Never been a fan of headphones, as my ears were pampered with good old 2-channel stereo sound from my Onkyo. I have been using some cheap Sennheisers over the past 4 years – for watching movies past midnight, and never ever for listening to music. For the money I paid, the Sennheiser MX series were too good with clear treble, bass and warmth. However, never really preferred them for music listening.

JBL J33 headphone review

With the decreasing frequency of me listening to music on my quaint stereo system, I thought it made sense to invest in good quality in-ear headphones. Bose was my preference, and it was out of my reach. Everyone went ga-ga over SoundMAGIC E10, but couldn’t find a place where I can demo this Chinese price-quality innovation. I’ve made bad buying decisions based on the so-called reviews praising a product – didn’t want to repeat that again.

In this earphone hunting process, I stumbled upon JBL J33 in-ear headphones. Well, bought it for JBL and A R Rahman! No regrets!

JBL J33 headphone review

Build quality

Aesthetically designed. Looks and feels premium. The pouch given for this is the only badly designed item – hard to fit this lengthy headphone. I instantly fell in love with the build quality and it’s flat less-tangle-prone cable. Not sure how rugged this would be after months of abuse.

Music quality

Sound stage: Noticeably wide stage when compared to my old Sennheiser – tested with this piece of sound manipulation. Love it!

Bass: I’m not a bass head. Sounds right and tight. Listening to this song – Unthan desathin kural and this – Tu bin bataye, was a real pleasure.

Treble: A little underplayed, but sounds crystal clear in most cases if you listen to high quality mp3/FLAC.

I never listen to the headphones at high volumes or in noisy places. So, can’t comment on the bass-treble ability of this headphone at such insane, head-popping volumes.

In a nutshell, JBL J33 is a very good in-ear headphone; excellent sound quality for less than INR 2000.