JBL Endurance Dive Full Review 2019
JBL’s Endurance Dive is yet another model in the brand’s line of touch-controlled wireless headphones. In addition to its adjustment method and set-up, it also has the same ear hook design and lightweight build. Buyers are also offered the same color options as the Endurance Sprint, ensuring a set that’s both functional and stylish.
Yet while this set does have plenty of features that buyers are familiar with, such as TwistLock and SoftFlex technologies, there are several others that allow it to truly stand out. One of the most distinctive is its built-in MP3 player, which comes with 1GB of memory and allows the buyer to store up to 200 songs. And its IPX7 rating is heavily marketed to swimmers, which makes this set a strong consideration for those who frequently enjoy water sports.
While this set seems like it would be an automatic best-seller, multiple reviewers have reported a few concerning issues. They claim that its touch controls can be difficult to use and that its overall sound weakens or shuts off altogether while they swim.
-Multiple color options
-Built-in MP3 player
-Resists water and sweat
-Easy to travel with
-Can be difficult to use
-Waterproof features inconsistent
-Incompatible with voice commands
As the name of this set suggests, it's also designed to be a used while swimming and during different water sports such as surfing and snorkeling. However, this doesn't seem to work for a large number of buyers, as they complained that either the sound quality lessens or it stops working altogether. Listings do recommend switching it over to Bluetooth mode, yet several reviewers claim that even this doesn't work for them.
Just like the Endurance Peak, this set features a PowerHook design that activates when the buyer puts in on and then shuts off once it's removed. This prevents battery life from being wasted and, in turn, allows each charge to last longer. TwistLock and SoftFlex technologies are also brought back for that comfortable and customizable fit.
In addition, this set comes with three different sizes of silicone ear tips and a micro USB charging cable. It also has its own carrying case, which makes it easier to store away and prevent possible damage over time.
When buyers are not using the MP3 player, this set still functions with the help of Bluetooth version 4.2. This makes it compatible with almost all smartphones on the market and also offers the average wireless range of 33 feet to keep buyers from feeling too tied down.
Furthermore, its IPX7 rating means that this set will not only resist sweaty workouts and harsh weather, but it's also designed to be used while swimming and during different water sports such as snorkeling.
Buyers have also noted that it's sound never varies whether it's set in Bluetooth mode or MP3 player mode. Of course, the only real difference would be that Bluetooth might lose connectivity at some points while the MP3 player continues to function even without a device or a signal.
Still, according to multiple reviewers, this set doesn't always work the way it's intended to and the sound quality suffers as a result. They've claimed that it diminishes greatly whenever this set is used while swimming, while some even claiming that it stops working altogether. While one reviewer did recommend switching over to Bluetooth mode during water sports, some still stay that this did nothing for them and their experience.
When this set's connectivity works the way it should, buyers are very happy with what it has to offer. It enables phone calls, music, and podcasts, and is even designed to stay functional while the wearer is swimming.
Unfortunately, these features are known to be inconsistent on this particular set. Many buyers have noticed that it stops working properly, or even shuts off altogether, while they're swimming. Others state that it weakens over time, and they're also disappointed to learn that it's not compatible with voice commands.
TwistLock and SoftFlex technologies are once again used for this set to ensure a customizable fit that won't cause irritation. And, as with most other in-ear headsets, it comes with three different sizes of silicone ear tips to allow all buyers to achieve their comfortable and secure fit.
The only downside to this particular quality is that some reviewers claim that it does nothing to keep water out of their ears as they swim. It's not clear if this is because they aren't wearing it properly, need different sized ear tips, or they simply have a set with a manufacturing error.
In addition, buyers are given five different color options to choose from when purchasing this set. They can pick between black, black/yellow, red, blue, and teal. Oddly enough, these are all these exact same selections that the Endurance Sprint is sold in.
While no one has reported any external damage, many have claimed that this set's connectivity and overall sound quality will diminish after only a few weeks. They especially notice this during their swimming workouts, which is very concerning considering that this is what this set has been marketed for. It's unclear, however, if they aren't taking other steps to take care of their headphones or if this is simply a manufacturing error that went horribly unchecked.
Ease of Use
However, as with the Endurance Sprint, several reviewers found it to be difficult to control. They claimed that the touch controls weren't sensitive enough and that a good chunk of their workout time was wasted trying to skip songs or switch modes.
Buyers have an especially hard time when it comes to using this set for swimming. While JBL recommends that its controls be locked before being used in the water, reviewers say that they've struggled with doing so. And, to make matters worse, they state that it doesn't always fit securely and lets water into their ears.
Buyers are given eight full our of playing and calling time, which is more than enough for several intense workouts, hours of travel, or even a full day at work. While it takes two hours for this set to fully charge, buyers can still charge for ten minutes in order to get a full hour of battery life. Furthermore, the PowerHook design ensures that its charge is never wasted when it's not in use.
This should be considered a bargain, considering everything that this set is supposed to offer. It provides a comfortable fit that stays on throughout intense workouts and is also designed to function while swimming. It also comes with a decent battery life and is available in several eye-catching color options.
And while many buyers are satisfied with how it performs, others feel that this set is just a waste of money. They claim that its water-resistant features don't function as advertised, or at all, and they've noticed occasional issues with its connectivity and durability.
-Bluetooth version 4.2 connectivity
-Built-in MP3 player with 1GB of memory
-PowerHook design saves battery life
-TwistLock and SoftFlex technologies
-IPX7 rating against sweat, dust, and water
-8 hours of wireless playback
-Sport carrying case for storage
-Five different color options
Unfortunately, too many reviewers have claimed that this set has a lot of factors working against it. Aside from the occasional connectivity issues, its overall sound quality isn't much to write home about, and the touch-sensitive controls are so weak that they end up cutting into the buyer's workout time. To make matters worse, it's known to be difficult to use during swimming even after switching modes or disabling controls.
It's not clear if these issues are the result of poor manufacturing on JBL's end or the buyer's confusion while reading this set's instructions. Either way, this set's extremely mixed reviews show just how polarizing it has become since its release.