UA Headphones Wireless Powered by JBL (Review)


Wireless headphones for the gym have become an absolute must these days. Now that there are so many options it’s pretty tough choosing which one will work for you. As you know, I enjoy testing out new products for the active lifestyle and I’ve been using the UA headphones wireless powered by JBL.

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Specs

– Premium 5.8mm Dynamic Driver
– Frequency Response: 10Hz-22Hz
– Support: BT 4.0 A2DP v1.2, AVRCP v1.4, HFP v1.6, HSP v1.2
– Connection: Micro USB cable for charging
– Bluetooth transmitter frequency range: 2.402 – 2.480GHz
– Bluetooth transmitter power: < 4dBm
– Bluetooth transmitter modulation: GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8 DPSK
– Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Ion Cylindrical Cell (3.7V 2 x 60 mAh) – lasts up to 8 hours
– Size adjusting clip for the perfect fit — wear in front for optimal sound & performance

Design/Style

The UA wireless headphones look like most wireless headphones. Both earbuds connected by a short wire with inline controls. They ear tips come in a few different sizes, and they also have a twist-lock function to make sure they stay in your ear. I found that the ones that came attached to the earbuds were too big for my ears but the smaller ear tips seemed to work out fine. Using the inline mic you can switch tracks, play/pause music, and activate Siri etc. Works with both iOS and Android devices.


Functionality

I had no problem connecting the headphones to my iPhone. Once you connect, you don’t have to manually pair them again, they will connect as soon as you turn your bluetooth on. When it comes to workout out – the twist lock function works pretty well. After a solid 4 weeks of using these headphones running, working out, commuting – they have yet to fall out. They’re very snug and comfortable and work great for the very active lifestyle. These have also been IPX5 rated – so you’re good to get your sweat on with these. Battery life lives up to the 8 hours advertised (bout a week of gym visits depending on the workout) and they charge pretty quickly.

Sound

The sound quality on the UA headphones wireless (engineered with JBL sound) actually surprised me. It’s really hard to get quality sound from earbuds but these aren’t too shabby. They’re equipped with 5.8mm drivers & JBL’s Purebass Performance. They perform better than a few of their competitors, but still are not the BEST. Lows are usually the main problem but these are pretty decent to be earbuds, mids and highs are also average. Nothing is super crisp but they will work for exercising. These don’t block outside sounds too well either. They’re still indeed a good pair of headphones for the gym.

Pricing/Availability

The UA headphones wireless by JBL retail at $180.00 A bit pricey for the quality – but they do stay in your ears and are great for working out. They also come with a USB cable for charging and a carry case. The UA headphones wireless with HRM are due out soon, and are hopefully a nice upgrade worth the price tag. We will see!

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