JBL Wave BudsSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 7 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds IISee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||JBL Wave Buds||Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||ip54||ipX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||8mm||9.3mm|
|sound pressure level||100db/mw||✗|
|battery life of charging case||24hours||18hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✓||✓|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||2only||8only|
|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 level of protection offered by a casing, against solids and liquids. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value represents protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IP54, the JBL Wave Buds'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 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
In comparison to the JBL Wave Buds, Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a rating of IPX4 meaning that no data available to specify a protection rating and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
JBL Wave Buds have a weight of 9g . We take in account a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are easier to move with.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II, at 12.5g weigh more than the JBL Wave Buds with a difference of 3.5g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no wires connecting any part of the device together, JBL Wave Buds are true wireless for this matter since they don't have cables. This is a major distinction as some wireless earbuds have cables linking the 2 earbuds together.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II also is true wireless since it has no cables connecting the 2 earbuds .
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have wingtips, these are commonly used for earbuds for workouts and come as an optional add-on to the separate silicone ear tip for a more secure fit.
JBL Wave Buds are resistant to sweat
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use during long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
JBL Wave Buds have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II and JBL Wave Buds have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation utilises advanced technology to actively counter noise. How it works, it studies the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and generates a mirror signal to counter it. In simple terms, it's like taking +1 (sound from your surrounding) and adding -1 (counter sound by the device) to make zero which results in a reduced level of noise.
JBL Wave Buds have ANC enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, good for your ears since you don't have to crank up the earbuds volume to outcompete background noise.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too have Active Noise Cancellation which makes both earbuds ideal for flights and morning commutes. Each operate with different noise cancellation types, pick the noise cancellation type that you prefer for travel or that enhances your chill time.
JBL Wave Buds sit well in place, this creates an acoustic seal that reduces background noise well as preventing the earbuds voice audio from leaking out at the same.
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction this implies that they reduce ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
The JBL Wave Buds have a unit size of 8mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that makes sound in the device, the unit size determines the loudness of the earbuds.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II driver unit is 9.3mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of JBL Wave Buds by 1.3mm , 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 yeah, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not mean that they produce better quality sound.
The JBL Wave Buds's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device produces low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal while at it.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices can produce equal bass
The JBL Wave Buds's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device makes high audible frequencies and if it makes any adjustments to the signal while at it.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this means that both devices generate equal treble
The sound pressure level, is the level of pressure of sound, measured in decibels, dB, JBL Wave Buds's measurement is 100dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
The JBL Wave Buds's battery life is 8 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is usually given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's battery life is less than that of JBL Wave Buds by 2 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
This is given by the vendor, and JBL Wave Buds's case is said to have a charge of 24 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II's charging case has a battery life of 18 hours, less than that of JBL Wave Buds by 6 hours
It requires 2 hours to fully charge the JBL Wave Buds's battery. It is highly adivsable to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery, equal to that of the JBL Wave Buds
JBL Wave Buds's battery capacity is 47mAh, battery capacity, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
The JBL Wave Buds have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights show the charging state of your device and case.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too have a battery level indicator, these allow you tell the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
JBL Wave Buds have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current electronics.
JBL Wave Buds 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.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II has a Bluetooth version of 5.3, newer than that of JBL Wave Buds . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The JBL Wave Buds have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the JBL Wave Buds
JBL Wave Buds support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the JBL Wave Buds will work well with your iPhone. If you intend on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II 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.
JBL Wave Buds support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support APTX Adaptive as well which means both can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios, such as listening to HD audio from other devices.
The JBL Wave Buds have 2 microphones.
While the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II microphones are 8, more than that of JBL Wave Buds by 6 . More microphones record better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background sounds.
The JBL Wave Buds have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to filter out noise from the desired sound.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too have a noise-canceling type of microphone. Especially useful in noisy areas.
JBL Wave Buds microphone sensitivity is measured at -38dBV/Pa. The magnitude of the analog or digital output signal from the microphone with its input stimulus is a calculation of its sensitivity. It's the 'loudness' of the voice that the microphone can recognize.
JBL Wave Buds support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises to still be heard even when wearing the earbuds
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II 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 run but would still want to be able to hear traffic.
The JBL Wave Buds support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when removed from your ears .
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears improving your listening experience.
If misplaced in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, JBL Wave Buds have a find earbuds feature.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too have the find earbuds feature. Simply use the earbuds app on your phone to play an alarm from your device to find them.
JBL Wave Buds support fast charging. Usually, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just thirty minutes.
JBL Wave Buds support multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can seemlessly switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have a multipoint count of 2, equal to that of the JBL Wave Buds . Bluetooth multipoint comes in handy when you can be on one call without missing notifications coming from another device.
The JBL Wave Buds have a mute function, they have the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too support this function. The mute function means that you unilaterally turn off the device's microphone, but you can still hear the other party talk.
With the JBL Wave Buds, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the device.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too have a control panel on them.
JBL Wave Buds have voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, like if there is a problem with the connection.
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II too support voice prompts .i.e the earbuds notifies you if the battery is running low, and it's time to recharge the earbuds.
The JBL Wave Buds come with their own special case. Carrying earphones without a case, or putting them inside your bag without a cover may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II also have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.