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When the left channel of my Marshall Major II Bluetooth (BT) headphone conked out on me, I tried to resurrect from the grave my erstwhile go-to wired Sennheiser PX-100.

Except that my soldering skills seemed to have deserted me and so the open-backed Senn stayed dead, leaving me with no option but to buy an el-cheapo replacement.

Cheap is relative so for P1,999 I bought myself the JBL Tune110BT which, to my consternation, I found available at Lazada about P400 cheaper. I was not disappointed though as the little in-ear buds sounded big.

Off the box, sans any break in, the JBL had the depth and punch bass heads crave for but without the congestion that muddy the midrange and overpower the highs. The sound is well-rounded and would do rock and even metal (think Korn or Systems of a Down) justice.

It also has finesse even for chamber music and with the bass going down to about 24hz (it is rated at 20hz but it did not reach that low in my frequency sweep), you can play your Shostakovich and Bach and get plenty of goose bumps listening to pipe organ pieces.
You can gallop through with the Light Cavalry and William Tell overtures and any of your favorite Telarc and Chesky recordings of full-orchestra spectaculars and the JBL will deliver oodles and oodles of fun.

This is not to say though that I have no quibbles because there are some, including the too lengthy neck band that is about six inches longer than the crappy sounding (and more expensive at P3,600) Samsung Level Active Wireless earphones.

Off the box, sans any break in, the JBL had the depth and punch bass heads crave but without the congestion that muddy the midrange and overpower the highs.

Having been a fringe audiophile for most of my life, I can live with the longer band which hangs to your midriff when not in use. The magnets on each bud ensure they would stay together.

For me, the JBL T110BT is all about the sound and that’s all that matters really when you have a Spotify Premium subscription. You can feed these buds any genre of music and you’ll be in, to borrow sports ed Aldrin Cardona’s descriptive, “sonic nirvana.”

JBL is a brand that screams pro audio and rock stadium decibel-loud, chest-thumping bass. You’ll not get that here as for that you’ll need big, wired cans with matching top-notch headphone amplifications. But you’ll get enough bass as the packaging says, with the trademark JBL sound.

My unit passed my bass frequency torture test and I detected no rattle or any physical anomalies with the drivers. So, is the JBL worth a listen? Yes, if you’re in the market for a good-sounding in-ear buds even if they feel unmistakably plastic.

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