JBL Live 650BTNC Wireless Headphone with Noise Cancellation Review

JBL Live 650BTNC Review

JBL is one of the worlds most recognizable brands for speakers, headphones and everything  technology wise. Of course we can not forget that this brand produces headphones and speakers at a reasonable price. The JBL live 650BTNC headphones have excellent noise canceling features for the price point they come with. They are said to be one of the best JBL headphones, and are very comfortable and smart and can be the next audio companion for you. These headphones are the perfect substitute and alternative to the Beats headphones that listeners can buy. These headphones aren’t only for the Beats fans who are on a budget but they For the users who are very appreciative of the noise canceling capabilities that these headphones offer and they are an amazing choice if you want to use them for public transit, and are the perfect pair to get you to and from work.

PROS:

  • Impressive sound
  • Supports Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa with a button press
  • Powerful bass depth
  • Adjustable EQ
  • Excellent mic clarity
  • Great value for money

CONS:

  • The noise cancelation isn’t as good as Sony’s or Bose’s
  • Voice commands require press of a button
  • Headband can become uncomfortable after long hours of use
  • Wish these had USB Type-C charging

THE BUILD 
The build is pretty elegant. The plastic ear cups are very durable even though they have a slight weight to them. The headband is very solid because its made out of reinforced metal and has a light cushion clause covering it. The mix and matching of materials used to create the look of these headphones are relatively affordable even though their appearance looks very fashionable and expensive. In each ear cup there is a 40mm dynamic driver. And synthetic memory phone that covers your pads can prevent rubbing against the outer ear unlike the Sony WH-CH700N ANC cans. This padding also makes the listening more comfortable for longer hours. And this won’t be a problem for the people that wear glasses.

On the left ear cup there is a curved touch panel that is used as an action button and for commanding Google assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. All the other controls are on the right eat cup although the playback and the volume buttons are very difficult to find on the first try. These headphones have noise cancellation as well as Bluetooth pairing buttons neither of which the functions are needed.

Battery Life of JBL live 650BTNC 

The battery life on these headphones is quite well. These headphones can last up to 18.5 hours of Playback with noise canceling turned on. They are 1.5 hours short of the GPS list 24 hours of performance but I think that 18.5 hours is quite plenty. Even if they do run out of battery re-charging them isn’t a very big deal because they are equipped with quick charging which in 15 minutes, connected to the included micro USB cable can give you up to two hours of playback. Some people find this quite disappointing that JBL went with a microUSB instead of a USB-C cable.

CONNECTIVITY AND SOUND QUALITY

The JBL live 650BTNC headphones only support the SBC Bluetooth codec but this isn’t such a big deal for most of the listeners and users. But if you’re a fan of the best audio quality and if you want the best audio quality from these headphones you should use included 3.5 mm cable for the full experience. A very functional and interesting feature is multipoint connectivity this gives you and allows you to simultaneously connect to two other devices and switch between them. If you want to do this and try it out you should pause media on your primary device and play it on the secondary device. These headphones give out amazing soundings by emphasizing the bass response. Even though it’s not very overwhelming to a point where it can be annoying they cannot be mistaken or set to be studio headphones. And every 10dB difference in frequency responses the noises sound twice as loud. And this means our 48Hz tones will sound twice as loud as a 250Hz tones.

The female vocals and the males with higher registered vocals are difficult to hear over the low frequency of the instruments. The isolation is semi-OK but if the noise canceling technology is activated the sounds of the outside world fade into the background. While the ENC performance outshines even Bose and Sony as the top-tier models, is excellent for its price range. The noise cancellation on the JBL Live 650BTNC outshine even Sony’s headphones that have the somewhat same price point. And some songs the low and mask vocals are very difficult to hear when the bass line kicks in. Even the clapping throughout some songs sounds off because of the harmonics that are nearly completely masked by the bass. Indeed the sounding isn’t JBL’s best quality but the strong and powerful bass makes up for it and gives it a much more fun sound.

MICROPHONE 
When it comes down to how the microphone works and preforms, it’s not really JBL’s strong suit. Many are disappointed in the microphone that comes with these headphones but that’s OK because most of the microphones that are built in most wireless headsets have similar issues even if they are ranked as one of the best. The microphone in our headphones is unable to effectively attenuate environmental noises so the person that you’re talking to you on the other line either can’t hear you very well or can’t hear you at all. The bat frequency response of the microphones voice indicates that is unable to  clearly relay a majority of human voices.

JBL Live 650BTNC Wireless Headphone with Noise Cancellation Review
JBL Live 650BTNC Wireless Headphone with Noise Cancellation Review

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