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JBL Reference 220

JBL Reference 220
alaScore 77

160 reviews

Jul, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 160 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and comfort. The value for money and bass quality also get good comments.

sound, bass quality, value for money, comfort, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the JBL Reference 220 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 121 user reviews of JBL Reference 220 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on

sound, value for money, bass quality, comfort, treble quality

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JBL Reference 220 Headphone (White) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)JBL Reference 220 Headphone (White)JBL Reference 220 Headphone (Black)

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Review: JBL Reference 220 Earphones


Even with Apple's “updated” earbuds, many users are not satisfied with the original equipment that comes with their iPods. Sometimes they don't fit well, don't sound as good as some alternatives, or get damaged or lost. No matter what, many people...

Great sound, design compliments Creatures, cloth cord, lots of included accessories

A little heavy on the bass, some accessories not very useful

The JBL Reference 220 Earphones offer a great alternative to Apple’s stock earbuds, and shouldn't put too big of a dent in your wallet.

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JBL Reference 220 Earphones


As 2006 comes to a close, it's obvious that neutral sound is not the aim of earphone manufacturers - even those who place the word "reference" in the names of their products. Better known for excellent speakers than headphones - even those impressive...

A very reasonably priced pair of quality in-canal earbuds with optional ear mounting attachments, a well-made carrying case, airplane and stereo headphone adapters. Good sound for the dollar - a step up from popular low-end Sony and other bass-biased...

Decided bass bias will turn off some listeners, appeal to others. Optional ear mounting attachments aren't ideally designed ; soft silicone ones can fall off and hard plastic one mounts unusually under the chin. Fabric cabling can make noises audible...

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...


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JBL Reference 220


In-earphones are gaining immense popularity and several brands are coming up with them. Here's another one for your listening pleasure. Let's see how it performs.

Good Quality, Comfortable, Carry Pouch, Good bundled accessories


Product Specifications

Earphones have always been a smaller, more portable alternative to traditional headphones, and JBL Reference 200 Series earphones are certainly that. But Reference 200 Series earphones are designed to perform more like their larger counterparts. Is it possible to get realistic, full-spectrum sound from virtually weightless earphones that can easily slip into a pocket? Would JBL has brought it up if the answer were no?

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:In-ear ear-bud
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:20 - 20000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System

Recommended Use:Game console / PC multimedia / Portable audio system/Portable audio system

Dimensions & Weight



Manufacturer:Apple/Harman International Industries
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JBL Reference

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty