JBL Club 700BT
JBL Club 700BT

JBL Club 700BT-BTs are the entry-level headphones of a series made with touring DJs in mind. They’re the only on-ears in the three-strong range and, unlike the two other models, there’s no noise-canceling feature here. 

We’ve seen bigger and the 283g weight isn’t too much of a problem in itself, but after an hour of listening, we’re certainly left feeling that some more padding would be nice.

Still, that metal feels solid and they fold nicely. The matte finish carry pouch offers a bit of scratch protection, but the flexible band and the cable covering are their best chance of longevity. They handle plenty of twist and shear and you’d have to work hard to break the wiring.

Bluetooth JBL Club 700BT

Bluetooth range is around 10m and battery life is a healthy 50 hours of playback before you’ll need to reconnect the included USB-C charge cable. Recharging is rapid too, taking under two hours to reach full power from empty.

There’s little chance of wasting that battery life either. JBL has included a handy auto-off feature that powers down the headphones if it senses a few minutes of inactivity. Throughout our testing, the system never misfires, prematurely ending our listening.

Controls JBL Club 700BT

JBL Club 700BT Wireless Headphone
JBL Club 700BT Wireless Headphone

The earcups are balanced neatly with controls on both sides. On the right are the volume buttons, which also double as media controls with a longer press, the call answer button, and the bass boost. On the left is the on/off button, the Bluetooth control, and a third button that is either for the TalkThru or Ambient Aware feature, depending upon your selections on the JBL headphones app.

We assign the Smart Ambient button to TalkThru mode, which lowers the volume of your music so you can have a conversation without taking the headphones off. It’s unnerving for the person you’re talking to but, as a function, it works brilliantly.

One key selling point of these headphones is that they’re voice assistant-enabled. To access Alexa or Google Assistant, press the large button on the left earcup to act as the wake word, then simply ask for the songs you want to hear, the weather forecast or whatever you normally do. It works brilliantly and we hardly need to repeat ourselves or speak louder.

JBL Club 700BT Sound

JBL Club 700BT Design

We start listening to Aretha Franklin’s Respect and the bottom-heavy leaning is noticeable. We’re immediately aware of the bassline of the track as it bobbles away underneath Franklin’s heartfelt huskiness and the wangling guitar.

The skewed tone highlights a deconstructed feel to the music and upsets the balance of the track. The effect is magnified because the 700BTs pick out a decent amount of detail and have a real sense of space. But all this combined makes us aware of each individual instrument as a separate part rather than a union of sound. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s not the harmony you expect either.

JBL Club 700BT Background

the imbalance pushes Michael Stipe’s voice too far into the background, compared with the bass guitar and drum kit, and we miss the texture of his throaty tones. It’s a better recording than Respect and more fun to listen to on these revealing headphones.

Style

The JBL CLUB 700BT is well-designed and premium-looking on-ears. They’re all black and have a somewhat retro-look thanks to the exposed wire on each ear cup. Overall, these headphones look much more premium and high-end than the JBL Live 400BT Wireless.

Comfort 

Weight 0.63 lbs Clamping Force  0.9 lbs

These headphones are decently comfortable. Since these are on-ear headphones, they may get slightly uncomfortable after long periods. Luckily, they don’t clamp as hard as some other options, like the JBL Live 400BT Wireless or the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. Unfortunately, due to their well-padded ear cups, they tend to get hot very quickly.

Controls

  • OS Compatibility  Not OS specific
  • Ease Of Use Decent
  • Feedback Decent
  • Call/Music Control Yes
  • Volume Control Yes
  • Microphone Control No
  • Channel Mixing  No
  • Control No
  • Talk-Through  Adjustable
  • Additional Controls Bass Effect + Voice Assistant

The controls of the JBL CLUB 700BT are decent. They have a lot of physical, clicky buttons along the side of each ear cup, including a large button on the ‘JBL’ logo on the left side. The buttons give a good selection of controls, including a ‘bass boost’ feature, but unfortunately, they aren’t the easiest to use as the buttons are close together and it can be difficult to know which button you’re pressing. The headphones also don’t give any voice feedback prompts, making it tougher to know which button you’ve pressed.

In The Box

JBL Club 700BT box
JBL Club 700BT box
  • JBL CLUB 700BT headphones
  • 1/8″ TRRS audio cable with an in-line mic
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manuals

JBL Club 700BT Sound Profile 

The sound profile of the JBL CLUB 700BT is quite well-balanced and accurate. They have a bit of extra bass that gives them extra thump and kick, without being too overpowering. Overall, they’re well-suited for a wide range of genres and content.

Effect

Listening to Violin Concerto No.3 in G Major K.216 by Mozart, the deconstructed effect is still there but not as pronounced. The third movement is a composition almost entirely of the string section, meaning there’s already an easier blend of instruments. All the same, when we try the same piece with a pair of similarly priced JBL Live 650BTNC headphones, there’s a better sense of togetherness and pacing in the music. What we don’t get so well, though, is the wonderful impact that the Club 700BTs master.

Dynamic headphones

These aren’t particularly dynamic headphones, but there’s an impression of depth and scale from the richness with which the bass is produced. It offers a good backdrop for the first violin to dance in and out of the moods of the piece, switching from sweet to sour in a heartbeat. It’s missing the subtlety for us to hear the full harmonics of the instruments or the horsehair of the bow, but there’s still shape to the tight plucks of the big instruments that are difficult not to like.

Verdict

The JBL Club 700BTs are solid, well-built headphones that offer a good standard of audio. Their strengths are well suited to electronic music and, even though some other pairs of cans are more evenly insightful and refined across the tonal range, they’ll bring a sense of discovery to anything you care to listen to.

FOR

  • Strong feature set
  • Tight, punchy bass
  • Reasonably detailed

AGAINST

  • Balance skewed to bass
  • Missing dynamic refinement
  • No aptX support

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