Jabra Elite 5See price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.7 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||Jabra Elite 5||JBL Live Free 2|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IP55||IPX5|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||6mm||11mm|
|sound pressure level||✗||102dB/mW|
|battery life of charging case||27hours||28hours|
|has wireless charging||✓||✗|
|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||✓||✓|
|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|
IP ratings is the rank of protection given by a casing, against solids and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value of the IP rating represents protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (water).
Scoring IP55, the Jabra Elite 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 number of 5 means that they can withstand medium pressure jet that's 6.3mm diameter, similar to garden hose from any angle for 3 minutes at a distance of 2.5 to 3 metres.
In comparison to the Jabra Elite 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, they both have the same rating against liquids
The Jabra Elite 5 have a weight of 10g . We take in account a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to transport.
JBL Live Free 2, at 9.8g weigh less than the Jabra Elite 5 by -0.2g
For a device to be true wireless it must have no wires connecting any part of the device together, Jabra Elite 5 are true wireless for this case since they don't have cables. This is a key difference since wireless earbuds have wires connecting the pair of earbuds .
JBL Live Free 2 also is true wireless because it has no cables linking the two earbuds .
Jabra Elite 5 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
Jabra Elite 5 have stereo speakers, devices with stereo 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 Jabra Elite 5 have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation utilises more advanced technology to actively counter noise. How it works, it listens to the sound pattern of incoming noise and inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (noise) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) to make zero hence "diluting" the noise.
The Jabra Elite 5 have ANC allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, good for your ears as you don't need to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background sounds.
The JBL Live Free 2 too have Active Noise Cancellation which makes both earbuds ideal for plane rides and morning travels. The Jabra Elite 5 and JBL Live Free 2 work with different noise cancellation modes, pick the setting that suits your travel or that suites your chill time.
The Jabra Elite 5 sit tightly in place, this creates an acoustic seal that tones down background noise and also prevents the earbuds music from leaking out .
Both JBL Live Free 2, and Jabra Elite 5 have passive noise reduction this means that they reduce ambient noise instead of actively using ANC to cancel it out.
Jabra Elite 5 have a unit size of 6mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device, its size dictates the sound produced by the earbuds.
JBL Live Free 2 driver unit is 11mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of Jabra Elite 5 by 5mm , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so yes, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not indicate that they produce better quality sound.
The Jabra Elite 5's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device generates low audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
JBL Live Free 2's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices make sound with equal bass
Jabra Elite 5's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well an audio component produces high human frequencies and if it changes to the signal on its way through.
JBL Live Free 2's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this implies that both devices generate equal treble
SPL, is the pressure level 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 Jabra Elite 5's battery life is 9 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is commonly given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
JBL Live Free 2's battery life is less than that of Jabra Elite 5 by 2 hours . Every time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
This is given by the manufacturer, and Jabra Elite 5's case is said to have a full charge of 27 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go many times before recharging the case itself.
JBL Live Free 2's charging case has a battery life of 28 hours, more than that of Jabra Elite 5 by 1 hours
It requires 2 hours to fully charge the Jabra Elite 5's battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds when they have been unused for long periods.
Jabra Elite 5, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you just put down on a compatible charging pad.
The Jabra Elite 5 have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the earbuds has a low battery. Its lights display the charging state of your earbuds and charging case.
JBL Live Free 2 too have a battery level indicator, these enable you to tell the charging state of your earbuds, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.
The Jabra Elite 5 have USB TYPE-C, a 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 electronics.
The Jabra Elite 5 have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data movement 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 Jabra Elite 5 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Jabra Elite 5 have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
JBL Live Free 2 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Jabra Elite 5
Jabra Elite 5 support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since 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 Jabra Elite 5 will work fine with your MacBook. If you intend on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
Jabra Elite 5 have 6 microphones.
While the JBL Live Free 2 microphones are 6, equal to that of the Jabra Elite 5 . More microphones record better sound quality and enable the earbuds to filter out noise.
JBL Live Free 2 have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are designed to reduce background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
Jabra Elite 5 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound to still be heard even when wearing them
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 would still want to be able to hear traffic.
The Jabra Elite 5 support fast charging. Most often, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to charge the earbuds.
The JBL Live Free 2 too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, only that the battery is filling up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
JBL Live Free 2 have a multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can seemlessly switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
Jabra Elite 5 have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The JBL Live Free 2 too have the mute function. It means that you are in position turn off the device's microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice.
With the Jabra Elite 5, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the earbuds.
JBL Live Free 2 too have a control panel on them.
The Jabra Elite 5 have a warranty period of 2 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use following instruction manuals.
The Jabra Elite 5 support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, say if there is an issue with the connection.
The JBL Live Free 2 too support voice prompts .i.e the device notifies you when the battery is running low, and you need to recharge the earbuds.
The Jabra Elite 5 come with a special case. Carrying earphones without a case, or placing them inside your bag without a casing may easily damage them.
JBL Live Free 2 too have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.