Sennheiser CX 500BTSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
JBL LIVE 300See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.0 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Sennheiser CX 500BT||JBL LIVE 300|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX4||IPX5|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has an earbud foam||✗||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||✗||5.8mm|
|sound pressure level||94dB/mW||95dB/mW|
|battery life of charging case||16hours||14hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✓||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||4only||2only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✗|
|highest mic frequency||10000Hz||✗|
|lowest mic frequency||100Hz||✗|
|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||See price on Amazon|
Ingress protection ratings is the level of protection given by an enclosure, against solids and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value represents protection against solids say dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (water).
Having a value of IPX5, the JBL LIVE 300's rating for solids indicates that no data available to specify a protection rating, and of liquids 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.
Compared to the JBL LIVE 300, Sennheiser CX 500BT have a rating of IPX4 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, Sennheiser CX 500BT has a lower liquid rating than JBL LIVE 300
The JBL LIVE 300 have a weight of 65.7g . We prefer a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to transport.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT, at 12g weigh less than the JBL LIVE 300 by -53.7g
True wireless devices have no cables linking any part of the device together, JBL LIVE 300 are true wireless for this case since they don't have cables. This is a key distinction since wireless earbuds have wires linking the pair of earbuds together.
Sennheiser CX 500BT also is true wireless since it doesn't have cables linking the two earbuds .
JBL LIVE 300 are resistant to sweat
Sennheiser CX 500BT's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
The earbud foam is designed to be ultracompact and lightweight, with almost no interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. The JBL LIVE 300 have an earbud foam to some it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
JBL LIVE 300 have stereo speakers, what this means is that JBL LIVE 300's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Sennheiser CX 500BT and JBL LIVE 300 have stereo speakers
ANC utilises advanced kind of tech to reduce ambient sounds. ANC works when, it studies the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (noise) and producing -1 (inverted noise) giving zero thus "diluting" the noise.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT have ANC allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, good for your ears as you don't have to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background sounds.
The JBL LIVE 300 stay well in place, this creates a sound seal that tones down background sounds and also prevents the earbuds music from leaking out at the same.
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction this means that they limit ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
JBL LIVE 300 driver unit is 5.8mm 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, the unit size dictates the loudness of the earbuds.
JBL LIVE 300's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio device produces low frequencies that can be heard, and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's lowest frequency is at 5Hz, this implies that Sennheiser CX 500BT can make sound with a juicier bass than the JBL LIVE 300
The JBL LIVE 300's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device makes high human frequencies and if it adjustments to the signal while at it.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's highest frequency is at 21000Hz, this means that Sennheiser CX 500BT produce a clearer and crispier treble than the JBL LIVE 300
The sound pressure level, is the level of pressure of sound, measured in decibels, dB, JBL LIVE 300's measurement is 95dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's sound pressure level measurement is 94dB/mW. The sound pressure level, something is can be considered differently by different persons, so we need to have the means to get a standard measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
JBL LIVE 300's battery life is 6 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. A device's battery life is commonly given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's battery life is more than that of JBL LIVE 300 by 2 hours . Each time you recharge your device, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
This is given by the manufacturer, and JBL LIVE 300's case is said to have a full charge of 14 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's charging case has a battery life of 16 hours, more than that of JBL LIVE 300 by 2 hours
It takes 2 hours to fully charge the JBL LIVE 300's battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
JBL LIVE 300's battery power is 60mAh, battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
The JBL LIVE 300 have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights display the charging status of your device and case.
Sennheiser CX 500BT too have a battery level indicator, these allow you determine the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
The JBL LIVE 300 have USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Sennheiser CX 500BT too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
The JBL LIVE 300 have Bluetooth version of 5, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data transfers between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sennheiser CX 500BT has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, newer than that of JBL LIVE 300 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
JBL LIVE 300 have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the JBL LIVE 300
JBL LIVE 300 support AAC, a codec that is 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.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the JBL LIVE 300 will work well with your iPhone. If you are planning on using these with Android you need to pay even closer attention to codec support for if they only have AAC they won't provide the best audio quality possible, ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
Sennheiser CX 500BT support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
JBL LIVE 300 have 2 microphones.
Sennheiser CX 500BT microphones are 4, more than that of JBL LIVE 300 by 2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out noise.
Sennheiser CX 500BT have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are intended to filter out noise from the earbuds' sound.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's highest mic frequency is 10000Hz, high frequencies are best for recording treble. The highest mic frequency of a microphone is known as its upper limiting frequency.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's lowest mic frequency is 100Hz, low frequencies are best for recording bass. The lowest mic frequency of a microphone is defined as its lower limiting frequency.
JBL LIVE 300 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient sound to still be heard even while wearing the earbuds
The Sennheiser CX 500BT support ambient sound mode as well, helpful when you want to listen to music while being aware of your surrounding, for example when you’re having a jog but would still want to be able to hear traffic.
JBL LIVE 300 support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
Sennheiser CX 500BT too support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears saving battery life.
If misplaced in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Sennheiser CX 500BT support the find earbuds feature.
The JBL LIVE 300 support fast charging. Usually, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to lower the time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT too support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, only that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just thirty minutes.
JBL LIVE 300 have a mute function, they support the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT also have this function. It means that you are in position turn off the earbuds' microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice.
With the JBL LIVE 300, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the earbuds.
Sennheiser CX 500BT too have a control panel on them.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT 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 that has followed instruction manuals.
The JBL LIVE 300 have voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, like if there is a problem with the connection.
Sennheiser CX 500BT also support voice prompts .i.e the device notifies you if the battery is low, and you need to recharge them.
JBL LIVE 300 come with their own special pouch. Carrying earphones openly, or putting them inside your pockets without a casing may easily damage them.
Sennheiser CX 500BT too have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.