Neil Diamond 1985

JBL supplying the iconic sound system for Neil Diamond in 1985

Look at what I have created!‘ – Chuck Noland, Castaway.

Today JBL have celebrated being on the vanguard of professional audio innovation by releasing a limited special edition pair of wireless noise cancelling headphones. As part of JBL’s illustrious 70 year career which includes noteworthy accolades such as powering the first of three Woodstocks in 1969 and co-developing the wall of sound for the Grateful Dead, the commemorative Limited Edition 700 Everest Elite headphones is another landmark in their pursuit for superior design and audible quality. If you’ve been to the O2 you would have heard your favourite band through JBL Audio Pro speakers.


Everest Elite 700

These landed on my lap the other day, sent for a review to tie in with the launch. First off, I’m incredibly susceptible for quitting tech-based chores early at the nearest sign of difficulty. For examples when error codes appear, or when someone in customer services tell me to ‘just open up your settings and click on…‘. Nope, I’m out. The towel is thrown and I’ve already handed responsibility to my sober-half.

However, I’d like to personally congratulate JBL for making these headphones entirely numpty-proof. I wrestled with the perspex longer than I did with the instruction manual. Simply hold the power button down for 3-mississipii and you’ll soon hear the dulcet tones of a female, probably in her mid-thirties. auburn hair, a wonderful symmetry to her face, her eyes blue-grey and demure, her mouth sinful.

Pair your bluetooth device.’ She whispers. I did obediently. I tested the headphones with the first song on the playlist, Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood & The Destroyers. There was a sense of euphoria that washed over me as the opening riff zipped through the cushioned speakers. That feeling of achievement. Now I know how Tom Hanks felt when he started a fire in Castaway!

Shanghai Grand Theater, Shanghai, China

JBL in the Shanghai Grand Theater, Shanghai, China

The spec details.

JBL® Everest™ Elite 700 comes with Bluetooth 4.0 enables wireless connectivity while new NXTGen Active Noise Cancelling Technology combines an immersive experience of noise-cancelling with the ability to control the amount of outside noise to let in. JBL Pro Audio delivers a dynamic acoustic experience, sculpted ear cushions providing unprecedented fit on your ears, a 15-hour rechargeable battery, and TruNote™ Auto Sound Calibration. A built-in microphone allows for easy call access.

The limited edition JBL Platinum headphones will be available for purchase while supplies last starting early December exclusively on and


Everest Elite 700


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