The JBL Endurance Jump is priced at Rs 3,999.
The headset is meant for fitness users, with a tight fit that can withstand all kinds of activity.
While the feature set is interesting, the audio quality isn't quite as good as other option in the price range.
Wireless headphones were once an expensive affair, but advances in the technology and economies behind it means that you don’t have to pay much for the tech anymore. Back in the day, it was hard to image a JBL wireless headset for Rs 4,000, but that’s exactly what today’s review product is. We’re going to take a look at the new JBL Endurance Jump, which is priced at Rs 3,999 in India.
This wireless headset features a neckband design, secure fit and touch controls that will appeal to fitness-centric users. And something that will be particularly helpful to many of the target users of this product is its IPX7 water-resistance rating. Here’s our review of the JBL Endurance Jump.
JBL Endurance Jump Design and Specifications
The JBL Endurance Jump features a simple all-plastic build for the earphones and earhooks, while the neckband is rubber-coated for flexibility. The short length of the neckband and tight fit on the earhooks and tips means that the fit can be rather snug, leaving very little room for the headset to move around. This is ideal when engaged in activities such as running, and the Endurance Jump stays firmly in place during workouts and any kind of movement.
What also help are the ‘twistlock’ and ‘powerhook’, essentially marketing terms for the eartip and hook designs. These help keep the earphones secure in your ears, and comfortable as well. Charging is through a micro-USB port on the right earphone, which also has a single indicator light. There’s no power button on the headset; instead, the JBL Endurance Jump relies on a magnetic power switch, similar to the mechanism on the OnePlus Bullets Wireless. The bottom of each earphone magnetically connects to a part of the earhook, acting as the power control.
The package comes with a charging cable, rubber carry case and spare eartips to find the right fit. In terms of specifications, the headset features 10mm dynamic drivers and a frequency response range of 20-20,000Hz. And as mentioned, the JBL Endurance Jump is IPX7 water-resistant, which is essentially good enough to withstand any ordinarily imaginable kind of water exposure.
An interesting feature on this headset is the touch control system. Sequential taps on the right earphone can control the headset, from specific gestures to activate pairing, to tap controls for playback and calls. These touch controls do work, but aren’t quite as easy to use and intuitive as they sound; I preferred using the controls on the smartphone to control audio and calls on the headset. The JBL Endurance Jump also sports a microphone, so it can be used for hands-free calls with a paired smartphone as well.
JBL Endurance Jump Performance
Moving on to performance, the JBL Endurance Jump kind of gives away its price range. Although the features, design and touch controls make the headset feel a lot more premium, the audio performance reminds you that this is, after all, a budget wireless headset. Not only is this down to the drivers packed into a small space and surrounded by other components such as the circuitry and battery, but also on the drivers themselves.
To be clear, sound isn’t bad; it just isn’t very good. You won’t find any annoying tendencies in the sonic signature, with the entire sound spectrum holding up. However, the JBL Endurance Jump doesn’t quite go beyond basic reproduction of the sound, and there’s no excitement, drive or drama to be had. The sound is plain vanilla, with none of the tonal intricacies or sheer attack that can be found on the similarly-priced OnePlus Bullets Wireless.
While the bass is typically boosted as is usually the case with JBL products, clarity and tone are essentially under-served with the JBL Endurance Jump. This is down to the high bass, which tends to overpower the mids and highs, thereby taking away from the crispness and clarity of the sound. Instead, the Endurance Jump is for the kind of typical background listening that an athlete looks for. Runners aren’t really listening to the individual aspects of the tracks, rather using them only for rhythm and concentration.
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With its specific design, features and functions in mind, the JBL Endurance Jump comes across as a capable option for Rs 3,990, assuming you’re going to use it primarily while you work out. The secure fit, touch controls and waterproof design make it the perfect headset to take on your runs, and the average audio quality will be entirely forgivable when you’re more concerned about your fitness.
If you’re looking a more universal pair of wireless headphones at under Rs 5,000, something like the OnePlus Bullets Wireless will likely suit you better. The boring sound is the only let down for an otherwise capable pair of headphones that can cite design and function as its biggest pros.