I've always been a fan of JBL, and I appreciate the fact that the company has audio gear for every price range. Want a high-end gaming headset? JBL has you covered with the. Looking for budget headphones? The is a solid option. Coming in somewhere in the middle is the JBL Live 400BT, which lists for $100 but tends to sell for $60 or so these days. Right now, I've found what is probably the lowest ever for these headphones -- the .
Yes, these are refurbished headphones, but they're certified refurbs from JBL, not a third-party reseller. Back Market rates them as "mint condition," the highest rating it gives refurbs. For comparison, you can get these same headphones -- also refurbished -- from Amazon for $46.67. But even though Amazon is selling them for a little bit more, they're not JBL-certified and come with a 90-day warranty. The Back Market headphones have a full 12-month warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
These arewith a firm fit, so if you prefer over-ear cans, you might want to look elsewhere (like the ). But even resting on your ears, these are fairly comfortable thanks to thick padding on the earcups. You get about 24 hours of wireless usage on a single charge and the headphones top off in about two hours.
Thanks no doubt to the firm on-ear fit, these headphones have decent passive noise reduction, but JBL includes a feature you typically find much more commonly in headphones with active noise reduction: an "ambient aware" mode that, with the touch of a button, combines outside sounds with your audio, so you can be aware of conversations or announcements. And JBL's TalkThru mode hushes the music without pausing it, so you can talk at a normal volume without sounding unhinged.
The Live 400BT headphones are stylish in a conservative, subdued sort of way, and available at this price only in black.
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