JBL Reference 220 Earphones | iLounge



The cloth-covered cord sounds like a cool idea, but white is never a good color choice for an un-washable 'garment'. Can you imagine what those cords will look like after a few weeks of use?

Posted by fondy44 on December 13, 2006 at 1:41 PM (PDT)


The cords are mostly gray with small white stripes.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on December 13, 2006 at 2:24 PM (PDT)


I'm not too sure about the facric cord. Is this wrapped around rubber sheathed cables? I had a pair of Audio Technica clips once which had cloth covered cables. Boy, talk about bad design...got to keep them away from velcro and the rubber sheath cables under the fabric eventually 'bubbled' through the fabric as the weave got loose. How does the sound compare to the Shure e2c Jeremy?

Posted by shanghaied in Shanghai, China on December 30, 2006 at 9:53 AM (PDT)


I live in a rural area and am limited to stores like Walmart, Radio Shack, Best Buy, CompUsa and Staples. After visiting all those stores I discovered that most don't carry high end ear buds. Most stop at about $39. I picked up a set of 220's at Staples a couple of months ago for $80. I consider these significantly better than the ear buds included with my ipod nano 2nd generation. Very clean highs and good bass. I didn't like the ear foams but the silicone ear inserts fit perfect in my ears and actually feel comfortable even after several hours of listening.
I'm very pleased with the 220's and I'm keeping 'em.

Posted by slrguy on January 17, 2007 at 2:55 PM (PDT)


alright I just got these in the mail yesterday. My first impression of it was "WOW" because these earphones do include a lot of accessories for the price. The sound is alright...coming from Bose In-Ear earphones, I found these not as nice. But very very similar to the Sony EX-71s. However, there is something that annoys me a lot and consider this before purchasing. The noise created by the fabric cord is extremely loud and very annoying. While walking or just sitting at my desk, any slight movement of the cord will create a very low noise in your ears. Also, another thing is the cord. Its very nice how its fabric with white/grey color schemes but they cause rash!!! If that cord rubs against your neck or something, enough times, you'll probably see an unsightly mark. That's all I have to say.

Posted by kur0suto on August 28, 2007 at 10:17 AM (PDT)


After reading about various earbuds, I decided to conduct my own testing between JBL Reference 220, Bose Triport, Shure E2c and SkullCandy.

Out of the 4, I chose the JBL and Shure. Bose was very good, however it was not snug in the ear like the others, and it felt like it would fall out.

SkullCandy was quieter, with more emphasis on bass, but not on clarity.

Shure E2c was quite nice. I liked the design, the seal in my ear, cancels out much of the environmental noise, sounds loud, crisp and clear without cranking the volume to the highest (like Skull Candy). I almost bought it, even if it costed considerably more. But when compared to the JBL 220, I found the Shure sounding a little rough. The bass wasn't as good when I played certain types of music.

After testing the JBL 220, it almost sounds smoother, and richer than the Shure E3c. When playing all ranges of music, it held up very well. The bass is fantastic, even feels like it vibrates a little.

However, one extremely annoying feature on the JBL 220's is the fabric cord....rub up on it and u can hear it clearly, despite the fact it does block out many external noises very well. A co-worker of mine figured out a solution:
Just like the Shure E3c's, it wraps up around and behind your ear, if u do the same with the JBL's, u don't hear the noise as much! How ingenius is that?!

He just saved me an extra 90 dollars.

Posted by GinKitsune on September 6, 2007 at 9:52 AM (PDT)

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