Infinity JBL Glide 500 review
You have more to gain than to lose.
(Updated on September 13, 2021)
If you manage to find these On-ear headphones priced under 1500 rs. then we’d recommend buying them. Maybe even if you find them at under 2000 rs. though there may be better options. We say that because in terms of all-around performance they are better than the boAt Rockerz 450. The Infinity JBL Glide 500 surpasses them in nearly every aspect. The one regard in which the Glide 500 falls behind is the build quality.
The Infinity JBL Glide 500 possesses several vital features that a model wireless headphone should have. With ample bass and an overall common but enjoyable sound signature. As is with all on-ear type headphones, sound leakage can’t be completely eliminated.
So if that is something you don’t want to deal with then you can choose one of the In-ear models from this list of Best headphones under 1500 rs. If that is something you don’t mind then, by all means, the Infinity JBL Glide 500 is perfect for you.
What’s In The Box?
There really isn’t anything other than the usual stuff inside the box. You get the Glide 500 headphone that you ordered, a user manual and a Micro-USB charging cable. And that’s all.
The Glide 500 is pretty lightweight and durable, having a complete plastic build. But it doesn’t feel like they cheaped out on the grade of the material. The earcups can be rotated and also collapse inwards. This makes them quite portable, you can simply toss them in your bag and carry them anywhere.
The cushioning of the earcups are soft and dense enough, they are comfortable enough that you can use them for extended periods. You may experience minor discomfort if you have large ears.
The earcups of infinity glide 500 headphones have button controls through which you can seamlessly increase or decrease volume, skip a track or even make a phone call casually. The control buttons are also ergonomically placed and are slightly elevated from their location.
This makes it easier to reach and control. Volume controls and music control buttons, also you can launch the voice assistant using the buttons. A couple of shortcomings are the lack of cushioning for the headband and the lack of a 3.5mm aux-in port for wired connectivity. The headband can be adjusted to your liking.
Look and Feel
Well, the in-hand feel of the Infinity JBL Glide 500 isn’t worth boasting about, it is still good, all things considered. The plastic construction has a texture to it and the Infinity logo is imprinted onto the back of the earcups. They tried to spice up the generic design of on-ear headphones and have succeeded. The design isn’t too bold but minimal. They feel like a pretty durable pair of headphones and can be used as a daily driver.
The big highlight of this device, other than the dual EQ mode, is the battery life.
As you all know battery life is the most important factor when it comes to wireless or Bluetooth headphones. Well, the Glide 500 is equipped with a 200mAh battery which gives it a talk time of roughly 13 hours and a music playback time of 20 hours.
People that are planning on using them for commuting to and from places will be satisfied. Even generally using a headphone with huge battery life is great. It uses the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology to ensure that the connection strength is stable and stays so for a decent range. To fully charge the device, takes about 2 hours.
Finally, the Infinity JBL glide’s dual equalizer mode allows you to switch between two modes- normal, and deep bass. So if you need the bass to be a bit more powerful then you can do that with a switch and vice versa.
The sound quality is great with its 32mm drivers, the lows are punchy but not overpowering, the mids are appropriately placed with the sound spectrum and crisp, precise notes for the highs. So as you’d expect they have a warm sound signature. The sounds are neatly soundstage-d and deliver a warm and pleasing audio reproduction.
Bassheads are sure to get a kick out of these. Raising the volume to their limit causes distortion but that’s not the case for these headphones.
Noise Isolation & Leakage
On-ears aren’t preferred by a lot of people, including me, and that’s because of two reasons. Firstly, the pressure of the earcups causes pain and sweating, this is tackled by some headphones including this one. Secondly, the sound leakage. These types of headphones fail to create a proper seal on the ear, the main reason for that is simply the way our ears are designed.
Now only if we could change the shape and size of our ears this would immediately solve the issue but this isn’t possible yet. Anyway, these headphones struggle with the latter issue. At lower volumes, the sound leakage wouldn’t be noticeable but at higher volumes, you may find the people around you jamming to your beats.
Having a 3.5mm aux-in port included in wireless headphones isn’t a necessity but it’s can be pretty convenient and useful in certain situations. Say you run out of battery and need to continue listening to your songs, you can’t with these headphones due to the absence of an aux-in port.
So you’d have to put them to charge. Though, it’s unlikely that you’d run out of battery on this pair of headphones. So you’d have to rely on its battery life to use it wirelessly.
The Dual EQ mode is the unique feature that the Infinity JBL Glide 500 comes equipped with. It lets you switch between normal mode and a Bass amplified mode. The difference in sound output is noticeable but not all that impactful. Either way, it is good to have it for when you need extra thumpy bass.
Should you buy the Infinity JBL Glide 500?
So with all that said, is the Infinity JBL Glide 500 a worthy buy? Yes, absolutely. A well designed, lightweight and compact device. A wireless headphone with substantial battery life and a Dual EQ feature.