This is great. A partnership between a well known audio company teams up with an equally well known sport company. I will create a new category called workout audio. This gear is built and meant to go to the gym or be used outside on bike rides, runs, crew rowing and any other types of outdoor and indoor activities that require a rugged headphone or earphone. So sit back and relax and read my little review on the JBL/Under Armour Train headphones and the JBL/Under Armour Flash in-ear headphones…Bon appetit. Or just enjoy.
JBL / Under Armour Sport Wireless Train
The JBL/UA Sport Wireless Train is a lightweight durable on-ear headphone perfect for working out. Some people don’t like the feeling of on-the-ear headphones but once you hear the music and start your workout you wont notice the placement on your ear. For some it might be an issue though, so use your best judgement.
These use a compression fit headband for a tight fit on your head to prevent any kind of slippage while working out. The Train also uses a cloth based UA SuperVent ear cushions to keep your ears cool and dry and further helps grip your head to prevent slippage. Most headphones will use a leather or leatherette material that when moisture gets between your head and headphones slippage can start to happen as well as building uncomfortable heat .
The ear-cushions are removable and hand washable and replaceable ear cushions are available to purchase. Comes with Bluetooth, Talk Thru and Ambient Aware technologies, which dims your music and built-in mics amplify speech so you can carry a conversation in the gym. The Ambient Aware feature increases ambient sounds giving runners and cyclists the ability to hear their surroundings as they workout.
A claimed 16 hour battery life of 16 hours with a speed charge of 10 minutes for 1hr. of playtime using a mini-usb charger. Other features include oversized controls, JBL charged sound, Bluetooth 4.1 and a ventilated semi-hard carrying case to help dry your headphones after a brutal workout. Which in theory should work. If your headphones don’t dry fast enough for you, you may just want to open the case completely.
The Train sounds great if you are a basshead, which I am. So, these sound great if you listen to rock, hip-hop, pop and EDM. These are not made for classical, jazz or acoustical music. So, audiophiles need not to buy these as these are not made for you. But if you want to listen to your favorite pump it up tunes in the gym or the bike trails for motivation, then these are for you.
JBL is best known for their low frequency sounds and these have certainly not disappointed here. The lows are anchored solidly and need no apologies. The mids are clear and vocals are nice and bright sounding as well. For the gym these are outstanding having non-slip fabrics and materials certainly ups the value of these headphones for me…Which leads me to say that these JBL/UA Wireless Train headphones are bombastic!!!
JBL / Under Armour FLASH
The JBL/UA Wireless Flash earphones have an impressive IPX7 rating. Meaning that these are waterproof which means theoretically these should be able to be submerged in 1m of water for up to 30 minutes and com out unscathed. I would not recommend doing that but just be aware that that these can withstand rain and sweat.
These offer a very secure fit for the gym, running or cycling. Talk Thru feature, which dims your music and built in mics amplify speech so you can carry a conversation in the gym or elsewhere. And the Ambient Aware feature which increases ambient sounds giving runners and cyclists and other physical enthusiasts the ability to hear their surroundings as they workout.
The Flash has a nice and attractive aluminum charging case for a total of a claimed 25 hours. 5 on the earbuds and 20 hours on the charging case. Three sport wings in S,M and L give these a perfect tight and comfortable fit in your ear. Bluetooth 5.0 would have been nice to have because of its great data transfer but 4.2 is fine for good signal strength.
There is no smart app for the Train or Flash. So to customize your sound profile you’ll have to download an EQ app. Another con for the Flash is that the earbuds can’t reverse tracks or control the volume so you are basically chained to your smartphone to use those functions. But your smartphone should always be nearby but this is a consideration you’ll have to make. And, it would have been nice if these had voice prompts instead of just tones. And finally don’t buy these if your primary goal is to watch videos or movies with these. The audio video sync is a little lagging but presentable. Just be aware that these are specifically made to listen to music during a workout. The JBL/UA Flash are known as rugged nuggets of workout sound.
The sounds from these are really good. JBL’s signature deep bass tones are there, clear and tight mid-range notes are present and clear sparkling trebles complete a trifecta of a blend of notes to please the ear. Some may complain that the volume does not go high enough, but for most people these will perform admirably. If you want volume check out Beats by Dr. Dre here.
Listening to music is subjective. The sound that emanates from any of these headphones, earbuds, speakers and the like, will be different for each individual. So please be aware, what may sound good to me doesn’t mean it will sound good to you. Please read or watch reviews on any product that I showcase. Or listen to a friends’. Or, go to a retail store and try it out there. A little knowledge can go a long way…then you can buy from me. (Wink, wink)