UNBOXED: Reviewing the Under Armour UA Headphones Wireless by JBL
As far as filming UNBOXED’s goes, this active headphones episode was easily one of my favorite to make. It’s embedded above and worth the watch, especially for fans of the Rocky movie franchise, but we’ve got some deeper diving to do into each of these headphones. Here we’ll go over the Under Armour Headphones Wireless engineered by JBL. (You can check out the Urbanears Hellas Active review here.)
About Under Armour Headphones Wireless
If you’ve stepped foot in any sporting goods store over the last decade or so, or even if you’re a sports fan and happened to watch any sporting event ever, you’re probably familiar with the Under Armour brand. They’re best-known for their workout apparel. Well, that’s still the case, but a recent strategic partnership formed between UA and Harman resulted in a minor—but rather large—expansion into consumer tech.
Enter the UA Headphones Wireless, which we reviewed, and the UA Headphones Wireless Heart Rate, both engineered by JBL. They’re Bluetooth headphones designed for the active, workout-crazed, lover of music. And they’re incredibly convenient and comfortable.
The in-ear design will look familiar to most in-ear headphone wearers, but the companies created a unique Twistlock Technology that allows the earpiece to fit in the ear canal and then twist and lock into place. Sounds painful, but the ear tip is designed to put less pressure on the actual ear canal, and the added material that sits in the bowl of your ear keeps the headphones in place and provides additional support. And, because one size does not fit all when it comes to in-ear headphones, UA and JBL provide two sets of “enhancers” that let the user adjust the size of the earpiece.
In terms of care, the headphones are made with sweatproof nano-coating with IPX5 water resistance, which means no matter how much you sweat, the headphones will stay in place, and they won’t get all gross and grimy.
Other features: controlling calls and music is simple as well with the three-button mic located just below the right earpiece; JBL included its Pure Bass Performance, which delivers “big sounds in a compact size”; the headphones have an eight-hour battery life, which is enough for at least a few days of going to the gym or running outside; and a size-adjusting clip allows the user to tighten the cord to prevent it from flopping around while they’re active.
The UA Headphones Wireless by JBL were introduced at CES and launched in January. They retail for $180 and are available on the Under Armour website.
Here’s the thing about in-ear headphones and me. We’ve never been able to get along. Apple’s earbuds are one thing. But these silicon, form-fitting earpieces have had a rough history to date. So, going into the review period, I had low expectations. That said, they completely blew my expectations away. These are the first pair of in-ear headphones I’ve been able to find that actually stayed put and didn’t bounce around. They still required some pushing and shoving as I tried to get them in my ear in a comfortable and stable position, but once they were in, they stayed in.
As for sound and call quality, the JBL Pure Bass Performance makes a noticeable difference between these and any other pair of in-ear active headphones I’ve experienced. And the ability to have in-ear headphones without the dangling cable that attaches to your headphone jack is a major convenience.
As far as in-ear headphones go a 3.5 might as well be a 5 out of 5 for me. Like I said, I’m not really a fan of this style of headphones, but these were extremely comfortable, they stayed put, and the sound quality was tremendous for what I was expecting. The price is a bit high, especially considering some of the other in-ear options on the market. But for the workoutaholics out there who are looking for a high-quality, high-performance option, these are very easy to recommend.