The JBL E45BT are discreet, mixed-use wireless headphones that are similar to the JBL E55BT but sit on the ear. They have great battery life and a wireless range and sound good enough for most listeners with a satisfactorily balanced sound. Although their build quality is decent, it unfortunately feels a bit cheap and they do not have the best insulation for noisy environments. They are also not as comfortable as the over-ear E55BT or E65BTNC.


The JBL E45BT have a decent design and look almost exactly like the JBL E55BT, but with on-ear cups. Their smaller size makes them more wearable and breathable. They also have an efficient control scheme and above-average workmanship, though they are somewhat plastic and not as durable as some of the other ears we tested in their price range. The keys feel a bit cheap, but are quick and easy to use. Unfortunately, the on-ear design is a bit less stable while running and much less comfortable than the E55BT over-ear seat.


The JBL E45BT is a decent-sounding headset with a closed ear. They do not sound as balanced as the Marshall MID ANC, but they have a balanced, deep and punchy bass that’s great for bass-heavy genres, but the bass response is rather volatile and user-dependent and dependent on their positioning

They also have a good and neutral center, but vocals and lead instruments sound a bit thin for them. Their heights are also fairly balanced, but a bit hacked, which along with the recessed middle class gives the headphones a slight V-shaped or “smiley face” sound profile. In addition, like most other on-ear headphones, they do not have a large, speaker-like sound.


The JBL E45BT can not be isolated well in noisy, noisy environments. Their small earcups can block high frequencies, but they do not prevent the slight rumble of a motor or the buzz of a busy office from entering your audio. This does not make them ideal for commuting, although they are slightly better than the E55BT. However, this is mainly due to the differences in achieving a good seal with the over-ear compared to the auricles. Unfortunately, they also have a bit of leakage at high volumes so they can easily distract you to the people around you when you’re playing your music moderately to very loud in milder conditions.


The integrated microphone of the JBL E45BT has a below average performance. In quiet environments, the recorded or transmitted language sounds rather thin and noticeably muted and incomplete. It will still be relatively easy to understand. In noisy situations, however, it will be difficult to separate the speech from background noise in temperate and noisy environments, such as a busy street.

Active Features

The JBL E45BT has a good battery life of 26 hours with continuous playback at average volume levels. They also charge relatively quickly at 1.9 hours. For most applications this should be more than sufficient. Playback is passive, so you can use an audio cable when the battery is empty. Unfortunately, there is no app support for additional customization and no auto shutdown timer to save energy when not in use, which is not ideal.


These headphones have their own Bluetooth key that allows multiple devices to be connected, but no NFC support. You can pair with two Bluetooth sources at the same time and come with a versatile audio cable that has an inline microphone compatible with most consoles and PCs. They also have an excellent wireless range, which should be more than sufficient for most applications. However, like most Bluetooth headphones, they have too long a latency to watch many video content or games.


Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed use. The JBL E45BT is characterized by a good battery life, a long range and above-average sound quality. They are not the most comfortable headphones and their build quality feels a bit plastic, but they are a great option for most use cases. However, like most Bluetooth headphones, they have too much latency that they are not ideal for games and home theater.

Critical Listening

Above average for critical listening. They have a good bass that does not drown out instruments and vocals, and a decent rendition of higher frequencies that is not too sharp. Unfortunately their soundstage is below average due to their closed on-ear design and they are somewhat inconsistent in the bass range.


Average for commuting. They are lightweight, easy to use and decently portable. However, they do not block much noise for bustling commuter rides in the city and their on-ear design is not as comfortable as the E55BT.


Above average for sports. They are lightweight, breathable and tight enough to stay upside down while jogging. Because of their wireless design, they are less prone to falling because the audio cable hangs on something and they have a decently efficient control scheme. However, they are not as stable as the E55BT and are not the most portable headphones for more intense exercise routines that can hinder your movements.

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