JBL Reflect Mini BT review

These are decent sporty headphones, but with less bass than usual... Tested at £80

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

The Reflect Mini BTs work just fine and are comfy enough. Sound is more on-par with a £30 set rather than an £80 one


  • +

    Direct and clean presentation

  • +

    Secure fit

  • +

    Solid build


  • -

    Lack the insight and dynamic subtlety to shine

Why you can trust What Hi-Fi? Our expert team reviews products in dedicated test rooms, to help you make the best choice for your budget. Find out more about how we test.

With smartphones shedding headphone jacks as if they’re less fashionable than a fox fur scarf, wireless headphones have never been more popular than they are right now.

At £80, JBL Reflect Mini BTs let you stay on trend without spending a fortune.

Build and comfort

The Reflect Mini BTs are the most practical kind of wireless in-ear headphone going. They use Bluetooth to stream music from your tablet or smartphone, and have a wire connecting the earpieces.

They might be wireless earphones with a wire, but it’s a pretty handy wire, letting you wear the JBL Reflect Mini BT around your neck should you need to talk to someone at the gym, for example.

Aside from Bluetooth, other parts that make the JBL Reflect Mini BT ‘sporty’ are a reflective neckband, handy for roadrunners, and IPX4 water resistance.

This involves a rubbery seal over the microUSB charge socket, letting you sweat without risking harm to the battery or electronics.

MORE: Best wireless Bluetooth headphones 2017

Typical of a sports earphone, the JBL Reflect Mini BT also use in-ear hooks rather than just normal tips. These offer greater stability. However, they so take some fiddling to achieve a good fit.

When first using the earphones, we didn’t manage to fit them properly and they sounded a lot thinner as a result.

As well as two sizes of earhooks, the JBL Reflect Mini BTs come with a couple of pairs of normal tips. They offer a less secure, but also less fiddly, fit.

MORE: How to avoid buying fake headphones

There are no issues pairing and the range is excellent, but we have a slightly mixed experience with the JBL Reflect Mini BT’s wireless.

They are susceptible to blips caused by movement, or knocking of an earpiece. It’s not an easily reproducible phenomena, though. We’ve used them in the gym with few issues, but every now and then there’s a digital blooper.

The Mini BTs last up to eight hours off a charge, roughly the standard for this kind of earphone and better than the stamina of most of the true cable-free options available.

You charge the battery using a microUSB socket on the rubber-coated three-button remote.


The characteristic we’ve come to expect from sports earphones is pounding bass. It gets you running faster, and makes for sound that can compete with noisy environments better.

You don’t get that here, though. The JBL Reflect Mini BT’s bass is relatively reserved, and its depth is not too hot, trailing off towards the very lowest frequencies. Bass beats don’t have the impact some of you may be after.

They avoid any sense of bass murkiness, though, and as long as the tips are inserted properly, the JBL Reflect Mini BTs don’t sound thin.

MORE: How to choose the right pair of headphones

Instead, the focus is put on the mids, which have good presence if not any better detail than we’d expect from an entry-level wireless pair. The JBL Reflect Mini BT sound clean and balanced enough, but are not masters of insight.

Similarly, they are not harsh or overly bright, but lack any particular smoothness or notable refinement that would give them a truly ear-charming quality.

Their lack of dynamics and separation limit involvement too, although their treble is slightly more pronounced than that of the SoundMagic E10 BT.

The result is a sound that’s fine, even unusual in its class, but is unlikely to bowl you over.

It’s clear, and offers better tonal consideration than bundled earphones, but they’re most notable for inhabiting a comfortable middle-ground: cheaper than the well-populated £150-odd set, better than some budget pairs you’ll find at £50.

MORE: Best in-ear headphones 2017


If you’re sick of the trend for bass-heavy sporty earphones, the JBL Reflect Mini BT are worth checking out. But they’re not class leaders.

The JBL Reflect Mini BT are affordable wireless in-ears, an easy sell for iPhone 7 owners who suddenly find their favourite headphones made obsolete.

They also have some neat sporty features like secure ear hooks, water resistance and a reflective cable.

The sound performance isn’t what you’d assume, though, with lean bass that lacks the depth and punch desirable in a sporty pair.

If a lean sound appeals, check them out, but a pair like the SoundMagic E10 BT are likely to have a wider appeal at the price.

See all our JBL reviews

What Hi-Fi?

What Hi-Fi?, founded in 1976, is the world's leading independent guide to buying and owning hi-fi and home entertainment products. Our comprehensive tests help you buy the very best for your money, with our advice sections giving you step-by-step information on how to get even more from your music and movies. Everything is tested by our dedicated team of in-house reviewers in our custom-built test rooms in London, Reading and Bath. Our coveted five-star rating and Awards are recognised all over the world as the ultimate seal of approval, so you can buy with absolute confidence.

Read more about how we test