Nothing Ear 1See price on Amazon
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||Nothing Ear 1||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||11.6mm||11mm|
|sound pressure level||✗||102dB/mW|
|battery life of charging case||29hours||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||✓||✓|
|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 rank of protection offered by a casing, against dust and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value of the IP rating refers to protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IPX5, the JBL Live Free 2's rating is read as, the first number of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second value 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.
Compared to the JBL Live Free 2, Nothing Ear 1 have a rating of IPX4 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, Nothing Ear 1 has a lower liquid rating than JBL Live Free 2
The JBL Live Free 2 have a weight of 9.8g . We prefer a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to carry.
The Nothing Ear 1, at 9.4g are lighter than the JBL Live Free 2 by -0.4g
True wireless devices have no wires connecting any part of the device together, JBL Live Free 2 are true wireless for this matter since they have no wires. This is a major difference as some wireless earbuds have cables linking the pair of earbuds together.
Nothing Ear 1 also is true wireless because it doesn't have wires linking the 2 earbuds .
JBL Live Free 2 are resistant to sweat
Nothing Ear 1's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
JBL Live Free 2 have stereo speakers, what this means is that JBL Live Free 2's speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Nothing Ear 1 and JBL Live Free 2 have stereo speakers
ANC utilises more advanced kind of tech to actively counter noise. ANC works when, it listens to the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) then producing -1 (counter sound by the device) giving 0 resulting in a reduced level of noise.
JBL Live Free 2 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.
Nothing Ear 1 too have ANC which makes either of the devices ideal for plane rides and rush hour travels. Each operate with different noise cancellation settings, pick the mode that suits your travel or that enhances your chill time.
The JBL Live Free 2 stay well in place, creating a sound covering that reduces background sounds and also prevents the device sound from leaking out at the same.
Both Nothing Ear 1, and JBL Live Free 2 have passive noise reduction this means that both limit ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
The JBL Live Free 2 have a unit size of 11mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the earbuds, its size determines the loudness of the device.
Nothing Ear 1 driver unit is 11.6mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of JBL Live Free 2 by 0.6mm , 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 mean that they deliver better quality sound.
The JBL Live Free 2's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well a particular audio device produces low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal while at it.
Nothing Ear 1's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices can make sound with equal bass
JBL Live Free 2's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well a particular audio component produces high recognizable frequencies and if it adjustments to the signal on its way through.
Nothing Ear 1's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this implies that both devices produce equal treble
SPL, is the pressure level of sound, 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.
JBL Live Free 2's battery life is 7 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 requires fewer chargings.
Nothing Ear 1's battery life is less than that of JBL Live Free 2 by 2 hours . Each 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.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and the JBL Live Free 2's case is said to have a full charge of 28 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go many times before having to recharge the case itself.
Nothing Ear 1's charging case has a battery life of 29 hours, more than that of JBL Live Free 2 by 1 hours
It takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the Nothing Ear 1's battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds when they have been unused for extended periods.
Nothing Ear 1, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you just place down on a supported charging pad.
JBL Live Free 2 have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the device has a low battery. Its lights show the charging status of your device and charging case.
Nothing Ear 1 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you determine the charging state of your earbuds, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.
The JBL Live Free 2 use USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Nothing Ear 1 too use USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
JBL Live Free 2 have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Nothing Ear 1 has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, equal to that of the JBL Live Free 2 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The JBL Live Free 2 have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Nothing Ear 1 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the JBL Live Free 2
JBL Live Free 2 have 6 microphones.
While the Nothing Ear 1 microphones are 6, equal to that of the JBL Live Free 2 . More microphones record better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out noise.
The JBL Live Free 2 have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are intended to filter out background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The Nothing Ear 1 too have a noise-canceling type of microphone. Especially useful in noisy environments.
The JBL Live Free 2 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound so that they can still be heard even while wearing them
The Nothing Ear 1 support ambient sound mode as well, helpful when you want to listen to music while being aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re having a jog but would still want to hear traffic.
The Nothing Ear 1 support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears .
When lost in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Nothing Ear 1 have a find earbuds feature.
JBL Live Free 2 support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the time it takes to charge a device.
The Nothing Ear 1 support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, only that the battery fills up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in thirty minutes.
JBL Live Free 2 support multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
The JBL Live Free 2 have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The JBL Live Free 2, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the earbuds.
The Nothing Ear 1 also have a control panel on them.
The Nothing Ear 1 have a warranty period of 1 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 Free 2 support voice prompts. Automatically receive information through audio messages, say if there is an issue with the connection.
The Nothing Ear 1 too have voice prompts meaning the device will notify you when the battery is running low, and it's time to recharge them.
JBL Live Free 2 come with their own special case. Carrying earbuds without a case, or putting them in your pockets without a cover can easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Nothing Ear 1 also have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.