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Published on November 10th, 2016 | by Greg

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JBL Reflect Aware: Fitness-Ready Lightning Headphones

It’s official- the end is near. We’ve all seen it coming, and though for a while it seemed as if more reasonable minds would prevail, in the end something that many of us appreciate greatly has come to an end. Though the divisions between us have been exposed, and there may have been no rational reason to sweep history aside, the fact remains that it’s over. Despite everything, the headphone jack appears to be on the way out.

The new JBL Reflect Aware headphones are one of the first sets we’ve seen that don’t have a 3.5mm minijack connector or a 1/4-inch classic-style headphone adapter. Instead, they are built for Apple’s latest mobile devices, the iPhone and the iPad and utilize a Lightning cable. The major reason for the change has been well-covered in the past, but to keep it simple, it helps keeps the audio signals stay digital rather than requiring conversion. This, in turn, means a little less complicated circuitry in the phone, which saves a bit of battery and some space.

These are a fitness-focused model, sweatproof, water-resistant and easy to clean if you need. They utilize the earloops that you may have seen or tried in the past, which helps keep them in place even during serious exercise. Three separate sizes are included, as well as three sizes of eartips. JBL included some interesting extra features like active noise cancellation, plus a microphone that not only allows you to place calls but also layer in external noises so you can hear your surrounding environment during your jogs. It works fairly well, and helps ensure you can hear sirens or a car honking. There’s a fairly standard remote, and a free companion app called My JBL Headphones which allows you to control EQ settings.

By default, these don’t throw bass around, but with a little bit of tweaking they offer plenty of low-end. We liked the jazzy sound profile, and though pop and rock tracks can shift towards bright, it’s pretty easy to adjust. Solid cabling, a little reflective touch for nighttime visibility, and well-rounded sound make these an easy addition to your fitness routine. The JBL Reflect Aware headphones are available in three colors- blue, black, red, teal- and they’ll run you about $199.99 online and in stores.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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