JBL Synchros S400BT Review
Audio aficionados know the name JBL, a company long known for its various audio electronics products – spanning from amplifiers all the way to loudspeakers. They’ve been in the business of making mobile audio accessories as well, like its diversified portfolio of wired and wireless headphones. In looking at its current selection, the JBL Synchros S400BT is undoubtedly one of the company’s higher-end offerings, since it features Bluetooth 3.0 with advanced aptX technology, NFC, and touch-sensitive controls – all for the price of $230. With all of the goodies in tow, it’ll be intriguing to find out how its audio quality stacks up.
The package contains:
- Proprietary USB charging cable
- Carrying case
- 3.5mm audio cable
- Quick start guide
Not only is it durable with its construction, but it’s practically able to fold up and condense its size to make it easy for travel.
Sporting a collapsible design, it’s able to fold up accordingly into the included carrying case, where it’s able to occupy a small amount of space. In fact, we’re impressed by how compact it can become when folded over. Surrounding each ear cup are soft, thick sized foam padding that comfortably cover our ears. However, unlike the ear cups, the headband is treated to only a thin layer of padding. Regardless of that, the JBL Synchros S400BT proves to be comfortable to wear – even during long periods of time.
Looking at the right ear cup, there’s an NFC chip embedded into the side for easy pairing with NFC-enabled devices. Meanwhile, the left ear cup features a power button, 3.5mm jack, and a Bluetooth button. Seeing that the buttons are tiny and flush, they’re rather hard to distinguish with our finger when we’re wearing the headphones. Strangely, the Bluetooth button does nothing more than disconnect it from a paired device – as long pressing the power button places it into pairing mode.