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The Endurance Peak 2 by JBL is an excellent set of headphones for athletes. With the Endurance Peak 2, JBL hopes to alleviate some of the most frequent limitations people have to regular training schedules: lack of motivation. Using a clever ear hook design and touch controls, these pair of IPX7 earbuds reduce the number of times you must interface with your mobile device. In this review, we highlight the results of our tests to see how they fit in a highly competitive industry.
The JBL Endurance Peak 2 was Built for:
- Athletes- the earphones can survive up to 30 minutes of submersion but are not designed for swimming.
- Everyone can use it, although the case is a little cumbersome to carry along.
Design Features of the Endurance Peak II
This pair of earbuds has a hook design that latches over your ear to improve fit security. It is available in black, blue, or white. Small, medium, and large silicone ear tips are included in the package. The over-ear hooks are a big assist in keeping the earphones in place. Furthermore, the hooks in larger frames may take up more room behind your ears if you wear spectacles, as I do.
You should be able to wear them under heavy rain and wash them off under the faucet without any issues if the IPX7 rating stays sure. However, be careful with the earpiece because the rating does not extend to the charging case.
Easy-to-use controls are provided via touch-sensitive screens on both earpieces. One touch on the left ear is needed to skip ahead or backward. Double-tapping the right ear activates your device's voice assistant while a single touch on the right ear plays or stops audio. Dial out or answer calls with a single touch on either ear. Swipe the right ear's panel to alter the volume. We found the loudness swipes to be less responsive—or at the very least, more likely to misfire—than the others. Some of the misfires interrupted play, but none were more than a little annoyance because the touch taps work effectively and are simple to recall.
Constructed out of durable plastic with a flip-top cover, the case contains a back panel USB C connector that can be used to charge the provided USB C to the USB A cable. The front of the casing has a status LED that tells users how much battery life remains. For the Endurance Peak II, JBL predicts around six hours of playback time on a single charge, although your mileage may vary depending on how loud you listen.
Finally, when used internally, a dynamic driver with a 10mm diameter delivers a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz. The earbuds support AAC and SBC Bluetooth codecs, but not AptX.
What is the earpiece missing? It would have been nice if the app included EQ controls, but it's not a deal breaker at this price.
Made for workouts
You can't go wrong with the JBL Endurance Peak 2 for exercising. Even those who sweat heavily can find comfort using the Endurance peak two, which has an IPX7 certification. The package features a rock climber, but we know it hasn’t been certified as dust resistant - chalking one's hands is common among rock climbers. This pair of headphones has served me well throughout several visits my local climbing station. I honestly think you can utilize them if you frequently encounter dust, dirt, chalk, or sand.
The JBL Endurance Peak 2 earbuds are large compared to other training earphones, yet they are comfortable to use for long periods. However, because there is no fitting test, you will have to carry out a few tries to discover the best fit for your ear canals.
Sound performance and Audio Quality of the JBL Endurance Peak II
In my opinion, for the JBL Endurance Peak 2, the main selling point in terms of sound quality is its bass response, which makes sense given the target audience's preference for music listening in noisy environments.
Music sounds lively and in-your-face with a strong bass punch. The sound quality is good for genres like EDM, pop, and hip-hop. Other genres, however, sound imbalanced when they have too much warmth.
For example, the Knife's "Silent Shout" has a noticeable sub-bass thud delivered through the headphones. While the low-frequency response is still robust and well-balanced at moderate volume levels, the bass does not distort at high volume levels.
Listening to Bill Callahan's "Drover," I discovered significantly less deep bass in the mix, offering us a clearer understanding of the Endurance Peak II's basic sound character. The drums on this tune seem thunderous—this is overdone bass response. A little more low-mid richness is added to Callahan's baritone voice. JBL does a commendable job of counterbalancing the boosting with a clear presentation of high-mid and high-frequency sounds, such as guitar strumming and high-register percussion impacts. What we end up with is a scooped sound signature. It may not be correct, but it will appeal to many listeners, particularly those inspired by the greater bass response when exercising.
If you listen to "No Church in the Wild," you may discover that the kick drum loop gets enough high-mid presence, but the lows are significantly more boosted, so the loop sounds heavier than it generally does. Additionally, the often tucked-away vinyl crackle and hiss are more prominent here, suggesting that the highs have been amplified. Furthermore, the sub-bass synth hits that punctuate the rhythm are delivered with great intensity—we've heard stronger sub-bass depth from some in-ears. Still, JBL manages to give a large thud without affecting the overall balance of the mix. Sibilance is minimal in the vocals on this tune, which are delivered with a clean, sharp clarity.
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Other music genres can have a pronounced bass-forward lean, like the opening orchestra scene of the Gospel by John Adams. If not for the extensive high-frequency shaping, the sound would be terrible. We get an improved but balanced sound profile with more bottom depth and sharp, clear highs.
The microphone's sound quality is above average. On an iPhone 8, we could comprehend every phrase we captured; however, the Bluetooth distortion fuzzed up the sound. Those on the other end of the line should have no trouble hearing you over a good connection.
Bluetooth 5.0 Connectivity of the JBL Endurance 2
Even if there are a couple of thicknesses of drywall, the JBL Endurance Peak 2's Bluetooth 5.0 connection can be rock-solid. These Bluetooth earphones never lose their connection to my phone, even while using them at a gym or when riding outside.
Furthermore, it is expected that JBL provides support SBC and AAC codecs. Those using iPhone can stream with Endurance Peak 2 without latency but excellent resolution. On Android devices, you may get better results by enabling SBC. When working out, most of us don't give much thought to audio quality but it has to be fairly good with bass.
Using the JBL Endurance Peak 2, you can get close to the advertised 6-hour playtime with a single boosted charge. With USB-C casing, you get an extra four charge cycles, bringing the total playtime to 30 hours. Fast charging, a much-desired feature for games, is conspicuously absent. Additionally, you there is no option for wireless charging.
Sound Attenuation of the JBL Endurance Peak 2
The JBL Endurance Peak 2 delivers fair performance in terms of isolating noise. These headphones aren't the best option for blocking out high-pitched sounds like your roommate's inept dishwashing or the surrounding laughter of other passengers. Opt for Sony WF-1000XM4 or the Bose QuietComfort 45 for advanced noise cancelling functionality.
Buy the JBL Endurance Peak 2 for Intense Workouts
As far as exercise headphones go, the JBL Endurance Peak 2 is an excellent option, especially for those who don't care about software features. PowerHook is a terrific design that simplifies reconnecting while offering a secure connection. Certainly, the earphones are still clumsy, but for the most part, athletes place a higher value on comfort and security than on sleek looks and design.
But the JBL Endurance Peak 2 lacks rapid charging and has a subpar microphone, to put it mildly. The huge charging case isn't the most convenient solution for everyday usage since it takes up a lot of room in a gym bag. Some modifications had to be made to keep the price around $100; however, you can find other alternatives that make up for the limitations of the Endurance peak 2.
Comparison: JBL Endurance 2 Vs. PowerBeats pro
In terms of design, the Endurance Peak 2 and the Powerbeats Pro have a lot in common. The Powerbeats Pro is tailored for iPhone users thanks to the H1 processor, this is far removed from the Endurance Peak 2 that works on both Android and iOS. iPhone users may use the Find feature to track down their misplaced earbuds with the help of Apple's proprietary chipset. Notwithstanding, Powerbeats Pro lacks several useful features for Android users.
The Endurance Peak 2 offers a few advantages - it features an IPX7 grade, making them better at water resistance than the Beats' IPX4 designation suggests. You'll also save a lot of money if you go with the JBL model rather than the Beats model. In the end, both earbuds are excellent for working out, but we feel the Peak 2 is of a better value.
Check out these similar Alternatives
We recommend the JBL Endurance Peak 2 as an excellent choice for athletes, but it's not our only choice in this category. We'd employ you to try the Anker Soundcore Spirit X2. It is an IP68-rated true wireless exercise earphone with JBL-like ear hooks on the market. Optionally, the Jabra Elite 4 Active is an amazing set of exercise earphones that don't utilize ear hooks. In exchange for $119, you get an IP57-rated headphone, SBC and aptX compatibility, and passable active noise cancellation with the Jabra.
The Bose Sport Earbuds and Jaybird Vista 2 are our top picks if you're ready to spend quite a bit of money. The StayHear Max ear wings of Bose's earphones, like the Beats Fit Pro and Sony LinkBuds, latch to your ear's concha for a more secure fit. Though the Bose Music app does not allow you to EQ the sound of your headphones, the sound quality is excellent. IP57-rated buds and MIL-STD-810G certified casing make the Jaybird Vista 2 as tough. The Vista 2 has no ear hooks like the Sport Earbuds, but it does employ the same mechanism.