JBL E55BT Quincy Edition Headphone Review

You never forget the first time you heard a great song, or a new song by a great artist.

You can assume most Top 40 tunes are loved at first listen, but it’s the sound waves vibrating across Twitter feeds, deep cuts on new EPs and the tracks that rarely float onto the Hot 100 that many music lovers truly crave (think Goldlink’s “Crew”). Even more, discovering hot new artists through digital crate digging on platforms like SoundCloud and Audiomack is akin to seeing Issa and Daniel finally kiss and make-up.

To elevate the experience of hearing these dope sounds for the first time, though, issa must not to listen on sh–ty $10 CVS headphone. And that’s where JBL and Quincy Jones Edition come into play.

Created in partnership with the music legend—a longtime champion of exceptional and unique musicianship—and his daughter, creative director Kidada Jones, the JBL E55BT special edition over-ear wireless headphone combine a chic, fashionable aesthetic with superior sound quality. You’ll have to shell out $199.95 for the eargasms, but the easy-to-use headset is worth it. Trust me, I can’t put mine down. 

Not only does the headset provide the personal touches of Jones and Kidada (metallic finish, Quincy’s voice prompts and more), but it can hold up comfortably during a rigorous workout sesh. It truly provides an all-around intimate music experience for those who need an everyday audio boost.

Luckily, ESSENCE has whipped up an everyday playlist of newbies and lowkey faves to test drive the headphone. It’s 45 minutes of Ari Lennox, BOSCO, Noname and more. Catch the vibes above!