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“We explode in headphones” - with this sentence Harman opened his press conference for IFA 2018. Loosely translated, the group announced a fireworks display of new headphone models. Part of this explosion, like a first splinter, is the JBL Everest Elite 150NC.

There are two reasons why JBL is expanding its headphone portfolio significantly. On the one hand, the statement can also be interpreted as “Our headphone sales are exploding” - that would then be the reason for the many new product launches in this area. On the other hand, the Harman Group, to which JBL belongs, has belonged to Samsung since 2017. When it comes to smartphones, Samsung is number one worldwide, some way ahead of Apple, the world's number two. Apple bought Beats in 2014 in order to have a say in the market for the most important accessory products for smartphones with the popular Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. To date, Samsung did not offer any serious headphones of its own. It should be clear what requests the group made of the new subsidiary. And the traditional and cult brand JBL should definitely have the potential to compete against beats. The image of the brand gives that easily, the technical competence that JBL brings should be far superior to that of Beats. Which finally brings us to the JBL Everest Elite 150NC.

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The JBL Everest Elite 150NC belongs to the category of neckband in-ears as well as to the even rarer explosion splitter category of in-ears with active noise suppression, NC or ANC (Noise Canceling / Active Noise Canceling) for short. This can even be "regulated" in three stages, whereby JBL does not specify the strength of the noise suppression, but rather that of the perceptible ambient noise: "ANC on" means that the noise canceling works to the maximum and you hardly notice anything of your surroundings ; "Ambient Awareness High" means that you notice a lot of your environment, so the NC is not working. In between there is the level “ambient aware low”, basically the middle in between. To control the NC, there is a separate button on the right "collar" of the neckband, where the power button is also located. On the left part of the collar there is a button marked with "+" and one with "-" for volume control and a play / stop button, which can also be used to answer calls or activate a voice assistant, provided that it (or rather it) is set up on the smartphone. The buttons are easy to feel and easy to use. JBL relies on Bluetooth 4.1 without sound-enhancing codecs such as aptX. This is a bit of a shame, because at least a powerful 12 mm driver works in each ear, which should have a lot of sound potential. JBL also relies on complex hardware for making calls or communicating with the voice assistant and has built-in dual microphones with echo suppression technology. The batteries last 14 hours when fully charged. When not in use, the ear housings adhere to each other magnetically so that they do not dangle around freely.