The world of affordable, wireless earphones is expansive and ever growing. The sound quality and performance seems to increase with each new release. So when I heard of JBL’s new addition to the Reflect series, I was super excited to get my hands on them. Because, afterall, a good sports earphone can inspire a great workout! So at $99, how do these compare to the high performing and popular Sennheiser equivalent? Today I’ll try to find out with this JBL Reflect Contour 2 vs Sennheiser CX 6.00BT wireless earphones comparison review.
JBL Reflect Contour 2 vs Sennheiser CX 6.00BT Wireless Earphones Comparison Review
In the Box – JBL Reflect Contour 2 vs Sennheiser CX 6.00BT Wireless Earphones Comparison Review
|JBL Reflect Contour 2||Sennheiser CX 6.00BT|
|JBL Reflect Contour 2 Wireless Sports Earphones||Sennheiser CX 6.00BT Wireless Earphones|
|Eartips (small, medium, and large)||Eartips (xsmall, small, medium, large)|
|Freebit Enhancers (small, medium, and large)||USB charging cable|
|USB charging cable||carrying case|
|Sport carrying pouch||documentation|
Design – JBL Reflect Contour 2 vs Sennheiser CX 6.00BT Wireless Earphones Comparison Review
Look and Feel
Both the JBL Reflect Contour 2 and the Sennheiser CX 6.00BT earphones are extremely portable because of their compact designs and short, light, and manageable cables. The driver housing of the CX 6.00BT is made of plastic while the driver housing of the Reflect Contour 2 is made of aluminum. Therefore, the CX 6.00BT is a bit lighter than the Reflect Contour 2, but it is also slightly less rugged. Both have a similar vibe to their look, although the CX 6.00BT seems minimalist and classy while the Reflect Contour 2 seems more loud and flashy.
Additionally, the CX 6.00BT has a earbud-style design. On the other hand, the Reflect Contour 2’s design hooks over the ear and nestles into the folds of the ear with its Freebit ™ enhancer (aka shark-fin design). Both earphones have strong durable cables, although the Reflect 2 is made with sports in mind, incorporating a cylindrical reflective stripe for nighttime use. On the other hand, the CX 6.00BT has a jet black flat cable.
Comfort and Fit
The Sennheiser CX 6.00BT is simple and light. As a result they are comfortable and weightless, so long as the tips fit well in your ear canals. It comes with four sizes, so chances are they’ll fit well. However it felt like my ear was somewhere between the medium and small size so the fit wasn’t perfect for me. However, I checked with some of my colleagues and they fit well for the majority of them. On the other hand, the JBL Reflect Contour 2 felt extremely secure in my ears. The ear hooks and the shark-fins provided all the support I needed to make the earphones stay in place. However, it is heavier than the CX 6.00BT. As a result, it is not quite as comfortable.
Both the JBL Reflect Contour 2 and the Sennheiser CX 6.00BT connect wirelessly via Bluetooth 4.2. The Reflect Contour 2 has a more impressive battery life of 10 hours whereas the CX 6.00BT has just 6 hours. However, the CX 6.00BT had a stronger Bluetooth connection. It stayed connected with no breakups for over 30 feet even without line of sight. On the other hand, the Reflect Contour 2 required line of sight to stay connected.
Sound – JBL Reflect Contour 2 vs Sennheiser CX 6.00BT Wireless Earphones Comparison Review
In general, the Sennheiser CX 6.00BT is brighter with a more details in the high frequencies whereas the JBL Reflect Contour 2 is thicker with a more dramatic bass response. As a result, cymbals, airiness in vocals, bright synths, and shimmery acoustic guitars are comprehensive and have emphasis in the CX 6.00BT. Likewise, the Reflect Contour 2 has a fuller and more emphasized midrange and low end. Therefore, bass guitars, synth basses, drums, and electric guitars have a lot of great energy!
However, in regard to the Reflect Contour 2, vocals sit a little lower in the mix than the CX 6.00BT. The CX 6.00BT has a detailed high-mid response, so vocals have lots of detail. As a result, acoustic music like folk, singer songwriter, jazz, and orchestral, as well as anything with female vocals sounds great with the CX 6.00BT. On the other hand, hip-hop, pop, rock, and synthy music like EDM sounds great with the Reflect Contour 2.
Overview – JBL Reflect Contour 2 vs Sennheiser CX 6.00BT Wireless Earphones Comparison Review
For $99, both the JBL Reflect Contour 2 and the Sennheiser CX 6.00BT are great options for those looking for an affordable in-ear that is great for sports and listening on-the-go. For those with an affinity for music featuring mostly acoustic instruments, go for the CX 6.00BT. For those with a greater attraction for music with a big bass response, go with the Reflect Contour 2. Regardless, if you need an earphone with a long battery life, it’s worth considering the Reflect Contour 2.
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