Brief review on J55i

A Review On: JBL J55 High-Performance On-Ear Headphones with JBL Drivers and Rotatable Ear-Cups - Black

JBL J55 High-Performance On-Ear Headphones with JBL Drivers and Rotatable Ear-Cups - Black

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Pros: Eye catching, abundant sub bass without being dry

Cons: treble a bit dull

In 2012, there was a number of newly launched headphone products by JBL. My friend happens to to have bought one of the J55is. Here is brief review on it.


Packaging case for J55i


For a headphone which costs only $79, packaging is up to standard. At least, it doesn’t appear too cheap.


Various items inside the case


A small pocket inside the headphone sack for its accessories


Shirt-clip included, to minimize cable noise?


JBL J55 headphones’ uniquie, twisted lock mechanism. When you plug the cable into the ear cup, a simple twist locks it in place.


Apple three-button remote with built-in microphone – the difference between J55 and J55i.


This is a 180° rotatable ear cup. Regretably, it is hard to tell the left from the right by the small prints on it. Only good eye sight can help out here.




Sound Quality:

After a test run, I find that JBL J55i’s output performance coincides with its dynamic design on the outside. Sound qualities are thick and warm, particularly suitable for contemporary type of musics. Overall performance is inclined to mid low range and its sound definition is quite nice. The timbre is relatively warm by character, though it stays clean and doesn’t appear muddy.

Bass for J55i is abundant, and so is its sub bass, which displays a great deal of strength without being dry. All in all, J55i’s bass is stunningly good, with vocals more forward located. Falling short of expection is merely its high frequencies, which is a bit dull.


Personally, I’m more big on j55’s appearance, and have thought about getting one for my portable headphones inventory. Hence, any review or comment about it is highly welcome.


They look like the Beats, but probably have some AKG engineering behind them..
I was pretty impressed with the build and removable very nice flat cable.
They sounded pretty nice for the price and I noticed descent separation of instrument. Not exactly a giant killer but for the price they are a solid buy. If they had slightly softer pads it would be even better. Companies should copy the pads of DTX 501p or Sony 1R.
I got my pair last month before flying when the caught my eye on the sale rack. After doing some quick research on  my phone i decided to get them. After unpacking and plugging them in i was very pleased with what i heard. Listening to a lot of Jazz,Funk,Soul,Blues and Hip-Hop I have noticed great separation in bass levels and quality transitions from high levels down to min and soft lows. For the $ the quality and look are great deal on a stylish pair of head's. 
Only dislike is the fact that its next to impossible to find source to purchase replacement cord, any one have any ideas. 
Hi, I am quite late but are these a good buy for 30 US? Are the cables proprietary?