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JBL introduces 4 new true wireless headphones at CES 2019

JBL is going all in on truly wireless earphones with the new Endurance Peak, UA True Wireless Flash, Tune 120TWS and Reflect Flow.

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The Endurance Peak are available now.

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With the increasing popularity of true wireless headphones, JBL is expanding its true wireless line up with four new models ranging in price from  $100 to $170 (no word on international pricing yet). Here's a quick look at the line up. Two of the earphones are available now and two will ship later this year.

JBL Endurance Peak

The Peak is the newest addition to JBL's Endurance series line, which includes the Run, Sprint, Jump and Dive headphones. The Endurance Peak is a sports model with touch controls. I previously likened the Endurance Sprint (which has a wire between the buds) to a more affordable version of Beats Powerbeats3 headphones.

  • Four hours of battery life
  • TwistLock and FlexSoft technologies
  • PowerHook
  • IPX7 waterproof
  • Rugged charging case delivers six additional charges (for 24 hours of battery life)
  • Hands-free calling
  • Full-function touch control
  • Colors: Blue, back and red
  • Price: $120 (roughly converting to £95, AU$170)
  • Availability: Now
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The UA True Wireless Flash retails for $170 and comes in one color: black.

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UA True Wireless Flash

JBL continues its partnership with Under Armour with the UA True Wireless Flash. I should be getting these in the next few weeks and will let you know how they sound, fit and perform as soon as I have a chance to play with them for a week. The TalkThru and AmbientAware feature are designed with runners and bikers in mind who want to let some sound in (such as traffic noise) for safety reasons.

  • 5.8mm diameter dynamic drivers
  • Bionic Hearing with TalkThru and AmbientAware Technologies
  • UA Storm Proof sweat and waterproof technology with an IPX7 rating
  • Up to five hours of battery life
  • Rugged aluminum charging case delivers five additional charges
  • Three fitting options of the Sport Flex Fit Ear Tips included
  • Complimentary 12-month MapMyRun Premium membership included 
  • Price: $170 (roughly converts to £135, AU$240)
  • Available: Now

The entry-level JBL Tune120TWS.

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JBL Tune120TWS

This is JBL's budget true wireless option that carries a list price of $100 (converts roughly to £80, AU$140). I handled it for a bit at CES and it was similar to other models at this price point (translation: it doesn't have a premium feel). The big question is how reliable the wireless connection will be and how good it sounds. I'll let you know as soon as I get my hands on a test sample this spring.

  • JBL Pure Bass Sound
  • Four hours of battery life (16-hours of combined playback time)
  • Compact 12-hour charging case
  • Hands-free stereo calling, connect to Google Now or Siri with a simple touch
  • Ergonomic fit and design
  • 15-minute quick charge gives you one hour of battery life
  • Six color options: White, blue, black, green, yellow and pin
  • Price: $100
  • Availability: Spring 2019
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The Reflect Flow ships this summer for $150.

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JBL Reflect Flow

After getting a quick look at the Reflect Flow at CES, I'd say this may be the best of JBL's new true wireless earphones. Priced at $150 (roughly £120, AU$210), they're a little less expensive than the UA model and have similar features but stronger battery life.  They'll be available this summer.

  • 30-hours of combined playback
  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • Rugged 20-hour charging case
  • TalkThru and Ambient Aware technologies
  • Easily connect to Google Now and Siri
  • Ergonomic fit and design
  • Four color options: Black, blue, lime and tea
  • Price: $150
  • Availability: Summer 2019
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