Everest Elite 700by JBL

  • Everest Elite 700
  • Everest Elite 700
  • Everest Elite 700
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
84%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • These cans deliver a comfy fit, thanks to the padded adjustable headband and cush earcups. Plus, you can wear them for long periods.
  • JBL's free app lets you customize your listening experience; you can easily tweak the treble and bas, and turn active noise cancellation on or off.
  • You can use the Everest Elite 700 passively with the bundled detachable cable.

CONS

  • Noise cancellation performance is just so-so; you'll probably pick up on an audible hiss, even when you have the headphones set to the lowest ambient room noise level.
  • Even though JBL's Equalizer app lets you create your own customized setups, you'll find only two presets: Jazz and Bass.
  • You're limited to only two color options: black and white.
The Everest Elite 700 over-the-ear headphones from JBL offer active noise cancellation with bonus features: You can control the level of external noise, according to your tastes. With My JBL Headphones, the company’s free app for iOS and Android, you can personalize your audio by creating custom equalizer settings and tweaking headphone preferences. In its quest for a supreme listening experience, the Everest Elite 700 incorporates TruNote technology, which automatically calibrates the sound by measuring the individual fit of the headphone to you. The large ear cushions sport copious padding, and you’ll find built-in controls on both earcups. The bundle includes a carry case, a micro USB charging cable, and an audio cable with a 3.5 mm jack.
NameEverest Elite 700ATH-MSR7NCChord MS 530Level OverSymphony 1
ManufacturerJBLAudio-TechnicaPhiatonSamsungDefinitive Technology
Techwalla Score
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List Price$300$300$349$350$399
90%

The rigid metal band is tight enough to keep the headphones over your head but doesn't squeeze your ears.

The rigid metal band is tight enough to keep the headphones over your head but doesn't squeeze your ears.

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90%

I'll make this quick and reasonable. These headphones sound incredible, both via Bluetooth and hardwired.

I'll make this quick and reasonable. These headphones sound incredible, both via Bluetooth and hardwired.

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88%

put the Everest Elite 700’s through my normal gamut of musical styles, and they performed admirably. Everything from jazz to metal, to pop, …

put the Everest Elite 700’s through my normal gamut of musical styles, and they performed admirably. Everything from jazz to metal, to pop, to dubstep, and everything in between sounded good.

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80%

On Jay-Z and Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild," the kick drum loop gets the right amount of high-mid presence to retain its sharp attack,…

On Jay-Z and Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild," the kick drum loop gets the right amount of high-mid presence to retain its sharp attack, allowing it to cut through the dense mix.

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70%

With or without TruNote calibration, we were not blown away by the Elite 700’s sound. Compared to several other headphones — many of which a…

With or without TruNote calibration, we were not blown away by the Elite 700’s sound. Compared to several other headphones — many of which are cheaper than this set — the Elite 700 occasionally sounded inaccurate, and never excelled in detail.

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The bass is incredible, it’s really natural, punchy, and you can hear it and feel it without it overwhelming the music. By default, the bass…

The bass is incredible, it’s really natural, punchy, and you can hear it and feel it without it overwhelming the music. By default, the bass has a really nice weight to it, and there’s an EQ Prefix called “Bass” if you really want to take it to the next level.

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[Yo]u won’t find many extraneous bells and whistles on the Everest 700 Elites, and that’s a point in favor: The mic is built in, so it won’t…

[Yo]u won’t find many extraneous bells and whistles on the Everest 700 Elites, and that’s a point in favor: The mic is built in, so it won’t get in the way of your mouth, but it can still take phone calls if you are linked to your smartphone.

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When making calls, we found that there were no echo either end, sound quality was good, and the microphone did as well as any bendy goosenec…

When making calls, we found that there were no echo either end, sound quality was good, and the microphone did as well as any bendy gooseneck variety sans the annoying puff sounds.

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Dual microphones are necessary to help cancel out external noise, which worked fairly well in most of our tests-as always, the function is b…

Dual microphones are necessary to help cancel out external noise, which worked fairly well in most of our tests-as always, the function is best on regular, repetitive, low-frequency sounds like airplane rumblings. Don’t expect it to help much with baby’s cries...

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Ear cup padding on the Everest headphones are pretty plush and pretty much provide coverage over your entire ears...I have worn them for lon…

Ear cup padding on the Everest headphones are pretty plush and pretty much provide coverage over your entire ears...I have worn them for long periods of times and didn’t feel much discomfort wearing them.

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I am struck with how good these sound for wireless headphones. When it comes to wireless, I kind of expect to hear background noise from ci…

I am struck with how good these sound for wireless headphones. When it comes to wireless, I kind of expect to hear background noise from circuitry, or perhaps RF interference. Not with these.

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All of this listening was with noise canceling on, which in my opinion sounded much better. With NC off, I thought cymbals and other high-fr…

All of this listening was with noise canceling on, which in my opinion sounded much better. With NC off, I thought cymbals and other high-frequency instruments sounded weird and sizzly. It appears that JBL optimized the Everest Elite 700s for best sound in NC mode, and didn’t worry much about the non-NC sound.

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[T]hey sound good. Not great, but good. There's enough low-end to get by, but it's nothing to write home about. The mids are nicely balanced…

[T]hey sound good. Not great, but good. There's enough low-end to get by, but it's nothing to write home about. The mids are nicely balanced in the mix, and they have enough treble to keep the audio from being "muddy." But still, somehow, they just sound sort of…dull? They're almost lifeless. Everything is delivered in a nice, crisp package that is easy to listen to, but they lack any sort of personality.

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I've been wearing the Everest Elite a lot since I started testing. Like a lot, a lot. At work, cleaning the house, taking the train. I can a…

I've been wearing the Everest Elite a lot since I started testing. Like a lot, a lot. At work, cleaning the house, taking the train. I can attest to the fact that these are some damn comfortable headphones.

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Using the JBL Everest Elite 700 Wireless Headphones is a fully immersive audio experience. Your music will sound deep, and you’ll get sound …

Using the JBL Everest Elite 700 Wireless Headphones is a fully immersive audio experience. Your music will sound deep, and you’ll get sound that seems as if it should be coming from a much more expensive pair of headphones.

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