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JBL’s Soundgear Sense: The Ultimate Open-Ear Earbuds for Exceptional Bass

JBL's Soundgear Sense: The Ultimate Open-Ear Earbuds for Exceptional Bass

Good bass from open-ear earbuds? JBL's Soundgear Sense might just have nailed it

JBL recently unveiled several new products at IFA, but one specific product that stands out is the Soundgear Sense. This unassuming open-ear earbuds design from JBL is affordable and delivers impressive bass performance.

The Unique Design of JBL Soundgear Sense

The JBL Soundgear Sense has a sporty earbuds design with a hook that secures them to your ear. However, unlike the Beats Fit Pro, these earbuds don't go inside your ear. Instead, they sit over the entrance to your ear and transmit sound through the air. This makes them more like directed open-ear headphones.

One of the main advantages of the Soundgear Sense over traditional in-ear earbuds or noise-canceling headphones is that you can enjoy your favorite music while still being aware of your surroundings. These earbuds don't block out ambient noise, allowing you to stay immersed in your music while staying aware of what's happening around you.

It's important to note that the Soundgear Sense doesn't use bone conduction technology to achieve this feature. While it may not make it onto the list of the best bone conduction headphones, JBL has made significant improvements in this area compared to their previous attempts.

Impressive Sound Quality

The JBL Soundgear Sense delivers a pretty impressive sound quality. According to senior staff writer Hamish Hector, who tested the earbuds in Berlin, the sound is clear with great mid and high-range tones. Even the bass performance is solid, especially considering their small size.

Hamish mentions that at higher volumes, there can be some distortion, but at moderate volumes, the earbuds offer good clarity. While they may not completely replace his trusty Bose 700 headphones when he wants to be isolated in his own world of sound, he finds the Soundgear Sense perfect for commutes, jogging, or walking home on a dark evening due to the extra awareness they provide.

Pricing and Availability

The JBL Soundgear Sense will be available in black or white starting from the end of September . The unofficial price for the earbuds is £129.99 / €149.99, which is approximately $165 or AU$255. These prices and availability details may be subject to change when JBL officially confirms them.

Opinion: JBL Focuses on Sound Quality

JBL's previous flagship effort, the JBL Tour Pro 2, was a screen-toting device that had its flaws. However, the Soundgear Sense earbuds are a more humble offering from JBL that focuses on sound quality instead of gimmicks. This shift in focus is a welcome change and shows that JBL has the talent to deliver impressive audio performance in an affordable and safety-conscious design.

The Soundgear Sense comes equipped with Bluetooth 5.3 with LE Audio, JBL's OpenSound Technology with 16.2mm drivers, four microphones for clear calls, up to 24 hours of battery life, IP54 sweat, splash, and dust resistance, touch controls, and the JBL Headphones App for personalization and EQ adjustments.

While it remains to be seen if the Soundgear Sense will outperform similar offerings from Oladance, OneOdio, or Cleer Audio, it's clear that JBL has made significant improvements in their open-ear earbuds design. Keep an eye out for a full appraisal of the JBL Soundgear Sense from our colleague Hamish.

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