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.
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.