But headphones ainâ€™t worth s**t if they donâ€™t sound good. The 750s sound much better than the last pair of JBL headphones I tried out, though.
The default sound is pretty bass-heavy and warm for my tastes, but they still sound good. The highs and mids are a bit weaker, but theyâ€™re still passable for what this headset is offering. The software does let you make your own EQ setting, though I found I still preferred the default setting. The over-ear, closed-back cups are covered in faux-leather, so they provide a good seal from the outside world compared to many of the mesh-covered headphones Iâ€™ve tried.
You can get distortion if you crank up the volume on an extremely bassy track, like Dr. Dreâ€™s â€œKush,â€ but itâ€™s pretty tough to make the headphones distort. The noise cancelling means that turning them all the way up is hardly necessary. One weird thing I found with the 750s is that it seems like theyâ€™re almost meant to be used with the noise cancelling on. I say that because the audio profile changes sharply between the two modes. With the noise cancelling turned on, bass is rich and heavy. The bass strings in Miles Davisâ€™ â€œSo Whatâ€ are clean, clear, and vivid. Turn the noise cancelling off, though, and it gets weirdly empty â€“ and subpar. I donâ€™t see myself using these headphones with the noise cancelling off, anyway, but this bit of weirdness forces the issue.
The noise cancelling itself is quite effective. Unpredictable sounds can still filter through, like glass and silverware clinking in the background, but the decrease in volume is immediate and significant. Some voices filter through a bit, but many voices are straight-up muted. If you turn on the noise cancelling without any music youâ€™ll hear a bit of the telltale hiss that comes with noise-cancelling headphones, but it never felt like it intruded on the music.
JBL advertises a 15-hour battery life with the 750s with noise cancelling and Bluetooth turned on. My experience with them was pretty close to that, if maybe a bit shorter. But I tend to listen with the volume up, so Iâ€™m not particularly surprised. The 3-hour recharge time is pretty close to accurate, too, and fair for the charge you get out of them, in my opinion.
JBLâ€™s Everest Elite 750nc headphones are solid. I canâ€™t compare them directly to something like Boseâ€™s QC35s, as I havenâ€™t managed to pick up a pair yet. On their own, though, the 750s are a good pair of headphones that offer a nice mix of comfort, features, and quality. And while $299 is hardly a budget price, that tag puts it below some of the 750sâ€™ direct competition.
JBL provided us with a pair of the headphones for the purpose of thisÂ review.