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JBL Reflect Mini 2 mostly shinesThe company's next generation reflective in-ear Bluetooth sports headphone is lightweight, fits well and sounds decent but not great.
JBL's Reflect Mini 2 has a couple of things going for it. For starters it's a lightweight set of sweat-proof, in-ear, wireless sports headphones that should fit most people's ears comfortably and securely. And like the previous model, the cord is reflective, which means it will glow at night if a light is shined on it That's a safety feature that will appeal to some night time runners or walkers. The headphones come with a few different silicone wings and tips to help you get a good fit, a nice compact rubber carrying case is also included. Battery life is rated at ten hours, which is pretty good and there's a quick charge feature that gives you an hours worth of juice from a fifteen minute charge. Earphones do protrude from your ears a little but overall GLB has done a good job updating the design of the Reflect Mini. As I said, they do fit well, and when you're dealing with noise isolating headphones like this a tight seal is crucial to. Maximizing sound quality. The truth is if these earphones sound a little better, they might be a great set of sports headphones. But they only managed to sound slightly above average, and callers weren't all that impressed when I used them as a headset when making cell phone calls. It's not that they sound bad, but they're just a little dull. By that, I mean they lack clarity, and aren't terribly dynamic. In other words, they sound like a middle-of-the-road bluetooth headphone. If they cost less than $60 that's a give them a shot for the design alone. But if there are a $100 a list prize I'm a little less enthuse about them. The bottom line is you should probably wait for them to come down a prize a bit. They are good just not necessarily a $100 good. I'm David Connor for CNET.Com thanks for watching. [MUSIC]