Look Feel: 4/5The JBL J55 headphones are a smaller sized on ear headset that
has a few unique features including rotating ear pieces and a removable
cable. The JBL J55 has two 1 5/8 inch premium drivers for great quality
sound and a 4 foot cable to connect to your devices.
The 3.5 mm cable has both the head phone audio and the microphone on the
same connection but it can be sued in both regular audio and combined audio
devices. Each ear piece can rotate 180 degrees for either storage or for
using one of the ear pieces in what they call DJ style with only one of the
ear pieces on.
Bass is nicely deep while high notes and mids are clear and sound great even
when listening to a variety of music and movies. The JBL J55 comes in black,
white and combined orange and white for a good variety of colors while the
carry case is black.
The J55 comes with the headset and a carry pouch along with the detachable
cable that connects to the headset with a locking end that also has a
microphone and inline volume control. The J55 headphones work well for both
listening to music as well as communication like gaming and for general
voice over IP.
The inline microphone and volume control is about four inches from the
connection to the headphones and works pretty well but at times the sound is
not quite as good probably due to positioning of the microphone. The
microphone uses a small hole in one side of the small control so you need to
make sure this hole is out away from you for best reception of the
The volume controls work well and the head set has a clarity and quality
that is up to the JBL standards but this does have smaller sized ear pieces.
I prefer my headsets to have plenty of room over my ears but the JBL set
does sound great and is plenty comfortable to wear for hours on end.
I have used the headset plenty for gaming and the sound quality is excellent
along with great voice for in game chatting and communication. The JBL J55
makes a great all around headset for both computers and for regular music
connected to an MP3 player or a tablet.
I have done a little experimenting with the JBL J55 and a program from Razer
that allows surround sound in any headset and this also sounds fantastic.
Razer has released a program for Windows 7 and Windows 8 that changes a
stereo headphone into a surround sound headphone.
Surround sound on the JBL J55 sounds fantastic and gaming is that much
better with it as it really does help with hearing where people are at in
first person shooters. 7.1 surround sound does help in gaming but for most
movies 5.1 is plenty and with the Razer Surround Sound program you get as
many speakers as the movie or game will let you.
7.1 movies are interesting but I really dont know if all those speakers are
necessary but 5.1 is just right for both gaming and movies. The JBL J55 did
great with the Razer program which is free from Razer, I have a link to the
free surround sound program below.
The JBL J55 on ear headset is a great sounding headset and comfortable
enough even though the ear pieces are small but they fit. I highly recommend
the JBL J55 for exceptional sound and good audio using the inline microphone
and volume control that works very well even without the surround sound.
Earpieces rotate for storage and to use one earpiece DJ style3.5mm
connection has microphone and stereo audio on same tip.