for family members who are into fitness. There are just so many things JBL does right with this line, starting with their highly visible design for safe outdoor activity. They are also sweat-proof, lightweight, and ergonomically designed to stay put.

Plus you get six different sizes of ear tips to ensure you find the right fit. Three of those are JBL's flexible silicone sports 'buds that feel soft and comfortable for your entire workout. They're designed to avoid nerves and pressure points inside the ear that can cause pain or discomfort.

In-line remote controls your music, calls, and much more

On the reflective cable you'll find an Apple-friendly remote and mic. You can use it to control the volume and music, and even adjust the noise-cancellation (when the JBL app is open). If a call comes through, answer it with one click. Or ask Siri® a question without removing your headphones. You gain a little privacy on Facetime too, since everyone around you doesn't have to hear the other side of the conversation.

Product Highlights:

  • sweat-proof, reflective earbuds designed to fit comfortably and securely
  • Lightning listening cable included for audio from an iPhone or iPad
    • please note: these headphones do not have a traditional 3.5mm audio miniplug
  • 14.8mm dynamic driver in each earpiece
  • active noise-canceling circuitry to minimize external noise
    • free My JBL Headphones app for iPhone or iPad® lets you adjust the level of cancellation to match your environment
  • cable also draws power from your device for active noise cancellation
  • three-button remote for controlling music playback and volume
  • Siri-compatible microphone for voice commands and phone calls
  • includes 6 pairs of ear tips to ensure a proper fit
    • 3 pairs of angled, ergonomic ear tips
    • 3 pairs of regular ear tips
  • frequency response: 10-22,000 Hz
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • In-ear noise-cancelling headphones (red) with attached 4' cable and in-line mic/remote (Apple Lightning connector)
  • 3 Pairs of ergonomic sport ear tips (1 pair installed)
  • 3 Pairs of regular ear tips (1 pair installed)
  • Zippered storage pouch
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Attention booklet
  • Warranty card

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Features and Specs

Noise-canceling Yes
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector Yes
Android Control No
Frequency Response 10-22k Hz
Sensitivity N/A dB
Impedance N/A
Weight 1 ounces
Cord Length 48"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The JBL Reflect Aware in-ear sport headphones feature Active Noise Cancellation and Adaptive Noise Control. These technologies allows you to totally shut out the outside world while you work out, or let it in. It is equipped with a 4' tangle-resistant reflective cable with an Apple Lightning Connector. The headphones come with 6 pairs of ear tips, and a zippered storage pouch.

Drivers/Ear Tips: The headphones have 14.8mm Dynamic drivers with a wide frequency response (10Hz-22kHz). The package includes three pairs (large, medium, and small) of regular ear tips for normal headphone listening. When you're ready to workout, the supplied Freebit ergonomic ear tips can be installed behind the regular ear tips. The ergonomic ear tips include a "wing" that tucks behind the folds of your outer ear to hold them in place during rigorous activity. The ergonomic ear tips also come in 3 sizes (large, medium, and small).

Lightning Connector: The Reflect Aware headphones have a 4' long reflective cable, terminated into an Apple Lightning Connector. Because the Lightning connector provides power and digital audio directly to the headphones, no separate bulky battery box is required. The headphones are only compatible with Lightning connector-equipped Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) running iOS 9 and above.

In-line Controls: The headphones have an in-line microphone/remote for controlling your phone calls, music, and Active Noise Cancellation/Adaptive Noise Control. Controls include Volume Up, Volume Down, Siri, Answer Call, End/Reject Call, Play/pause, Skip forward, Skip backward, Fast forward, Fast reverse, ANC On/Off, and Ambient Aware (Low, Medium, High, and Off). The in-line remote is 2-1/4" long and 7/16" wide.

My JBL Headphones App: The JBL Reflect Aware in-ear sport headphone experience can be enhanced through the use of the My JBL Headphones app. The app offers control for the headphones' Active Noise Cancellation and Ambient Awareness settings. You can turn ANC on or off, and control how much ambient noise to let in (Low, Medium, High, or Off) to balance your awareness of your surroundings. In addition, there are three EQ presets, and a custom EQ setting. The My JBL Headphones app is available from the iTunes App Store, and requires iOS 9.0 and above.

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The JBL Reflect Aware headphones let you dial in just enough ambient noise to keep you aware of your surroundings, while still reducing the din of the world around you.

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yes [ Stanislav  Jan 05, 2018 ]
iphone compatibility [ Nick  Sep 30, 2017 ]
Work with iPhone 7 [ Joseph  Sep 21, 2016 ]
I wanted new headphones for my iPhone 7 [ Stephen  Sep 09, 2016 ]
Noise Canceling without the bulky cord box to power it. Lightning as well for hopefully better sound. [ Seth  Sep 07, 2016 ]
Noise cancellation powered by iPhone instead of a separate battery. Such a nice innovation. [ Philip  Sep 18, 2016 ]
Quality manufacturer; Apple lightning connector; voice and noise cancelling feature; good price; nice color. [ Michael  Jan 08, 2018 ]
Skeptical about ANC earbuds so purchased the less expensive pair. [ Justin  Aug 01, 2017 ]
article in Wall Street Journal about the advance to digital headphone technology, forced on us by the loss of "headphone jack" in the iPhone 7 [ J  Oct 28, 2016 ]