Huawei FreeBuds 5
Overall Score 6.0 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||Huawei FreeBuds 5||JBL Live Free 2|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IP54||IPX5|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✗||✓|
|driver unit size||11mm||11mm|
|sound pressure level||✗||102dB/mW|
|battery life of charging case||25hours||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 in/on-ear detection||✓||✗|
|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|
Ingress protection ratings refer to the rank of protection offered by an enclosure, against dust and liquids. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value of the IP rating means protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IP54, the Huawei FreeBuds 5's rating for solids indicates that ingress of dust is not totally prevented but dust does not enter in harmful quantities to interfere with the correct operation or impair safety, 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 Huawei FreeBuds 5, JBL Live Free 2 have a rating of IPX5 meaning that no data available to specify a protection rating and that of liquids is that, JBL Live Free 2 has a higher liquid rating than Huawei FreeBuds 5
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 have a weight of 10.8g . We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to transport.
JBL Live Free 2, at 9.8g are lighter than the Huawei FreeBuds 5 by -1g
For a device to be true wireless it must have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Huawei FreeBuds 5 are true wireless for this matter since they don't have wires. This is an important distinction as some wireless earbuds have cables connecting the pair of earbuds .
JBL Live Free 2 also is true wireless since it has no wires connecting the 2 earbuds .
Huawei FreeBuds 5 are resistant to sweat
JBL Live Free 2's resistance to sweat makes both devices ideal for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
Huawei FreeBuds 5 have stereo speakers, what this means is that Huawei FreeBuds 5's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both JBL Live Free 2 and Huawei FreeBuds 5 have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation utilises advanced technology to reduce unwanted ambient sounds. ANC works when, it listens to the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then generates a mirror signal to counter it. Simply put, it's like having +1 (noise) then adding -1 (inverted noise) to make 0 resulting in a reduced level of noise.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the device volume to outcompete background sounds.
JBL Live Free 2 too have ANC which makes either of the earbuds ideal for flights and rush hour travels. The Huawei FreeBuds 5 and JBL Live Free 2 operate with different noise cancellation types, pick the setting that you prefer for travel or that suites your relaxation time.
The JBL Live Free 2 stay well in place, creating an acoustic covering that reduces your environment sounds while preventing the earbuds voice audio from leaking out .
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 driver unit is 11mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, and can produce better bass.
The driver unit is the component that makes sound in the device, its size determines the sound produced by the earbuds.
JBL Live Free 2 driver unit is 11mm in diameter, making both devices similar in how loud their sound can get , as many tend to believe that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not imply that they deliver better quality sound.
Huawei FreeBuds 5's lowest frequency is at 16Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well a particular audio component produces low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal while at it.
JBL Live Free 2's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that Huawei FreeBuds 5 can produce a juicier bass than the JBL Live Free 2
Huawei FreeBuds 5's highest frequency is at 40000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well a particular audio component generates high human frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
JBL Live Free 2's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this implies that Huawei FreeBuds 5 produce a clearer and crispier treble than the JBL Live Free 2
SPL, is the level of pressure of sound, measured in decibels, dB, JBL Live Free 2's measurement is 102dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5's battery life is 5 hours, these last less than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is commonly given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
JBL Live Free 2's battery life is more than that of Huawei FreeBuds 5 by 2 hours . Every time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less listening 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 Huawei FreeBuds 5's case has a full charge of 25 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before having to recharge the case itself.
JBL Live Free 2's charging case has a battery life of 28 hours, more than that of Huawei FreeBuds 5 by 3 hours
Huawei FreeBuds 5's battery power is 42mAh, battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the earbuds has a low battery. Its lights show the charging status of your device and case.
JBL Live Free 2 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you to determine the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 use USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
JBL Live Free 2 too use USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current electronics.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data transfers between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
JBL Live Free 2 has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, equal to that of the Huawei FreeBuds 5 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
JBL Live Free 2 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Huawei FreeBuds 5
Huawei FreeBuds 5 support LDAC, a codec developed by Sony which allows streaming high-resolution audio over Bluetooth connections at up to 990 kbps at 32 bit/96 kHz. It can reach a high bitrate of 990kbps, which provides high-resolution audio.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 have 6 microphones.
JBL Live Free 2 microphones are 6, equal to that of the Huawei FreeBuds 5 . More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the earbuds to filter out background sounds.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are designed to filter out noise from the desired sound.
The JBL Live Free 2 too have a noise-canceling microphone. Especially useful in noisy environments.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound so that they can still be heard even while wearing them
The JBL Live Free 2 support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music while being aware of what’s happening around you, say you’re having a run but would still want to be able to hear traffic.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when removed from your ears .
If lost in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the Huawei FreeBuds 5 have a find earbuds feature.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 support fast charging. Most often, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the time it takes to fully charge a device.
The JBL Live Free 2 support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, only that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 support multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can seemlessly switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
The JBL Live Free 2 have a multipoint count of 2, equal to that of the Huawei FreeBuds 5 . Bluetooth multipoint comes in handy when you can be on one call without missing notifications coming from another device.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The JBL Live Free 2 also have the mute function. The mute function means that you can turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
With the Huawei FreeBuds 5, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the earbuds.
The JBL Live Free 2 also have a control panel on them.
Huawei FreeBuds 5 support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, say if there is a problem with the connection.
JBL Live Free 2 also support voice prompts meaning the device will notify you when the battery is running low, and you need to recharge the earbuds.
The Huawei FreeBuds 5 come with a special case. Carrying earbuds without a case, or putting them in your pockets without a casing may easily damage them.
JBL Live Free 2 too have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.