JBL unveiled its newest headphone series, CLUB, at CES in Las Vegas earlier today. The newest cans come in three models: the CLUB 700BT, CLUB 950NC and CLUB ONE – each boasts a varying price point and feature set. The American firm said it was inspired by touring musicians to create its latest series of headphones that vary in both on-ear and over-ear designs.
JBL CLUB 700BT • £129.99
Let’s start with the cheapest entry in the new CLUB series, the CLUB 700BTs. These cans sport an on-ear design and come with JBL’s signature Legendary Pro Sound and are certified for high-res audio. The 700BTs also come with built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support, so you can bark orders and questions to your heart’s content.
The CLUB 700BTs don’t come with any kind of ANC, however they do boast a whopping 50 hours of battery life, meaning you can easily wear them for two days straight with some juice left in the tank.
JBL CLUB 950NC • £219.99
The CLUB 950NCs are the middle child of JBL’s new headphone family – they cost almost £100 more than the 700BTs but do come with ANC so you can swat away any unwanted sounds on the morning commute.
Just like the 700BTs, the 950NCs come with built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa functionality and come with JBL’s Legendary Pro Sound.
By far the biggest difference between the 950NCs and 700BTs comes from the design of each though. The former boasts an over-ear design as opposed to the latter’s on-ear build.
Without ANC, the 950NCs can rack up a total of 55 hours of listening time on a single charge. However, if you want to shield yourself from unwanted noise you’ll get 25 hours.
JBL CLUB ONE • £329.99
Positioned as the flagship headphones in the CLUB series, the CLUB ONEs come with JBL’s most advanced noise-cancelling technology and are priced to compete with the likes of the Bose 700s and Sony WH-1000XM3s.
What separates the CLUB ONEs from the CLUB 950NCs is the fact the former comes with adaptive noise cancellation, meaning the headphones will adjust the level of ANC depending on your surroundings. That means if you’re riding a screeching tube to work it’ll kick in to high gear but it’ll dial things down if you’re jamming to music on the sofa.
The CLUB ONEs don’t quite match the 950NCs in the battery department though. Although with that said they still pull in an impressive 45 hours on a single charge without ANC and 23 hours with ANC enabled.
Each of the three new JBL headphones discussed above will be available sometime this spring.