I am not a fan of in-ear headphones. Aside from finding them uncomfortable to use, I hate it when ambient noise is being blocked out when I’m listening to music – to which most in-ear headphones are designed for – providing a great deal of noise isolation.
Recently, I got hold of a JBL Synchros S200 Stereo In-Ear Headphones for review. The JBL Synchros S200 is part of the S200 series together with the S200a and S200i in-ear headphones for Android and iOS.
The JBL Synchros S200 has the same design as the S200a and S200i. Its earpiece housing is made of die-cast aluminum frame and hard plastic with angled ear tips for a more snug fit. The S200 has a right-angle (90 degree) 3.5mm jack and a flat, tangle free cable with clip. It comes with a pocket-sized carry case, three pairs of silicone tips (small/medium/large) and a pair of Comply premium foam tips. What’s missing in this particular model is the universal remote control and microphone found on both the S200a and S200i.
Although a bit bulkier than most in-ear headphones, the good-looking JBL Synchros S200 is lightweight and comfy. The assortment of buds and the angled ear tips provides better fitting and prevents the headphones from easily falling out of your ears. Additionally, the right-angled jack offers an easy way for you to plug or remove the headphones to your smartphone or media player and at the same time reduces wear and tear on the cable.
The JBL Synchros S200 delivers loud and clear sounds. It has an impressive bass response for its size. Similar to most JBL headphones, it has well-defined mids and highs although at times the mids and highs tend to overwhelm the bass when on full volume, especially with Dubsteps and some EDMs. The JBL Synchros S200 plays rock/alternative with high clarity and detail. On songs such as Let Her Go by Passenger, Drink a Beer by Luke Bryan and The A Team by Ed Sheeran, you can clearly hear the guitars, bass guitars and percussions.
Although it is not as bass-heavy as the ‘Beats’ ear buds, the JBL Synchros S200 delivers first-rate sound quality and power across all music genres. On the other hand, it is a good choice for those who are not fond of bass heavy earpieces and would like a more balanced headphone. I am not a fan of in-ear headphones but should I decide to get one, the JBL Synchros S200 is definitely at the top of my list.
JBL Synchros S200 In-Ear Headphone Specs:
|Maximum SPL: 108dB @5mW|
|Rated power input: 5mW|
|Connections: 3.5mm plug|
The JBL Synchros S200 has an SRP of Php 6,290 and is available in the following JBL stores:
JBL Sound Gallery, B3 Bonifacio High Street – 856-5041
JBL Acoustical Space, 4th Floor SM Megamall, Cyberzone Bldg. B – 919-6012
JBL Digital Dreams, 4th Floor, SM North Annex Cyberzone – 856-5041