Beats Studio BudsSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
JBL Live Free 2See price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.5 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Beats Studio Buds||JBL Live Free 2|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IPX5|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||8.2mm||11mm|
|sound pressure level||100.5dB/mW||102dB/mW|
|battery life of charging case||16hours||28hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||6only||6only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✓|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✓|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✗|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
|See price on Amazon||See price on Amazon|
Ingress protection ratings is the rating of protection given by a casing, against dust and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value refers to protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (water).
Scoring IPX4, the Beats Studio Buds's rating is read as, the first value of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second value of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Compared to the Beats Studio Buds, JBL Live Free 2 have a rating of IPX5 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, Beats Studio Buds has a lower liquid rating than JBL Live Free 2
Beats Studio Buds have a weight of 5.1g . We consider a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to carry.
The JBL Live Free 2, at 9.8g are heavier than the Beats Studio Buds with a difference of 4.7g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables linking any part of the device together, Beats Studio Buds are true wireless for this matter since they have no wires. This is an important distinction as some wireless earbuds have wires linking the two earbuds together.
JBL Live Free 2 also is true wireless because it has no cables linking the pair of earbuds together.
Beats Studio Buds have sweat resistance
JBL Live Free 2's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
Beats Studio Buds have stereo speakers, what this means is that Beats Studio Buds's speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both JBL Live Free 2 and Beats Studio Buds have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation uses advanced technology to actively cancel noise. How it works, it studies the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like taking +1 (noise) then producing -1 (counter sound by the device) to make 0 which results in a reduced level of noise.
Beats Studio Buds have Active Noise Cancellation allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't need to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background noise.
JBL Live Free 2 too have ANC which makes both devices ideal for flights and rush hour travels. Each work with different noise cancellation types, pick the noise cancellation type that you prefer for commute or that suites your relaxation time.
The Beats Studio Buds stay tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal that tones down your environment noise while preventing the earbuds sound from leaking out .
Both JBL Live Free 2, and Beats Studio Buds have passive noise reduction this implies that both tone down ambient noise instead of actively using ANC to cancel it out.
The Beats Studio Buds driver unit is 8.2mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device, the unit size dictates the loudness of the device.
JBL Live Free 2 driver unit is 11mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of Beats Studio Buds by 2.8mm , a common assumption that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers find it difficult to produce high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not indicate that they deliver better quality sound.
Beats Studio Buds's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well a particular audio device generates low frequencies that can be heard, and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
JBL Live Free 2's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices can make sound with equal bass
Beats Studio Buds's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response shows how well a particular audio component generates high audible frequencies and if it makes any adjustments to the signal while at it.
JBL Live Free 2's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this implies that both devices generate equal treble
The sound pressure level, is the pressure level of sound, in decibels, dB, Beats Studio Buds's measurement is 100.5dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
JBL Live Free 2's sound pressure level measurement is 102dB/mW. The sound pressure level, something is can be considered differently by different people, so we need to have the means to get an objective measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
Beats Studio Buds's battery life is 8 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. A device's battery life is usually given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
JBL Live Free 2's battery life is less than that of Beats Studio Buds by 1 hours . Every time you recharge your device, they get a little less playing time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
This is given by the vendor, and Beats Studio Buds's case has a full charge of 16 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before recharging the case itself.
JBL Live Free 2's charging case has a battery life of 28 hours, more than that of Beats Studio Buds by 12 hours
It requires 1.5 hours to fully charge the Beats Studio Buds's battery. It is highly adivsable to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
The Beats Studio Buds have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights indicate the charging status of your device and case.
JBL Live Free 2 too have a battery level indicator, these enable you determine the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
Beats Studio Buds use USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
JBL Live Free 2 too support USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
The Beats Studio Buds have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
JBL Live Free 2 has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, equal to that of the Beats Studio Buds . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Beats Studio Buds have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
JBL Live Free 2 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Beats Studio Buds
Beats Studio Buds support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Beats Studio Buds will work well with your iPad. If you intend on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Beats Studio Buds have 6 microphones.
While the JBL Live Free 2 microphones are 6, equal to that of the Beats Studio Buds . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the device to filter out background sounds.
The Beats Studio Buds have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are made to filter out noise from the desired sound.
The JBL Live Free 2 too use a noise-canceling microphone. This is useful in noisy areas.
The Beats Studio Buds support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises to still be heard even while wearing the earbuds
The JBL Live Free 2 support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, say you’re having a run but still want to be able to hear traffic.
If misplaced in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Beats Studio Buds support the find earbuds feature.
Beats Studio Buds support fast charging. Most often, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to fully charge a device.
JBL Live Free 2 support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
The Beats Studio Buds have a multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can seemlessly switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
The JBL Live Free 2 support multipoint count of 2, equal to that of the Beats Studio Buds . Bluetooth multipoint comes in handy when you can be on one call and not miss notifications from another connected device.
Beats Studio Buds have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The JBL Live Free 2 also have the mute function. It means that you can turn off the earbuds' microphone, but you can still hear the other party talk.
The Beats Studio Buds, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the device.
The JBL Live Free 2 too have a control panel on them.
Beats Studio Buds support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
JBL Live Free 2 also have voice prompts meaning the earbuds notifies you when the battery is low, and you need to recharge the device.
The Beats Studio Buds come with a special case. Carrying earbuds openly, or placing them in your bag without a cover may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
JBL Live Free 2 too have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.