Wireless headphones the only way to go

Wireless headphones the only way to go
A pair of black JBL EB40Ts.

Headphones have always been a guy thing. I usually use them when I travel abroad, and I've bought more than five in the past couple of years.

I've gone from the entry level, to the more expensive normal ones, to cheap noise cancellation ones, and most recently, I got the JBL Synchros E40BT. JBL's wireless Bluetooth headphone costs about $140, which is pretty inexpensive for a pair of wireless headphones.

What caught my eye about the E40BT is JBL's design, especially being a winner of the RedDot award winner in 2014. The low-priced option from JBL doesn't skimp on performance nor style, and whilst it is a little light on bass and does hurt my ears a wee bit, the E40BT is growing on me.

These on-ear headphones, doesn't fully cover the ears, so it does press a little on the top of my ear. It's a really comfortable pair with a silk leather material on the ear pads. I used it for about three to four hours straight, and it barely put a dent in the battery of the JBL's.

However, I did find myself fidgeting with the headphone's shape from time to time, the headphones can bend into a storing position, so it sometimes gets bent into an uncomfortable position. No big deal though, as it still feels good after making minor adjustments.

The headphone delivers very clear tones, and mid-range is really good, however if you're really into music with deep bass, you'll probably want to go for the more expensive E50BT.

My favourite features of the Synchros Bluetooth series would be the button controls on the right cup of the headphones. There are four buttons, which would be the volume up and down adjustment, a multi-function button, which pauses on one click, skips a track forward with two presses, and with three clicks it goes to the previous track. The multi-function button can manage calls as well. The fourth button is JBL's "ShareMe" button, which lets you send the same audio signal from your current device to another compatible JBL headset. If you have another pair of E40BT or E50BT, you can easily share the same audio with a friend.

The battery life on the E40BT is listed at 16 hours, and in real-life use, it almost reaches the advertised rate. JBL has also included an auto-off feature if the device is idle after a few minutes.

There's only one port on the E40BT, which is a 3.5mm jack that allows you to use an auxiliary jack to keep the headphones in play, if it runs out of battery and there's no way to charge it.

Charging is easy via a 3.5mm to USB cable.

Bluetooth headphones are rather expensive, and the JBL Synchros E40BT is not, so if you're in for a cheap set, these are an easy pick-up. You also have a choice of black, red, white, blue and purple. The purple ones are my favourite but unfortunately could not get a hold of a pair.

As mentioned earlier, if you're looking for a pricier option, the E50BT comes with 50mm dynamic drivers (as compared to the E40BT's 40mm drivers). This one comes with the same features as the cheaper model, such as a built-in microphone and echo-cancellation for clear, hands-free calls with a smartphone, but with larger drivers meaning deeper bass.

The E50BT's are going for under $200, with a few colour options as well to choose from, which makes JBL's two choices for Bluetooth on-ear headphones the best you can buy for under $200.

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