JBL Endurance Dive Full Review 2019

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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.

 

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

-Comfortable wear

-Very versatile

-Multiple color options

-Built-in MP3 player

-Resists water and sweat

-Easy to travel with

Cons

-Can be difficult to use

-Waterproof features inconsistent

-Incompatible with voice commands

Activities
Activities

Activities

Just like all the other headphones within this line, the Endurance Dive is designed to provide highly versatile wear. It stays in plays throughout long runs and intense workouts, and it's also lightweight and minimal enough that it won't interfere with the buyer's activities and can easily be stored away when not in use.

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.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

The Endurance Dive is a wireless headset with an in-ear design and an adjustable wireless neckband. Just like all other sets within the Endurance line, buyers utilize this model via its touch sensitive controls. These do everything from connecting the set to a smartphone and answering calls to adjusting the volume and skipping songs.

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.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

One of the Endurance Dive's most distinctive features is its built-in MP3 player, which provides up to 1GB of memory. Not only are buyers able to play up to 200 songs with this device, but since it doesn't rely on any wireless connectivity they can also leave their device behind so they truly feel free and able to move around during their workouts.

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.
Sound Quality
Sound Quality

Sound Quality

On its own, the Endurance Dive seems to provide a decent level of sound quality. Several professional reviewers state that it remains consistent whether it was worn in the water or during dry workouts. However, none gave any specific details about its bass, mid's, or highs, so diehard audiophiles might want to look elsewhere.

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.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

The Endurance Dive relies on Bluetooth version 4.2 connectivity in order to be fully functional. It's relatively easy to set up, thanks to the touch controls and works with almost all iPhone or Android smartphones. The only time when it's not needed is when the set is on MP3 player mode.

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.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Despite its mixed reviews, most buyers agree that the Endurance Dive offers them a very comfortable wear. It's extremely lightweight yet still manages to fit securely thanks to its in-ear and hooked designs. And the wireless neckband is completely adjustable, meaning that it will never get in the way of the buyer's various workouts

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.
Style
Style

Style

The Endurance Dive follows the same general design as other sets within the Endurance line. It's large enough to fit the touch controls yet still small enough to not get in the way, and a hook feature works with the in-ear fit to ensure that it's secure yet comfortable. The design also works for those who need something lightweight and non-invasive yet don't feel comfortable with wireless earbuds.

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.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Another complaint that many reviewers had about the Endurance Dive was its inconsistent durability. On the surface, it seems like it should be a sturdy set since it contains no flimsy rubber or plastic yet has enough given so avoid possible damage. And its IPX7 rating indicates that it should be highly resistant to water and sweat.

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
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Compared to other headsets within the Endurance line, the Endurance Dive seems to be a bit more difficult to use. It still features the same touch-sensitive controls and Bluetooth connectivity that buyers are used to, and connecting it to their device doesn't appear to be an issue at all.

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.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

The Endurance Dive comes with a USB charging cable that easily plugs into the buyer's laptop or a portable charger. While this doesn't offer the same level of convenience as a portable charging case, it still gives buyers the chance to power up their device even when they're on the go.

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.
Price
Price

Price

Compared to other sets within this same line, the Endurance Dive is noticeably less expensive. Buyers can find it on the JBL website, and at other online retailers such as Best Buy and Walmart, for $90. Multiple eBay listings also price this set at a lower rate, although it's still a good idea to check the reviews first before making a purchase.

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.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Touch sensitive controls
-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
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

On the surface, the JBL Endurance Dive wireless headset sounds like it would be a go-to accessory for many active buyers. It's designed to be lightweight and completely nonintrusive, and it offers a secure yet very comfortable in-ear fit. The built-in MP3 player allows to further stand out among other wireless headsets on the market, and the fact that it's intended to be used while swimming further showcases how versatile it's meant to be.

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.