September 30, 2023

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American Submit-Grunge band Puddle of Mudd’s single ‘Drift And Die’ from their breakaway 2001 album ‘Come Clear’ sees the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Wesley Scantlin reflecting on some troublesome points of a fictional man’s life (which might very properly be himself) in a plangent voice. The vocals result in the half the place he contemplates out loud “Ignorance spreads lies. How a lot will cash purchase?” Effectively, Come Clear was the album that catapulted Puddle of Mudd into mainstream music consciousness and earned them a great deal of moolah.

So, to repeat Scantlin’s query: how a lot will cash purchase? Merely put, it relies on how a lot you could have and extra importantly how a lot you’re prepared to spend. There isn’t a finish to the amount of money that may be funnelled into actions, luxuries and ventures of your alternative. Nonetheless, in the case of shopping for an audio product like a headphone, we all the time search for a deal that isn’t too dear and but serves the aim properly, which is a satisfying sound output. It looks like established audio model JBL understands the tribulations clients really feel when they’re cash-strapped and nonetheless desire a high quality headphones. Maintaining in step with this, the corporate lately launched the Dwell 500 BT headphones in India. They’re part of JBL’s Dwell sequence of headphones and earphones that features the pricier Dwell 650BT which comes with lively noise cancellation.

The JBL Dwell 500BT are over-the-head around-the-ear headphones and are available at an MRP of Rs 9,999. They’re at present promoting on JBL India web site at Rs 7,899 and on the identical worth on Amazon India web site too. The headphones have been launched in 5 color choices: Black, Blue, Inexperienced, White and Purple. We reviewed the Blue variant of the JBL Dwell 500 BT headphones and listed below are our ideas on the product.

JBL Dwell 500 BT headphones evaluate: Design

First issues first, these are usually not some over-the-head around-the-ear headphones that flaunt some type of superior design to help any facet of listening to or any of the flamboyant additions. The design is a flat-fold traditional one and efforts have been made to instill some premiumness into it and it exhibits.

Beginning with the scarf which is a curved deal with that retains the 2 earcups collectively, it’s made up of plastic with some further layer of shiny plastic on the outer facet and an internal layer of foamy materials. The curved deal with is roofed nearly totally with a rough- textured material with the emblem of JBL in bluish-grey rubber in direction of the centre.

The 2 earcups are marked as left and proper on their inside floor that faces the ears once you put the headphones on. The earcups include cushiony pads and are very snug on the ears; they cowl the whole ears and don’t press on them even after you could have worn the headphones for a while. In addition they do not slip from the ears. The earcups match fairly properly and do a good job in decreasing outdoors noise and disturbances to some extent.

On the highest of the left earcup, alongside the facet, there’s a microUSB port for charging the headphones. When placed on cost, a small crimson gentle close to the port stays on.

On the highest of the fitting earcup, alongside the facet are current the ability on/off button, ‘+’ and ‘-’ buttons to extend and reduce the amount respectively. In the midst of the 2 quantity buttons is a button for pausing the monitor. Subsequent there’s a socket for AUX cable, in case you need to use the headphones as a wired one. After that, the curving row of buttons ends with the Bluetooth button and a single button for Ambient Conscious/Speak By way of. The JBL brand is current on the surface of each the earcups.

These headphones are Bluetooth ones and may also be used with an AUX cable which comes packed contained in the field.

The headphones will be stretched by about 2 cm to suit them correctly on bigger heads.

JBL Dwell 500 BT headphones evaluate: Efficiency

The headphones take about an hour and a half for a whole cost and provides a battery backup of a couple of day on common with quick, intermittent utilization of about 2-3 hours. The three.7V and 700mAh battery is a Lithium-ion polymer one. The headphones, nonetheless, gained’t play whereas charging.

We started straightaway with ‘Take A Look Round’, the Nu Metallic monitor by Limp Bizkit. We used an Apple Music lossless file to play the monitor and so far as first impressions go, the headset impressed us by reproducing the Different Rock/Nu Metallic monitor with readability, differentiating the guitar notes properly, a balanced bass and nearly zero distortion at excessive volumes. We had the identical expertise when enjoying Iron Maiden’s ‘The Trooper’.

Subsequent tracks that we performed had been Trivium’s ‘Till The World Goes Chilly’ and ‘The Sin And the Sentence’ with Apple Music. Matt Heafy’s managed vocal rage sounds with as a lot influence because the accompanying tapestry of drums and guitars. The vocals hit house and the bass, mids and treble felt balanced. After testing the headphones with some extra high-bit fee metallic music recordsdata, we determined to check it with low bit-rate ones, which aren’t the selection of the audiophiles however nonetheless utilized by a overwhelming majority.

With YouTube heavy metallic playlists, the sound comes out to be quite a bit flaky and the mids appear to vanish. You’d higher keep on with excessive bit-rate music recordsdata in case you hearken to metallic music. The mids, with 320kbps and above bit fee recordsdata, fill within the empty aural part that was felt whereas listening to YouTube recordsdata and therefore, make the sound output richer and extra agreeable to hearken to.

Subsequent we switched to Grunge. Listening to Grunge with low bit-rate recordsdata like those beneath 320kbps was not pleasing both however with excessive bit-rate recordsdata, the style is extra agreeable to hearken to. We mainly examined the tracks of Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

The headphones had handed the take a look at of Metallic and Grunge music and we anticipated them to play Rock music properly too, which they did. A number of the tracks that we performed on the headset had been Puddle of Mudd’s Drift And Die, Pushing Me Away by Linkin Park and Insanity by Muse.

Pop and Digital music additionally sound largely properly on the headphones, each with YouTube and excessive bit-rate recordsdata. The bass copy is optimum in line with us, however some customers might imagine that it ought to have been extra. For these customers, they might attempt growing the bass ranges by way of the Headphones app by JBL.

Additionally with YouTube, the sound on the smartphone needed to ramped up past 70 % for a transparent pay attention in case of instrumental and nation music tracks. With excessive bit-rate recordsdata, the music copy is beautiful, with highly effective vocal output and clear-sounding devices.

With audio streaming companies like Apple Music and Amazon Music, the headphones gave a really passable listening expertise with nearly each music style, together with Grunge.

Whereas listening at full quantity (sure, we did attempt that), the music, particularly pop and bass-heavy tracks pinch the ears a bit however don’t distort, even with YouTube playlists and will nonetheless be loved for half-an-hour or so with no break. We didn’t get a ringing sensation within the ears or a headache after having used them at 80+ quantity degree. It relies on a number of elements like how lengthy you hearken to the music on that prime quantity, how lengthy have you ever been utilizing headphones and so forth.

With high-bitrate recordsdata (320kbps and above), you gained’t really feel the necessity to enhance the system quantity past 60 %. The system quantity and the headphone quantity each operate as the identical.

The Bluetooth connectivity vary of the headphones stretches to about 10m and it didn’t break off in the course of a brief stroll within the workplace house. There have been no issues encountered connectivity-wise.

AmbientAware and TalkThru are the 2 settings you could entry by way of the buttons on the headphones and the app each. The Ambient Conscious button will increase the ambient sound and allows you to hear what’s occurring round you whereas the music is enjoying. The TalkThru mode decreases the music quantity drastically and thus, lets you discuss with with out eradicating the headsets. Energetic Noise Cancellation has not been given with this pair. The headphones are optimised for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.


The JBL Dwell 500 BT is an all-rounder in the case of enjoying completely different musical genres. It’s laborious to discover a flaw with the product, design and sound output-wise each. We’d, although, advocate to make use of these headphones with excessive bit-rate music recordsdata solely. It’s troublesome to seek out sturdy headphones similar to these beneath Rs 10k with a sturdy and interesting design that sound properly with nearly each style. So, go for it in order for you a classy-looking and sounding headphone beneath Rs 10,000.


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