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  • Check out this JBL In-Ear Fit Guide video, or read the below article.

    In-Ear Fit Guide

    A proper fit is the most important thing when using in-ear headphones (wired, wireless, TWS). Without a solid, tight fit the headphones will sound thin (lacking bass), not very loud, and will do a poor job of blocking out unwanted sounds.

    In-ears, unlike an earbud design, are meant to be pushed into your ear canal, creating a tight seal. If this seal is not accomplished, you will not experience good results.


    1. Typically speaking, the medium sized ear tip is already installed on your in-ear headphones. If it feels tight or loose, try the other sizes.
    2. As you try each ear tip, rotate forward and/or back until you create a tight seal as seen here. In-Ear Fit Guide - image.png
      NOTE: The image shows a stick style in-ear, but this applies to any in-ear design.
    3. As you are twisting and pushing you will hear the sound quality changing. When you accomplish a tight seal, you’ll hear it. You will have more bass than in any other position, and the leakage from outside noise will be minimized before ever turning on Noise Cancelling (if your headphones have Noise Cancelling).
    4. If you have one of our headphones that uses the JBL Headphones App, check in the app to see if there is a “Check My Best Fit” banner. This feature will walk you through getting the best fit and will let you know when you’ve accomplished it.


    While this may seem a bit daunting, after doing this a few times, inserting the in-ear headphones into your ears and getting a good fit will become second nature and will take a second or two each time, not minutes. But it is definitely worth spending the few moments the first time around, in order to get the most out of your in-ears.

  • You can create several different EQ settings that are stored in the memory within the new AKG Headphones app.
  • The N700NC does not support Apt-X audio codec.
  • In order to use the headphones for phone calls, press the multi-button once when the phone rings. You need to be connected to your device via bluetooth.
  • You can use the headphones while charging but only the wired connection will work. No active functions are available since they cannot be switched on.
  • When the headphones are charging-Red LED When the headphones are fully charged-The red charging indicator LED turns off When the headphones are looking for a device- Fast blinking blue LED When the headphones are connected to a device-Solid blue LED
  • The memory can support up to 8 paired devices, but only one device can play at a time on the N700NC headphones.
  • You cannot disengage ANC, it is always on when the headphones are on. However, you can listen to music via cable if you do not switch the N700 on at all, which means that ANC will not be active.
  • You can activate the Ambient Aware and TalkThru functions and assign one of them to the smart-button. AA will open the external microphones and mute the music so you can hear what is going on around you. TalkThru permits you to have a conversation with other people in the room, just by pressing the button.
  • Move the ON/OFF button from its OFF position to its ON position, which is the middle of the cutout. It will remain there, and the headphones are now ON. The blue LED will start blinking, indicating that Bluetooth pairing is possible. If you need to reset the BT pairing, move the ON/OFF button against the spring load, to the opposite position of the OFF position, and keep it there for about 5 seconds. Now the BT system is reset, and new pairing is possible.
  • Press and hold Volume Up or Volume Down located on the LEFT ear cup for 3 seconds to skip forward or backward.
  • In order to activate the Ambient Awareness, press the AA button which is located under the power button on the RIGHT ear cup. A confirmation sound is heard and the ambient microphones are being switched on. The volume of the music will decrease and the sounds of the outside environment will increase so you can hear what goes on around you. When Ambient Aware is activated, the Blue LED on the power button will switch to a White LED light.
  • The Y500 headphones do not support Apt-X audio codec. However, they do support AAC audio codec.
  • The Y500 features the speed charge (5 min charging time = 1 Hour Playtime) In order to charge the headphones, use the micro USB charger that is included in the packaging. The charging port is located at the bottom of the RIGHT ear cup. Once the headphones are charging, you will see a solid red light next to the port. Once the headphones are fully charged, the red light indicator will turn off. Please Note: You cannot use the headphones via BT while they are charging. However, you can use the headphones via audio cable while charging.
  • In order to power on and pair the Y500, make sure that the device you are attempting to connect to has the BT on and is in search mode. Move the ON/OFF button from its OFF position to its ON position, which is the middle of the cutout located on the RIGHT ear cup. It will remain there, and the headphones are now ON. The blue LED will start blinking, indicating that Bluetooth pairing is possible. If you need to reset the BT pairing, move the ON/OFF button against the spring load button to the opposite position of the OFF position, and keep it there for 4- 5 seconds. Now the BT system is reset, and new pairing is possible. Please Note: The Y500 features Multi-point Connectivity which allows you to switch from two different devices.
  • In order to skip the tracks on the Y500 headphones, slide and hold Volume Up (to skip forward) or Volume Down (to skip backwards) for 3 seconds. These buttons are located on the LEFT ear cup.
  • This headphone does not support aptX, aptX HD, aptX Low Latency audio codecs.
  • Yes, the cords on the new N40 are detachable. You can remove the cords from the top of the stainless steel earbud housing. Please make sure that you attach the left cord to the left ear plug and the right cord to the right earbud. You will see a red dot indicator for Right and and blue dot indicator for Left on the cable. There are two detachable cables provided. One detachable straight cable and one detachable 3 button microphone cable.
  • Yes, the foam pads are detachable. They are fixed with a flexible lip that sits in a groove all the way round, and are easy to replace.
  • Many Harman Kardon, JBL and AKG products run on rechargeable batteries. In most cases, these batteries will provide years of excellent service and keep the music playing for many hours.

    WARNING – the rechargeable batteries inside our products are not user-serviceable. Please do not attempt to open the product or replace the battery. Doing so will void your warranty.

    Battery issues fall into three categories:

    • Your speaker or headphones run out of power after only a short time.

    • The speaker will not play at all because the battery will not hold a charge.

    • When you plug in the cable to charge your speaker, sometimes it charges and sometimes it does not- the red charging LED or other indicator might not come on.

      Here are some things to try that often fix these issues.

    1. It could be as simple as a bad USB charging cable. If you have other charging cables, give them a try. (Be sure that the cable has the same type of connector as the original one that came with your product.)

    2. Same for the charger- if your product charges by USB, try a different USB charger. Be sure that it is rated at least 2.0a (2 amps) output.

    3. Try other electrical outlets at your location to be certain it is not a local wiring issue.

    4. Charge the product overnight for at least 8 hours.

    5. When you plug the charging cable into the speaker or headphones, is the connector stable, or can it be wiggled around? If it can be wiggled, this could indicate that the charging port has been damaged or come loose. Sometimes wiggling the connection restores charging power.

    IMPORTANT: Some products such as Xtreme, Xtreme 2, Boombox, Partybox 100 & 300, GO+Play and the Onyx Studio series do not use USB charging. Instead, they have a specialized charger. Do not attempt to charge these products with other cables or chargers.

    If none of these fixes the issue, it could be that the battery has died or is losing its capacity, or that the charging connector on your speaker is damaged. Please contact us so we can assist you. Be sure to mention that you have tried the steps in this Battery & Charging FAQ so that our agents do not ask you to repeat these steps.

  • Three things to know about Bluetooth (BT)… 
    1. Pairing:  Pairing is like creating a new contact in your phone’s Contacts list.  You have to do a little bit of work to create the contact, but once you do, connecting with that person in the future is fast and easy. 

    Let’s put this in terms of phones and speakers (or headphones).  Your phone needs to become acquainted with your speaker.  This is called pairing. 

    NOTE: Throughout this article, we will talk about your phone. However, it applies the same to tablets, laptops, computers and any other Bluetooth (BT) source device.
    To get this started, you have to put the speaker into pairing mode. You may have to press a few buttons to make this happen.  All speakers work a little differently, but generally speaking, follow these steps…
    1. For most speakers, quickly press and release the speaker’s BT button.  However, with some speakers you may have to press and hold the BT button for a few seconds.  Most speakers make a noise or have a blinking LED to let you know they are in pairing mode. 

      If this does not get you into pairing mode, check your owner’s manual or look for an article pertaining to your specific speaker.
    2. Go into BT settings on your phone.  Search or scan for available devices.
    3. A list of available or discoverable devices will appear on your phone.  Select your speaker.
    4. Two things have just occurred:
      • Your phone and speaker are now paired.
      • Your phone and speaker are now connected so that you can listen to music.
    NOTE:  Just as you can have many people in your phone’s Contacts list, you can have many speakers and headphones in your phone’s paired devices list. 
    2. Connecting:  Once you have paired, your phone remembers your speaker, and your speaker remembers your phone. However, the two must connect to play music through the speaker.
    Automatic Re-connection:  Let’s say your speaker is at home in the living room, and you leave for the day. When you come home and are within range of the speaker, your phone will automatically re-connect to it (assuming it is turned on).  You can press play on your phone, and the music will play though your speaker.  Of course, if your speaker is off, you will need to turn it on first. NOTE:  Some speakers make a sound when they re-connect. 

    Automatic re-connection does not always happen.
    • Some phones may not work like this.
    • Someone else may have connected to the speaker.
    • Perhaps you connected to a different speaker while outside of your home.
    Manual Re-connection:  If your device does not automatically re-connect, you can re-connect manually…
    • Go into Bluetooth settings on your phone and make sure BT is on.
    • Select your speaker to re-connect and play music.
    Some speakers allow several phones to be connected at the same time.  Others allow only one at a time.  Therefore, if you are unable to re-connect, it could be that some other phone is connected to the speaker.  In this case…
    • Go into the other phone’s BT settings and disconnect the speaker or turn off BT.
    • Then follow the steps above to manually re-connect your phone to the speaker.
    NOTE:  Do NOT Unpair or Forget the speaker in your phone’s BT settings, as this will require you to repeat the Pairing steps above. 
    3. Resetting:  This is a drastic step and should only be done if the unit is not operating correctly. Do NOT reset your speaker every time you want to connect.  Resetting erases all pairings to all phones. You would then have to Unpair or Forget this speaker from each and every phone, and start the pairing process all over again. Check your owner’s manual or look for an article with more detailed BT instructions on your specific speaker or headphone model.
  • If the buttons on your portable speaker are not working properly or are unresponsive while plugged into a power source, please try running the speaker on battery. If the buttons perform correctly while running on battery, this means your power supply is not providing enough current/amps. Be sure to use a power supply that has a rating equal to or greater than the amperage rating indicated in your product specs.
  • Yes, press and hold the play/pause button for a few seconds. This will activate SIRI on your Apple phone, if the SIRI function has been enabled on the phone.
  • Once the order has been placed, it cannot be changed online. If you want to change your order, please call the phone number posted at the top of this page, and if it has not yet been processed we will change or re-issue a new amended order.
  • You can't use standard rechargeable batteries with the K912. If you still have the original batteries, and compare them to the generic batteries you are trying to use, you will see the difference on the - ( minus ) side of the battery. On the original battery that comes with the headphones, there is a bare metal band on that side, which connects to a sensor in the headphones ( you can also see this sensor inside the battery compartment, on the - side ). A generic rechargeable battery does not have this metal band for the sensor, so the charger won't charge them. This is for protection, in case you have non-rechargeable batteries in the headphones and put them on the charger. This could cause damage to the headphones.
  • Yes, the N40 is equipped with three different sound filters to provide you with personalized sound tuning capabilities. The sound filter options are bass boost, reference sound and high boost.
  • Yes, the smooth leather headband from the K601 can be fitted onto the K701, but since it is probably no longer available as a spare part, the only option is to butcher an old 601 to do it. The work involved is very intricate and complicated, and paying a technician to do it is not an economical solution. Owner must be capable of completely dismantling the headphones, including soldering, and to reassemble them. And Harman cannot offer any assistance in doing this. As of late 2017, a new version of K701 is being marketed by AKG Professional. This version features a smooth headband instead of the version with bumps, so the issue no longer applies.
  • Yes, the remote control permits you to pick up and stop a call, and activate the voice assistant to place a call.
  • No, each headset must have its own transmitter. However, even if you try to use more than one complete set of 915 in the same room simultaneously, it may not work either. Although the 915 has an automatic scan function that finds available slots in the 2.4 gHz transmission frequency band, interference may still occur.
  • Yes, you can use the headphones, but of course the noise cancelling will not be active.
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