JBL brings new wireless earphones for everybody to CES 2019, starting at $99
The Harman-owned manufacturer of speakers, soundbars, and home theater systems has just taken the wraps off the JBL Reflect Flow, Endurance Peak, Tune120TWS, and UA Flash earphones at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, as reported by Engadget.
The main thing that separates these four is obviously the external appearance, each meant to appeal to a (slightly) different target audience. But you’ll also want to take note of what makes them special in terms of specifications.
The UA Flash or UA True Wireless Flash are the costliest of the bunch, at a recommended retail price of $169.95, a premium justified in part by JBL’s branding collaboration with Under Armour and in part by a robust list of features.
Lightweight and “completely” waterproof, these earbuds boast a total battery life of 25 hours, including 20 hours of juice delivered by a sturdy aluminum charging case. The UA Flash also stands out with something called Bionic Hearing, a proprietary technology allowing the user to choose from TalkThru and Ambient Aware listening modes either amplifying voices around you or maximizing background noise.
At $149.95, the JBL Reflect Flow look pretty similar to the UA Flash, also promising an ergonomic design and fit, IPX7 waterproofing, “signature” sound technology, the same aforementioned Bionic Hearing capabilities, and a whopping 30-hour combined battery life.
The $119.95 JBL Endurance Peak are slightly less advanced and, frankly, a little uglier than their “cousins”, with a TwistLock design that’s meant to be convenient rather than stylish, a more than decent 28 hours of combined battery life, and yes, IPX7 water resistance as well.
Finally, the $99.95 JBL Tune120TWS manage to be “trendy and slim”, naturally downgrading the headphones + charging case total endurance to 16 hours, and making do without water resistance. On the bright side, the low-cost wireless earbuds can connect to Google and Apple’s voice assistants to make hands-free stereo calls. That’s not too shabby, now, is it?